Greg DuPree
Hands-On Time
20 Mins
Total Time
55 Mins
Yield
10-12 servings

Baked oatmeal is the kind of recipe that sounds like a contradiction when you first encounter it. It’s baked, and it’s oatmeal? Isn’t oatmeal supposed to be a quick stovetop thing? Well, yes, but hear us out. Oats stirred together with many different mix-ins allows them to soak up extra flavor, plus you can make a big batch for a crowd without manning the stove, or dishing up a toppings bar. Not to mention, the addition of eggs in the batter make this breakfast deliciously pudding-like. Most baked oatmeals call for regular milk, but this makes use of coconut milk, instead. It’s both great for the dairy-free, and tasty for anyone.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously butter a 9-by-13-inch (or other 3-quart) baking dish. Spread coconut flakes on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden, about 3 minutes. Remove from oven.

Step 2

Arrange half of the apple pieces in prepared baking dish. Top with oats, toasted coconut flakes, raisins, 1 cup carrots, and ½ cup walnut pieces. Whisk together coconut milk, eggs, cinnamon, salt, orange zest, ¼ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 2¼ cups water, and remaining 1 cup carrots in a large bowl.

Step 3

Pour milk mixture over oat mixture. Using the back of a large spoon, press top of mix- ture, making sure liquid soaks through to bottom of dish. Mix together remaining apple pieces, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and ¼ cup sugar. Sprinkle apple mixture and remaining ½ cup walnut pieces over oats.

Step 4

Bake until edges are bubbling and center is set, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving. If making oatmeal in advance, let cool completely before covering and refrigerating. To reheat, spoon into serving bowls, then add a splash of milk and gently heat in microwave until warmed through.

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