cranberry orange baked oatmeal on serving plates with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon garnish

Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal with Cream Cheese Frosting

This flavorful cranberry orange baked oatmeal with cream cheese frosting is healthy yet decadent and perfect for Thanksgiving morning!

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cranberry orange baked oatmeal on serving plates with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon garnish

In my mostly humble opinion, I strongly believe that the cranberry orange flavor profile is vastly underrated, and I’m on a mission to change that. Enter this gorgeous Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal with Cream Cheese Frosting. Not only is it fabulously delicious and nutritious, but it’s decadent enough to serve on a warm and cozy Thanksgiving morning.

Wet Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal

Milk of Choice: Truly, use whatever you have on hand. I used unsweetened almond milk.

Butter or Vegan Butter: Either works! My favorite vegan butter is Miyoko’s.

Maple Syrup: 2-3 tablespoons depending on how sweet you like it. Honey also works if you’re not trying to keep it vegan.

Orange Juice and Zest: The fresh-squeezed juice and zest really make this baked oatmeal fantastic. Make sure you wash your citrus before you zest it.

Flaxseed: A tablespoon to give the baked oatmeal structure without using an egg.

Vanilla Extract: To enhance all our different ingredients.

Dry Ingredients for Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal

Rolled Oats: Also known as Old-Fashioned Oats and not to be confused with Steel Cut Oats or Instant Oats.

Baking Powder: So our baked oatmeal rises just a bit.

Cinnamon: Just a dash.

Sea Salt: To bring out the sweetness of the whole dish.

close up of baked oatmeal in baking dish

Mix-Ins

Fresh Cranberries: Frozen works too, just know your oatmeal may turn pink.

Walnuts: Optional, but highly recommended.

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

Cream Cheese: Dairy or plant-based work! Miyoko’s is my favorite vegan cream cheese.

Greek Yogurt: To keep things healthy-ish. Dairy or plant-based work here as well. Siggi’s is the best vegan yogurt in my opinion because its texture and flavor is spot-on and it has plenty of protein!

Maple Syrup: A splash for sweetness.

Vanilla Extract: Just a dash for vanilla flavor.

Cinnamon: To really amp up the coziness of this dish.

baked oatmeal on a plate with more slices in the background

Ideas for Completing Your Holiday Breakfast Spread

  • Serve a festive fruit salad alongside the baked oatmeal!
  • Scramble up some eggs for extra protein!
  • Make sure you have plenty of coffee and tea on hand for everyone! I mean, let’s be serious. Coffee is the best part of Thanksgiving morning, and every morning really.

If you make this cranberry orange baked oatmeal with cream cheese frosting, be sure to leave a rating and review! This encourages others to give it a try. You can also find me on Pinterest and Instagram. I love hearing from you!

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cranberry orange baked oatmeal on serving plates with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon garnish

Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal with Cream Cheese Frosting

This flavorful cranberry orange baked oatmeal with cream cheese frosting is healthy yet decadent and perfect for Thanksgiving morning!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Equipment

  • 8×8 Baking Dish
  • Food Processor

Ingredients
  

Wet Ingredients

  • cups milk of choice (I used almond milk!)
  • 2 tbsp melted butter (dairy or plant-based)
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • juice of two navel oranges
  • zest of one navel orange
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt

Mix-Ins:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup raw walnut pieces

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened (dairy or plant-based)
  • cup Greek yogurt (dairy or plant-based)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° F and grease an 8×8 baking dish with oil, butter, or cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all wet ingredients until well-combined. Add all dry ingredients and mix again until well-combined. Add cranberries and walnuts and give everything one more stir to ensure everything is well-distributed.
  • Pour mixture into baking dish and smooth until well-distributed. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a tester or fork comes out clean or with only a few crumbs and the edges are golden brown.
  • While the oatmeal is baking, make your cream cheese frosting! Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until frosting is smooth and creamy.
  • Cool for at least 20 minutes. Slice into 6 pieces and top individual slices with cream cheese frosting. Enjoy!

Notes

Storage: Store baked oatmeal, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Frosting should be stored separately in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 
To make vegan/dairy-free: Make sure to use plant-based butter in the baked oatmeal and plant-based cream cheese and yogurt in the frosting. 
To make nut-free: Omit walnuts.
Keyword baked oatmeal, banana baked oatmeal, cranberries, cranberry orange, easy, gluten free, healthy, nut-free, orange, simple, vegan, vegetarian

Photography by Hope Agresti

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