This comforting baked oatmeal recipe—stuffed with nutritional bell-ringers such as apples, carrots, and walnuts—is a perfect meal solution for harried mornings when you don’t have the time or energy to hover over a pot of simmering oats. It’s also a perfect option for weekend brunches when you’re in the mood for entertaining. Bake ahead of time and reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through. Try serving with a couple dollops of thick yogurt and blueberries.
Using both rolled and steel-cut oats adds even more great texture. If desired, you can swap out the apples for pears and use other nuts such as almonds or pecans.
When using maple syrup for baking purposes, such as in this big-batch oatmeal, reach for the “dark” grade, which has more robust flavour and will therefore be more pronounced in the final product.
In small bowl, cover steel-cut oats with water and let soak for 2 or more hours.
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease a large casserole dish.
In 2 L casserole dish, stir together drained steel-cut oats, rolled oats, walnuts, and coconut flakes. In large bowl, whisk together melted butter or coconut oil, egg, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Add liquid mixture to oats and gently mix until everything is moist. Gently stir in apples and carrot.
Scatter sugar overtop and bake until mixture is just barely set, about 40 minutes.
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