It seems like no matter which cooking method you use, oatmeal is the most practical and filling breakfast out there! This crazy delicious baked oatmeal with berries recipe from Vegan Yack Attack’s Plant-Based Meal Prep cookbook lives up to its reputation. It delivers a comforting and healthy breakfast for days. Ready to dive right in?Print
Even though traditional oatmeal comes together quickly, baked oatmeal has a special place in my heart. I love the “set it and forget” aspect of this recipe, as you just dump everything into one dish, stir it around, and leave it in the oven to take care of itself.
- 1 ½ cups of warm water
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 2 ½ cups of rolled oats
- 4 cups mixed berries (like strawberries or blueberries) (cut into bite-sized pieces if necessary, divided)
- ⅔ cups of raw walnuts halves or sunflower seeds (divided)
- 1 cup of plain unsweetened nondairy milk
- ⅓ cup of maple syrup, plus more for serving
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Mix the water and the chia seeds in a large liquid measuring cup and set aside. Place the oats, half of the berries, and half of the walnuts in a 9-inch round baking dish.
Add the nondairy milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt to the chia mixture and whisk until well combined.
Pour the mixture into the baking dish and gently stir to incorporate.
Bake the oatmeal for 45 minutes, until slightly golden in color. The oatmeal should be a little soft, as it will firm slightly while cooling.
- Let the oatmeal cool on a rack for 20 minutes. Cut it into fifths, and enjoy topped with fresh berries, walnuts, and maple syrup! If you're saving servings for meal prep, place slices in individual storage containers, and top each serving with the remaining berries and walnuts. Oatmeal can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Tip! In a pinch, frozen berries work well here. They may get a little soggy in the topping, but they’ll still taste good.
One Dish Family Breakfast!
This insanely practical baked oatmeal with berries is the perfect way to cook one breakfast for all. If you’re a parent then you might be familiar with the many early morning breakfast requests from the recently awaken little bunnies. This “easy does it” recipe will do the trick! You can just pop it in the oven and play around with the toppings (many extras allowed!).
If I’m being honest, this recipe is not only embraced as a breakfast option in my house, it’s also a quick snack or mid-afternoon pick me up for the whole family. That’s the beauty of this concoction, you can easily dress it into a decent dessert. With baking, the oats become so compact that it almost resembles a cake or a pie. It’s seriously that good!
What Can I Top My Baked Oatmeal With?
Now, for the fun part, let’s discuss breakfast friendly oven-baked oatmeal toppings. Believe it or not, there is a difference between toppings. It’s not the same to find perfect toppings for ice cream than it is for a “first meal of the day” oatmeal. The latter should be (ideally) nutritious and energy giving while being uber delicious. Does that make sense? So after having cleared that let’s explore some of our exciting options and combinations:
- banana & cinnamon
- apples & raisins
- mango & coconut flakes
- dates & walnuts
- raspberry jam & coconut yogurt
- chocolate chips & sliced almonds
- peanut butter & raspberries
The sky is the limit! Please let us know your favorite convo.
About the Cookbook & Author
Jackie Sobon is the founder of the popular vegan food blog Vegan Yack Attack and a vegan cookbook extraordinaire! She has written vegan classics like Vegan Bowl Attack and Vegan Yack Attack On-The-Go and has been delighting us with her indulgent plant-based creations for years. She is an amazing food photographer and gifted recipe developer and we cannot wait to see what she does next!
This cookbook is such a great resource for those starting on their plant-based journey or looking to get their groceries in check! It’s full of amazing meal planning tips and inspiration while taking the guesswork out of the meal prep odyssey.
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Photos and recipes reprinted with permission from Vegan Yack Attack’s Plant-Based Meal Prep by Jackie Sobon, Fair Winds Press. Please note that this article contains affiliate links which means shopping through them supports World of Vegan.