There may be no better way to start your day than on a cozy and delicious note with this Baked Apple Oatmeal recipe! Imagine the aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves wafting through your kitchen as this oatmeal bakes to golden perfection in the oven.

Made with wholesome rolled oats, fresh apples, and a sprinkling of warm spices, it’s like enjoying a slice of apple pie for breakfast—but much healthier. And with every spoonful, you’ll savor the tender bites of apple nestled among the creamy oats, creating a comforting and satisfying breakfast that’ll warm you from the inside out.

The best part is how incredibly nutritious this baked apple oatmeal is, packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals to fuel your day ahead. Plus, it’s endlessly customizable—top it with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey, or a handful of toasted nuts for added flavor and texture.

For an added bonus, you can make it ahead, too! So it’s as fabulous for a weekend brunch as it is a busy weekday morning meal!

Baked apple oatmeal on a plate topped with apples and milk with a fork holding a bite.

Why This Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal is the Best You’ll Ever Make

We love a good apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe but don’t always have time to stand over the stove. So, we made a baked version! 

Full of cozy fall flavors, there’s so much to love about this baked apple oatmeal recipe! 

  • Made with whole food ingredients, it’s full of fiber, vitamins, and nutrients
  • It’s naturally gluten-free and nut-free, and can easily be dairy-free, too. 
  • You can make a batch with minimal prep time and a total time of around 30 minutes
  • It’s customizable with different ingredients and toppings. 
  • Leftovers keep well and can be enjoyed for days!
Ingredients needed to make cinnamon baked apple oatmeal.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Oats – Old-fashioned rolled oats work best for this recipe. If needed, look for certified gluten-free oats. 
  • Maple Syrup – This acts as a natural sweetener, eliminating the need for refined sugar. Feel free to use honey, if preferred. 
  • Baking Powder – This helps the oats rise in the oven. Make sure it’s fresh! 
  • Spices – Cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt create a warm flavor similar to apple crisp
  • Milk – We recommend using whole milk, but any dairy milk or non-dairy milk can be used. 
  • Bananas – The riper your bananas, the sweeter your oatmeal will taste. 
  • Apples – We recommend using common baking apples like Honey Crisp, Gala, or Granny Smith, but any apples will work. 
  • Egg – These provide structure to the oatmeal, helping it hold its shape. We haven’t tested any egg substitutes with this recipe and can’t guarantee your results if you do. 
  • Vanilla – Use high-quality, pure vanilla extract. 
  • Butter – Included for extra richness. 

Note: We also like to add a tablespoon of chia seeds to make our oatmeal extra thick and add even more fiber and healthy fats!

Oats, Apples, and Cinnamon: Your Ultimate Guide to Baked Breakfast Magic

  1. Prepare. Before you begin, preheat your oven, and grease a baking dish with cooking spray. 
  2. Mash the bananas. Use a fork to mash the bananas in the baking dish until no clumps remain. 
  3. Combine. Add the remaining ingredients to the baking dish, and stir to combine. 
  4. Bake. Transfer the oatmeal to the oven, and bake until it is set and golden brown on top.
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Topping Ideas and Serving Suggestions

Because this baked apple oatmeal is so simple to make, it’s also super easy to customize! Try mixing and matching different ingredients to meet your taste preferences and dietary needs. 

For instance, some of our favorite additions include: 

  • Protein Powder – Stir in your favorite vanilla protein powder to make this recipe even more nutritious and filling. 
  • Mix-Ins – Fold in chopped nuts, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, or dried fruit for extra flavor and texture. 
  • Spices – Add even more flavor with additional spices like allspice or cardamom. 
  • Nut Butter – Include a swirl of nut butter like almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter for a boost of healthy fats and a rich, nutty flavor. 

Then, serve your apple cinnamon baked oatmeal warm with toppings like sautéed apples, yogurt, chopped nuts, whipped cream, maple syrup or honey, brown sugar, milk, or even ice cream for dessert! 

How to Store for Meal Prep

Baked oats are fantastic for meal prep! Once cooled, transfer them to an airtight container, and keep them in the fridge for up to three to four days

Then, when you’re ready to eat, warm them in the microwave in 30-second intervals for one to two minutes or until your desired temperature is reached. Or, enjoy them cold straight from the fridge! 

Baked apple oatmeal in an oval baking dish.

Common Questions About This Baked Apple Oatmeal Recipe

Is apple cinnamon oatmeal good for you? 

Of course, that depends on your definition of healthy. However, with lots of fiber, vitamins, nutrients, and no refined sugar, this recipe is much better for you than many store-bought oatmeal alternatives. 

Can I make this recipe vegan-friendly? 

Yes, just swap the butter for plant-based butter or coconut oil, and use dairy-free milk. 

Can I use steel-cut oats instead of rolled oats? 

We don’t recommend it! Steel-cut oats do not absorb the liquid like rolled oats, meaning they won’t become soft and fluffy as they bake. 

A slice of baked apple oatmeal on a plate topped with apples and milk with a fork holding a bite.

More Easy Baked Oatmeal Recipes

A serving of baked apple oatmeal topped with milk and apples.

Baked Apple Oatmeal

5 from 8 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Make mornings easy with the warm, cozy flavors of this apple pie-inspired quick baked apple oatmeal recipe!


  • 3 whole bananas mashed
  • 2 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 apple cored, peeled, and finely diced
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup to taste
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Spray an 11×7 non-stick baking dish with cooking spray. Add bananas to the dish, and mash with a fork.
    3 whole bananas
  • Add all ingredients to the prepared baking dish – oats, apples, maple syrup baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir together until well combined.
    2 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, 1 apple, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 cups milk, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the oatmeal is set and golden brown on top.
  • Slice and serve with choice of nuts and maple syrup, if desired.


1 (11×7) Baking Dish


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 343IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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      1. I’m going to try this recipe,I can’t wait. Do you think you could use Almond Milk instead of regular milk?

    1. Hi! Unfortunately, we haven’t tested this recipe in the air fryer and aren’t sure how it would turn out. Definitely let us know how it goes if you do!

      Alia & Radwa

  1. Thank you for the most delicious recipe. I absolutely love it with thick cream and some maple syrup or perhaps brown sugar on top.

    1. Thank you for trying it out and taking the time to leave a review! We’re so glad you enjoyed it. 🥰

      Alia & Radwa

    2. I’m not a fan of banana flavor. Could I substitute applesauce for the banana? Any suggestion how much? Thank you!

      1. We haven’t tested it but don’t think substituting all applesauce would turn out well as the oatmeal is likely to become too soggy. You could try using 1 cup of applesauce and 1 banana!

        Alia & Radwa

        1. Sounds yummy! Wondering if this could be made ahead and then portioned out and reheated for breakfasts during the week?

          1. Yes! This stores well in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Then, just heat individual portions in the microwave. 😊

            Alia & Radwa