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Pumpkin Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite weekday breakfasts. I can reheat leftovers at work and if I’m feeling fancy, drizzle some warm milk over the top. Ever since September rolled around, I’ve been craving baked oatmeal and baked pumpkin doughnuts. At least I have one crossed off my must-make list!

This particular baked oatmeal recipe couldn’t better represent fall. Between the pumpkin, cranberries, and apple…it’s a breakfast fall delight in every bite.

For added nutrition, the recipe calls for wheat germ and walnuts which are both good sources of omega 3 fatty acids while the wheat germ also adds additional fiber to make for a very filling start to the day.


Pumpkin Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod and My Kitchen Addiction

2 cups old fashioned oats
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 1/2 cups skim milk or milk substitute
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup apple, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


Preheat the oven to 375 F. Spray an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and cranberries. In a separate bowl, combine the soy milk, pumpkin puree, melted butter, egg, and vanilla, whisking until the mixture is smooth.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and stir to combine all of the ingredients. Add the apple and combine with the wet oatmeal mixture. Spread the oatmeal into the baking dish, and sprinkle with walnuts.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until the oatmeal has set and the top is golden. Serve warm, topped with additional soy milk, if desired. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 375 calories; 12.8 g. fat; 45 mg. cholesterol; 261 mg. sodium; 57.6 g. carbohydrate; 7.8 g. fiber; 12 g. protein

Result: I threw this oatmeal together in about 15 minutes one morning and it baked while I got ready for work. Any recipe I can make on a weekday morning isn’t too labor intensive or timely. I love that between the apple and cranberries there is about a half serving of fruit, and the walnuts, milk, and egg add protein. Delicious…enjoy!


Short post today…busy day ahead!

Question: What’s for breakfast this morning?

Be well,

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  1. Erika - The Teenage Taste
    October 12, 2011 / 7:00 am

    Believe it or not, I’ve never made baked oatmeal before! I’ll definitely have to change that soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    October 12, 2011 / 7:11 am

    I did baked oatmeal once before and loved it! Honey or pb is a good topper, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My normal oatmeal breakfasts have started to be replaced with scrambled egg wraps. Not sure where this craving for savory is coming from, but it’s an ok change. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nicole
      October 12, 2011 / 7:52 am

      You talking about these breakfast burritos is making me crave them!!

  3. thehealthyapron
    October 12, 2011 / 7:39 am

    Mmm this looks like a perfect morning meal! I might throw it together while I do some yoga this morning (seeing as how I’m currently unemployed ha)

    • Nicole
      October 12, 2011 / 7:52 am

      How’s the job market in Cleveland? Fingers crossed for you!

  4. Rachel Palmieri
    October 12, 2011 / 8:14 am

    I made this recipe a couple of days ago and have been eating it for breakfast. It’s AWESOME! I throw a little half and half on top before I nuke it. My recipe was the same but called for pecans. And I didn’t have wheat germ so I just replaced it with more oats. If I had flax seed that would have gone in. I think my next batch might involve some additional spice…maybe pumpkin pie spice!

  5. Lindsey
    October 12, 2011 / 8:35 am

    Wow, I’m so loving that this is packed with fall flavors but is so nutritious. And easy! Seems like something I could make on Sunday then enjoy throughout the week with a quick reheat in the microwave. Win!

    • Nicole
      October 14, 2011 / 8:00 am

      Yes! Reheats perfectly! Especially with a splash of milk!

  6. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    October 12, 2011 / 9:36 am

    I loved baked oatmeal! I love the Fall twist ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Heather
    October 12, 2011 / 10:08 am

    I haven’t made baked oatmeal in such a long time – thanks for the reminder.

    I love it because make it once and you have a few breakfasts already made for the week!

  8. Anna @ On Anna's Plate
    October 12, 2011 / 10:10 am

    I had oatmeal too…but just regular ol’ bowl of oats! This baked version looks tasty!

  9. Biz
    October 12, 2011 / 10:20 am

    I made this last week and my PIL made it and raved about it too – then when my SIL came over to pick up her food for the week, she asked if it was hard to put together and I literally mixed it in front of her in about 10 minutes and sent it home with her to bake – love it! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I had an egg breakfast sammie and fruit today ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Nicole
      October 14, 2011 / 8:00 am

      It was so easy to make! Anything I can handle on a Monday morning is basic…very basic! But it was soooo good! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lots of people have made this same recipe — it’s so…perfectly fall ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Kristi Rimkus
    October 12, 2011 / 10:26 am

    I’m a big fan of oatmeal for breakfast. With pumpkin so readily available right now, it’s the perfect time to make this oatmeal. I’ve linked your recipe on my Healthy Cooks Club page. Delicious!

