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Craving a breakfast that’s both wholesome and indulgent? Look no further than this single serving Baked Oatmeal recipe, which boasts of a mouthwatering blend of oats, fruit, and natural sweeteners. It’s like devouring a warm oatmeal cookie but in a dish form! Plus, it’s quick to put together and bakes in one pan for easy clean-up. So, it’s a perfect morning pick-me-up or a cozy evening treat.

Discover more quick and easy single serving breakfasts like our moist Banana Bread, savory Cheesy Baked Eggs, creamy Avocado Toast, or sweet Fruit Quesadilla.

Why You’ll Love This Baked Oatmeal Recipe

  • Easy to make: This recipe is simple to follow and can be made in just a few minutes.
  • Customizable: You can easily customize this recipe to your liking. Use different fruits, toppings, and spices to create your own unique flavor combinations.
  • Nutritious: Baked oatmeal is a good source of fiber, protein, and complex carbohydrates. It is also a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as iron and calcium.
  • Delicious: Baked oatmeal is a delicious and satisfying breakfast. It is also a great way to use up leftover fruit.
  • Like eating a warm oatmeal cookie in a bowl: Baked oatmeal has a soft and chewy texture that is similar to an oatmeal cookie.
  • Doubles Well: Making breakfast for two? This recipe can easily be doubled.

What Is Baked Oatmeal?

Discover the joy of waking up to this individual baked oatmeal recipe where a bed of your chosen fruit, like blueberries, strawberries, or chopped apples, rests at the base of a 5×5 inch oven-safe dish. On top of the fruit, you’ll add a hearty mix of oats seasoned with your favorite spices. To make everything deliciously cohesive, a simple liquid blend of milk, melted butter, vanilla extract, one egg, and either maple syrup or honey is poured over the dry ingredients. Pop it in the oven, and in no time, you’ll have a hot, satisfying bowl of baked oatmeal ready to be savored with your choice of milk, yogurt, or a drizzle of extra sweetener.

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blueberries, bananas, oats, honey and butter on a brown cutting board.

Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Oats: Use old-fashioned oats to achieve the ideal texture in your baked oatmeal. Leftover oats can be used in Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, a Strawberry Crisp, or Gingerbread Granola.
  • Cinnamon and salt: A dash of cinnamon elevates the dish, but feel free to get creative with other spices like nutmeg or allspice.
  • Milk: You can use cow’s milk of any fat content, or plant-based alternatives like almond, soy, or coconut milk work well too.
  • Butter: Stick with salted butter to enhance the flavor profile.
  • Vanilla extract: Added primarily for that aromatic touch that makes all the difference.
  • Egg: Just a single large egg is required to bind everything together.
  • Honey: This dish is on the less-sweet side, making it perfect for those who like to add extra fruit or vanilla yogurt later. Sweeten to taste; if you prefer a sweeter oatmeal, don’t hesitate to add more.
  • Fruit: Whether it’s blueberries or any fruit of your liking, both fresh and thawed frozen fruit work beautifully in this recipe.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why I used them. For the full recipe please scroll down to the recipe box at the bottom of the post.

Recipe Variations

Craving a little something extra or simply want to switch up your breakfast game? Here are some fresh takes on the classic baked oatmeal formula:

  • Tropical Baked Oatmeal: Use coconut milk as the wet ingredient and add in chunks of pineapple and shredded coconut for a tropical vibe.
  • Apple Cinnamon Raisin Addition: Mix in grated apple and a handful of raisins with a sprinkle of extra cinnamon. You’ll feel like you’re eating apple pie for breakfast!
  • Mocha Infused: Add a teaspoon of instant coffee powder and chocolate chips to the oat mixture for a mocha-inspired delight.
  • Savory Baked Oatmeal: Skip the fruit and sweeteners, and instead incorporate finely chopped spinach, feta cheese, and a dash of black pepper for a savory version.
  • Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal: In the fall, or whenever you’re in the mood, replace part of the wet mixture with pumpkin puree and add pumpkin spice seasoning.
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How To Make Baked Oatmeal

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a single serving of baked oatmeal. See the recipe below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, ensuring they’re well mixed.
  2. In a separate bowl, blend all the liquid elements together with a whisk.
  3. Place your chosen fruit at the bottom of a 5×5-inch baking dish.
  4. Evenly distribute the oat blend over the layer of fruit.
  5. Level out the oat mixture to ensure uniform baking.
  6. Finally, pour the whisked egg and milk concoction over the assembled ingredients, and place in the oven to bake.
Six photos showing how to make baked oatmeal.

After about 40 minutes in the oven, the oatmeal is ready to enjoy!

a fork filled with oatmeal and fruit.

