Wake up and smell the...Nutella.

I am not a morning person.  I love mornings once I get up and get moving, but actually *getting up?* Not a fan.  Give me my quilts, and pillow, and snuggles, please.
baked nutella oatmeal...with a SECRET ingredient!
Because I'm a little slow going, easy breakfasts are my friend.  This one is going to be your friend, too.

This baked Nutella oatmeal comes together in a snap, bakes up quickly, and will be sure to start your day off on the right foot...morning person or not.

The recipe also has a secret ingredient...
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...no, not this.  I do use this in the recipe, but you can substitute any milk.

The secret ingredient is...
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...yep.  Baby Food.  Baby food prunes to be exact. 

Don't be scared.  The prunes keep the baked oatmeal from drying out and they also add sweetness without adding extra sugar.  The sugar in the Nutella is the only sugar in the recipe!

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Baked Nutella Oatmeal

1 egg
1/2 cup baby food prunes
1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut almond milk (or any milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup Nutella
3 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Grease a 9"x13" pan.  Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together.  Stir in the oats, baking powder and salt.

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Pour into the prepared pan.  Smooth into an even layer.

baked nutella oatmeal...with a SECRET ingredient!
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until baked through.  Let cool 5 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.

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Cover and refrigerate leftovers; reheat in the microwave.

{Feel free to add a few chopped almonds to make the oatmeal prettier.  If you want to be really decadent, drizzle some Nutella over the top.  Mmmm...}
baked nutella oatmeal...with a SECRET ingredient!
Take that, mornings.



  1. firsties!! you made me laugh with the red herring almond milk. i only recently tried baked pumpkin oatmeal last fall, so i'm making this. tomorrow. thanks!

  2. I've used baby food as a secret ingredient a few times...where else can you get perfectly pureed prunes?

  3. Looks delicious, and so smart to use baby food prunes!

    - Anne @ Sugar Baby Bakes

  4. This would certainly make waking up much easier!!

  5. Bridget,
    I usually like my oatmeal plain with salt and milk but this recipe looks delicious. I bet I could get the hubby to like oatmeal with this.

  6. So I'm throwing my breakfast plans out the window and making this!

  7. Now that sounds like a perfect breakfast! You just can't go wrong with Nutella!

  8. This is certainly something that would make me excited to get out of bed!

  9. Totally making this next week for school mornings! I know 4 kiddos that will love this! Minus the banana on the side for you know who!

  10. Getting up is the WORST! I would love to try this with pureed bananas...mmmm!

  11. I despise cooked cereal, particularly oatmeal. DE-SPISE! But, this is oatmeal I would eat.
    Who am I kidding, I'd LICK THE PAN CLEAN!

  12. Be a great treat for after the gym! Save me making so many nutella and peanut butter sandwiches :)

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  14. I have to try this recipe!!! Looks delicious !!!

  15. Very yummy, my 2 year old loved it and couldn't get enough. I used vanilla instead of maple extract, and added a bit more cinnamon. Also used salted cashews instead of trail mix and frozen fruit because I didn't have any fresh. It's very good by itself and with a spoonful of Nutella :)

  16. Just made this and it was awesome! I can’t wait to experiment with it and add different things to it! Thank you!

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  17. Could you explain it more clearly?

  18. Oatmeal is one of the best breakfast for me and my wife really likes it too. I definitely want to try this because I want to upgrade our current breakfast. My wife is working in one of the best restaurants docklands. both of us are morning person. That is why this is very important to me. Hope I will get the perfect blend and I'm sure she gonna like this.


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