Baked Oatmeal

I first tried baked oatmeal back in November when my mom made a batch of baked berry oatmeal. It was hearty and so, so good! My entire family couldn’t get enough of it!

When I saw Chocolate Covered Katie post a recipe for baked pumpkin oatmeal for one, I immediately jotted down the recipe and tucked it away.

As with most recipes I randomly write down or rip out of magazines, I totally forgot about it until I was sorting through a small stack of papers last night.

There it was! And my breakfast for this morning was born.

Baked Oatmeal Bar

I followed Katie’s recipe exactly and prepared my baked oatmeal last night in a mini loaf pan.

Close Up of the Goods

I let it cool overnight in the fridge and this morning I served my individual portion along with a sliced nectarine, dusted with nutmeg.

Purdy Plate

Morning Meal

I loved every last bite of this breakfast. The baked oatmeal tasted fantastic nice and cold, though I’m sure it would be amazing hot as well. The texture was dense and the flavor reminded me of oatmeal pumpkin spice cookies.

I cannot wait to make this recipe again! I have a bunch of different ideas for add-ins including coconut, protein powder, nuts and berries… and butterscotch chips once Lent is over.

I inhaled this breakfast while Sadie chewed on a ginormous stick.

Stick Lover

I think she got the short end of the stick on that one, eh? šŸ˜‰


Breakfast was enjoyed after a good workout! Today’s gym session included 10 minutes of incline walking with Ryan followed by BodyPump (killer lunge track!) and 15 minutes on the elliptical.

So Long, Sweets: The Action Plan

As you know, last night I said I am giving up sweets for Lent. I want to make sure to clarify this a bit to avoid any confusion!

My definition of “sweets” is anything I consider to be a “dessert-type food.”

For example:

  • Cake = Sweets
  • Brownies = Sweets
  • Ice cream = Sweets
  • Chocolate and Candy = Sweets
  • Yogurt = Not Sweets
  • Granola Bar = Not Sweets

See? I am not giving up sugar, only foods I consider sweets… or “desserts.” Hopefully that answers any lingering questions. I’m not going sugar free for lent… only dessert free! šŸ˜€

So how do I plan to succeed?

  • I will not be buying any sweets. None. I cannot have them in my house. Fortunately, I’ve been planning to so this for a while, so the only sweets we have in our apartment at the moment are a couple of pieces of dark chocolate and fudgesicles. I’ve already placed the dark chocolate in the back of the freezer because I’m very much an “out of sight, out of mind” girl. Luckily Ryan is 100 percent supporting me in this endeavor and has agreed to make our apartment a sweets-free zone. Thank goodness.
  • I plan to really focus on eating regularly… especially on the weekends. Though I already eat five to six mini-meals a day, on the weekends I may let this slip because we’re running around a lot and that’s always when I find myself craving sweets. A missed snack will often lead to me eating 5+ cookies. Fo’ real! I’m going to make a serious effort to keep my blood sugar levels more stable by eating very regularly to hopefully ward off any hankerings I may have for sweet treats.
  • I will not go within one mile of a frozen yogurt place. Seriously. No fro yo will be my biggest challenge and I plan to stay as far away from frozen yogurt joints as possible.

Honestly, I think I can handle it. Boo-ya! (Please remind me that I said this when I want to sprinkle sugar on my arm and eat it.)

The only event I see in my future that will really tempt me is a wedding that Ryan and I will be attending at the end of the month. I love wedding cake, so that will be a tough one to resist!

Before signing off, I want to let you all know how much I enjoyed reading about your personal goals during Lent. From personal sacrifice to self improvement, I think your goals are amazing and I wish you all the very best of luck! We got this! šŸ˜€


  1. says

    Oh my GOSH! Julie, this post just made my WEEK.

    Your photos are so incredible, and now I want to try your genius idea to make a mini baked-oatmeal loaf. How cute is that???

    Almost as cute as Sadie :). Almost.

