Overnight oats, aka baked oatmeal, is such a quick and simple meal. This meal only takes 5 minutes to prepare and you can pop it in the oven to cook in the morning, breakfast couldn’t get easier!
I don’t know about you, but I have been feeling so low on energy lately. It seems like I can barely get the daily tasks done without falling over at the end of the day. We are big on breakfast at our home and so we eat a hot meal every morning. Some breakfast recipes are more elaborate than others.
With Spring in full swing we have the outdoor projects underway. It’s so helpful to me to have a quick breakfast already prepared the night before. This way, I can just pop it in the oven and get to working on the tasks for the day. Because, once the ball gets rolling for the day it just doesn’t stop. Some of our favorite make-ahead breakfast recipes include homemade Pop Tarts, Sourdough eggs Benedict skillet, and baked Oatmeal itself!
Now, I know that Overnight Oats and Baked Oatmeal can mean different things. As far as I’m concerned, this recipe fits into both categories. You are preparing the Oats the night before to soak all night in the fridge and baking it to perfection in the morning! It’s such a versatile breakfast option that we rely on it every single week and don’t tire of it because we can switch it up with different add-ins.
What type of Oats are best?
I recommend using Steel Cut Oats if possible, or Rolled (“Old fashioned”) Oats for this recipe. In fact, Rolled Oats and Steel Cut Oats are the ONLY oats we eat. The reason for this is simple, they are healthier.
Rolled Oats are quicker to prepare and a great source of fiber, magnesium, and protein. It is also high in other vitamins and nutrients, such as Magnesium.
Steel Cut Oats are the least processed type of oats and it leaves the bran in tact. This means that it has the highest nutritional value over other types of Oats, including Rolled Oats. Steel Cut Oats do take longer to prepare, but are a great option for overnight/baked oatmeal because it allows plenty of time for the Oats to absorb the liquid prior to cooking the next morning.
Avoid using Quick Oats whenever possible. These oats are actually cooked ahead of time and then dried to make it quick and convenient to cook, usually in the microwave. The nutritional value is much lower than Steel Cut and Rolled Oats because it is more highly processed.
Overnight Oats vs. Baked Oatmeal
Overnight Oats specifically refers to Oats that are prepared and soaked in liquid overnight. Baked Oatmeal is Oats that that have been soaked and then baked. So, baked Oatmeal is soaked overnight but cooked with egg and other ingredients to create a more protein packed breakfast, with a different texture than Overnight Oats.
Baked Oatmeal add-in ideas
You can add an array of additional ingredients to this wholesome breakfast to change the flavor. Things like nuts and fruit are my favorite. Here are a few of our favorite combinations!
- Pumpkin Puree and Dark Chocolate Chips
- Apples and Cinnamon
- Blueberries, Raspberries, or Strawberries
- Peaches and Spices
- Strawberry Rhubarb
- Coconut Flakes and Chocolate chunks
- Pecans and Sweet Potatoes!
The combinations and ingredients you can add in are truly endless. I have not tried it yet, but I bet Nut butter and Chocolate would make a wonderful Baked Oatmeal as well.
Can you freeze Baked Oatmeal?
Yes, place in a freezer safe container and keep for up to 3 months. When you are ready to re-heat the Oatmeal, add a few spats of grass-fed butter to the top and reheat in 350 degree oven for about 5-8 minutes.
Supplies you need to make Baked Oatmeal
- 8×8 inch baking dish
- Large bowl
- Wooden spoon
Baked Oatmeal Ingredients List
- Baking Powder
- Maple Syrup
- Flax Meal, optional
- Coconut Oil, to grease the baking dish
How to prepare Overnight Oatmeal
In a large bowl combine dry ingredients and stir. Add in wet ingredients, including desired add-ins, and stir.
Grease a baking dish with Coconut Oil or Avocado Oil.
Add Oat mixture to baking dish and cover with beeswax or plastic wrap to soak over night.
The next morning
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove wrap and bake for 30 minutes until set.
Leave a comment below with your favorite add-ins for Oats!
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Easy Baked Oatmeal | Wholesome Breakfast Idea
- Large bowl
- Mixing spoon
- 8×8 baking dish
- 3 Cups Old Fashioned or Steel Cut Oats
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1½ tsp. Baking Powder
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. Flax Meal for extra protein, optional
- 2 Eggs Pastured preferred
- ½ Cup Applesauce Homemade, unsweetened preferred
- 1 Cup Milk Whole, Raw Milk preferred
- ½ Cup Organic Maple Syrup
Overnight Soak Instructions
- Combine dry ingredients to a large bowl and stir.
- Add in wet ingredients and any add-ins. Stir to combine.
- Grease a baking dish with Coconut Oil and pour in Oat mixture.
- Cover with plastic wrap or beeswax wrap and place in the fridge to soak overnight.
The Next Morning
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove plastic or beeswax wrap and place baking dish in oven to bake for 30 minutes until set.