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{christmas morning} cinnamon apple oatmeal bake

by Heather

Christmas is right around the corner! Are you ready for it? I have wrapped absolutely no presents so far, that’s what Christmas eve is for right? I hope so 🙂

While I’m behind on the gift prep, I’ve got Christmas morning all figured out. At least part of breakfast. 🙂

We’re heading to Jacob’s parents house Sunday morning for breakfast + gift opening, and while they’ll basically have everything covered for the meal, I wanted to share as well.

What will I be bringing?

Cinnamon apple oatmeal bake!

It’s super simple to make, and filled with warm fall flavors. Plus it’s an easy way to get your whole grains first thing in the morning. Did I mention it’s delicious too? Yeah there’s that. 🙂

I did a trial bake last weekend to make sure it tasted great before sharing it with others. It came out just as I hoped leaving me with a quick and easy breakfast during the week. You really don’t need a special occasion to make this, it’s perfect for everyday!

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Bake
adapted from strawberry rhubarb breakfast cake
serves 6-8


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup oat flour (ground rolled oats)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp natural sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cup milk of choice (I used plain soymilk)
  • 2 cups chopped apple (about 2 apples)


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8×8 baking dish with olive oil spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine the oats, oat flour, cinnamon, sea salt, baking powder and sugar. In a smaller bowl combine the apple sauce, egg, milk and vanilla. Whisk together then stir into the dry ingredients. Fold in the chopped apple and pour into the prepared dish.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Eat straight outta the oven (don’t burn your tongue!), or wait until cooled to room temperature.


  • You could swap out any fruit for the apple. I imagine pear, peaches and all berries would be delicious as well.
  • Just like in the strawberry rhubarb bake you could add in some cottage cheese. Sub out the applesauce in it’s place if you choose to do that.
  • Sprinkle on your favorite nuts or seeds, or even throw in some dried fruit!
  • Top with maple syrup, or my personal favorite, peanut butter. 🙂

Here’s to a merry Christmas morning!

Are you making anything special for Christmas breakfast, lunch or dinner?

We’re having a big dinner with my parents Christmas eve and I’m bringing some type of sweet potato dish, maybe a brussel sprout dish if I don’t eat them all before then, and a dessert too!

Have a great Friday! To all of you that don’t work today, I’m a tad bit jealous. :). I’ve just got till 3 and my weekend begins!


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Lindsey December 23, 2011 - 5:39 am

That looks delicious! We always do appetizers at our house for Christmas Eve, then I make Christmas morning breakfast as well. On the breakfast menu this year is Multigrain Blueberry Waffles, turkey bacon and Mimosas. Christmas dinner is at my Mother-in-law’s this year and I am taking dessert (eggnog cheesecake with rum sauce – if it turns out!) and a sweet potato casserole.

Get Healthy with Heather December 23, 2011 - 9:05 am

Okay, I want everything you just mentioned! Blueberry waffles then a piece of that cake. Hope it turns out, sounds amazing!

Erica December 23, 2011 - 6:04 am

That looks fabulous! I want to pour a little maple syrup on top!

Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 23, 2011 - 6:51 am

I loved baked oatmeal, I make mine with dried cranberries and cherries! Thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays!

Get Healthy with Heather December 23, 2011 - 9:06 am

Baked oatmeal is pretty rockin 🙂

Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers December 23, 2011 - 7:10 am

Thanks for this recipe! I have all of those things right now at my house, so I might make this happen. 😀

Get Healthy with Heather December 23, 2011 - 9:07 am

You’re welcome Tiff! Let me know how it turns out!

Heather @ The Meaning of Heather December 23, 2011 - 7:31 am

Anything with oatmeal and cinnamon works for me! This looks absolutely divine. I think I know what I am cooking for Christmas dessert tomorrow!

Get Healthy with Heather December 23, 2011 - 9:07 am

Seriously, can you go wrong with cinnamon?

Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 23, 2011 - 7:45 am

yum, this looks delicious! i’ll be making waffles for a Christmas morning breakfast for my husband and me, and then i still haven’t decided what i’m bringing over to a good family friend’s for Christmas Day dinner! i like your idea of a sweet potato dish – always a favorite of mine!

Get Healthy with Heather December 23, 2011 - 9:09 am

Fun! I can’t decide between oh she glow’s sweet potato casserole or just roasting them with sweet onion, dried cranberries, olive oil, sea salt + a touch of maple syrup. I’ll probably just see where the day takes me. Let me know what you end up making!

Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 23, 2011 - 9:46 am

Sounds perfect for Christmas morning! Love 🙂

Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking December 23, 2011 - 1:58 pm

Heather, I’m so glad we found each other’s blogs..yours is lovely!

This oatmeal bake looks delicious! And I love that you use apple sauce and not too much sugar..right up my alley!

Enjoy your Christmas!

I can’t wait to read more!

Get Healthy with Heather December 24, 2011 - 2:27 pm

Thanks Anna! You and me both like naturally sweetened things without much sugar… we must be destined to be friends 😉 Have a great Christmas!

Kathleen December 23, 2011 - 5:59 pm

Heather, your recipes are the BEST!!! 😀

Kris | iheartwellness.com December 24, 2011 - 9:16 am

Merry Christmas Heather!! I think, just think, I would LOVE this baked apple cinnamon oatmeal…swoon!

I hope your weekend is full of merry love, warmth and lots of good food!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Get Healthy with Heather December 24, 2011 - 2:25 pm

Merry Christmas Kris! Hope you enjoy every minute of it 🙂

Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! December 24, 2011 - 11:29 am

Oh my goodness I eat oatmeal every morning and this looks amazing!

Get Healthy with Heather December 24, 2011 - 2:25 pm

Oatmeal’s pretty dang rockin!

Nicole, RD December 24, 2011 - 12:16 pm

This oatmeal bake looks delicious!!

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Heather!

Get Healthy with Heather December 24, 2011 - 2:25 pm

It sure was! Can’t wait to have it again tomorrow morning. Merry Christmas Nicole!


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