Warm and inviting, this Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake is super festive and the perfect brunch to serve a crowd this holiday season. It takes just 1 bowl and comes together in 30 minutes, and this breakfast bake is dairy-free, gluten-free, and doesn't contain any refined sugar.
Keep the gingerbread plain, or add walnuts, chocolate chips, or dried cranberries for flavor.
Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake
With its warm spices and hearty molasses flavor, this gingerbread oatmeal bake feels and tastes exactly like the holidays. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also a nutritious breakfast that’s perfect for a crowd.
We have brought it to you before overnight oatmealother Oatmeal baking And of course our guide How to Make Oatmeal! We understand why you love it: oatmeal is a crowd-pleaser, easy to put together, and can be delicious with the right flavor combination!Maple and blueberries are so great together and we know it would be delicious baked as oatmeal, but you can also make them as Baked Oatmeal Cups if you are willing to!
Make it ahead, or make it fresh!
There are a few ways to serve baked gingerbread oatmeal besides scooping it right out of a spoon. You can scoop a portion into a bowl and add a little extra milk, just like hot cereal. Alternatively, you can slice it and serve it as is, either hot or cold. This also makes it a great meal prep option; eat some immediately after baking and put the rest away for later.
Gingerbread Oatmeal Ingredients
- Old Fashioned Oats
- Maple sugar
- Milk of choice (we recommend almond milk or oat milk)
- Oil of choice (we recommend avocado oil, light olive oil, or melted coconut oil)
- Sugar Free Applesauce
- baking powder
- chia seeds
- Dark chocolate chips (optional)
- walnuts (optional)
- Dried cranberries (optional)
What is baked oatmeal?
If you haven’t baked oatmeal before, it’s essentially oatmeal casserole! It combines oats, your choice of milk, seasonings and eggs and bakes hands-free in the oven!
In addition to scooping the oatmeal right out of the spoon, there are a few ways to serve baked oatmeal!
- You can scoop a portion into a bowl and add a little extra milk of choice, like warm cereal.
- You can slice it and eat it as is, hot or cold. This makes it a great choice for your meal prep; eat some immediately after baking and put the rest away for later.
Let's make baked oatmeal
It's so easy to assemble, just use a bowl, mix it together and it's ready to go in the oven!
- Mix dry ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients.
- Pour into a greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
What oats should you use
For this recipe, use rolled oats instead of quick-cooking oats. If you're gluten-free, make sure the package you buy says gluten-free oatmeal! You cannot use instant oatmeal. It's different from rolled oats or old-fashioned oats because it's thinly sliced, processed, and seasoned. They won't provide the same structure to baked goods as regular oats or quick oats, so be sure to check the label.
Can you freeze baked oatmeal?
Yes! Once cooled completely, store in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or reheat quickly in the oven or microwave!
Can it be made in advance?
Yes! This is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Make a batch at the beginning of the week and it will last about 3-4 days!
How to reheat baked oatmeal?
These are the perfect make-ahead breakfast, especially for kids. To reheat, heat in oven, toaster or microwave until hot.
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Holiday Breakfast Ideas
- 2 big egg
- 1-1/4 cup almond milk or milk of your choice
- 1/2 cup Maple sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 spoon avocado oil or coconut oil melted
- 1 spoon molasses
- 3 cup gluten free oatmeal
- 1 spoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon clove
- 1/8 teaspoon Allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips Dark or white chocolate works great here!
- 1/3 cup walnuts or pecans
- 1/3 cup Dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8-inch x 8-inch (or similar size) oven-safe pan.If needed, prepare a Parchment Sling Cut a piece of parchment paper slightly longer than the pan and place it inside.
Add eggs, milk, maple syrup, applesauce, oil, and molasses to a large bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.
Add the oats, chia seeds, baking powder and all the spices and salt to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. If you add any optional ingredients (such as walnuts), fold them in here.
Pour into the prepared dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the center is just firm.
Serve warm or ladle with milk, or cool and cut into 9 portions.
Serve: 1/9 recipesCalories: 304kilocaloriescarbohydrate: 45Gprotein: 7Gfat: 11GSaturated fat: 3Gsodium: Chapter 393milligramsfiber: 4Gsugar: 20G