Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake

Warm and inviting, this Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake is super festive and the perfect brunch to feed a crowd this holiday season. This 1-bowl breakfast bake is dairy-free, gluten-free and made without any refined sugars. Keep it all about the gingerbread flavor as-is, or add in walnuts, chocolate chips, or dried cranberries for a twist.

Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake

With its warm spices and hearty molasses flavor, this Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake completely feels and tastes like the holiday season. It’s not only delicious, but it’s also a nutritious breakfast that will be perfect to serve for a crowd. It’s made in 1 bowl and bakes up in just about 30 minutes. Make it ahead, or make it fresh!

There are a few ways you can serve baked gingerbread oatmeal, besides digging right in with a spoon. You can scoop out a serving into a bowl and add a little extra milk, like a warm cereal. Or, you can slice it and eat as is, warm or cold. This makes it a great meal-prep option as well; bake it and eat some immediately and then pack the rest away for later.

Gingerbread oatmeal casseroleGingerbread Oatmeal Ingredients

  • Old Fashioned Oats
  • Eggs
  • Maple Syrup 
  • Milk-of-choice (we recommend almond or oat milk)
  • Oil-of-choice (we recommend avocado, light olive oil, or melted coconut)
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • Molasses
  • Baking Powder
  • Chia Seeds
  • Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)
  • Walnuts (optional)
  • Dried Cranberries (optional)

A scoop of gingerbread oatmealWhat Oats Should You Use

For this recipe, use rolled oats, not quick cooking oats. If you are gluten-free, make sure the package you buy says gluten-free rolled oats on it! You can’t use instant oatmeal. It’s different than rolled oats or old fashioned oats because it is thinly cut, processed and flavored. They don’t lend the same structure to baked goods as regular oats or quick oats, so make sure to check labels.

Can you freeze baked oatmeal?

Yes! Once it is fully cooled, store in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Either defrost overnight in the refrigerator or give it a quick pass in the toaster oven or microwave to heat up!

Gingerbread oatmeal bake with a fork in it

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Gingerbread Oatmeal Bake

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:30 Total Time 00:40 Yields 9 slices

Ingredients

For Gingerbread Oatmeal

  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1-¼ cup almond milk (or milk-of-choice)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

    Optional add-ins

    • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (dark or white chocolate would be nice here!)
    • 1/3 cup walnuts or pecans
    • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

    Directions

    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8" x 8" (or similar size) oven-safe dish. If desired, prepare a parchment sling by cutting out a piece of parchment paper slightly longer than the pan and placing it inside.
    2. In a large bowl add eggs, milk, maple syrup, apple sauce, oil and molasses and whisk to fully combine. 
    3. To the wet ingredients add oats, chia seeds, baking powder, and all of the spices and salt mix until fully combined. If adding in any option ingredients like walnuts, fold them in here.
    4. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the center is just barely firm.
    5. Scoop and serve warm as is or with milk, or cool and slice into 9 square portions.
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    Healthy Gingerbread Muffins

    Warm and inviting, these Healthy Gingerbread Muffins are bursting seasonal flavors! These cozy paleo winter muffins come together easily, are made gluten-free with almond flour, and the perfect healthy muffin recipe for a holiday brunch or as a snack!

    Gluten Free Gingerbread Muffins

    Nothing says December like these warm gingerbread muffins.  These grain-free muffins are so simple, moist, and delicious. They have a light and fluffy texture and a spiced gingerbread flavor. Add in some dark chocolate chips or dried cranberry to really make them festive! Serve them for brunch or for a snack. Nobody will know these muffins are gluten-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly!

    Ingredients for Healthy Gingerbread

    • Almond Flour
    • Baking Soda
    • Cinnamon
    • Ground Ginger
    • Nutmeg
    • Ground Cloves
    • All Spice
    • Eggs
    • Unsweetened Applesauce
    • Honey or Maple Syrup
    • Vanilla

    How to Measure Almond Flour

    If you have an electronic kitchen scale at home, it’s best to use it here to measure almond flour. Almond flour can be tricky to measure as it can be easily compacted, even straight from the bag. The same goes for coconut flour too since it’s such an absorbent flour. Even a small measuring error with coconut flour can impact a recipe. So we’ve included the weight in grams here. Any electronic kitchen scale can switch between grams and ounces. Since grams are more precise we’re use that. If you don’t have a scale: whisk almond flour until it’s lightened up and lightly scoop the almond flour or coconut flour into the cup measurement and level it off. 

    Healthy Gingerbread Muffins as Gifts

    We are all about giving gifts made with love! These muffins would be great to bring as a hostess gift or to a gluten-free friend! 


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    Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 0:25 Yields 6

    Ingredients

      Dry

      Wet

      • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
      • 3 eggs
      • 3 tbsp raw honey
      • 1/2 tsp vanilla

      Add-ins

      Directions

      1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
      2. Grease muffin tin or line muffin tin with silicone muffin liners.
      3. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients.
      4. Add in wet ingredients and mix.
      5. Fold in add-ins (chocolate chips).
      6. Pour batter into muffin tins, a little more than halfway to the top.
      7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

      Recipe Notes

      1. This makes 6 large muffins. Keep as is to make 12 mini muffins, or to make 12 large muffins follow as directed:
      • Change almond flour to 2 cups
      • Change applesauce to 1/2 cup
      • Add 2 tablespoons spectrum organic shortening or coconut oil
      • Change honey to 1/3 cup
      • Everything else stays the same!
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