This cranberry orange baked oatmeal is incredibly easy to make and is a delicious and healthy breakfast to start the day. It is packed with fresh fruit, carbohydrates and fiber for lasting energy, healthy fats and protein! This recipe is also gluten free (with certified gluten free oats), dairy free and added sugar free.
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Since this is my third cranberry orange recipe this winter season already, I would venture to say that I love the cranberry orange combination. I avidly use dried cranberries in salads throughout the year but when they are in season during the winter, I love to buy a big package of fresh cranberries.
While you do not use a whole bunch of cranberries typically at once, you can use them for many purposes! Like I mentioned, I have already posted two other cranberry orange recipes (Check out my easy cranberry orange chia jam and cranberry orange muffins), but I have also made cranberry liquor! It is super easy to make and you can easily buy mini liquor bottles to package up and give as a holiday gift. And for a bonus, it lasts on the shelf for so long!
OKAY… back to this delicious cranberry orange baked oatmeal!
Easy Base Baked Oatmeal Recipe:
All of my baked oatmeal recipes have the same standard base recipe to make four total servings. It is two cups of oats, one mashed banana, two egg whites, almond milk, water, flaxseed meal and collagen peptides. You can use this base recipe to mix and match for different flavor combinations easily!
SO… what will you need to make this cranberry baked oatmeal?
- Egg Whites (or Egg)
- Almond Milk/Water
- Collagen Peptides
- Fresh Cranberries
- Orange Juice + Zest
- Splash of Vanilla
How many servings does this make?
This recipe makes four servings. I also like to bulk up this meal by adding greek yogurt and peanut butter to also add a creamy element.
How do I reheat this?
You can easily cut out a serving of this recipe and place it in a microwave safe bowl or on a dish. Reheat in the microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. If are are adding a nut butter, I recommend adding the nut butter to the baked oatmeal prior to microwaving so that it gets nice and melty in the reheating process!
This recipe also stores well in a refrigerator for one week. If you would like, you can freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months. If reheating from frozen, it will take up to 2 1/2 or 3 minutes in the microwave to warm up. I love using Pyrex containers to bake the oatmeal in and also store – a nice two in one!
Can I make any substitutions or add more ingredients?
- Oats: I have made this recipe with steel cut, old fashioned, quick and irish – all have worked! However, if you use another kind, I do not know if the timing or texture will be off.
- Ripe banana: this makes the oatmeal extra creamy and provides a that extremely moist texture. Feel free to replace with about 1/3 cup applesauce. If omitted, I cannot guarantee the texture to be similar.
- Orange juice: you can either use the juice fresh from an orange or from the bottle. If using already made orange juice, look for one without any added sugar!
- Cranberries: if fresh cranberries are not your thing, go ahead and try dried cranberries.
- Egg whites or egg: either one works here but I do prefer egg whites purely for the fact that they create that fluffy texture more so than using an egg with the yolk. For the fluff factor, you want to whisk the egg whites well before adding into the mixture
- Liquid: either water or milk of choice work here. All milk will provide a slightly creamier taste but all up to preference. I typically use water and almond milk with a 1:1 ratio
- Salt, cinnamon and nutmeg for that apple spice component
- Optionals: flaxseed meal for an extra boost of fiber and collagen for an extra boost of protein
- Sweetener: I do not add any additional sweetener besides the fruit. If you would like a sweeter oatmeal, add 1-3 tablespoons of any liquid sugar such as date syrup, maple syrup or honey.
- And toppings! Nothing better than a warm baked oatmeal with a cold yogurt and melty nut butter – I used my homemade roasted cinnamon pecan butter to drizzle on top
Need more oatmeal recipes? Check these out!
- Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
- Creamy Stovetop Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal
- White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
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Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal
- Baking Dish
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 banana mashed
- 2 egg whites can replace with 1 egg
- 3/4 cup almond milk sub milk of choice
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp orange juice + zest
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal optional
- 2 scoops collagen sub 1 scoop of protein powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Whisk together mashed banana, egg whites, almond milk, orange juice + zest and water until well mixed
- Stir in flaxseed meal, collagen, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
- Fold in diced cranberries and oats
- Pour into an oven safe dish and bake for 25 minutes
- Add toppings of choice!
- if you would like a sweeter baked oatmeal, add 1-3 tablespoons of liquid sugar such as date syrup, maple syrup or honey
- if making vegan, leave out egg whites and take 1 tablespoon of the flaxseed meal and mix with 3 tablespoons of warm water. Let sit in a small dish for 10 minutes until it forms a gel-like consistency