Studded with melted and gooey cinnamon chips, this Snickerdoodle-flavored Healthy Baked Oatmeal tastes like a bowl of warm cookie dough, but it's packed with protein and fiber to keep you skinny, fit, and going strong throughout the morning!
You may recall my recent post about A Day In My Life, where I basically took a photo diary of an entire random Friday from start to finish. In that post I gave you a sneak peek at this absolutely delicious meal, which I was taste-testing that morning for breakfast.
I love to drizzle my bowl of baked oatmeal with maple syrup and finish it off with a dollop of vanilla yogurt or whipped cream. A few additional cinnamon chips on top make it slightly less "healthy," but OH SO good!
I think this baked oatmeal is best when it's left just slightly undercooked in the center. It's not raw and wiggly, but it's moist and gooey -- kind of like a soft cake or brownie. Seriously, this is like having dessert for breakfast...in the form of an incredibly satisfying and filling baked oatmeal!
You can prepare the recipe in a single serving size (just cut the ingredients in half), but I actually prefer to bake it in a medium-sized casserole dish and save an extra serving to reheat during the week. Just 1 minute in the microwave (covered) results in a perfectly tender and moist baked oatmeal that you are going to dive into!
I love a hot, delicious breakfast on a cold winter morning, but I don't want to spend more than a few minutes preparing it! I also need my breakfasts to fuel me through a busy morning of rushing kids out the door to school, running errands, doing housework, and cramming anything else that I can into my packed schedule.
That's why I try hard to come up with recipes and combinations that not only taste delicious, but that also have plenty of protein and fiber for satiety. Rather than indulging in a tempting baked good at the coffee shop or grabbing the first box of sugary cereal that I can find in my pantry, I pull together this baked oatmeal multiple times per week. It's that good, and that easy!
Here's the recipe, plus an extra little tip: if you really want to streamline your morning routine, you can prep the ingredients the night before. Just put all of the dry ingredients in one bowl, cover with saran wrap, and leave them sitting out on your counter. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients, cover them with saran wrap, and leave them in your refrigerator. In the morning, just stir the wet and dry ingredients together, pour into a dish, and bake. That's how I do it!
Healthy Snickerdoodle Baked Oatmeal with Cinnamon Chips
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 packets stevia or 8 teaspoons sugar
- ⅔ cup plain Greek-style yogurt
- ⅔ cup milk I use 1% milk, but soy or almond milk would work well too!
- 2 eggs or 6 tablespoons liquid egg whites
- 2 tablespoon cinnamon chips plus a few extras for topping*
- Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C.
- In a small bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, salt, and stevia. In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk, and eggs.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Fold in cinnamon chips.
- Spray a medium baking dish with cooking spray (I used a 6 x 9-inch dish, but anything similar will work).
- Transfer oatmeal mixture to prepared dish and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until top is golden brown and center is just about set. I don't like my baked oatmeal to get too dried out, so I pull it out of the oven when it might still be a little soft in the center. That way, as it cools, it firms slightly but still retains lots of gooey moisture!
- Remove from oven, allow to cool for at least 5 minutes, drizzle with maple syrup and additional cinnamon chips, and dig in!
This recipe for Healthy Snickerdoodle Baked Oatmeal was originally published in December, 2014. The photographs were updated in February, 2017.