Apple Almond Date Baked Oatmeal

I had never heard of baked oatmeal before the lovely Sweet Happy Pie did a fabulous blog post about it. It sounded so good I just had to try it! I promptly went into the kitchen to see what I had available. If you know me and my cooking/baking habits I can't just leave a recipe as is- I always tweak it- they might be small tweaks but I never leave well enough alone! This recipe was no different. The first attempt was delicious! It wasn't what I expected at all- I thought it would be like those Quaker oatmeal squares, dense and solid but this is a bit spongy and kind of chewy- which doesn't make it sound appealing at all, but it's really good! If you check out Sweet Happy Pie's version you'll see right away where I made my changes- she makes some really delicious suggestions for flavors too, so I encourage you to head on over to her blog and check it out! She includes the link to the original recipe that she found and also tweaked- great minds think alike! Oh and she also has this most amazing link for the fanciest popcorn balls I've ever seen- sure to be a future blog post!!!

Okay so here's my version! Apple Almond Date Baked Oatmeal. Gluten free and dairy free, but not vegan- (if you can make this work with an egg substitute then you're golden!)

What you'll need:

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup almonds- I did blanched almond slivers
1 1/2 cups of chopped apples
4-  chopped dates. 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I always use saigon cinnamon)
pinch of nutmeg

2 cups Vanilla Coconut milk
2 eggs
3 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon Vanilla

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (my oven temp is off so I do it at 400 degrees)
coat a 9 x 13 pan with oil or cooking spray- I use an olive oil sprayer

2. In a bowl mix all dry ingredients plus fruit-(please reserve half the fruit and nuts to sprinkle on top after wet ingredients are poured on). pour into pan and spread evenly.

3. In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients. Gently pour over the dry ingredients, shaking the pan a bit to make sure everything is evenly distributed. Sprinkle the remaining fruit and nuts (or whatever you delicious filling/flavor is). I sprinkled a small amount of brown sugar on top and into the oven it went!

4. Bake for around 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. (I find that I have to bake mine for about 40-45 minutes- this may be due to the edition of the coconut milk)

Cut yourself up a square and prepare to smile!

Dry Ingredients

All of the dry ingredients together

Pouring wet ingredients into the waiting pan.



  1. Yum!!! What a perfect fall recipe! I can't wait to try this :) thank you so much for posting it! i love apple flavored anything.

    you have a lovely blog, dear. i hope you have a fabulous weekend :)

    xox, amber

    1. Thank you so much Amber!

      I hope you try it, it really is yummy!! Let me know how it goes and if you try any different flavor combinations!!! I'm making it again tomorrow myself! :)

      Have a wonderful weekend as well!

  2. This does sound wonderful! There's a restaurant in town that does a baked oatmeal, and my step-mom loves it, so I'm going to try your recipe! Thanks for posting it.
    hugs, Cricket

    1. Hi Cricket!!

      I'm so glad you want to make it! I've been sticking with the same flavors because I like it so much, but I'm curious to see what others choose!! Let me know what you think when you try it! It's so incredibly easy to make!

      Leah xo


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