Dessert for Breakfast: Apple & Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Apple & Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal Recipe

We are officially in the middle of winter, folks.

If you’re spending the entire season in the great white north like I am, you’re probably looking for an escape from the polar vortex, too.

Sometimes an escape is an all-inclusive vacation to a sunny Caribbean island, and sometimes it’s a nice satisfying bowl of warm oats to break-up your drab breakfast routine. This recipe is sure to shoo away the winter blues for the whole family.

Creamy, dreamy peanut butter. Sweet and tangy apples. A hint of cinnamon and vanilla. Together, they give this oatmeal a distinct dessert-for-breakfast feel.

This is a perfect starter recipe for kids who want to help you out in the kitchen, too. The shortlist of common kid-approved ingredients simply need to be measured out and combined. If the measurements aren’t perfect, don’t fret, it’s a flexible recipe.

Enjoy it straight out of the oven for a great family-friendly weekend breakfast, or reheat it in individual portions throughout the week and enjoy your fabulous new #mealprep life.

Apple & Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Serves 4-5

You’ll Need

  • 2 cups large flake oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk or unsweetened non-dairy beverage
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 small apples, peeled and chopped

Prep and Cook

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, peanut butter, egg and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredient into dry ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in apples.
  • Transfer mixture to an 8” x 8” baking dish, or something of equivalent volume. Bake for 40 minutes or until set in the middle and lightly browned on top.



  1. Kate on September 6, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Made this recipe today. There is no way this ratio of wet to dry ingredients would have worked. It was like a smoothie. Added 1.5 cups of flour and still too much of a liquid consistency. I’m assuming the amount of milk is a mistake. Annoying. Hoping for the best as I’m trying to get it to set in the oven. Big waste of ingredients.

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