Oatmeal Breakfast Bake with Berries and Almonds

This tender, berry-topped baked oatmeal casserole is the perfect morning meal to feed the whole family. Hearty oats are soaked in plant-based milk infused with the warming flavors of vanilla and cinnamon before being baked to golden brown perfection. Plump, sweet raisins add bursts of juicy flavor throughout the dish while a topping of fresh berries offers a tasty helping of antioxidant-rich fruit. If almonds aren’t your thing, feel free to substitute pumpkin seeds or unsweetened coconut flakes to take your garnish game to the next level. Adding an extra drizzle of plant milk and maple syrup over each serving will transform this breakfast bake into the mouthwatering motivation you need to get out of bed in the morning!

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By Darshana Thacker Wendel,

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3 cups unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1½ tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a 2-quart baking dish combine the first six ingredients (through cinnamon). Add ¾ cup water and mix well.
  • Top oatmeal mixture with raspberries, blueberries, and almonds. Bake 40 minutes or until bubbly around edges and heated through. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve warm.
  • Note: To prep in advance, complete step 1 and cover the baking dish with tin foil. Chill in the fridge overnight or up to 2 days. When ready to serve, continue with step 2.

Comments (61)

(5 from 26 votes)

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Sue Watz

Always a big hit. The recipe online calls for the extra water, the version in the FoK magazine omits it. I do not use it and it turns out perfectly. Added some chia seeds this morning.

Mary

This is so delicious!!! The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was that it took one hour and 10 minutes to bake. Next time I'll omit the water. My oven is accurate, I checked it with an oven thermometer. This is going to be my go to for breakfast from now on. I can't wait to try some of the add ins I see here on this thread! Thank You!

Linda Carpenter

Can this be frozen? Or baked in smaller dishes? If so, for how long?

Monika

Prepared this recipe night before a breakfast potluck. Baked it at the venue and wow, did it make the room smell wonderful. It is equally tasty and healthy. I had berries, bananas, honey, syrup, as condiments. It was a total hit.

Andy

At what point do you add the cinnamon?

Lisa, Forks Over Knives Support

Hi Andy, Cinnamon is added in step one, along with the oats, plant-milk, raisins, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. They all get put into 2-quart baking dish and mixed together.

Terri

Excellent oatmeal bake! Easy and so tasty. Staple at my house.

Col

I found the 3/4 cup additional water to be unnecessary. Makes it too gooey. With the extra water I had to cook it for an additional 30 minutes to get it to where it needed to be.

Isabelle

Thanks for the recipe, love it! I added a ripe mashed banana instead of maple syrup. It was definitely sweet enough. Will certainly make it again!

Amy

This is so tasty! I was a bit confused about adding the water which wasn't included in the recipe ingredient list. I'll definitely be doing more experimentation with this.

Amy

That's what I was wondering - this recipe was great but had a lot of fluid once it was finished in the oven. I think I'll try it without the next time (and there will be many next times!) without the 3/4 cup of water. Might add a tiny bit of ground cloves and some chopped dates to see how that turns out.

Teresa L

Love this breakfast dish! Very simple to make (I did need to add 15 minutes baking time for my oven) and I like that I can make it the night before and bake in the morning to serve warm.

Donna Poland

This doesn't make sense... which is it water or plant based milk?

Melisa

Can this be frozen in individual servings?

Margaret

I agree with several other reviewers. Please list all ingredients, including WATER, in the order in which they are added. Do not bury the words “add 3/4 c water” down in the text. I speak from bitter experience here, having ruined a recipe which shall remain nameless, because I followed the instructions to add all ingredients down to a certain one and did not see water in that list of ingredients. My bad, but it could have been easily avoided if water had been included in the list of ingredients.

Marilyn

Could this recipe be adapted for steel cut oats?

Melissa

This recipe has been great addition to our plant based lifestyle. Even my kids will eat it. It took a little longer to bake but came out great. I make 2 batches On Sunday and then cut into portions and freeze for quick breakfasts for the family during the week. We have also made it with apples and apple pie spice and it was great for a change.

Karen

The recipe says prep time is 10 minutes and is ready in 2 hours...yet you only bake for 40 minutes? Are you supposed to bake for 1 hour at the end of step 1? Then top and continue baking?

Forks Over Knives

Hi Karen, Thank you for pointing this out! We've updated the recipe to be a total of 1 hour. We hope you enjoy it!

Elizabeth

Just scrumptious! TY!

Kate

This is fabulous. Leave in fridge for a day before cooking. Great with chopped walnuts. I use lasagna dish and now make two in a row as it freezes well in foil packets. Thaw and heat in air fryer part of my simple toaster oven.

Rita

Mine never got "bubbly around the edges". Is that normal?

Helen

What are the breakdowns: carbs?, protein? Etc.

Megan Edwards

Hi Helen, We are currently working on adding nutritional information to all our recipes and anticipate for this feature to be live on the website by the end of the summer. Please stay tuned for updates!

Rachel

Delicious! Took longer than 30 minutes (more like 50) to get a nice golden brown color, but I didn’t really measure the liquid amounts so that might be why. I didn’t have berries so I added golden raisins, almonds and some mashed sweet potato.

Anna

Good recipe. Was easy to make. It was a nice change from oatmeal cooked in a pan.

Leslue

What size pan is it cooked. Average size cookie sheet? Dimensions?

Susn

Recipe states "2 quart baking baking dish"

Laura S.

