Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

by | Mar 19, 2020 | All, Breakfast & Brunch

Make a batch of this hearty Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon and enjoy breakfast all week long. 

Baked oatmeal with apples and cinnamon in a white baking dish.

Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

Oatmeal was not my favorite breakfast when I was younger. I would eat it but never really craved it until years later when I was introduced to Irish oatmeal (otherwise knows as steel cut oatmeal) on our honeymoon in Ireland.

Now it’s one of my favorite breakfasts, and this recipe for Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon brings me right back to the Emerald Isle. 

This baked breakfast dish is loaded with chewy oats, chunks of apples and, and spiced with cinnamon. Perfect for those chilly mornings when you need more than just a hot cup of coffee to warm you up, and any other time of the year too! 

Top down image of white pan filled with baked oatmeal and a brown spoon for serving with a cinnamon stick for garnish.

What’s The Difference Between Different Types of Oatmeal?

Have you ever had steel cut oatmeal before? Steel cut oats have such great texture, and because of that, they feel like more of a meal than regular oatmeal. What makes steel cut oats different than other oats such as rolled, quick, or instant is how they are cut/prepared before being packaged.

Types of oats

Rolled Oats: The whole grains are steamed and pressed flat with steel rollers. The rolling process shortens the cooking time.

Quick and instant: The oats are cooked and dried before they are cut and rolled then to make the cooking process even quicker than that of rolled or steel cut oats.

Steel cut: These oats aren’t rolled. Instead, steel blades slice them into coarse nubs, giving them an appearance like cut-up grains of rice. Steel-cut oats are less processed than rolled oats. They take longer to cook than rolled oats, and their texture is a bit chewier.

NOTE: If it is your first time eating steel cut oatmeal, it might take a little time to get used to the coarser texture of steel cut oats, but the addition of baked apples and cinnamon will surely win you over. (Plus a little maple syrup and brown sugar doesn’t hurt, either.) 

Toasted Steel Cut oats in a white frying pan with sliced apples and cinnamon sticks.

How To Make Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

If you’re someone who loves having oatmeal every day, you’ll love this baked oatmeal because you can make a big batch at once and have a ready to go breakfast in minutes every morning for the next week (or less, because it’s too good to resist).

Just a few simple steps are all it takes to create this delicious breakfast treat! 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet and add oats.
  3. Stir until lightly toasted. I toast the oats on the stove in this recipe before I bake them, and I highly recommend this step. Why? This little bit of effort truly enhances the flavors and add more depth to the already hearty steel cut oats.
  4. Place oats in a large mixing bowl and pour boiling water over them.
  5. Add apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and salt and stir until combined.
  6. Add milk and stir.
  7. Pour into prepared dish and bake until browned and set.
  8. Stir oatmeal before serving and then add toppings as desired. 

Put oats in a large mixing bowl and pour boiling water over them. Add apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and salt and stir until combined. Add milk and stir. Pour into prepared dish and bake until browned and set. Stir oatmeal before serving and then add toppings as desired. 

PRO TIP: Reheating the oatmeal? Add a little milk to regain the creamy texture. Serve with brown sugar and maple syrup, of course!

Can I make the recipe with different fruit?

This recipe can be made with any of your favorite fruits. If you want to make a little more summery, try replacing the apples with strawberries or raspberries. Three diced apples equate to about three cups of fruit, so keep that in mind if you do choose to replace the apples with a fruit of your choice. 

You can also take the fall feeling of this recipe even further and replace half of the cinnamon with pumpkin pie spice. It’s the perfect combo to get you in the mood for fall, of PSL season as everyone seems to call it these days. 

Need a warm, make ahead breakfast? Make a batch of this hearty Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples & Cinnamon and enjoy breakfast all week long!

Tips for Serving Baked Oatmeal 

Baked oatmeal isn’t just good for helping you breakfast meal prep your way through the week. With a recipe this good, you’ll want to share it with others too! 

This recipe makes a huge batch of baked steel-cut oatmeal and is perfect for weekday breakfasts or brunch for a bunch.  It takes about an hour to bake, so you can even make it ahead of time and reheat individual portions when needed.  

It also makes a great family breakfast staple to make special holiday mornings even better. Try whipping up a batch or two for Christmas, Easter,  or Mother’s Day brunch at home. It will surely be a hit no matter the occasion! 

Hosting brunch? Here are some great ideas for filling the food table: 

Serve this Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal with some smoothie shooters or a mimosa bar and a few muffins, and you have yourself a perfect menu for weekend guests. 

Top down image of baked oatmeal in a white baking dish with a spoonful removed and fresh apple slices and cinnamon for garnish.

