Apple berry banana baked oatmeal

The crispy top of this apple berry banana baked oatmeal sets the stage for the remaining layers: cinnamon-y oats with a hint of maple syrup, tender apples, and sweet banana. Dried blueberries scattered throughout this 8×8 square pan of deliciousness makes this breakfast extra special.

If you don’t know me by now, you know I’m the worst a prepping food for the week. I’m starting to think that the excuse of “I like my dinners fresh and hot, not reheated” is lame sauce.

Small changes lead to big ones, right? Starting with breakfast prep might be better than trying to change up my entire cooking routine at once.

Apple berry banana baked oatmeal | Hello to Fit

This week’s Foodie Friday theme is dried fruit, and I was excited to bring out the dried blueberries again! The last time I used these little guys was for Arman’s recipe, and it had been a while since I whipped out the bluebs. I may have gotten a little blueberry-happy.

What goes well with these sweet little bites of dried fruit? My favorite pancake combo is blueberry banana, so I figured that it would be nice to add them into the mix. As I was gathering ingredients for this baked dish, adapted from Epicurious, I remembered that there were sliced apples in the fridge, leftover from baking an apple pie earlier this week. It’s a baking frenzy, y’all!

Apple berry banana baked oatmeal | Hello to Fit

The key to I-want-seconds baked oatmeal? Layering. This may be a personal thing (you couldn’t pay me to mix my Chipotle burrito bowl. Gotta keep the layers!), but I love the different textures of banana, apple, and oats. When they’re not all jumbled together. Don’t believe that I’m a person of layers? Make these nachos and you won’t be disappointed.

Apple berry banana baked oatmeal | Hello to Fit

Back to the food prep. I love this recipe because I throw everything together, bake, cool, and store it in the fridge for (near) future noshing. I rarely make hot oatmeal in the morning because I hit snooze three times too many, but this is perfect for rushed mornings. Cut, heat, and eat. Not pictured: the mug of hot Starbucks Pike Place Roast this pairs well with.

Apple berry banana baked oatmeal | Hello to Fit

Apple berry banana baked oatmeal

Serves 6-12     adjust servings

Adapted from Epicurious

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch/1 cm pieces
  • 1 apple, sliced 1/4 inch thick (I used Golden Delicious)
  • up to 1 1/2 cups dried blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8×8 square pan with parchment paper, and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, maple syrup, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, egg, coconut oil, and vanilla.
  4. Arrange bananas in one layer on the bottom of the pan, followed by the apples. Sprinkle desired amount of blueberries over top. Cover fruit with mixture of oats, pressing down lightly with the back of a wooden spoon. Slowly drizzle liquid mixture over oats. Top with remaining blueberries.
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until top looks crispy and golden and oats are set. Cool slightly before serving.
  6. Serve hot, or store in an airtight container.

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Jess is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and yoga teacher. She enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for health and fitness with friends, family, clients, and readers.

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65 comments

  • Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple

    November 20, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Oooh love all the fruits in here! I’ve been making pumpkin baked oatmeal for the past few weeks, but I’m getting bored with it.. this looks like the perfect change!
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks, Liz! Pumpkin oatmeal sounds so appealing to me. Perhaps I shall do my next batch of baked oatmeal like that 🙂

  • Annmarie

    November 20, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Girl, this looks amazing!!! Love your photos too!
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks, Annmarie! Hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving 🙂

  • Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen

    November 20, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Jess! 1. Your photos. 2. This looks FAN FREAKING TASTIC. 3. DRIED BLUEBERRY TWINS
    I have yet to make a true baked oatmeal but it is something I’ve wanted to try. I’m not a huge fan of the quick, microwave oatmeal. But baked, more cake-like oatmeal? ABSOLUTELY. This recipe looks amazing. I wish we were neighbors so we could trade blueberry goodies.
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      Hiiii Ashley <3 thank you for the kind words!! Cheers to being Blueb Twinssss

  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    November 20, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Looks delicious, Jess! Pass me a square! 🙂
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Hehe thanks, Ashley!! hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving 🙂

  • Farrah

    November 20, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I adore baked oatmeal! 😀 Such a great way to use dried fruit! <3
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Right?! so good 🙂

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe

    November 20, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I need to get oats back in my life this season. Maybe I’ll do something like that for thanksgiving dessert
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Get ’em back in yo life!!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    November 20, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I don’t know why, but I haven’t made an oat bake in so long!!! Gotta plan ahead next week 😉
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      yess you should! It doesn’t take long 🙂

  • Jenn – a traveling Wife

    November 20, 2015 at 11:25 am

    It has been far too long since I baked some oatmeal. I need to get on that STAT.
    Can I just say, your photos are looking spot on! 🙂
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks, Jenn!! Now go get on that baked oatmeal 😉

  • Margaret @ Youngandrungry

    November 20, 2015 at 11:33 am

    You’re making me want to eat breakfast for every meal! I’m a blueberry/oats fanatic and those pictures are absolutely amazing! You’re so talented- thanks for sharing 🙂
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Hehe why not?! 😛
      Thanks, Margaret 🙂

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    November 20, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    This looks so yummy! (The pictures are incredible!) This would be the perfect fall breakast 🙂
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  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    November 20, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    This looks so yummy! (The pictures are incredible!) This would be the perfect fall breakfast 🙂
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks, Liz!!

  • Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    November 20, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Oh my gosh that makes me want to dive right in, it’s definitely winter time and therefore oatmeal time!

