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Frugal breakfast recipe: Baked oatmeal

One way we save a lot of money is to make things from scratch.
Not only is it less expensive, but it also is better for you and tastes
yummy, too!

Baked oatmeal one of our very favorite breakfast
recipes. It makes a big pan so we refrigerate the leftovers and use it
for the following few days’ breakfasts! Just reheat in the microwave or
oven. We often just spoon out in individual bowls and reheat in the
microwave. Be sure to top with butter, brown sugar, and milk. Delicious!

Baked Oatmeal               

1 cup oil (can substitute butter or applesauce)
1 ½ cups sugar (can reduce)
4 eggs
6 cups oats
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups milk

all ingredients in order listed. Pour into greased 9×13-inch pan. Bake
at 375° for 30-40 minutes until lightly browned. Can refrigerate
overnight before baking. Serve topped with butter, brown sugar, and

Yields: Approximately 8-10 servings

What are some of your favorite frugal breakfast ideas?

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  • Fuschia says:

    I love to serve a hot breakfast to my troops, and this one sounds so yummy!! I’m also a fan (having five kids) of make-ahead anything.
    I’ll be trying this tomorrow. Thanks.

  • SarahG says:

    Thanks for the great recipe…it sounds yummy!!!!!

    • Jan says:

      You can use ground up chia seeds as egg replacement. I always ground up my chia seeds but you can use them whole. 1 tbsp chia + 3 tbsp Water mix and let sit for a few minutes = 1 egg
      It also makes it very nutritious.

  • Summer says:

    I started making baked oatmeal a while ago and my kids (5 and 2) really like it. (Tho I do have to omit eggs due to allergies so it doesn’t hold well and I’m sure it has a slightly different taste.) I also add in raisins or a chopped banana and sometimes a small amount of mini chocolate chips for special occasions! Yum!

  • Amy N says:

    One of my all time favorite recipies.

    I cut the ingredients in half, use WAY less sugar, and bake it in a 9×9 pan, cut in to 6 pieces and its breakfast for the week!

  • Ells says:

    Could you substitute the sugar with honey?

  • Dana~ says:

    YUM! Thanks for sharing this. Oatmeal is one breakfast that sticks for me – and I’m not hungry again by 8:00 (and thinking why did I bother to eat breakfast!!) Are the eggs absolutely necessary?? My mom makes a delicious crock pot oatmeal – but mine NEVER turns out – it’s always crusty on the outside and like soup in the middle – a science project gone really bad. SO I’m looking forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Tina says:

    Hi There,

    First want to say that I LOVE this site!! Thank you!!!!

    I am not sure if the recipe you gave was right (or that my calculations were way off), but I was figuring out the points value (weight watchers)for the oatmeal recipe. Based on 8 serving, I got a points value of 15.5 per serving!!!

    Just wanted to double check with you and anyone else out there that might be calculating point values.


  • B says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe, I’ve made this twice now! I used 1 cup applesauce instead of oil and add a couple bananas and chopped up fruit (pears, dried cranberries, blueberries, whatever I have on hand). Besides being cheap, for those wanting a healthy, heart-conscious/low cholesterol breakfast, this is great. Thanks again!

  • Rebekah says:

    I’ve been hoping you would post this recipe…oatmeal is one of the few things that I seem to be craving these days(pregnancy nausea!). I will have to try this out soon…maybe today!

  • I’ve had baked oatmeal before and loved it, but have never made it myself. That sounds good, I think I’ll have to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    We also like granola… this is my favorite easy recipe-

  • Julie says:

    This is a family favorite around here. I have referred to this post many times. Thanks for sharing it. I hope all your new readers try it out.

  • Michelle says:

    LOL…I make this all the time. Its so good. Sometimes we put raisins or cut up apple chunks. DEVINE. It goes far, even for our family if 6 eaters. I make it the night before, store it in the fridge and have it for breakfast or snacks.

    I also do an overnight french toast. Dont have the recipe handy though.

  • I like to add some nuts and fruits to my cereals for breakfast. Besides that, stir-fried sprouted mung beans are a favorite in our household.

  • Festive Daisy says:

    When we have ciabatta or french bread leftover from dinner, we half this recipe and make Overnight French Toast:

    Overnight French Toast

    loaf of french bread
    1/4 c butter, softened
    4 large eggs
    1 c milk
    1/4 c sugar
    2 Tbs maple syrup
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 tsp salt

    Grease glass baking dish, add slices of bread (about 1″ thick), whisk remaining ingredients and pour over top, then cover.
    Chill overnight.
    Bake 350° for 30-35 minutes uncovered.