More Easy Breakfast Recipes For Any Occasion 

You can never have too many options for breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day after all.

No matter if you’re just enjoying a low key breakfast at home by yourself, or planning to entertain a whole house full of people for brunch, these recipes have you covered with flavors that will curb both your sweet and savory cravings. 

Pinterest image of white dish filled with baked oatmeal, apples and cinnamon on a dark brown background.
Yield: 12 servings

Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

Filled with aplpes and cinnamon this easy recipe makes a large batch so you can have breakfast all week long!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups Steel Cut Oats
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • Brown sugar, maple syrup, fruit, nuts (optional toppings)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Melt butter in skillet and add oats. Stir until lightly toasted.
  3. Put oats in a large mixing bowl and pour boiling water over them.
  4. Add apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and salt and stir until combined.
  5. Add milk and stir.
  6. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 50-60 minutes or until browned and set.
  7. Stir oatmeal before serving and then add toppings as desired.


Notes

This reheats well. Just add a little milk before you reheat to prevent the oatmeal from drying out.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 224mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 6g

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61 Comments

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    I have been looking for a baked oatmeal recipe that doesn’t use eggs. This sounds delicious! Is all Irish Oatmeal steel cut? I looked at the many oatmeal choices at my favorite grocery store today and was totally confused….HELP!

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      Hi Cathy, Yes, Irish Oatmeal is Steel Cut. I find it in the organic section of my grocery store. Hope this helps. 🙂

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    What a great recipe, made it for visiting guest and she loved it. Since it was only two of us I half the recipe and used some of my frozen apples from a former apple orchard visit.

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      Hi Nancy, I’m glad you both liked it! Frozen apples from the orchard would be fabulous in it! Yum!

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    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post 🙂

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      Thanks Marla! Can’t wait to read it!

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    I might make this tonight, looks awesome and breakfast for the rest of the week would be done !

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      It is a great make ahead breakfast! Perfect for weekday mornings. Enjoy!

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    I just made it using light cocnut milk and earth balance to make it vegan. I skipped the skillet and toasted the oats with the ‘butter’ in the pan while the oven was preheating. I poured everything into a bowl and then back into the pan which I had greased, it was already warm so that was easier. Yummy! I like that it can be made much quicker than in a crock pot. Good for a weekend morning.

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      Great substitutions! I use Earth Balance all of the time and love it!

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    I’ve been looking for steel cut oats recipe that isn’t an overnight crock pot so this looks perfect! Do you recommend reheating stove-top, microwave or in a warm oven?

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      I reheat it in the microwave for time purposes, but I’m sure it would be great whichever way you choose. I recommend adding a little milk before reheating to give it the creamy texture.

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    HI. Love this. I have made this several times now. I only had 1 apple and 1 banana the first time i tried so that is what I used. I forgot to use the milk a couple of times ago. I just added it about 5 min before timer went off. Then put it back in the oven for 5 min. This has become a fav method of mine. Depending on what fruit and added ingredients I have put in I can adjust the moisture content the way I feel by adding in at the end. I end up using a little less then what the recipe calls for i general but i tend to like it a little thicker and chewier. But the almond milk at the end give a boost of creamey texture. Found some peanut butter powder that has chocolate powder mixed in. I love using all banana in the oatmeal and then sprinkling the peanut butter powder on top.

    I have been making 2 batches at once and portioning them into muffin pans and freezing them. Then i can take on the run to work and microwave with a splash of water or almond milk heck i used my coffee one time. you can spray the muffin pans then pop em out and put them in a freezer bag.

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      Sounds like a great adaptation! Love the muffin pan idea. 🙂

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    This was so hearty & delicious! I loved the fact that it was steel cut oats too. I am making blueberry/strawberry right now-I hope it’s as delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

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      Ooh, that sounds delicious! Let me know how it is!

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    Did anyone else find this terribly salty? The salt is overpowering. I used 1 1/2 tsp as the recipe said. After I tasted it, I checked the regular directions on my bag of Steele Cut Oats and it only calls for 1/4 tsp per 1 cup of oats. So, this recipe has 3 times the amount of salt? I’m very disapointed that I wasted all those ingedients. I’m not sure there is any way to salvage it.

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      I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you, Lorraine. Everyone has different tastes. I hope you found a way to suit yours.

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      I found the same thing. I’m a salt lover and I couldn’t eat it. Made it again and used a 1/2 tsp of salt and it was perfect!
      This is an awesome recipe, I’ll be making it again and again!

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        Thanks for the comment, Kate! Enjoy!

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        Don’t forget that if you are using salted butter, it adds more salt… i added a sprinkle of salt along with my salted butter because it enhances the taste of the sugar but not nearly as much as the recipe called for… waiting for it to come out of the oven as i type this!

