Healthy & Moist Baked Apple Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

by Sherry Riter in Breakfast,Cooking  ,Dessert,Food,Recipe

I firmly believe in having a nutritious breakfast in the morning to start the day. Not only did my mother brainwash me, I mean teach me that it was best to always eat a good meal, but I remember having my teachers at school tell me the same thing. Even though I sleep all night, when I awake in the morning I’m hungry and half asleep, so I need something to energize me.

I don’t really feel like cooking a big meal in the morning and I don’t want to get up extra early to cook an extravagant breakfast before going to work either. My Healthy & Moist Baked Apple Blueberry Oatmeal recipe is the answer to my grumbling stomach. Not only is this oatmeal healthy and delicious, but I can make it the night before, cut it into one serving portions and put them in the freezer. Then I have a great breakfast ready to warm up for many, many days and all I had to do was cook one time!

Usually the problem with baked oatmeal is that it is dry, but this recipe is extremely moist! The maximum amount of liquid has been added to ensure that the oatmeal is fluffy and the fruits are plump. I really love oatmeal prepared this way and always look forward to breakfast.

Healthy & Moist Baked Apple Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

This is a very simple recipe that you will find is easy to cook and very delicious.

So we start by whisking together eggs, milk, half and half…

eggs and milk

applesauce (I used my homemade apple sauce – yummy) and…

homemade apple sauce

vanilla extract until…

vanilla extract

very bubbly. I love all the bubbles! By the time I finish whisking, there seems to be a million tiny little bubbles. When I stop the mixer, they start popping. It is a sweet sound.

Yes, I’m still quite young at heart.

bubbles

Mix together cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg and cloves. Of course, if you spill them on the counter, use a very sharp knife to scoop up the mess because you need to add it all to get the maximum flavor.

Yes, I spill.

Add the spices to the oats and mix well.

dry ingredients with oatmeal

Add apples, walnuts, blueberries, raisins and mix well. If using an electric mixer, combine on low so that you do not cause the fruit to break up. After taking all the time to cut the apples into nice cubes, it would be a shame to mess them all up by turning them into mush.

add fruit and nuts

Pour mixture into the buttered dish and let sit for 20-30 minutes to allow the oats to absorb some of the liquid.

pour into pan

I always set the baking dish on a cookie sheet.

If you are not using the topping, bake for 55-60 minutes. The topping is not necessary to add sweetness to the dish. The fruit adds plenty of natural sweetness.

If using the topping, bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, add the measured topping ingredients.

packed brown sugar and cinnamon

Now mix the topping ingredients with a fork. Remove dish from the oven and sprinkle the topping over the oatmeal. Return to the oven and bake for 25-30 more minutes. This is going to give you a crispier crunch on top.

fluff and combine the brown sugar and cinnamon

 

Remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes before serving.

You can add whipping cream, drizzle with honey, add a couple tablespoons of apple sauce or milk. If you are having this as a dessert, you can even put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.


I love that this oatmeal is moist and light.

The oatmeal is healthy for you and it will stick with you until lunch.

The oatmeal is so satisfying that you will not have any mid-morning cravings for a snack.

Even if you are eating it like a dessert with tons of whipped cream and/or ice cream, you will still get full and lose the craving for more sweets. Honestly, if I can say that, you MUST know it is true!

By the way, I use Braeburn apples more than any other when baking this Apple Blueberry Oatmeal recipe because they have the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Since there are also sweet golden raisins, the tartness of the apple balances it out perfectly.

I never tire of this oatmeal for breakfast

My favorite way of eating it is with a little applesauce added on top and mixed into the oatmeal after it has been heated.

I love that I can freeze it in portion sizes and just pop one in the refrigerator the night before and then heat it in the morning. Most of all, it is a very healthy breakfast that satisfies until lunch and is packed with delicious flavors.

Here….

Take a bite.

It was good wasn’t it?

I told you it was delicious!

Yes, you can come over now. I have plenty to share with you.

Dang! I hear the doorbell ringing already. How did you get here so fast?!!!

Healthy & Moist Baked Apple Blueberry Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients:

4 eggs, room temperature
5 cups milk
1 cup half and half
1 cup applesauce, (homemade is so much better)
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon if using topping or 4 if not using topping
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 pinches ground cloves
5 cups quick oats
3 apples, chopped, (Braeburn apples are sweet/tart – perfect combination)
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 1/3 cup blueberries
1/2 cup golden raisins

Topping:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Liberally butter a 9×13 baking dish.

Whisk together eggs, milk, half and half, applesauce and vanilla extract until very bubbly.

Add cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, cloves and oats. Mix well. Add apples, walnuts, blueberries, raisins and mix well. If using an electric mixer, combine on low so that you do not cause the fruit to break up.

Pour mixture into the buttered dish and let sit for 20-30 minutes to allow the oats to absorb some of the liquid.

If not using topping, bake for 55-60 minutes.

If using topping, bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the topping ingredients (brown sugar and cinnamon) with a fork. Remove dish from oven and sprinkle the topping over the oatmeal. Return to the oven and bake for 25-30 more minutes.

Remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes before serving.

Add whipping cream and drizzle with honey, a couple tablespoons of apple sauce or milk. .

Serves: 12-15 depending on portion size

 

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Skip_D March 1, 2012 at 2:18 am

That looks & sounds wonderful! Yummmmmm!

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Stéfan March 1, 2012 at 4:21 am

This is a yummy recipe. Freezing in portion size is a great idea.

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ropcorn March 1, 2012 at 8:40 am

Sounds delicious indeed! And those awesome photos definitely makes this recipe come alive. Thank you so much for sharing. :-)

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Lanaya @ Raising Reagan February 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I have to admit … I am not an oatmeal person and I don’t like making a big breakfast but this looks delicious! I am pretty sure I can handle this one!

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Sherry Riter February 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm

This is almost like a dessert and it tastes so delicious! It’s great not having to get up and do a full meal. Instead, this delicious oatmeal is ready to warm up several days in a row and it is so filling!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

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Leslie February 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I am not a huge breakfast lover but this looks so delicious!

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Sherry Riter February 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I’m sure you will love it! Seriously, it is as yummy as dessert!

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Simplee Sue February 17, 2013 at 8:29 pm

This looks yummy. I made baked oatmeal once and it didn’t turn out good, but this looks great.

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Sherry Riter February 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm

I’m sure this would turn out great for you! I make my recipes fail-safe so that my daughter can replicate all of them. That way all the wonderful memories we have associated with each dish will also be preserved forever. A lasting connection.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Carrie from Carrie This Home February 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Oh my. This looks REALLY good! I’m getting pretty tempted to make this for breakfast tomorrow! Thanks for linking this up to Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

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Sherry Riter February 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

It IS delicious!!!! :D My pleasure to share!!

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Lisa @ Flour Me With Love February 20, 2013 at 9:14 am

This looks divine and I’m happy to tell you that I’m featuring it today!

http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2013/02/featuring-you_20.html

Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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Sherry Riter February 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

It was my pleasure. Thank you so much for featuring my recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! :D

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Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile February 21, 2013 at 3:14 am

Wow! Your pictures are great. Love this recipe, yum and healthy. Love blueberries in it.
I would love for you to share at link party at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
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Sherry Riter February 21, 2013 at 7:23 am

Thank you very much! I would be happy to share it. What day is your link party?

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Alicia February 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm

That does look delicious. Beautiful comfort food.

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Sherry Riter February 23, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Thank you Alicia! Warm oatmeal first thing in the morning was always my favorite.

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