Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal | Dairy-Free & Vegan

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This Vegan Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal is packed with flavor thanks to juicy apples and warming spices! A wholesome and healthy make-ahead breakfast recipe

If you’re looking for a cozy and wholesome breakfast, look no further – this Vegan Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is all that, and more! Chunks of juicy apples are nestled in a well-spiced “batter” of rolled oats combined with creamy plant milk and walnuts. This hearty and wholesome breakfast is the perfect weekend morning treat, but practical enough for a quick weekday meal as well.

Close-up photo of sliced apple cinnamon oatmeal in baking dish with a golden spoon

INGREDIENTS FOR APPLE CINNAMON BAKED OATMEAL

This baked apple oatmeal recipe is jam-packed with flavor! It tastes like dessert but is actually really wholesome and both budget and pantry-friendly.

Ingredients for baked apple cinnamon oatmeal in small white bowls on stone countertop. Clockwise text labels read rolled oats, walnuts, non-dairy milk, spices, apples, vanilla, maple syrup, and ground flax seed

Rolled oats give this baked oatmeal the best texture, as opposed to quick oats, which tend to be a little more mushy. Plant-based milk keeps the oats dairy-free but still creamy, while maple syrup adds the perfect amount of sweetness. I also love to toss in some chopped walnuts as well for an added crunch – but you can use your favorite nuts instead if you’d like!

Use only cinnamon and nutmeg for a classic apple cinnamon flavor, or you can choose to add in a few more spices (like allspice, ginger, and cardamom) for more of an apple pie or apple crisp flavor! You can also use a store-bought apple pie spice blend if you have one on hand.

HOW TO MAKE VEGAN BAKED OATMEAL

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The best thing about this recipe (besides the flavor of course) is that it’s all prepared in the baking dish! No large mixing bowls or fancy equipment is required – giving you fewer dishes to wash and more time to enjoy your yummy oatmeal.

  1. Mix or whisk the oats, baking powder, and spices together in a baking dish
  2. Pour in the wet ingredients and mix well
  3. Fold in the apples and walnuts, then
  4. Bake until thick and golden, and enjoy!

If you serve this oatmeal immediately out of the oven, it will be soft and creamy. However, you can also let this baked oatmeal cool completely and thicken, where it can be sliced and divided into on-the-go portions. Either way, this wholesome breakfast treat is sure to satisfy!

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal in small white bowl with apples and cinnamon sticks off to the side

VARIATIONS + FLAVOR SUGGESTIONS

This vegan Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is delicious as-is, but here are a few other twists you can try to spice things up!

  • More Fruit: add up to 1 cup of fruit like fresh blueberries, or toss in up to 3/4 cup dried blueberries, cherries, cranberries, or raisins for a chewy (but still fruity) twist
  • Low-Sugar: this oatmeal is only slightly sweet as-is, but you can also replace the maple syrup with unsweetened applesauce for a completely sugar-free recipe.
  • Added Protein: add in 1-2 servings of your favorite protein powder plus an extra 1/4-1/2 cup of plant-based milk. You can also omit the maple syrup if your protein powder is already sweet.
  • Chocolate: toss in up to 3/4 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips for an extra-indulgent (and delicious!) treat

If you’re looking for more baked oatmeal recipes, you’ll also love this Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal, this Maple Pecan Baked Oatmeal, and this Apple Chai Baked Oatmeal!

Finally, if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations 🙂

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal in white baking dish on marble countertop

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
This Vegan Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal is packed with flavor thanks to juicy apples and warming spices! A wholesome and healthy make-ahead breakfast recipe

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium apples* chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups 225 g quick-cooking or rolled oats, gluten-free if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger optional
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups 590 ml non-dairy milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup 60 ml grade A maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup 50 g roughly chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions

  •  Prep: preheat the oven to 350F. Peel your apples if desired (I did not), then chop them into 1/2" pieces.
  • Dry Ingredients: In a 9"x13" baking dish, add in the oats, flax, cinnamon, nutmeg, optional allspice/cardamom/ginger, baking powder, and salt. Whisk or mix well.
  • Wet Ingredients: Pour the non-dairy milk over the oats along with the maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix in the milk mixture well, then stir in the apples and walnuts, if using. Make sure the apples are spread evenly throughout the oat mixture.
  • Bake & Serve: bake in the middle rack of the oven for 35 minutes, depending on how thick you would like the oatmeal to be. For a “runnier” oatmeal, serve immediately after baking. Otherwise, let the oatmeal cool completely, then slice into bars. Serve as desired, warm or cold; leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or can be pre-sliced and frozen for up to two months.

Recipe Notes

  • Apples: I used honeycrisp apples for my oatmeal, but granny smith, jonagold, and pink lady apples are also great for baking!
  • Oats: Use rolled oats for a chewy texture, and quick-cooking oats for a creamier consistency. I personally prefer to use a 50-50 mix for a hearty and creamy texture!
  • Substitutions: maple syrup can be swapped for coconut sugar, agave, or brown sugar. Walnuts can be replaced with pecans, almonds, pepitas, or simply omitted. See the blog post for other recommended flavor variations.
Keyword: apple cinnamon oatmeal, apple pie baked oatmeal, vegan apple cinnamon oatmeal
Course: Breakfast
Method: Oven
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan

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  1. 5 stars
    Very easy and tasty breakfast that gives you a change to the usual breakfast foods. Caitlyn always creates deliciousness.

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this and added pepitas and blueberries like Caitlin mentioned and a pumpkin pie spice mix. It came out so good and the texture was perfect! I just let it sit for about 15 minutes to firm up a bit, but I’d also like to try it right out of the oven :). I love that this is just lightly sweet so that I don’t have a sugar crash in the afternoon. Next time I’ll use honeycrisp apples to get some more fruit sweetness.

    Caitlin, do you think chopped dates would work well in this?

    Thanks for this delicious recipe!!

    1. Chopped dates would work well in the Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal, adding natural sweetness and a chewy texture. Simply mix them in with the apples and other ingredients before baking. Thanks for your feedback and enjoy experimenting with the recipe!

    1. Personally I find my ceramic ones do not need to be greased, but you could do it just in case if you’d like!

  3. 5 stars
    coming from a bunch of 5th-9th grade kids. It was excellent. I will be sharing your recipe and blog, thanks!!

      1. I just made a big batch of this (I doubled the recipe and cooked it longer) and it is AMAZING!!! Seriously so, so delicious! Will be making this regularly. Thank you! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I was looking for an alternative to overnight oats (which I love but am getting a bit bored with) and stumbled on this post. I’ve made twice now and it was so good. It’s going to be part of my breakfast rotation! Thank you!

      1. Such a good and easy meal! So glad I found this tasty breakfast to make this morning 🙂 Perfect for fall!

    1. 5 stars
      This tastes amazing!!! Finally a new breakfast recipe 💚 Will do it definitely more often. My brother loves it too. Greets from Austria