Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal

$6.04 recipe / $0.76 serving

After a long egg breakfast phase (fueled by this simple technique for soft boiled eggs), I’ve begun craving my old standby, baked oatmeal. I had the intention of making a carrot cake-esque baked oatmeal, but the more ingredients I thought about adding, the more it began to resemble those super scrumptious Morning Glory Muffins. The baked oatmeal version has all the awesome flavors and textures as the Morning Glory Muffins (apple, pineapple, coconut, walnut, and carrots), but is quite a bit easier to make, has less sugar, and feels more like breakfast than a treat or dessert. I love it!

If you’re new to baked oatmeal, they’re a great make-ahead breakfast that can be quickly reheated each morning for a filling and healthy start to your day. Although it does take a little time to bake, the preparation is simple – you just stir everything together, then pour it into a casserole dish, and then bake. The oats absorb the lightly sweetened custard-like base as they bake to create a soft, warm, non-gooey version of oatmeal. Many people misinterpret the photos and think that the baked oatmeal is crunchy, but it is not. It is soft, moist, and almost fluffy in texture. It’s just fabulous. So, here’s the newest version!

Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal

Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal

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Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal
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Total Cost: $6.04
Cost Per Serving: $0.76
Serves: 8
  • 1½ cups unsweetened apple sauce $1.29
  • 2 large eggs $0.44
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar $0.08
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract $0.14
  • ½ tsp cinnamon $0.05
  • ½ tsp salt $0.02
  • ¾ tsp baking powder $0.03
  • 2-3 carrots, shredded (about 1½ cups) $0.33
  • 1 (15 oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice (drained) $1.09
  • ⅓ cup shredded coconut (sweetened) $0.26
  • ⅓ chopped walnuts $1.63
  • 1 cup milk (dairy or soy) $0.25
  • 2½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats $0.43
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the apple sauce, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Peel the carrots and shred them on a cheese grater. Drain most of the juice out of the can of pineapple (it can be saved for smoothies or cocktails). Add the shredded carrots, pineapple, coconut, and chopped walnuts to the apple sauce mixture. Stir until well combined. Add the milk and stir again. Finally, add the dry oats and stir until they are well mixed and coated in the wet mixture.
  3. Pour the oat mixture into an 8x8 or 9x9 inch casserole dish that has been coated with non-stick spray. Bake (uncovered) in the oven for 45 minutes. Serve hot or refrigerate until ready to eat. The baked oatmeal can be enjoyed cold or reheated in the microwave.


Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal


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Wet IngredientsPreheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl whisk together 1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple sauce, two large eggs, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp salt, and 3/4 tsp baking powder. A whisk works best for this step to help break up the eggs and get everything well incorporated.

Pineapple Carrots Nuts

Peel 2 or 3 carrots and then shred them with a cheese grater. You want about 1 1/2 cups of shredded carrots total. Drain one 15-ounce can of crushed pineapple in juice (you don’t want to add TOO much moisture to the oats). Add the carrots, pineapple, 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, and 1/3 cup shredded (sweetened) coconut to the bowl. Stir to combine. You’ll want to switch to a spoon for this step because all the little bits will get stuck in a whisk.


Add one cup of milk (dairy and soy both work well) and stir it into the mixture.


Lastly, stir in 2 1/2 cups of dry old-fashioned rolled oats. Although some people have used “quick” oats for my baked oatmeal recipes, I think the old-fashioned rolled oats work best because they have more texture. Steel cut oats require more cooking time and more moisture than rolled oats, so you can’t simply sub those in place of the rolled oats.

Ready to Bake

Pour the mixture into a casserole dish coated with non-stick spray. You’ll want to use a basic 8×8 or 9×9 inch casserole dish.

Baked Oatmeal

Bake in the preheated 375 degree oven for 45 minutes. Now it’s ready to eat! Or ready to refrigerate for the rest of the week.

Morning Glory Baked Oatmeal

I like to add a little splash of milk on top and then I’m ready to dive in! It’s sweet, full of texture, and loads of flavor!



  1. I love this recipe. I had just been eating oatmeal everyday and this totally brings it up more than a notch. I even used fresh nectarines (since they are in season now) instead of the pineapple yesterday… amazing. You can also add in flax seed meal with no ill effect. It’s such a versatile recipe. Thank you, thank you!

  2. Vickie says:

    Absolutely love this! Made it yesterday for hubby and I to eat all week before work. This is my 4th baked oatmeal recipe of yours and probably my fave!! Love your website! Can’t wait to try the smoked tomato soup recipe you just posted!

  3. Colleen G says:

    In my Top 10! Make and freeze in portion sized scoops. Add frozen berries or Greek yogurt to eat. So fast and YUMMY!

  4. Victoria says:

    I’m super excited to try this, I just have one question; would I be able to substitute coconut milk instead of normal milk?

  5. Doris says:

    Thanks for the quick response to my question re omitting the coconut…Based on your answer, should I add another 1/3 cup shredded carrots to the amount of crots already in the recipe ??? Also, do we drain the pineapple and use the liquid for something else??? thanks so much…

    • Yes, drain the pineapple and you can save the juice for smoothies or cocktails. :) (thanks for pointing that out, I’m clarifying it in the recipe now) As for whether or not to add extra carrot, that’s completely up to you. :) You can add more or just leave the coconut out without replacing it and it will still be good.

  6. Doris says:

    Hello–this looks delicious …What , if any, problems would there be if the coconut is not used ??? we have a family member with tree nut allergies…would cooking time need to be adjusted ?? would it be beneficial to add more of other ingredients like maybe more carrots or something ??? or just omit the coconut ??? thanks

    • You can leave the coconut out with no ill effects. :) You can try adding some shredded carrot or any other fairly dry ingredient in its place, if you’d like.

  7. Hayley says:

    Holy yum! This is delicious. I love quick breakfasts for those rushed mornings (who am I kidding, all of my mornings) and this oatmeal is great for just that. I baked mine in a muffin tin then stuck them in the freezer so I have premade portions that I can microwave, pour milk over, and eat whenever I want!

  8. Lauren says:

    Oh my gosh. This oatmeal is ridiculous(-LY DELICIOUS). I can’t open the fridge and NOT take a bite of this stuff! I made it with the hopes that I’d have breakfast for a whole week or two, but it didn’t make it that long.

    I love it warm. I love it cold. I love it with milk… I love it any way it comes.

    Thank you!!

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