    Anyways, thank you so so much, sweetie, for SUCH a sweet post. I especially love the second photo. I think you mentioned once you were taking a photography class? (I might be thinking of someone else, but I thought it was you.) It shows; your photos are beautiful.

    Your blog is always such a joy to read.

    *Ends longest comment ever*


  2. says

    oh gotcha!! sounds like a good plan!! and if you wnt a fro-yo fix.. then just freeze one of your greek yogurts then blend it and you have froyo soft serve that isnt considered ‘sweet’ at all!


  3. says

    Love that your breakfast looks kind of like a flower…spring time is here in FL šŸ™‚

    And, I’m with you on the no frozen yogurt! I got yo’ back šŸ˜‰


  4. Jess says

    I will definitely be trying that baked oatmeal–I’m pretty sure I have a stray can of pumpkin left šŸ™‚

    I’m giving up sugar for Lent so these next 40 days should be interesting :). I think for my ice cream fix I’m going to be relying a lot on banana soft serve lol. Good luck!!


  5. Taylor says

    I gave up coffee/caffeine for Lent (going to be very hard for me!!), but you have inspired me to give up sweets as well. I have a huge sweet tooth and sometimes it gets out of control as well. Good luck!


  6. says

    I probably shouldn’t mention this but did you know that you can get 1 cheat day on the weekend during Lent when you can “indulge” in whatever you gave up? At least this was the rumor when I went to Catholic school back in the day!


  7. Danielle says

    Your breakfast looks awesome! And you can definitely do this, I’ve done it before and it’s not that bad! Good luck at that wedding. I’m actually SO fun that I’m giving up sweets two days before my bahcelorette party! Ha! Oh, and my birthday will be encompassed in this. Luckily, it will be over by the time my wedding comes so I can enjoy my own wedding cake šŸ™‚

    I already have a sugar withdrawal headache! Did you eat “one last sweet” last night? I had some Cupcake Pebbles Treats (Rice Krispie Treats using Cupcake Pebbles instead of the RK) that I made my fiance to take to his bachelor party. It was a great way to kiss sweets goodbye…they’re so good!


  8. says

    Yum! That baked oatmeal looks so good. I actually saved Katie’s recipe for that too and have been wanting to try it out!

    GOOD LUCK on the no sweets thing! I’m not religious so Lent is not significant to me but I’ve been inspired by others who are giving up sweets during this time, so I’m going to do it too! I have been wanting to do a cleanse and cut sugar out of my diet for a while so I figured, why not do it now? I think it’s going to be a rocky ride! But it will be worth it šŸ™‚


  9. says

    I seriously need to do this baked oatmeal thing! Your breakfast looks fantastic! Good luck on your no-sweets plan. Over time, I’ve definitely reduced my sweet cravings, and now I crave savoury snacks far more. You can do it!


  10. Steph says

    My boyfriend and I are also giving up all sweets for Lent! I did it about 3 years ago and at first it’s tough, but you gradually get used to it and stop craving sweets altogether. Best of luck and I look forward to seeing any dessert alternatives you post about!


  11. says

    After commenting last night, I thought about it and realized I probably could give up sweets too …. I think I was thinking of what I also consider sweets like PB or a protien bar/granola bar, or a smoothie (homemade), or a latte. That would be hard!


  12. says

    Good luck chica šŸ™‚ You have much more willpower than I šŸ˜‰ If I was catholic I suppose I’d give up dairy because my stomach would thank me. I just can’t give up the Greek yogurt!!!! haha


  13. says

    Good luck! I know that you can do it! I think for me, I am going to give up baking. The only sweets I consume are those that I bake, and I bake when I’m STRESSED (which has been a lot lately). When I bake, I end up eating half of the batter, which is frustrating!


  14. says

    I’ve been doing no sweets for about a week and a half now. It gets SO MUCH BETTER the second week. Trust me.

    So good luck! You just need to past all the tables you’ll want to smash in the first week and then you’re good to go!


