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Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal

Cranberry apple baked oatmeal is a lightened up way to enjoy seasonal flavors. This oatmeal bake is a warm, cozy, and wholesome breakfast that will keep you fueled through holiday hustle and bustle.

Cranberry apple baked oatmeal is a wholesome, festive breakfast you can meal prep.
Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal
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Happy December!

The holiday season is here and so are all the heavy, rich foods that go with it.

As much as I enjoy the treats and can sustain myself on cookie dough and Christmas champagne cocktails for the last six weeks of the year, sometimes it gets a little….

….much.

Like I couldn’t possibly eat more pie or turkey no matter how tasty it is.

I crave healthy foods that make me feel good.

Because you can’t live on junk alone.

This cranberry oatmeal bake fits the bill.

Healthy Cranberry Oatmeal

Cozy, wholesome cranberry apple baked oatmeal makes a festive start to the day.
Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal

This cozy bake has tons of good for you ingredients like apples, whole cranberries, and rolled oats.

Plus, it’s not full of refined sugar but instead is lightly sweetened with maple syrup.

It will make you feel good and keep you full until lunchtime with the balance of good for you carbs, healthy fats, and protein.

Are cranberries good for you?

Cranberry apple baked oatmeal is a wholesome, festive breakfast you can meal prep.
Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal

Yes! With a catch.

Cranberry sauce and some versions of cranberry juice are made with a lot of added sugar and while it’s delicious (especially this Instant Pot cranberry sauce) too much added sugar is linked to some health problems.

Whole cranberries, on the other hand, are full of good for you things like dietary fiber which keeps you fuller longer, and vitamins like A, C, and K. They also have calcium and iron.

Not too shabby for a little berry.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal: Apples, Cranberries, Eggs, Oats, Coconut Oil, Maple Syrup, Vanilla, Spices, and Milk
Ingredients for Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal: Apples, Cranberries, Eggs, Oats, Coconut Oil, Maple Syrup, Vanilla, Spices, and Milk

To make this you’ll need:

  • Granny Smith apples – You could use another baking apple, like Cortland’s or Braeburn, with a tart flavor. I’d avoid red delicious apples because they don’t tend to bake very well.
  • Cranberries – These can be hard to find year round, but around fall and Christmas, you should be able to find fresh ones with the produce. If you want a similar flavor year round, you can use dried cranberries or craisins. Sometimes, you can also find frozen cranberries by the frozen fruits. That would work too.
  • Rolled oats – You can use steel cut oats instead, just avoid instant oatmeal because they are over-processed and will turn to a mushy mess.
  • Milk – I use whole milk, but you can sub in 2%. If you prefer, you could use a neutral non-dairy milk.
  • Applesauce – I use natural, no-added sugar applesauce, but cinnamon flavored or regular old applesauce would work too.
  • Eggs -Large eggs at room temperature.
  • Maple syrup – If you don’t have maple syrup handy, honey works as a sweetener.
  • Coconut oil – Another light oil, like olive oil or canola oil would also work.
  • Vanilla – I like pure vanilla extract. You could use the artificial stuff if you want though.
  • Salt – I use sea salt, but regular table salt will work too.

How to Make Easy Baked Oatmeal with Cranberries

1. Cut the apples.

Dice the apples for baked oatmeal with cranberries and apples.
Dice the apples.

Remove the core of the apples and cut the apples into equal sized pieces. Set aside.

2. Mix the ingredients together.

Whisk the wet ingredients together until combined.
Whisk the wet ingredients together until combined.


Start by adding the eggs, milk, vanilla, coconut oil, applesauce, cinnamon, salt and maple syrup into a large bowl. Then whisk it together until combined.

Stir in the rolled oats.
Stir in the rolled oats.

Now stir in the oatmeal.

3. Fold in the fruit.

Fold in the apples and cranberries.
Fold in the apples and cranberries.


Once the oats have been well combined, fold in the diced apples and cranberries. Stir them until just distributed. Then pour the mixture into an 8×8″ sprayed baking dish and spread it out evenly.

4. Bake.

Spread the oat and fruit mixture into an 8x8 baking dish.
Spread the oat and fruit mixture into an 8×8 baking dish.


Put the filled dish in an oven that you’ve preheated to 350 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes or until the solids have set. Let cool for 5 minutes prior to serving.

A baking dish full of cranberry apple baked oatmeal
Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal

Serve and enjoy!

Serving and Storing

A spoonful of cozy, wholesome cranberry apple baked oatmeal.
Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal

This baked oatmeal is the perfect make ahead breakfast recipe. I like to make a batch on Monday morning and have it for breakfast for the next few days. 

To serve it, I like to serve it warm. Sometimes, I top it with extra maple syrup or chopped walnuts. Other times, I enjoy it plain.

To store, I keep it in the baking dish and cover the leftovers tightly with foil. Reheat it in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until warmed through.

Tips and Tricks

Cranberry apple baked oatmeal with a drizzle of maple syrup is a wholesome, festive breakfast.
Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal
  • It really helps to mix the wet ingredients together first prior stirring in the oats and fruit. This way the wet ingredients get well distributed.
  • You don’t need to worry about peeling the apples. I almost never do, but you certainly can if you want to.
  • Want to spice up your baked oatmeal even more? Add a half a teaspoon of nutmeg or ginger for even more warming flavor.
  • This doubles really well if you are feeding a crowd. Just make sure to use a 9×13 dish instead.

Other Oatmeal Breakfasts You Might Enjoy

Cranberry apple baked oatmeal with a drizzle of maple syrup is a wholesome, festive breakfast.
Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal
Cranberry apple baked oatmeal is a wholesome, festive breakfast you can meal prep

Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Cranberry apple baked oatmeal is a lightened up way to enjoy seasonal flavors. This oatmeal bake is a warm, cozy, and wholesome breakfast that will keep you fueled through holiday hustle and bustle.

Ingredients

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and diced
  • 2 cups of fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup of applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Cut the apples. Remove the core of the apples and cut the apples into equal sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the cranberries. Use a colander to rinse and drain the cranberries. Discard any that aren't firm.
  3. Mix the ingredients together. Start by adding the eggs, milk, vanilla, coconut oil, applesauce, cinnamon, salt and maple syrup into a large bowl. Then whisk it together until combined. Now stir in the oatmeal.
  4. Fold in the fruit. Once the oats have been well combined, fold in the diced apples and cranberries . Stir them until just distributed. Then pour the mixture into an 8x8" sprayed baking dish and spread it out evenly.
  5. Bake. Put the filled dish in an oven that you've preheated to 350 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes or until the solids have set. Let cool for 5 minutes prior to serving. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

see post for additional notes

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 56mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 8gSugar: 22gProtein: 10g

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