My young family of six LOVED this breakfast! I didn’t have raisins. I snuck in pieces of prunes. Delicious! The liquid amount worried me, but I followed the recipe.

Leslie R.

This is an excellent recipe, and it is so easy to make. You can make it right in the baking dish. I've created two other versions of it: One with mashed sweet potatoes, instead of fruit, with a pecan and brown sugar topping; and in the second version I use chopped apples with chopped walnuts on top. Thank you Forks Over Knives for another good recipe!!

Leanna

I’ve read recipe and comments regarding water. Mix first 6 ingredients and also 3/4 cup water. Correct? This sounds really good but obviously too much liquid would be a problem. Want to be clear before I try this. Thanks.

Courtney Davison

Hi, Leanna, Yes, that is correct. Combine the first six ingredients (through cinnamon) in a baking dish; then add ¾ cup water and mix well. Happy baking! Thank you, Courtney Davison Editor Forks Over Knives

Sandy Elayne

This is a hearty and delicious breakfast! I followed the directions pretty closely but halved the amount of maple syrup. If the fruit used is super sweet I think next time I will put in 1/8 of a cup. I used blueberries and blackberries and it was wonderful! Smells fantastic while baking.

Olivia

This is very good. I made a portion for one with half a cup of oatmeal and 3/4 cup water and added some chia seeds. In truth, I don't particularly like oatmeal but the rolled oats formed a soft crust under the blueberries and I felt like I was eating pie.

Sharon Burns

I made this last night and baked it this morning - it was good! The oats, soaked overnight, are a bit chewy (which I like) and the whole bake was very moist. It's a very mellow flavor with pops of zing from the raisins. I love batch cooking this way. Make it Sunday night and you're all set for the week.

Ken MacLeod

I have made this several times - it’s like having dessert for breakfast (and I mean that in a good way). The berries (I have used raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries) add flavour and sweetness. Flavourful and nutritious! This will be a regular breakfast for me.

FELICIA

This was really good and tasty. I used dairy-free half and half with plenty of raisins (I love raisins) and it was delicious. I will definitely be making again. Thanks for the recipe!

Miriam

This recipe is so good. I made it the night before and baked it in the morning. Leftovers were very easy to heat up in the microwave without losing any flavor or texture,

Cindi

In the description of this recipe it states oats are soaked over night.But in the directions it does not say to do that . So are you supposed to do soak overnight ?or is that just an option?

Felicia

I didn’t really soaked mine and it was good. The overnight soak is an option. Next time I will do the overnight soak

Megan Edwards

Hi Cindi, We updated the recipe to prevent any confusion in the future, thanks for pointing it out! Soaking the oats is just an option if you want to make the dish in advance before baking it. Let us know how it turned out!

Belinda

I absolutely love this recipe just as it is I have made it so much that I know it by heart. Keep up the good work providing these wonderful recipes for all of us to try.

Ramona Westerman

It looks delicious, can’t wait to try it!!

SK

I wish people would wait until they’d tried a recipe before reviewing it. Assigning stars to something not yet experienced is absurd.

Kathy

I’m confused, do you add water to this recipe?

Henny

You use the Plant Based Milk.

Mel

Great way to eat oats that are not "wet"! *** Recipe developers, STOP leaving ingredients out of the list! If it needs salt, or water... LIST it. If it's needed in multiple steps, say (Divided). ALSO, list ingredients in order of use! (Many do not)

Penny

I agree with Mel. Please list ALL ingredients and please note when, divided!

Kerstin

For many years I followed your recipes but now as a widow, the recipe and many others are too much. How do I cut it down for me? Help

Carol

I am confused, do you bake the oatmeal base first then add the fruits and nuts? Or just bake it once when you add the fruit?

Megan Edwards

Hi Carol, We've reviewed this recipe and agree the instructions are confusing! We've fixed them to hopefully prevent this confusion in the future. Essentially, you top the oatmeal mixture with the fresh fruit/nuts and then bake everything once. We moved the instructions for prepping this dish in advance to the last step to separate the preparation optinos. Thanks for pointing this out, and we hope you enjoy it!

Julie Gaye

Nutritional details are important to many folks. Am I missing them here? Are they provided within any recipe on this wonderful site?

Courtney Davison

Hi Julie, We don’t currently provide nutritional information for recipes, but we hear your feedback, and this is something that we’re discussing for the future. Please stay tuned for updates! Thank you, Courtney Editor, Forks Over Knives

Kate

My 5 and 7 year old love this!

Chantal

Does it need to be chilled overnight before baking? Can you confirm the liquid measurements? The water is not listed in the ingredients list. Thank you

Courtney Davison

Hi Chantal, Chilling overnight gives the oats time to soak up the milk, but you can also bake immediately. We've updated the instructions to clarify, For the liquid measurements, those should all be accurate. In FOK recipes, we typically list the amount of water needed in a particular step, rather than in the overall ingredient list. (This is because water is often used in multiple steps.) Thank you for your comment, and happy baking! Courtney Davison Editor Forks Over Knives

Brooke Barbero

I love this recipe. I tweaked it using what I had in the house! Very delicious and easy!!!

Johanne Rossley

What’s with the 3/4 c of water and where did the 3 c of plant based milk go?

Diane

It’s in the first 6 ingredients. Read the directions

Victoria Johnson

Combine first 6 ingredients (#2 is plant based “milk”)

blythe

I believe OP is correct. 3/4 cup water is not listed in the ingredients and it should be listed at line #7.

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com and follow her on Instagram for more.
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