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Cracked Oat, Apple & Berry Bake

A hands-off delicious sugar-free recipe that makes eating whole grain oats easy as the oven does all the work: you can double the recipe.


The apple adds a natural sweetness to this recipe which works well made plant-based or with eggs and dairy milk ~ see recipe notes below—a fabulous recipe to use up those not so great apples laying around that you can make in advance.


Cracked Oats are like steel-cut oats – a fibre-rich wholegrain with a natural sweetness and chewy texture.  Use either steel-cut or the fabulous locally grown cracked oats from Maine Grains.

  • Serves2-3
  • Cooks in 40 - 50 mins
  • Prep time 15 mins
  • 100% Sugar & Sweetener Free
  • Prep Ahead
  • High Fibre

    High fibre foods are an important part of a healthy digestive system. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are high in fibre.

  • Anti Oxidants

    Anti-oxidant are phytonutrients that can help slow & prevent cellular damage from free radicals that can cause disease. Many plants contain anti-oxidants.

  • Heart Healthy

    Heart Healthy recipes have lots of whole grains, fruits & vegetables. A diet rich in plant foods, low in refined fatty foods can help lower cholesterol.


adds to shopping list

  • 1 cup apple grated - 1 apple
  • 2 cups milk - dairy | plant-based
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup cracked | steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup berries - frozen | fresh


Cracked Oat, Apple & Berry Bake


PREHEAT oven 350 F | 175 C   6 cup capacity glass pyrex or ovenproof baking dish + lid.


GRATE apple directly into baking dish.


WHISK in milk, egg ( or chia seeds) + vanilla, salt, cinnamon, baking powder until well combined. STIR in oats. 


SCATTER berries evenly over the oat mix in the baking dish. COVER with a lid, foil or sheet pan to be eco-conscious.


BAKE 40mins until oats are cooked + milk is absorbed. Remove lid and bake 10mins until the top is golden (optional step).


SERVE hot or warm – drizzle with honey or maple syrup if you need the sweetness; a dollop of nut butter, coconut oil or butter to taste.


STORE in the fridge covered – reheat in the oven covered or portion into a saucepan on the stovetop.

Chef Hat Icon Chef tips + Ingredient Swaps + Ideas

OATS – use steel-cut or cracked oats.  You can use rolled oats – cooking time will be more like 25-30mins.


MILK – use dairy or plant-based milk; you can use water or juice. 


USE COCONUT MILK POWDER – I used ½ cup powder + 1¾ cup hot water – whisked until smooth first.


EGG-FREE SWAP egg for 2 tbsp chia seeds or our Super Seed Mix.


SWAP apple for pear; you might need 2 pears – mash them up with a fork if they are soft.  


BERRIES – use whatever you have – frozen berries are great here & more economical – SWAP for ½ cup dried fruit.

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