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Oatmeal Cranberry Breakfast Bake

I like to prepare this baked oatmeal on weekend mornings when I have a little extra time," says Angela Higinbotham of Willis, California. "Even guests who typically don't like oatmeal fill their bowls with this hearty version, flavored with dried cranberries, brown sugar and cinnamon."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Additional milk, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together the egg whites, milk, oil and vanilla. Stir into the oat mixture just until moistened.
  • Place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until oats are tender and liquid is absorbed. Cut into bars. Serve in bowls with milk if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 230 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 253mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • deebee89
    Sep 8, 2013

    Makes lovely little snack bars as well! I made this a little more traditional by soaking my oats over night with 2 cups water and 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar, along with 1/4 cup of coconut oil (in place of canola) and a couple TBSP of whole wheat flour (for phytase). In the morning I added 1 cup of whole milk and the rest of the ingredients. I also reduced the sugar to 1/3 cup of coconut sugar - the cranberries make it plenty sweet! It was delicious and my family loved it!

  • MCJordon
    Mar 13, 2013

    I love this recipe! I will bake it up, have a serving and then cut it into pieces and wrap individually in plastic wrap to reheat on weekday mornings. Very good. Also, it is easy to cut it in half and just make 6 servings.

  • shecooksalot
    Jan 4, 2013

    I made this recipe for the purpose of freezing the individual squares for quick, on the go breakfasts. The oatmeal tastes great and I love that its such an easy, hearty breakfast (making it ahead of time) that my family can use on busy mornings.

  • shecooksalot
    Jan 4, 2013

    I made this recipe for the purpose of freezing the squares individually for quick, on the go breakfasts. I love the taste and love that it is another recipe to make our morning faster! Will be making again!

  • shecooksalot
    Jan 4, 2013

    I made this recipe especially so I could cut it up into squares and freeze individually for our busy mornings. I really enjoyed the taste and the fact that it is a portable option to oatmeal. I will be making this again and using some of the substitutions that the other reviewers mentioned.

  • SharonDetweiler
    Oct 30, 2012

    We have oatmeal every morning, I made this today for a change it was delicious and very easy to make. I cut the sugar to 1/4 cup, used almond milk and added applesauce instead of oil.

  • 2princesses2love
    Apr 27, 2012

    It was just alright to me, my husband couldn't eat it though. It was way too sweet for him.

  • azzilu
    Mar 10, 2011

    we love these easy to make and healthy, too...when cooled, i wrap individually in saran wrap for a grab-n-go snack...better than store bought granola bars...cheaper, too AND you know what's in them! :-)

  • schieuer
    Feb 22, 2011

    I decrease the oil to 1/8 cup and it is still moist and delicious.

  • schieuer
    Feb 22, 2011

    Disappears immediately at my house - hot or cold! I keep the dry ingredients mixed up as packets so I can make a batch quickly. Have also substituted some of the cranberries for other dried berries and golden raisins. Add some chopped walnuts if you like them.