The most cozy Gingerbread Apple Baked Oatmeal for all of your holiday breakfast needs…is finally here. I am so excited to roll this one out. It’s gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and loaded with those amazing gingerbread spices, baked apples, and has a chocolate drizzle for the ultimate holiday breakfast.
Have you guys tried baked oatmeal before? To me, baked oatmeal is a cross between a classic oatmeal breakfast (which I personally think is B O R I N G) and a decadent dessert. Why? Because when you bake oatmeal with the right ingredients, you essentially get a cake-type thing, that’s crusty and firm on the top, and soft and gooey on the inside. And, like a typical dessert, it’s easy to cut into pretty squares and serve.
The flavors in this Gingerbread Apple Baked Oatmeal are unreal – I am so excited for you guys to try it and dig in.
Ingredients Needed To Make Gingerbread Apple Baked Oatmeal
Gluten-free rolled oats: If you are not gluten-free, you don’t have to use gluten-free rolled oats, as they are more expensive than regular rolled oats. Please do not use steel cut oats in this recipe, as they are too hard and it won’t work!
Cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg: You need the combination of these three ingredients to yield the perfect gingerbread taste (along with the molasses!).
Almond milk: Feel free to use any non-dairy milk of choice in this recipe. You can even use regular milk if you choose.
Maple syrup: For a touch of sweetness, I love the taste of maple syrup. You can definitely use honey or another liquid sweetener if you choose!
Molasses: For the classic gingerbread taste, make sure to use the molasses. I always opt for blackstrap molasses, because the taste is amazing based on the way the molasses has been processed – it’s super rich, thick, and very strong!
Egg: I know many of you are going to ask me whether you can make this recipe vegan, by using a flax egg, and the answer is YES! All you need to do is replace the egg with a flax egg. To make a flax egg, all you have to do is whisk together 1 tablespoon ground flax with 3 tablespoons water, and let it sit for about 5 minutes, to thicken.
Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract is always the most underrated, but most important ingredient in baking. It makes the most bland foods absolutely delicious with the drop of vanilla! So don’t forget to use it!
Apples: You can use any apples you’d like in this recipe. Because they get baked, I’m not super particular about the apple variety, but I do love using any variety of red apples the most!
Chocolate chips (optional): In this recipe, I always grab dairy-free chocolate chips, but you can use regular. And if you want to leave them out entirely, that’s ok too. I promise this recipe is insanely delicious even without it!
Baking powder: Because this shiz needs to bake and rise a little, you need baking powder. Don’t forget it.
How to make baked oatmeal
If you are new to making baked oatmeal, you are in for the biggest treat! All you have to do is get out an 8×8 baking dish (9×5 size is okay too!) and grease it well so it doesn’t stick. Then, you mix together all of the ingredients as specified in the instructions below, then transfer it to the baking dish. Bake it for about 30 minutes, until the top is set and golden, then drizzle chocolate on top, and once cooled, slice it into squares! See how easy?
The best pro tip for this recipe? Are you ready for it?
Once you slice this baked oatmeal into bars, you can FREEZE them, which means that you will always have an easy breakfast ready to go in the morning. When I do that, I pop one out, and microwave it for 30-45 seconds. That’s all! They will stay nice and fresh in the freezer for up to one month!
If you make this recipe, please let a comment and rating below! And since I practically live on Instagram, be sure to tag me in your creations so I can see them and repost!
When you can't decide if you want breakfast or dessert, you need this Gingerbread Apple Baked Oatmeal. Bake this decadent oatmeal in one dish, then cut it into square and enjoy for breakfast or dessert. It's so flavorful and so moist, it's hard to believe that it's made with ingredients that are actually good for you!
2cupsgluten free rolled oats
1egg or flax egg
1cupapplediced into small pieces, plus slices for the top
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp coconut oil
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Spray an 8x8 inch square baking dish with oil or cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together the almond milk, mashed banana, maple syrup, molasses, egg, and vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to combine, making sure everything is well mixed.
Stir in the diced apple and chocolate chips.
Transfer oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish.
Add apple slices on top.
Bake for 30 minutes, until the top is golden and center is set.
Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
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