Amish Baked Oatmeal
Amish baked oatmeal is a warm breakfast casserole dish made with oats, milk, eggs, and a few other pantry staples. It is hearty and filling, and a kid-approved breakfast dish for any day of the year!
This easy baked oatmeal is also very quick to make. It won't take more than a few minutes to throw everything together and pop it into the oven. And thirty minutes later you'll have a warm breakfast on the table.
And although this is a perfect breakfast dish, the leftovers are also great to eat for a snack at any time of the day.
Oatmeal for Breakfast
Creamy-cooked oatmeal porridge is an easy and filling breakfast dish. And it's cheap food for times when you are on a tight grocery budget. Not to mention the health benefits of eating oats.
But my husband grew up having to eat cooked oatmeal a few too many times. And now he practically refuses to eat the mushy mess.
I don't mind it, but it's definitely not one of my favorite breakfast foods.
However, it's a different story with baked oatmeal. I love this stuff! And especially if it has delicious add-ins such as nuts, fruit, etc. And my husband likes it too.
The texture is beautiful, and it's almost like eating oatmeal cake.
Warm or Cold Baked Oatmeal
Whenever I make this Amish oatmeal recipe, I serve it warm for breakfast. Some of us like it plain, but I like it with milk.
And it's the best fresh out of the oven. Although it's also great as leftovers.
You can reheat it for breakfast again the next morning. But sometimes ours gets eaten for a snack throughout the day. We eat it like oatmeal bars. And, in my opinion, it's just as good at room temperature as it is warm.
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Amish Baked Oatmeal with Apples
I enjoy plain baked oatmeal. And you can always add some fresh fruit to your bowl to make your breakfast complete.
But I prefer baked oatmeal with apples, chopped nuts, or some kind of fruit added in. It adds extra flavor, texture, and nutrition.
I always have apples in the refrigerator, so I often make baked oatmeal with chopped apples. And you can add extra spices as well to create Fall Baked Oatmeal.
However, the oatmeal only needs about 30 minutes to bake, so make sure to finely chop the apples if you want them nice and soft.
This Amish recipe for baked oatmeal is very versatile. It's a basic baked oatmeal recipe that you can turn into peach baked oatmeal, pecan baked oatmeal, Amish baked oatmeal with blueberries, (with raisins), (with chocolate chips), etc. You can add almost any kind of fruit, nuts, seeds, etc. that you would like.
There are so many optional add-ins, so have fun and create something that your family will love.
Now I don't recommend adding them all at one time though :).
Healthy Baked Oatmeal Options
Beings this Amish apple baked oatmeal has quite a bit of sugar and butter, it's not exactly a healthy breakfast dish.
However, you could switch things up a bit to make it a healthier dish.
Number one, it doesn't need all this sugar. The one cup of brown sugar makes it taste good, and your kids will probably thank you for it. But you can easily cut back to one-half or even one-fourth cup.
Number two, you can replace the butter with melted coconut oil if desired.
Or make applesauce baked oatmeal. Use only one-fourth cup of butter and replace the other one-fourth cup with applesauce.
For dairy-free baked oatmeal, use coconut oil instead of butter and almond milk (or whatever milk alternative you prefer) instead of dairy.
This recipe is easily adapted, although it may slightly affect the outcome.
Rolled Oats versus Quick Oats
Baked oatmeal can be made with rolled oats or quick oats. Or you can do what I do and add some of both.
Using quick oats will give you a firmer, more cake-like texture. And using rolled oats will produce a more crumbly texture.
So, I tend to use half of each because I like it in between. I like my baked oatmeal slightly crumbly, but also like it to stick together more than when using only rolled oats.
Gluten-Free Breakfast Dish
I love that baked oatmeal is a gluten-free dish, so that even those who are intolerant to gluten can enjoy it.
However, if you have a high intolerance to any bit of gluten, you'll want to use oats that are specified as gluten-free. Since regular oats may be processed on equipment that was also used for flour, etc.
I hope you will try this baked oatmeal recipe and let me know (in the comments below) how you liked it and what you added.
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Amish Baked Oatmeal Recipe
- 2 large eggs
- 1 c. brown sugar (loosely filled)
- 1/2 c. butter (melted)
- 1 1/4 c. whole milk
- 3 c. oatmeal
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 - 2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
- 1 - 2 apples, peeled and chopped or shredded (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Beat eggs, and add brown sugar, melted butter, and milk. Mix well.2 large eggs, 1 c. brown sugar (loosely filled), 1/2 c. butter (melted), 1 1/4 c. whole milk
- Add the oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir in the apples and mix to combine.1 tsp. salt, 3 c. oatmeal, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 - 2 tsp. cinnamon (optional), 1 - 2 apples, peeled and chopped or shredded (optional)
- Pour the batter into a greased 9x13" pan. Bake at 350° for about 25 - 30 minutes or until set and no longer jiggly. Serve warm.
- Store at room temperature for a day. And refrigerate for up to a week.
I made this recipe with the substitutions you suggested to make it a tad bit more healthy. I used a 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of unsalted sweet butter and a 1/4 cup of applesauce. It was delicious! My wife loved it! We had it fresh out of the oven for breakfast and later on in the day we had some more for "dessert". Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Thank you for sharing your story as well. Most interesting and informative. My wife and I live in Virginia so we go up to Lancaster County every so often. Usually to attend a performance at Sight and Sound Theater. I don't know if you had heard but Hershey Farm Restaurant (adjacent to Sight and Sound) recently burned down. They are hoping to rebuild, but who knows. What a shame.
I'm glad that you enjoyed it! And I'm happy that you are here!
I go to Lancaster all the time and always get baked oatmeal. Glad I was able to find a recipe that I could make.
I'm glad that you are here!