    Great topped with warmed raspberries & sugar.

    We find this to be a good use of leftover bread that might otherwise be thrown out.

  • Jennifer McMaster says:

    Love your blog! Very helpful and I am thrilled with the freebies I receive in the mail. I most appreciate the recipes and food ideas as our grocery budget has dropped drastically in recent months. The baked oatmeal sounds good but I’ve noticed that alot of your recipes include things like butter, milk, cheese and eggs(eggs are not the bargain they used to be, especially since I cannot in good conscience feed the commercial unhealthy eggs to my family)..which are not inexpensive for our family of 8. Would love to see some ideas for REALLY cheap meals. We are getting tired of pinto beans! =)

  • rachel says:

    cheese toast
    homemade yogurt
    pancakes w/ homemade syrup
    fried cornmeal mush (kid favorite)
    cereal bought on sale
    homemade grapenuts
    watch for sales on bagged frozon fruit like blueberries

  • Hannelore says:

    I just have to tell you about a recipe I adapted from “ Busy Cooks”. Its called Crockpot Oatmeal and its delicious! An *important note* is to use STEEL CUT OATS. If you use the regular kind they might end up like mush. I buy steel cut oats (basically unprocessed, chopped oat groats) in bulk at the co-op. This saves a lot of $ and you get all the benefits of whole grain. Its nice to wake up to a steaming pot of hot oatmeal and smile as you pretend “your chef made it for you while you slept”!
    1 cup steel cut oats
    1-2 cups dried cranberries (or raisins, dates, apricots-or any other dried fruit you like)
    4 cups water
    1/2 cup half&half
    sweetener to taste
    Spray crockpot with oil. Combine all ingredients except half&half in slow cooker. Cook on low 7-8 hours. Stir in half&half and maple syrup, honey or other sweetener to taste. This makes 4 servings.

    I also make my own granola sometimes-its easy and the variations are endless.
    Eggs are one other inexpensive source of protein for breakfast-we love them boiled, scrambled, fried, and in omelets and quiche.

  • Abby says:

    While this sounds like a great recipe that I’m excited to try, I do have a slight problem with this post. Just because something is made from scratch doesn’t mean it is healthy. Recipes (like this one) can contain a lot of sugar and butter–sometimes even more than prepared foods would. The assertion that something is made from scratch so is therefore healthy can really mess up nutrition planning!

  • Holly in OK says:

    Yum. Old fashioned oats or quick oats?

    Does anyone have a low-fat substitute other than applesauce? I’m allergic to apples, pears, peaches, plums, etc., but I’d love to come up with some alternative to using so much oil in my recipes. Pureed squash or something with little flavor? 🙂

  • Rochelle Wilkerson says:

    I’ve tried this recipe before and it turned out to be the consistency of like granola 😛

    I used 1 cup applesauce instead of oil.

    Any suggestions? I like a creamy, ooey gooey oatmeal.

  • Melissa says:

    Just plain oatmeal from old fashioned oats is special if you add a few walnuts, cinnamon, and vanilla. You can sweeten with a variety of sweeteners including stevia for a natural low-carb experience.

    We rotate oatmeal, eggs, buckwheat pancakes, granola, baked oatmeal and occasionally homemade waffles or store bought cereal.

    Granola -simple, inexpensive and delicious.
    1/2 cup oil
    1/2 cup honey
    Heat in a Large skillet (medium temp.) until bubbly.
    Stir in 6 cups of oats and whatever you like. I add a few flax seeds for health. You can add 1/2 cup of nuts, coconut, wheat germ or whatever suits your fancy.
    Stir for a few minutes and serve with milk. It is great leftover.

  • Melissa says:

    Just plain oatmeal from old fashioned oats is special if you add a few walnuts, cinnamon, and vanilla. You can sweeten with a variety of sweeteners including stevia for a natural low-carb experience.

    We rotate oatmeal, eggs, buckwheat pancakes, granola, baked oatmeal and occasionally homemade waffles or store bought cereal.

    Granola -simple, inexpensive and delicious.
    1/2 cup oil
    1/2 cup honey
    Heat in a Large skillet (medium temp.) until bubbly.
    Stir in 6 cups of oats and whatever you like. I add a few flax seeds for health. You can add 1/2 cup of nuts, coconut, wheat germ or whatever suits your fancy.
    Stir for a few minutes and serve with milk. It is great leftover.

