Originally published in October 209; updated December 2022.
Start the Morning with a Win!
When I think of baked oatmeal or any oat dish for that matter, I always associate it with maple, nuts, and apples. They are flavors that work so well together. I think that my love of baked apple crisp has permanently solidified the marriage between oats and apples so firmly in my mind that I can’t come up with a better oat combination.
Have you ever tried baked oatmeal with apples and pecans? It’s like combining an oatmeal cookie with oatmeal porridge. Besides toast, baked oatmeal or baked oats are probably some of the easiest meals to prepare for breakfast. The final product always tastes as though you’ve been slaving over the stove for hours.
Funny enough, baked oatmeal is one of those meals that you can prepare beforehand and heat up the next day, or you can prepare it the day of, a half an hour or so before eating. It is very versatile.
While my kids are still in bed, I like to slip downstairs to the kitchen for a few moments of quiet and prepare a pan of baked oatmeal. They are so impressed when they come downstairs, and I have a warm bowl of freshly baked oatmeal covered in maple syrup and milk. It’s so important to start the day with something delicious and wholesome.
All About the Toppings
I used the Stemilt Piñata® apple for this recipe because they do so well when baked. They become a little tender but mostly stay intact, leaving delicious juicy pieces of apple throughout the dish. They also make a great crunchy side-kick to the dish when you cut up fresh slices.
The pecans add a nice crunch, and are great both baked or raw on top. One of the ultimate toppings is the maple syrup as it provides the perfect amount of sweetness. Other good toppers for those who like options are shredded coconut, cranberries, chocolate chips, or even pumpkin seeds.
Try it for Yourself
We love this baked apple and pecan oatmeal for its delicious taste and simplicity, and we hope your family will give it a chance. It’s warm and comforting, and a great meal to eat first thing in the morning. It’s also really healthy, which is a bonus! Leave a comment and let us know what you think of the recipe or how you customized it for your family!