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.
Keywords: easy, family friendly, make ahead