  15. says

    Your posts today and yesterday have me thinking. Growing up in an extremely Protestant environment Lent was very foreign to me until I started expanding my horizons. Now that I have learned more each year I think about giving up something for Lent…I almost decided not to this year but I think I will.
    I am going to do something almost exactly like yours, giving up sweets. It’s something I know that I need to do, just to get myself out of the nibbling habit so I’m excited to see how this goes.


  16. JennyV says

    I, too, am giving up sweets — but was having trouble defining ‘sweets’ to others too! I went all out on some delicious ice cream last night knowing I would be missing it until April!


  17. says

    I need to try baked oatmeal! I love your idea of prepping it the night before- what’s deterred me in the past is the fact that I never have that much time in the AM!

    I think you’re gonna find that it’s easier to give up sugar than you think. The less you eat it, the less you crave it in general. And just think of how good dessert will taste on Easter Sunday šŸ™‚


  18. Steph says

    Good luck Julie! I usually give up sweets for lent, although this is the first year in a LONG time that I’m not (I have a hellish week of exams next week followed by spring break so I decided not to. Te very first time I gave up sweets for lent it was challenging. But honestly after about a week, the cravings diminish significantly. And on top of that, by the time Easter morning comes, you will be satisfied by sweets on a much smaller scale that it won’t take much to crush a craving.

    This year I’m torn by not giving up sweets. Although I was much more dependent on them in years past. It would be a sacrifice but not as great of one. It sounds silly but my exam day chocolate rituals/superstitions are preventing me from doing so (2 dove promises and chocolate covered almonds to get through 3 hours of serious scantron bubbling). So I’m thinking of cutting back to 1 Starbucks per weekend.


  19. Danielle says

    Julie, you are my motivation these days! I love how you get up early and workout and are so positive and hard working and beautiful!
    I’m training for my 6th half ironman but more importantly my first full Ironman in August and where I live (Edmonton, Canada) its -31 degrees (celcius) today and really hard to train anywhere but the gym in the mornings. So, reading about your morning workouts really motivates me to get my butt going and work hard. Thanks for that!


  20. says

    Ohh good luck! That is such a good goal. After lent, you probably won’t even crave sweets as much anymore. I always find that when I eat less sweets, I crave them less. And making it easier on yourself by not giving up all sugar is smart!


  21. Emilee says

    hey julie! definitely gotta make that for b-fast! In case you are interested, there is this facebook page filled with TONS of recipes of baked oatmeal..shakes..etc. I don’t know how I came across it- definitely check it out. Once you’re on the page, go to “Discussions” and you’ll find a bunch of categories of recipes (including oatmeal).. let me know what you think!
    Heres the link:


  22. Amanda Hearne says

    I’ve decided to join in in the Dessertless lent! I kept looking for something to give up, and never had decided till I read your blog last night!

    I have two bday parties alone this weekend, so it will be a challenge!!


  23. says

    Baked Oatmeal sounds so good!! I hear ya on the frozen yogurt.. I am in love! And there are 5 like 5 miles from me haha. I am sure you can do it, just look for substitutes that I like to call “trickery desserts” haha.


  24. says

    I’m giving you major props for going without sweets, but I know you can do it! It will be interesting to follow along.

    I decided to give up some of my morning time for Lent. I always wake up early to get stuff done, but now I’m going to focus on using that time for more prayer, reading, reflecting, etc.


  25. Lauren @ Hungry Dancer says

    That baked oatmeal looks amaze!!! Good luck giving up sweets!! That’s going to be hard!!!


  26. Kaitlyn says

    just wondering…
    would these items count as ‘sweets’:
    – chocolate/peanut buttery/sweet flavored snack bars
    -blended coffee drinks like frappucinos or smoothies
    -over 65% pure dark chocolate pieces

    šŸ™‚ gooood luck to ya!


    • says

      – no (to me, granola bars/larabars/clif bars are not sweets)
      – yes
      – yes

      i consider dark chocolate “candy” and therefore a sweet. frappuccinos are SO delicious and i also consider them almost dessert-like. it’s gonna be tough!