  • Jodi W says:

    I like to add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree to my cooked oatmeal, along with cinnamon and a Tbsp brown sugar. I also cook the oats (in the microwave)with milk added instead of water. The milk and pumpkin make it so creamy, and healthy, too.

  • Kama says:

    We made this for breakfast. It was really god, thanks!

  • Alex says:

    Crystal, this post was perfect as far as timing! I have been looking for some more frugal breakfast ideas. In fact, I began writing a post for my blog yesterday about smoothies. We have a bunch of frozen fruit and was looking for some smoothie recipes. I know that you have posted a link to a smoothie recipe before, and figured that you are probably a wealth of information when it comes to frugal recipes. Any suggestions?

  • Shannan says:

    Being the mom of 5 children frugality is my middle name. Here is a recipe for pancakes from much cheaper. Once you try it you will never go back!

    1 cup all purpose flour

    1 tablespoon sugar

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1 beaten egg

    1 cup buttermilk or sour milk (add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let sit 5 minutes)

    2 tablespoons cooking oil

    Mix everything together. Pour 1/4 cup onto hot, lightly greased griddle. Turn over when top is bubbly and edges are slightly dry. Makes 8 pancakes.

  • Shannan says:

    Here is another one! I use this recipe as a duplicate of Jiffy mix.

    Cornbread Mix

    Combine: 4 cups all purpose flour
    4 cups cornmeal
    2 cups instant milk powder
    2/3 cup sugar
    4 Tbsp baking powder
    1 Tbsp salt
    1 Tbsp baking soda
    Makes about 10 cups mix.

    To make cornbread:
    Beat together: 2 eggs
    1 cup water
    4 Tbsp butter, melted
    Add: 2 1/2 cups Cornbread Mix
    Stir only until moistened. Batter will be lumpy. Pour into greased cake pan. Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes.

  • Shannan says:

    Sorry-the last post was not for breakfast! I guess I got carried away…sorry! Here’s another one to make up for it!

    Here is a great frugal breakfast recipe!


    4 cups milk
    1/4 cup butter
    1 cup uncooked quick cooking grits
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

    bring milk just to a boil in a large saucepan and gradually whisk in butter and grits. Reduce heat and simmer, whisking constantly, 5-7 minutes or until grits are done. Remove from heat.
    Stir in egg and next 3 ingredients. Pour into a lightly greased 11×7 inch baking dish and sprinkle evenly with the parmesan cheese.
    Bake,covered, at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until mixture is set. Serve immediately.

  • Hi – just wanted to let you know that I visit your blog daily. I wrote about you and some other frugal blogs on my post today, which includes a giveaway of 200 coupons.

    Thanks for all your great frugal ideas!

  • Hi – I just wanted to let you know that I visit your blog daily. I wrote about you and some other frugal blogs today, along with a 200+ coupon giveaway.

    Thanks for all your frugal thoughts!

  • Jen says:

    I have made this with your recipe and it is very yummy and filling!

  • Jen says:

    I have made this with your recipe and it is very yummy and filling!

  • Jen says:

    I have made this with your recipe and it is very yummy and filling!

  • Dawn says:

    I have been making this for years but we like to add walnuts and or diced apples- YUMMY!!! My kids also like it with syrup on top. Good stuff- funny I thought I was the only one who made this!

  • Jen says:

    This sounds yummy! I love anything “oatmeal”! Have you ever tried adding raisins or maybe chocolate chips to this?

  • Anna says:

    I don’t know if anyone is interested but I use this recipe, only I use soy milk, 1 cup sugar and a 1/2 cup of dried fruit. I then bake as recipe states, but then I let it cool and then cut into bars, I get 16 bars, I then wrap each and freeze. These are wonderful for a quick snack, fast breakfast or with afternoon tea.You could of course add other things to these, mini chips, walnuts. Oh, and when I take them from the freezer, I just put them in the microwave on defrost for a few seconds. Delish!

  • Gobble Blog says:

    I blogged about how to get free Pillsbury pizza dough at Kroger this week. I’m thinking you could make some sort of breakfast calzone with them if stuffed with eggs, sausage, ect.

    Using the recent farmland meat coupons, free dough, and if your kroger has eggland egg coupons hanging up like mine did. Then it would be super inexpensive.

  • Rachel says:

    This sounds delicious – one question, though. Do you use quick oats or regular oats?

