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Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal

This baked oatmeal caused a bit of a stir in my kitchen.

I set it out on the counter to cool just about the same time that I had dinner getting on the table. My oldest bounced through getting the cups and silverware onto the table and got so excited that I made brownies for dessert.

{insert mom guilt here}

Sigh…they totally looked like brownies, but to his dismay they were not brownies. I informed him that this was breakfast for the next morning, told him what it was, and he asked if he could still have some for “dessert.” It was a 9×13, so I knew there would be enough…so I obliged.

The reaction.

Mom, this is so great, can I have another bowl?

{Mom guilt dissipates.}

Note to self…don’t make something that looks like dessert that isn’t dessert when serving dinner. Got that self?

Needless to say…this recipe is a keeper. Next time, I’ll be doubling up and baking 2 9x13s, cutting 1 up into “breakfast size pieces” and freezing the portions individually so we have a quick and easy breakfast on hand for the busy holiday season ahead!

Also, this got me thinking…how often do you make dessert?

Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal

Adapted from Budget Bytes

Yield – 16 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 50 minutes


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk


  • Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch glass baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, mix together the brown sugar, eggs, applesauce, dark molasses. Then stir in the baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Then fold in the oats, flour and milk.
  • Pour batter (will be runny) into the greased baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until the baked oatmeal bounces back in the center and toothpick comes out clean in the center.
  • Let cool slightly before serving. Cut into serving size pieces and serve with milk or yogurt.