Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal

$3.79 recipe / $0.63 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.87 from 29 votes
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One of the reasons I love this time of year is that I can find fresh cranberries in the grocery store! Those tart little berries are so much fun to cook with. They have the prettiest bright red color and provide a pucker worthy pop of flavor to whatever dish you put them in.

This autumn inspired baked oatmeal is just as easy and NOM-worthy as all my other baked oatmeal recipes. It takes just a few minutes to stir the ingredients together and then the oven does the rest of the work. The end result is a soft, custard-like oatmeal that is just a little sweet and a lot filling. The fresh cranberries give this baked oatmeal a sweet-tart flavor that are sure to wake up your taste buds. When it’s done baking, simply divide the oatmeal up into single portions and you’ve got ready-to-reheat breakfast for the rest of the week!

I do hope that I never run out of flavor combinations to try with baked oatmeal… It’s just SO good!

Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal

Front view of a bowl of Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal with a spoon on the side and a cup of coffee and scattered cranberries in the background

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Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal

4.87 from 29 votes
This autumn inspired Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal is an easy, warm, and comforting alternative to plain oatmeal. 
Servings 6
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple sauce ($1.29)
  • 2 large eggs ($0.34)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar ($0.08)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ($0.14)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder ($0.03)
  • 1 cup milk (dairy or soy) ($0.25)
  • 6 oz about 1 1/4 cups fresh cranberries ($1.25)
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats ($0.34)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the apple sauce, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder until smooth. Add the milk and whisk until smooth again.
  • Rinse the cranberries in a colander. Slice or roughly chop the cranberries in half (they don't have to be perfect). Stir the cranberries and oats into the applesauce mixture.
  • Pour the oatmeal mixture into an 8x8 or 9x9 casserole dish (coated with non-stick spray). Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the surface is a light golden brown and it is no longer sticky in the center. Serve hot or refrigerate until ready to eat.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 227.05kcalCarbohydrates: 39.92gProtein: 7.23gFat: 4.87gSodium: 288.02mgFiber: 4.53g
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Tray of Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal with a small amount scooped into bowl

Step by Step Photos

Wet Ingredients in mixing bowl with whisk

Begin preheating the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the apple sauce, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Once those are whisked smooth, add the milk and whisk until smooth again.

Bag of Cranberries

I used half of this 12 oz. bag, which was about 1 1/4 cups. What did I do with the rest? I froze them! I’ll use them later in some muffins or something (or maybe another batch of this oatmeal!).

Sliced Cranberries on cutting board

Give the cranberries a good rinse in a colander. Take about a handful at a time and place them on a cutting board. Slice them in half or roughly chop them so that they’re at least sliced open. They don’t have to be perfect, so I wouldn’t suggest slicing them one by one. You just want to open them up so that the juices will be released as they bake. And be careful, those little suckers like to roll around!

Oats and Cranberries mixed into other ingredients in mixing bowl

Stir the dry oats and cranberries into the apple sauce mixture with a spoon.

oatmeal mixture poured into baking dish ready to bake

Pour the oatmeal mixture into an 8×8 or 9×9 inch casserole dish. You might want to coat that dish with non-stick spray. 

Close up of Baked Oatmeal in dish

Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is light golden brown and it’s no longer sticky in the middle.

Top view of Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal in baking dish with wooden spoon

Scoop some out and enjoy!

Top view of a bowl of Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal with spoon

I like mine with a little milk on top!

Top view of a bowl of Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal with a cup of coffee in background and spoon on the side

Hot and filling breakfast for the rest of the week – done and DONE.

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  1. Wonder if either frozen or dried cranberries would work in this as I am not sure how easy it would be to get fresh ones …

    1. I rehydrated my craisins in the milk and reduced the brown sugar by 1/4 and it turned out great 

  2. Love this recipe! It’s very forgiving. I’ve made the following adjustments and it still turns out great…
    I use a 9×13 in glass dish (I don’t own a casserole dish yet)
    I do half and half frozen cranberries and craisins. (Cranberry season is so short and the cranberries alone were a little too tart for me)
    I toss in a sliced apple (Apples and oats is always a good combo)

  3. I’m not much of a comment-leaver, but this turned out so great I feel compelled to say something! I want to eat this every day. I used quick-cooking steel-cut oats and the convection setting, and it was the perfect amount of crunchy on top. Thanks Beth and team!