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Sunshine Breakfast Baked Oatmeal Recipe

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Sunshine Baked Oatmeal

Heart Shaped Baked Oatmeal:  Sunshine Breakfast Baked Oatmeal:

I’m in love and it’s a sunny day.

This healthy breakfast recipe is like the love child of oatmeal and pineapple cobbler. The fruit caramelizes as it bakes, which tastes so amazingly good… and the kitchen feels like a tropical island paradise!

It was inspired by the wildly popular Oatmeal Breakfast Cupcakes.

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The first time I made this vegan baked oatmeal was back in December: an apple pie version. Recently, I found myself with quite a large amount of leftover pineapple (after making the Dole Whip Recipe I posted earlier). For Mothers’ Day breakfast this year, I adapted my apple pie baked oatmeal to work with pineapple… this tropical version turned out to be even better!

Tropical Oatmeal  baked oatmeal

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  • 2 1/2 cups ripe pineapple or mango, chopped small (350g)
  • 1 cup rolled oats (85g)
  • 3-4 tbsp Sucanat or brown sugar (depending on desired sweetness) (30g)
  • 1/16 tsp uncut stevia, or 2 extra tbsp Sucanat or brown sugar (or 2 NuNaturals packets)
  • 3 tbsp ground flaxmeal (or ground chia) (18g)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil (35g)
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice (160g)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (2g)
  • optional ingredients: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup more milk of choice (120g)
Yield: Serves 4-6


Preheat oven to 375 F and lightly grease an 8-in square baking pan. Combine first two ingredients in a bowl, then pour in an even layer into the bottom of the pan. In a mixing bowl, combine all remaining ingredients but the last 1/2 cup milk, and stir to combine. Spread this evenly over the pineapple or mango, then pour the remaining 1/2 cup milk evenly on top. Bake 35 minutes, then let sit 5 minutes before cutting into slices, using a knife or a very-large cookie cutter. Makes 4-6 servings. For a piña colada oatmeal variation: add 1/2 cup shredded coconut to the mixing bowl. Use canned coconut milk as your milk of choice.

*View Baked Oatmeal Nutrition Facts*

Baked Oatmeal Recipe

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Nausheen says:

    How big is the serving size in the nutritional facts? From 4 or 6 people?

  2. This oatmeal recipe just makes me smile, for the name and for the ingredients! I bet the caramelized fruit just makes it taste so amazing and would brighten up anyones day. I love that I can come to your website for single serving recipes and smaller recipes, it’s definitely something unique about your site. But once in a while it’s great to have a larger recipe (especially when you post meals) so I vote for the mix!

  3. ah i need to learn to stop going on your blog when i’m at work and hungry! this is adorable. i like single-serving, but i also like to know how to make a large batch of it when we have work potlucks, so that doesn’t help…

  4. Bethany says:

    I love the single-serving recipes – I make them more than anything!

  5. Heidi Lynn says:

    It depends on what the recipe is for me. I like the larger potions for things that will keep as leftovers for a while or freeze well, but I love the single serving recipes especially for desserts and using those I feel I eat a wider variety of things. My overall choice is single serving.

    This recipe looks delicious!

  6. Nancy says:

    Love single serving since a lot of these recipes taste better fresh and being able to pop a quick dessert in the microwave is just the best.

  7. Cindy says:

    Personally, with a family of 5, and often cooking for potlucks, and freezer cooking, I prefer larger-scale recipes. It is just a challenge to quadruple/quintuple/higher a recipe to make cookies for a larger group.

  8. kathy says:

    I love both single and larger recipes. Being the only vegan in the house, I like to make stuff just for me on occasion, but when I see something that looks like the hubby might like to try, a larger recipe is helpful, but then I just double the batch and make one for each of us.

  9. I love your single serving recipes; they are so perfect when I want to cook something just for myself. It is always easier to double or tripe a recipe when I want to feed a crowd than it is to reduce a recipe to a single serving. Keep doing what you do!

  10. JoAnn says:

    I love your site. I like larger scale recipes as I like to have left overs.

  11. Amanda says:

    Larger quantity recipies. : )

    I love how your recipies are low-sugar and are so adaptable in terms of sweetness, flour, milk, etc. Thanks!

    1. Frances says:

      I just made this and it was soooooo good! So hard to believe it isn’t higher in sugar. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

      1. anonymous says:

        We loved this recipe. Thanks!

  12. Meg says:

    I’d love to see more larger recipes. Your single serving recipes are great because not very,many blogs do that, but I find myself often looking for larger recipes and when I’m lazy instead of doing the math to adapt yours I just go to other sites. 🙁

  13. Toni says:

    I love the single-serve recipes to keep my chocolate urges under control but I also love the full-sized recipes for family gatherings.

  14. Sheila Stevenson says:

    Single serving recipes work well for me. I need to find the apple pie version of this oatmeal, however…

  15. Kelly says:

    In answer to your Q today…I personally prefer full size recipes, as opposed to single serve.

  16. M says:

    Haha Angela at Oh She Glows just posted something similar last week! Looks like y’all are on the same page 🙂

  17. mrsluckypants says:

    This recipe looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it. It will be perfect for breakfast and the heart is too cute. I find that I don’t have time to make baked oatmeal singles in the morning before work so I’ve been resorting to bread and bagels for breakfast which means I’m starving by 10:00 a.m.. Oats are great and they keep me full till lunch! I can’t wait to make this and hooray I’m going grocery shopping today. Hope the pineapples are ripe! I have a family of four so I prefer the larger scale recipes, but I’ve been multiplying to adjust your recipes for quite some time and don’t find it to be a bother. In fact, sometimes it is quite wonderful to make a single dessert simply so I won’t overeat. However, even a single dessert ends up being 4 single desserts in my house and I have one household member who “gasp” doesn’t like chocolate. That is why I love ramekins!!!!! You could certainly put directions for both on each recipe, but that may take more time than you can spare. I think we’d all agree that it’s most important that you keep coming up with yummy creations and I agree with another who said that the single servings are unique!

  18. Kym says:

    Love your site! I like both single and larger portion recipes. I have a small family (3), but some things my family just won’t eat. So, I will make those items for myself. We like to do healthy pot lucks at the office so the larger portions are helpful, as I like to try out a new recipe each time. [They’re basically my guinea pigs. 🙂 ] Larger servings are also great to save and freeze for later.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent and good taste!!

  19. Danielle says:

    This sounds amazing! I’m going to have to make it. I could use a more tropical breakfast haha. Thanks, Katie!
    – Danielle

  20. Pat B says:

    I prefer single serve. I can always double or triple a recipe but for whatever reason making a recipe smaller is difficult for me. JMO keep up all the great work you do for us. Love your posts!

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