Baked Oatmeal with Cherries
Creamy-baked oatmeal with cherries is so tasty and easy to make. It’s sweetened with honey and flavored with cinnamon applesauce, butter, and vanilla. Not to mention the crunchy almond topping!
It’s truly the best oatmeal breakfast bake to pair with breakfast power smoothie and breakfast potatoes.
Baked oatmeal just has to be one of the easiest ways to prepare oatmeal. It’s perfect for busy school mornings as it requires a few mixing bowls, a spoon, a whisk, and simple pantry staple ingredients.
Not to mention leftovers last in the fridge for up to 1 week and reheat so well. It tastes amazing on its own or paired with some of the classic morning dishes, such as eggs and sausage.
How Do You Make Oatmeal Taste Good?
But before we get to step by step for making baked oatmeal, let’s talk about flavor. Because there is nothing worse than bland oatmeal! The good thing is you don’t need many ingredients to make oatmeal taste good. You just need the right ingredients.
- Milk and butter. I’m a huge fan of using a milk and butter combo when it comes to making baked oatmeal. Both add amazing creaminess and flavor. Of course, you can use a non-dairy alternative, such as almond milk but it’s just not the same.
- Add-ins! This oatmeal bake is flavored with cinnamon-flavored applesauce and vanilla. Plus honey! Honey adds sweetness but also that delicious honey taste. Maple syrup is another good alternative.
- Fresh cherries. Fresh cherries, especially now that they’re in season. You can swap out fresh cherries for frozen when the cherry season is over and make this oatmeal year round!
For this oatmeal bake you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Oats – old-fashioned oats yield the best texture and flavor
- Baking powder and salt
- Milk – I used whole cow’s milk. You can substitute unsweetened almond milk
- Applesauce – you’ll need cinnamon-flavored applesauce or you can swap it out for plain applesauce + 1 teaspoon of cinnamon for the same results
- Honey – or maple syrup is a great alternative
- Butter – butter adds flavor! Do not leave it out
- Vanilla extract
- Cherries – fresh or frozen cherries can be used. See tips in the recipe card on using frozen cherries.
How to Make Oatmeal with Milk – Step by Step
Once you master making oatmeal with milk and butter, you can swap out cherries for berries, peaches, or even chopped up apple for a fall inspired bake.
- Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degree F. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
- Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, stir together oatmeal, baking powder, and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, applesauce, honey, egg, butter, and vanilla.
- Step 3: Stir in the oatmeal mixture until fully combined.
- Step 4: Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and stir in the cherries into the oatmeal.
- Step 5: Bake 25-28 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the center almost set. Cool for 5 minutes and serve with cold milk and toasted almonds.
Can You Reheat Oatmeal?
Yes, totally! I think that’s one of the best parts about baked oatmeal. Leftovers keep refrigerated for up to 1 week and reheat so easily.
My favorite way to reheat baked oatmeal is on the stovetop. Simply add the desired amount of oatmeal into a small saucepan, pour a little milk, and warm to your liking, over medium-low heat.
More Oatmeal Recipes
- Chia Seed Seed Granola Bars
- Banana Oatmeal Bars
- Vanilla Almond Granola
- Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
Baked Oatmeal with Cherries
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Creamy baked oatmeal with cherries is so tasty and easy to make. It’s sweetened with honey and flavored with cinnamon applesauce, butter, and vanilla.
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 cups milk*
- 1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce* (I used sweetened)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 Tbsp. melted butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup fresh pitted cherries, halved or whole*
- To serve: cold milk, sliced toasted almonds
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 2-quart baking pan with non-stick spray and set aside. 9X9 or 11X7-inch pan is ideal.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oatmeal, baking powder, and salt.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, applesauce, honey, egg, butter, and vanilla. Stir in the oatmeal mixture.
- Pour into prepared baking pan and stir in the cherries into the oatmeal. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden and center almost set. Start checking for doneness around 23-24 minutes.
- Cool for 5 minutes before serving. To serve: spoon a serving of oatmeal into a bowl, pour cold milk over the oatmeal, and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
- Unsweetened almond milk can be substituted for cow’s milk.
- If using unsweetened applesauce, increase the honey to 1/3 cup if you prefer sweeter oatmeal or leave as is for less sweet. Also, plain applesauce + 1 teaspoon of cinnamon can be substituted for cinnamon applesauce.
- You can use frozen cherries in place of fresh just make sure to remove them from the package and drain over a colander or few sheets of paper towel. No need to thaw them out.
- The key to this oatmeal bake is not to over bake it, otherwise, it will taste dry. Start checking for doneness around 23-24 minutes. The edges should be lightly brown and center almost set.
- I would not recommend mixing the oatmeal batter ahead of time as the oats will soak up all the liquid.
- Baked oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week. To reheat, spoon desired amount of oatmeal into a small sauce pan, pour some milk, and reheat on the stovetop over medium-low heat.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 231
- Sugar: 14.3 g
- Sodium: 68.7 mg
- Fat: 4.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 38.9 g
- Protein: 6.8 g
- Cholesterol: 29.4 mg
Keywords: easy, family friendly, make ahead
I don’t usually remember to leave a review for recipes but this was amazing! I maybe oversalted it but the sweet and salty flavor was phenomenal. I used some honey but got frustrated at getting the honey out of the bottle, so I poured some crappy pancake syrup for the rest. I used unsweetened applesauce so I increased the sweetener as directed. I used frozen cherries that I rinsed and dried off. The cinnamon is very important. One of my clients drizzled chocolate sauce on it, so chocolate chips could be a fun add-in. The other just added more syrup but personally I thought it was sweet enough. I’m not even a big fan of oatmeal but this was great. I will be using it as a base for all my baked oatmeals with different mix-ins. Thank you!
Thank you for the review Aly! I’m so happy you enjoyed this oatmeal bake.
Stumbled upon this recipe while looking for breakfast ideas with cherries. I love it so much. It’s so deceptively simple. Cherries are the perfect compliment… but I just made it again with peaches. I wake up excited to reheat leftovers in the morning. It’s my new favorite comfort food!
Peaches sound delicious! I hope you enjoy it. Thank you.
It’s been a year since I last raved about this recipe. I still love it! My husband loves it. His coworkers are jealous of his homemade breakfast. Thank you again. I’m making it again tomorrow morning. Yum!
I tried baked oatmeal for the first time this past weekend on a visit to PA. Came home knowing I had to try it myself. I truly lucked out with finding and trying your recipe first. It came out great (tho I may have cooked it just a “tad” too long)
This is definitely going in my “favorite” recipe file!
That’s so great! Thank you for feedback Anna.
Already made it twice and I love it!!
I substituted the dairy products for almond milk, a little bit of coconut oil/ Vegan butter. Honestly can’t tell there isn’t any dairy in it. Also I used peaches!
First try was better then the second try as the second time I overbaked it and it wasn’t as creamy but still very good! Thank you!!!
That makes me so happy! Thank you for feedback.
Can you sub cherries for any other fruit? Like blueberries or strawberries?
Totally! I think berries, peaches, or even chopped up apples (for fall inspired bake) would all be great!