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Serving Suggestions

When it comes to serving baked oatmeal, the possibilities are as endless as they are delicious. Let’s explore some delicious options to elevate your oatmeal game:

  • Top with Nut Butters: A spoonful of almond or peanut butter adds a rich, nutty depth that complements the baked oats’ texture and flavor.
  • Sprinkle of Seeds: For an added crunch and a nutrition boost, sprinkle some chia seeds or flaxseeds on top of your baked oatmeal.
  • Greek Yogurt Galore: For a creamier texture and a tangy contrast, serve your baked oatmeal with a dollop of Greek yogurt. You could even swirl in some honey or fruit preserves for extra flavor.
  • Fruit Medley: Think beyond blueberries! Top your baked oatmeal with a medley of seasonal fruits. A tropical twist with mango and pineapple chunks or a berry blast with strawberries and raspberries—both are divine!

Expert Tips

  • Effortless Yet Adaptable Baked Oatmeal. Follow the essential formula for success: one part dry ingredients to one part liquid, toss in one egg, and sweeten with around a tablespoon of honey for a spot-on single serving baked oatmeal.
  • Portion Control for One. For the perfect single serving, aim for 1/4-cup of old-fashioned oats and ensure your wet ingredients also total 1/4-cup before whisking in the egg.
  • Expand Your Spice Horizons. Get adventurous with your spice cabinet. Nutmeg and cardamom make fantastic alternatives to cinnamon.
  • Flexible Milk Options. Cow’s milk isn’t mandatory; you have the freedom to opt for plant-based milk like almond, soy, or coconut milk for your baked oatmeal dish.
  • Tailor Your Sweetness. The original recipe calls for moderate sweetness, ideal if you’re looking to garnish your oatmeal with additional fruits or some creamy vanilla yogurt.
  • Any Fruit Will Do. While blueberries are a classic choice, don’t shy away from incorporating other fruits like sliced bananas, strawberries, or chopped apples.
  • Indulge Your Way. This oven-baked oatmeal is best enjoyed hot, and the topping choices are endless—from milk and yogurt to an optional dash of extra honey.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I reheat baked oatmeal?

Yes, the crisp, golden-brown oatmeal is as delicious fresh out of the oven as it is reheated the next day in the oven or microwave.

What size baking dish is best to use?

In this baked oatmeal recipe, I use a 5-inch baking dish. This dish holds about 1.5 cups and has an area of 25 square inches. A 4×6-inch dish has an area of 24 square inches and will work as well. For best results, use a dish of similar size. See our FAQ page for additional information on baking dish sizes.
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Can I use quick oats to make baked oatmeal?

No, they’ll become too mushy.

How long will baked oatmeal last in the fridge?

Up to 3 days.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Baked Oatmeal For One

4.95 from 37 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Cool: 5 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
This Easy Baked Oatmeal is the best way to start your day! It's almost like eating a warm oatmeal cookie in a bowl. Naturally sweetened with honey or maple syrup and filled with blueberries or your favorite fruit. This single serving breakfast is baked in one pan for easy cleanup.

Ingredients 
 

  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup 1% milk (may also use almond or soy milk)
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter , divided
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup blueberries (you want to line the bottom of your baking dish with fruit. Use up to 1/2 cup of fruit if necessary)

Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Generously butter the insides of a 5-inch baking dish with ½ tablespoon of butter.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the oats, cinnamon, and salt.
    uncooked oatmeal in bowl
  • In another small bowl, whisk together the milk, ½ tablespoon melted butter, vanilla, honey, and egg.
    mixing liquid in measuring cup
  • Arrange the blueberries in a single layer in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. 
    berries in baking dish
  • Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the fruit.
    pouring oatmeal into backing dish
  • Next, pour the wet ingredients over everything.
    oatmeal and water in baking dish
  • Bake until the top is golden brown, 40-45 minutes.
    baked oatmeal with berries in bowl

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Notes

  • Effortless Yet Adaptable Baked Oatmeal. Follow the essential formula for success: one part dry ingredients to one part liquid, toss in one egg, and sweeten with around a tablespoon of honey for a spot-on single serving baked oatmeal.
  • Portion Control for One. For the perfect single serving, aim for 1/4-cup of old-fashioned oats and ensure your wet ingredients also total 1/4-cup before whisking in the egg.
  • Expand Your Spice Horizons. Get adventurous with your spice cabinet. Nutmeg and cardamom make fantastic alternatives to cinnamon.
  • Flexible Milk Options. Cow’s milk isn’t mandatory; you have the freedom to opt for plant-based milk like almond, soy, or coconut milk for your baked oatmeal dish.
  • Tailor Your Sweetness. The original recipe calls for moderate sweetness, ideal if you’re looking to garnish your oatmeal with additional fruits or some creamy vanilla yogurt.
  • Any Fruit Will Do. While blueberries are a classic choice, don’t shy away from incorporating other fruits like sliced bananas, strawberries, or chopped apples.
  • Indulge Your Way. This oven-baked oatmeal is best enjoyed hot, and the topping choices are endless—from milk and yogurt to an optional dash of extra honey.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 358kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 219mg, Sodium: 347mg, Potassium: 274mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 755IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 119mg, Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. I agree with Dianne, having the pictures sprinkled among the directions is difficult. It was difficult for me because I had to keep scrolling back up to get the amount of each ingredient. However, the recipe was delicious. I would be interested to know how long it needs to cook in an air fryer.