    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Haha yess I loved heating up a plate of this in the mornings!

  • Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie

    November 20, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    This would be PERFECT for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning! Looks so delicious!
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Hehe thanks, Brie!! Hope you had a nice holiday 🙂

  • Dani @ Dani California Cooks

    November 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I love the texture of baked oatmeal! Never thought to use dried blueberries…
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Me too 🙂 not as goopy as regular hot oatmeal 🙂

  • Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes

    November 20, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I love oatmeal and all the fruit in this sounds delicious! I’ve been all about pumpkin and apples in my oats – such a tasty combo!
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Ooo I need to try adding pumpkin into mine!! Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  • Erin @ Erin’s Inside Job

    November 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I love all the words in this recipe. I must have it.
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Hehehe <3

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    November 20, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Looks amazing! I’ve been all about some baked oatmeal lately!
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks, Julie!

  • Les @ The Balanced Berry

    November 20, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    This sounds SO good! I love blueberries, and baked oatmeal so I definitely am into this. Also, can we talk about how amazing your photos look?! GIRL!!!! <3
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Ahhhh my photos don’t look like yours yet!! Thank you for the words of encouragement though 🙂 <3

  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    November 20, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Girl your photographs are stellar!! I’m drooling! And the apple, blueberry and banana combo – breakfast for sure 🙂 I could dive into this baked oatmeal!!
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Thank yaaaa. Thank goodness for my leftover apples, otherwise I would’ve never put those three together!

  • Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian

    November 21, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Looks delicious! I always prep food in advance for the week. I find it makes the week go by so much smoother and helps me eat more healthy than I would otherwise.
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      I can totally see that 🙂 it’s hard for me to mentally and physically prepare for the entire week!

  • Sarah Grace

    November 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    i LOVEE my baked oatmeal recipes! I always make it every weekend for the week ahead. but I usually just mix and blend and bake..your layering technique has inspired me aha! This looks ahhhmazing!

    xo,
    Sarah Grace
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      I need to make a habit of making it more! Thanks, Sarah 🙂

  • Brittany

    November 21, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I prep my lunch/dinner foods. If I don’t I’m a disaster. That usually is just a pot of rice or quinoa mixed with beans and then a batch of potatoes. The veggies I pair with those are usually raw so it’s quick. My morning oats don’t take long, but I would let them take all morning if they were like THIS! YUM.
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Sounds like you’ve got manageable/easy meals to prep 🙂 love that.

  • rachel @ athleticavocado

    November 21, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    this would be the perfect breakfast with a cup of coffee! yum!
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Yesss for sure 🙂 thanks, Rachel!

  • She Rocks Fitness

    November 21, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Well doesn’t this look yummy! I am all about sweet breakfasts, because I always include that heaping spoonful of nut butter. I hope you are having a great weekend! XOXO
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Ohhh man I forgot the nut butter! Hehe I bet that would taste awesome right on top.

  • Cayanne Marcus

    November 21, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    It looks so lush! I always think I’ll get tired of oatmeal considering how much I eat, but I’m forever findi new twists like this one. Can’t wait to try
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Oatmeal is so versatile like that 😉

  • Emily

    November 22, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Oh my gosh this looks so yummy! I am totally with you on the warm, fresh dinners. That’s why I usually just prep my lunches and snacks for the week 🙂
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Ahh now THAT’S an idea – prepping lunch and snacks, to keep those nice fresh dinners 🙂 thanks!

  • Esther

    November 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    These look divine! I just might need to make these for Thanksgiving morning!!!
    Oh food prep…I am good with this one week and terrible the next! I need to get better about that ASAP 🙂
    XO
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks, Esther! Hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving.

  • Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    November 23, 2015 at 7:34 am

    This looks delicious! I’ve been looking for new breakfast recipes. I’ve been in a breakfast rut!
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      I get in a breakfast rut, too. I’m not sure how, but I got tired of having eggs over easy in the morning!

  • Pragati // Simple Medicine

    November 23, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I definitely try to food prep on Sundays, but it doesn’t always happen. I can tell the difference in my week/stress levels when I do vs. don’t. Lesson: Do more food prep!
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      I prepped for dinner earlier today…does that count? 😛

  • Beverley @ sweaty&fit

    November 23, 2015 at 9:13 am

    mmm this sounds like a healthy version of my apple crumbles. one that i can actually eat for breakfast and not feel bad!! looks delicious.
    anddddd you should try mixing your burrito bowls once in a while. i’m telling ya. it’s good shit.
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Haha yes! I had no guilt after eating quite the large portion 😉
      Hahaha don’t bring me to the dark side!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    November 23, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Girlfriend, ok this looks like the best breakfast ON THE PLANET. Seriously though. And your photos are always top notch!!! Mmmmm I think I need to make this over Thanksgiving weekend!
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Haha thanks, Chrissa! Hope you had an awesome holiday 🙂

  • Cailee

    November 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Wow! This looks amazing! SO nourishing, healthy and tasty. I love it 🙂 Thanks for sharing girl!
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    1. Jess

      November 29, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      My pleasure! Thanks, Cailee!

  • kerri mcgrail

    November 25, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite winter breakfasts! I love mashing super ripe banana up and mixing it into the oats, but I think it would be yummy to try how you made it with the layering of sliced banana- either way you really can’t go wrong with gooey baked oats!
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    1. Jess

      November 27, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      I’ve done baked oatmeal with bananas mixed in before, too! Both are delish 🙂 hope you’re enjoying your holiday, Kerri!!

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