1-Bowl Baked Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats (Vegan, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free, Oil-free)

If you are following my Instagram account (@thefloralvegan), you might have already noticed that I have been having steel cut oats for breakfast quite a lot these days. I found myself crave less cold breakfast, such as smoothies or nice cream. Instead, I am having more cooked and warming breakfast for the past few weeks. Some people may find cooking steel cut oats to be a bit troublesome, as the cooking time is relatively long when compared to rolled oats. However, it is totally worth since steel cut oats have a more chewy texture, making you feel fuller for a longer time. The best thing about having steel cut oats for breakfast is that, I won’t be craving for snacks between breakfast and lunch, unlike what usually happens when I have smoothies for breakfast. They are also perfect as pre-workout meals too!

This baked apple cinnamon steel cut oats is super easy to prepare and you only need ONE BOWL for that! All you need to do is to mix everything in a bowl, pour it into a baking tray and bake. Then you can already make a hearty, nutritious and delicious breakfast that serves 4 people. Just warm any leftovers in the morning for a quick and filling breakfast that can keep you energised for the whole morning 🙆🏻‍♀️

Serves 4 people


1 cup steel-cut oats (I used the GF one from Bob’s Red Mill)
1 Tbsp coconut sugar (optional)*
1 chia egg (1 Tbsp chia seeds + 3 Tbsp water)
2 Tbsp applesauce
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla powder
2 tsp maca powder
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup dried fruits (here I used mulberries and dried apricots)
Pinch of sea salt

* I didn’t add any sweetener as the applesauce already gives some kind of sweetness to the oats and I love it, but feel free to add your choice of sweetener if you prefer a sweeter breakfast.


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add everything except almond milk, apples and dried fruits. Stir and mix until everything combined together.
  3. Now add the almond milk, apples and your choice of dried fruits, stir again until the apples and dried fruits are evenly distributed.
  4. Pour the mixture into a lined baking tray (mine is 10.5″ x 7″) and bake for 50 minutes or until the surface has become golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven. Let it cool for a bit before serving. You can keep the rest of the oats in an airtight container and place it inside the fridge for up to 5 days. Enjoy it cold or warm it on the stove top ☺️

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