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    I love having this for breakfast! I’ve been adding raisins after warming it up and it tastes amazing! Thanks!

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      Raisins are a yummy addition!

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    We loved this, thank you! I increased the cinnamon, halved the salt, and used coconut milk.

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    Just like you I was never a big fan as a kid, but now this is probably my favorite breakfast!

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      Isn’t it funny how our tastes change as we get older? Older and wiser 🙂

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    Thank you for this lovely recipe!! It is comforting, satisfying, and a convenient way to have breakfast ready ahead of time, and especially since we are approaching fall and winter. Take care!

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    I’ve never made oatmeal from scratch before. My 2 year old LOVES it for breakfast! I’m definitely going to have to try your recipe!

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      Thanks, Betsy! It’s a keeper and smells soooo good while it’s baking!

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    This sounds and looks delicious. I love oatmeal but have never tried steel cut oats. Now I have no excuse not to try them this recipe is great. Pinned.

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    I want to gobble this up right now! Love the apples in the oatmeal.

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      Thanks, Ginny!

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    I followed the instructions exactly and the concoction was a watery mess. I’m disappointed. I am glad it worked for others; I’m not sure if it was the steel cut oats I was using or what.

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      I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you! Thanks for the feedback.

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    I love that you baked the oatmeal but that it is not a cake form. I love having another easy way to make oatmeal and these flavors. Adore apples and cinnamon together.

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    I don’t eat oatmeal very often because I don’t love the texture. i should give steel-cut oats another try.

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    This would a perfect breakfast for the freezing winter mornings we have been having lately!

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    This was quite delicious. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla.

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    This looks amazing!! I love oatmeal and am totally intrigued! I’m going to try to make it tomorrow. I was wondering if you know the nutritional information for a portion of this deliciousness? Any idea how many calories per serving?

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      I’m sorry we don’t provide nutritional information on our recipes because it can vary so much depending on the products that you use. Try using something like this: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator. Hope you like the oatmeal!

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    I just made this, looked a little runny after an hour, so I baked an additional 10 minutes.. Perfect! I didn’t add the brown sugar and I used almond milk, I’ll freeze in muffin tins and warm in the morning with a little honey and almond milk. I’m hooked?

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      I love the idea of freezing in the muffin tins! Thanks for your note!

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    What are the servings for this recipe? Thanks

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      This will serve 8 people! I will update the recipe. Thanks for your note!

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    nice recipe and change to my typical breakfast routine, like that its a large batch too for simpler prep and serving, thank you for this recipe!

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    I know this is a very old post, but do you have a preferred type of apples for this?

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      I usually use Granny Smith apples, but any kind will do. It’s an oldie, but goodie!

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        Thanks so much for responding! I have Pink Ladies, so we’ll see how they do 🙂

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    Can I make this with regular rolled oats?

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    Making this recipe and halving the recipe. Any idea on hoe long to bake a half recipe??? Can’t wait to try it in the morning.

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      Hi Penny, I would start looking at the oatmeal at about 35 minutes and then bake it until it is set in the center. Happy eating!

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    Cooking right now! Needs an extra 10 mins or so to fully set, but it smells wonderful! I didn’t have just plain cinnamon, so I used apple pie spice. I’ll comment again once I’ve tried it.

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    Made this today and it was solo good. I didn’t have just cinnamon but I had apple pie spice. Topped with a brown sugar, butter walnut topping. Thanks for the recipe!

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    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Can you make it the night before, put it in the refrigerator and bake the next day?

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      Hi Heather, This recipe is best baked right after you mix it together.But it can easily be reheated this next day and still taste delicious! If you put it together overnight without baking, the oats will absorb all of the liquid. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

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    I loved this recipe. I added toasted almonds. I did mix all dry ingredients the night before and then mixed in the wet and baked the next day. My sons loved it and they hate regular oatmeal.

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    This is my second attempt to comment on this awesome recipe.
    I put bananas and a little shredded coconut in mine and a little less liquids as we like it dyer. After it cools the next day, I cut in serving sizes and freeze. Its breakfast, a snack or dessert. It disappears fast.
    Thank you for the recipe.

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    I have made this a zillion times! I use a large oven safe saucepan==my Copper Chef square 4.5 qt works perfectly. I toast the oats right in the pan then add the water without boiling it first. I bring it to a boil while I prep the fruit, then add the milk and everything else. I let it come up to a boil again and just pop the pan in the oven. Only one pan to clean! We love this with pears and blueberries. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    Love the idea to cook the oats in butter and brown. Did anyone have an issue while baking that the milk left a Chrispy skin layer on top?

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