apple cranberry baked oatmeal

i have another baked oatmeal recipe for you!

this one is a combination of a couple recipes – the pumpkin baked oatmeal i made not too long ago and a new one that i found on a very cute blog called becky bakes.  i really liked that the pumpkin baked oatmeal included both steel cut oats and rolled oats so i wanted to incorporate that idea into other baked oatmeal recipes.  i found a recipe for blueberry baked oatmeal on becky bakes but i thought it might be nice to add cranberries instead of blueberries since we bought a monstrous bag of fresh cranberries from costco to make cranberry sauce.  but since a direct swap of cranberries or blueberries wouldn’t work too well since cranberries are way too tart, i decided to add some apples too.

but one thing that i really liked about becky bakes’ baked oatmeal recipe was that she added a sprinkle of brown sugar on the top of the baked oatmeal.  how good does that sound!

but sadly although the brown sugar topping did add a little bit of sweetness, it wasn’t quite enough for the super duper tart cranberries. so i would suggest adding a small squeeze of honey when serving to cut some of the puckerness of the cranberries.  still i love that the apples kept some of their crunch and the tart burst of the cranberries is actually pretty refreshing.

although it’s not the prettiest looking breakfast i hope that you try it out!


Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

adapted from Annie’s Eats and Becky Bakes


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 4 cups very hot water
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 medium apples (i used granny smith), peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp. brown sugar, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.
  2. Place the steel cut oats in a large bowl.  Pour the hot water over the oats and cover the bowl.  Let stand for 20 minutes.
  3. Pour melted butter into the bottom of a 9 X 13 inch or 2 quart baking dish. Sprinkle chopped apples, cranberries, and 2 tbsp of brown sugar on top of the butter. Set aside.
  4. After the steel cut oats have finished soaking, stir in the old fashioned oats, applesauce, honey, vanilla, salt, and milk.  Mix to combine.
  5. Pour the oatmeal mixture on top of the apples and cranberries.
  6. Sprinkle remaining 2 tbsp of brown sugar on top of the oatmeal mixture.
  7. Baked for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving with additional honey or brown sugar if desired.

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  1. Jody

     /  December 26, 2012

    This sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing. Happy cooking!


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