  27. says

    I definitely think you will be able to do this! I am trying to be realistic about my goal this year, because my boyfriend completes his Ranger School training in a few weeks and we’re going to want to celebrate. I decided to give up trash tv, which, like sweets, is up to the individual to decide what counts & what doesn’t.

    One year for Lent, I gave up sodas. About a week and a half into it, I decided I needed a coke desperately and opened a can. It spewed all over me! I definitely learned my lesson. šŸ™‚


  28. Shell says

    I think you should just say you are giving up “desserts” for Lent….seems to be less confusion.

    Good luck to you! You can do it!!!!

    Also, I am guessing you are going to be creative with your yogurts, granola bars, fruits, etc! Can’t wait to hear the updates!


  29. Laura says

    I’m giving up sweets as well for Lent! I’m hoping that it will help me reduce my sugar addiction somewhat. Glad to hear I’m not the only one with this difficult task ahead! Good luck! šŸ™‚


  30. michelle says

    good luck! i was thinking about giving up sweets as well, but i’m afraid i might lose weight from that, which is great, but i dont want the focus of lent to be shifted to a convenient way to get healthy.
    so i’m giving up trashy media… radio, some magazines, tv (o noooo jersey shore!!!)
    that baked oatmeal bar looks DELISH


  31. says

    Girl, you SO got this!! Love your played out plan, too! Although, won’t’ it be hard to stay 1 mile away from all froyo places?! They are EVERYWHERE here in Charlotte! I think your rule of not buying sweets will help with that one, though. My thinking is that you’ll be saving a lot of money in the next 40 days!! Good for you!

    PS. Yogurt is amaaaazing. And definitely not a sweet, in my book! I know it has tons of sugar, but that stuff is good!


  32. Kalyn says

    I’ve been following your blog for about a month now–LOVE it, by the way–, but I’ve never commented before (just a little shy, ha!); anyways, I figured today was the perfect day to leave my first comment because I made nearly the exact same recipe for breakfast today! I’d never even heard of baked oatmeal until yesterday, but I’m glad I did.. Seriously delicious and comforting!

    Good luck with no sweets during Lent. You can totally do it šŸ™‚
    I don’t think I’m strong enough to give up sweets; instead, I’m giving up cursing (it’s such an awful habit to have!).


  33. says

    Wow! Good for you and I know you will kick butt during your Lent endeavor. One question: I know you said no fro-yo; however I am guessing you mean the sweet, sugary kind. What about “true” frozen yogurt? We have that here in Boston at a few places and its just yogurt — frozen.. Would that be a “sweet” as well?


  34. Sasha says

    I LOVE baked oatmeal! I make different recipes all the time, trying different flavors and types. Freezes great!
    Try it with milk poured over top, I love using vanilla soy milk, heat it up and a cut up banana on top!
    SOO good!!!


  35. Lindsey says

    Hi, Julie! I was reading Tina’s blog over at Faith, Fitness, Fun and she mentioned a mantra that you love and it reminded me of one that came to me yesterday. I’m not sure if it’s really a “mantra”, but it motivated me to do a better workout. I was really sore from BodyPump Tuesday night and I wanted to get in a good cardio session, but I was torn. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to hit the treadmill or elliptical or if I wanted to take a class. I was really tired and while I was headed to the gym I thought “I can do the treadmill or elliptical but will I push myself?” And then I thought “An instructor will push me harder than I will push myself right now.” So I took the class and I was right! I can’t limit my effort when I am following an instructor who is telling me to push harder, so I got a great workout in and I didn’t regret it! So anyway, I know now that on days when I’m tired and I know I won’t push myself as much as I can I will just think “An instructor will push me harder than I will push myself” and that’ll ‘force’ me to do a better, harder workout. šŸ™‚


  36. says

    For a while I was running on low-sweets but not my office has a readily available jar of dark chocolate covered almonds that call me to everyday!

    Good luck! šŸ™‚



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