This Cranberry Pomegranate Baked Oatmeal is bursting with flavor and the perfect way to use up those leftover cranberries. Or, it’s a great make-ahead breakfast option for the holidays!
I know what we’re having on Christmas morning. Assuming I don’t tire of this healthy baked oatmeal by then. But, I don’t see that happening.
The Perfect Christmas Morning Breakfast
Do you have a Christmas morning breakfast tradition? Growing up, my mom would make this sugar cake and some sort of egg strata, and we’d fill our plates and scarf food down so we could go open presents.
If we were lucky, my dad would be in the kitchen making blueberry pancakes (which I have adapted to my blueberry baked oatmeal).
So, I wouldn’t say we have one dish that we’ve always enjoyed Christmas morning. But maybe with my little family, we will form some sort of Christmas morning breakfast tradition.
I’m half torn about wanting to continue things from my childhood that I grew up with, and wanting to develop new traditions and memories with Camryn.
Honestly, I see it being a little bit of both as we navigate our first holiday season with a baby!
Speaking of traditions, we took Camryn to meet Santa this weekend. She was not a fan (see here). But, even though she was scared out of her mind, it was a fun experience. I remember meeting Santa a few times, and I also remember looking at photos when I was little sitting on his lap.
I remember telling him I wanted nintendo games and polly pockets, lol. We shall see what Camryn thinks of Santa next year!
Ok, back to this berry oatmeal bake since that’s probably the main reason you’re here today.
Why You Should Make This Baked Oatmeal with Fruit
If you’re at oatmeal-for-breakfast person, hello! You will love this.
Personally, I could eat oatmeal all day every day. I like the occasional eggs and toast, and pancakes on the weekends.
But, for weekdays, oatmeal is my go-to 99% of the time. While there are several ways to mix up the bowl with toppings and spices, baked oatmeal is another great way to reap the benefits of oats’ versatility.
Another thing I love about a baked oatmeal casserole? You can personalize it based on the seasons.
For example, this baked steel cut oatmeal with bananas and peaches is great in the summer and warmer months, but I wouldn’t say I crave peaches in the dead winter.
Then, this apple pie pumpkin pie baked oatmeal is a staple for fall.
And to be honest, we make this blueberry baked oatmeal at all seasons! Mainly because sweet potatoes and frozen blueberries are always available.
Now, we have a winter rotation with this cranberry pomegranate combination. I’ve also tried apple cranberry oatmeal and that is also a keeper.
Is This Pomegranate Cranberry Oatmeal Healthy?
Definitely – this quick Christmas morning breakfast is also a fun way to incorporate fiber and antioxidants into your breakfast.
Plus, this breakfast provides satiety and lasting energy for your day. It really is a perfect balance of sweet and tart – we get some natural sweetness from the maple syrup and the baking of the berries.
And it’s balanced by the tartness of the cranberries and pomegranate seeds.
What Do You Need For Cranberry Baked Oatmeal?
To make this easy baked oatmeal, you’ll need a few key things:
- maple syrup
- cranberries – fresh or dried (if you happen to have any cranberries from Thanksgiving leftovers, this would be a great way to use them!)
- pomegranate seeds
Note – If you would like a vegan baked oatmeal, use a non-dairy milk, and flax eggs!
How To Make Baked Oatmeal
First, mix your dry and wet ingredients separately.
Then, you’ll mix them, but save the cranberries and pomegranates for last so they don’t spoil or burst. I love adding some gently into the batter and then saving some for the topping, too!
Put it in the oven and let it do its magic work to make this baked oatmeal recipe.
Best of all, it comes together in about 30 minutes. If that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what else will.
Can You Make Overnight Baked Oatmeal?
Definitely – mix your wet and dry batters, add in the berries and let it sit overnight in the fridge in a 2 quart casserole dish.
In the morning, sprinkle with more cranberries and pop it in the oven!
I really like this sweet/tart combination more than I thought I would. I’ll be curious to know what you guys think!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Coat the inside of a 2 quart baking dish with butter, oil or non-stick spray.
- Mix dry ingredients (oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon).
- Beat in milk, eggs, butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
- Mix all ingredients together, saving cranberries and pomegranates for last to prevent staining and/or crushing, and spread inside the dish.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, until oats are tender and moisture has been absorbed.
- Drizzle with extra cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and a little maple syrup, to taste.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 301mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 21gProtein: 6g
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