    • Nicole
      October 14, 2011 / 7:59 am

      Thanks, Kristi! I really appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Leah @ Why Deprive?
    October 12, 2011 / 11:18 am

    This recipe just sounds like fall. I love it.

  12. Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian
    October 12, 2011 / 12:02 pm

    I often feel like breakfast is where I lack creativity. This baked oatmeal looks amazing.I did a baked oatmeal the other day and it was just delicious! Perfect for the colder weather.

  13. Marisa @ Loser for Life
    October 12, 2011 / 12:21 pm

    I have made this and LOVED it! And I am NOT a big oatmeal fan! Definitely a keeper!

    • Nicole
      October 14, 2011 / 7:59 am

      This has been quite the popular recipe and lots of people it seems have enjoyed it! I must be one of the last…but better late than never! And, there will be an “again!” YUM!

  14. Hezzi-D
    October 12, 2011 / 5:50 pm

    Yum! Pumpkin and apple sounds delicious!
    As for breakfast this morning, it’s whatever the school is having-I eat with my kids everyday!

  15. Faith
    October 12, 2011 / 6:18 pm

    You have stolen my heart with this one, Nicole! It’s everything I love about fall all wrapped up into one delicious meal!

    • Nicole
      October 14, 2011 / 7:57 am

      It really is…it’s missing nothing about fall ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Krystal R.
    October 12, 2011 / 6:30 pm

    Geesh Nicole, I need to get on this pumpkin train of yours! You are unstoppable with these pumpkin recipes! Mmmmm, this sounds perfect. Sounds like a great way to start my day!

    For breakfast, I had honey bunches of oats cereal with almond milk, glass of oj, and coffee.

  17. sarah@spinach and spice
    October 12, 2011 / 6:35 pm

    I wonder if this could be made in the microwave.. hmm.. I might have some experimenting to do ๐Ÿ˜‰ What a great flavor combination!

  18. Jenn
    October 12, 2011 / 7:20 pm

    Oh my deliciousness!!! I just made this for breakfast tomorrow and our apartment smells AMAZING!! I can’t wait to actually taste it!

    • Nicole
      October 14, 2011 / 7:56 am

      Jenn: I hope you loved it, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jenn
        October 21, 2011 / 7:22 am

        I just have to tell you…this recipe was absolutely DELICIOUS! It was a huge hit in our family. The only change I made was using fresh cranberries rather than dried. Thank you for sharing!

        • Nicole
          October 21, 2011 / 7:29 am

          I bet the fresh cranberries were perfect…thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Laurel @ Lolly's Sweet Treats
    October 12, 2011 / 8:14 pm

    Nicole- this looks great. I’ve recently gotten into steel cut oatmeal for breakfast. I wonder if I could use them in your recipe? Hmm…

    • Nicole
      October 14, 2011 / 7:55 am

      Hey! GREAT question! I think it would work. I actually ran out of old fashioned oats and had to sub in about 1/2 cup of the steel cut. I couldn’t notice a difference at all. What I may do if I were you, is make the dish the night before and let it soak overnight in the fridge and then bake in the AM. Since the cooking time isn’t too long, you want to be sure those steel cut oats have enough softening power! If you try it, let me know…!

      • Laurel @ Lolly's Sweet Treats
        October 15, 2011 / 6:09 pm

        Thanks- I am going to make a batch for breakfast this week. I will let you know how it goes with the steel cut oats ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Laurel @ Lolly's Sweet Treats
    October 12, 2011 / 8:15 pm

    I meant to say “I wonder if I could use steel cut oats in your recipe.” Not “them.” WOOPS!

  21. Mary
    October 17, 2011 / 1:26 pm

    I took this basic recipe and made some minor modifications and came up with an amazing breakfast option! I am on WW and like to eat about 8 P+ for breakfast, and I was able to make this fit…so thanks for posting the recipe! I ate a ton of steel cut oats last fall and winter for breakfast and have kind of burnt out on them, so this is a welcomed alternative, and it is good for breakfast both at work and at home.

    • Nicole
      October 17, 2011 / 10:00 pm

      I would love to hear what changes you made! ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to make it again…maybe with a bit less carb!

      • Mary
        October 18, 2011 / 6:03 am

        I went with what I had, so I replaced the wheat germ with wheat bran. I also used light brown sugar, which is what I had on hand. I added 8 T of chia seeds (one per serving), and I also used dried cherries instead of cranberries. I left out the apples and nuts. I have been slicing up a banana and mixing it in with it every day, which bulks it up and adds some nice flavor. Next time, I am thinking of skipping the dried fruit altogether and maybe adding some honey in.

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