  • Kate says:

    With the baked oatmeal recipe, you can also substitute some of the sugar for unsweetened applesauce to give added nutritional value. I use 1 cup applesauce and 1/2c brown sugar. You can also reduce the amount of oil without changing the flavor too much.

  • Gerb says:

    I’m excited to try the baked oatmeal! One of my kids’ favorites for breakfast are Dutch Babies:

    1 cube butter or margarine
    4 eggs
    1 c. flour
    1 c. milk

    Put butter in 9 x 13 pan and melt in oven while preheating to 425F. Mix eggs, flour and milk in a blender. Pour into the hot pan when the butter is melted. Bake about 20 minutes. Serve hot with jam or powdered sugar or syrup or fresh fruit topping.

  • Thank you for sharing your knowledge with others….I have been enjoying your series on blogging for profit! I am fairly new to the blogging world…started in January.

    This recipe caught my eye! I have been making it for years. I have it posted with several variations…even a sugar free version on my blog.
    Also, for any familiar with Demarle cookware…this recipe makes great muffins too!

  • Cheryl says:

    I love this with a dollop of plain (organic) yogurt on top and a smidge of cinnamon/sugar – YUM!

  • Gobble Blog says:

    I blogged about your post because I liked it so much and posted pictures and recipe for
    Cheap-o Breakfast Pockets. Thanks for the interesting blog.

  • Sandy says:

    I buy steel-cut oats at Outpost Foods in the bulk section for 89 cents a pound. In a small crock pot combine 1/4 cup steel-cut oats and 1 cup water. It takes about 1 1/4 hours to cook. When done add 2 T. pumpkin pie mix, 2 T. freshly ground flax seed (also bought in bulk section) 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Heat for another 5 minutes. Top off with 1/3 cup fresh blueberries. This will serve one.

  • Audra says:

    I made this for breakfast this morning after reading the blog. It was wonderful! Thanks for your wonderful blog.

  • Kool Aid says:

    I don’t fix it often enough, but a favorite around here is breakfast casserole. I start it with crescent rolls rolled out flat along the bottom of the pan, sprinkle shredded cheese then cooked, chopped sausage. I mix 6-8 eggs with a little milk, onion powder and dried mustard powder, pour over the sausage, top again with shredded cheese (sharp cheddar is great!) and bake for about 20-25 minutes.

    It’s not a very healthy one, but I use low-fat crescent rolls, skim milk and low-fat sausage to try and cut down the calories a little.

  • Melissa says:

    In response the comments asking if you can use honey instead of sugar – Yes! That is what I always do. You need less honey than sugar, and it does change the consistency a bit, but my kids still love it!

  • B says:

    For those looking for a healthier version – use 1 cup of applesauce instead of oil and 3/4 cup of sugar (or even less, if you’d like). Also, substitute the milk with almond milk or soy milk. You can also use egg substitute instead of eggs.

  • Margaret says:

    That is my favorite recipe. Had some for breakfast just this morning.

    Although I often use that amount of sugar, I find it quite sweet without any extra sugar on top! The way I eat it is with a few more shakes of cinnamon and just enough milk to make it soggy, and heat it up. 🙂

  • Rachel says:

    I really enjoy this recipe, but like some of the other readers, wondered how healthy it really is. I found a recipe on the Cooking Light website that is healthier and delicious!

    I’ve posted the recipe on my blog:

  • Jenn says:

    I make this occasionally too – I also cut in half all the time.
    I always substitute the oil w/ all applesauce and use 1/2-3/4 c sweetener – honey, molasses or brown sugar depending on my mood. I often add a mashed banana, blueberries or apples and often drizzle molasses over the top to give it a prettier look. I have also made it like normal but put in muffin tins and made muffins instead of a pan. It seems to keep nicer and is easier to serve again the next day. The half recipe makes 12 good size muffins.

  • Chantalle says:

    We love this receipe. I made it for breakfast today. I was craving oatmeal cookies (I am 8 months preggers) and this really hit the spot. We added raisins. I look forward to trying it with other fruits. Check out my blog at I will be mentioning to my readers.

  • Yummy! Always great to have more breakfast options. I have all of the ingredients and will try it tomorrow.

  • Kristena says:

    I tried this recipe, and it was delicious! My whole family loved it. Thank you so much for sharing. As for frugal breakfast ideas, I’ve been varying the ideas I found here to make my own granola:

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