I am so all about make ahead breakfasts. There is nothing worse than stumbling out of bed, still exhausted, and having to throw together a meal before rushing out the door. And when that does happen, it is frequently a cold breakfast that I end up making. That’s why I love this cinnamon apple baked oatmeal. You can make it on the weekend and heat it up all week long — AND it’s just as good as it was the first day! It’s perfect while we’re still struggling with colder temperatures.
Cinnamon and apple are a perfect pair, and when you combine them with warm, creamy oatmeal, well — you won’t be able to stop eating this. I like to crumble on a streusel-like topping (extra brown sugar, please!) and heat it up under the broiler right at the end so it gets a little crispy. Totally the best part, right?
This is perfect as is, but if you like a creamier oatmeal, just serve with a splash of milk right after plating. Added bonus? Your kitchen will smell insanely good.
For the oatmeal:
- 1 tablespoon butter or butter spray
- 2 Gala apples, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/3 cup walnuts, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 and 1/2 cups fat-free milk
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature, cut into cubes
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 2 qt. ramekin with butter or butter spray, then add apples. Toss with cinnamon and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until softened.
- Remove the dish from the oven and add oats, walnuts, and salt. Stir until evenly dispersed.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar, milk, and egg. Pour on top of oatmeal, making sure everything is submerged in liquid.
- To make streusel topping, combine flour, ¼ cup of brown sugar, salt, and butter in a small bowl. Use your hands to gently work the ingredients together, crumbling the butter into pea-sized pieces and working quickly so that it doesn’t melt. Sprinkle as much of the streusel as you’d like on top of the oatmeal, then bake for 20-25 minutes, or until most of the liquid as been absorbed. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar on top, then place under the broiler for just a couple minutes until the sugar has melted. Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn. Serve hot as is or with a splash of milk.