Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal

For all of my passionate fans of baked oatmeal, have I got a delicious new version for you! Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal! That’s right…PIE! On top of oatmeal! Seriously, what could be better?

Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal. A pile of fresh blueberries and buttery crumb topping create a delicious fruity pie layer on top of hearty baked oatmeal.

I know there are thousands of you who love baked oatmeal based on the response that I’ve gotten to my Baked Banana Oatmeal Cups. Baked oatmeal is wonderful hearty breakfast that’s full of fiber.

Better yet, it can be a make ahead breakfast that’s ready to go in the morning. You can eat it warm or you can eat it cold. You can eat it like a muffin. Or, you can pour some milk on top and eat it like oatmeal.

Even though this Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal looks like muffins, it does not have the texture of muffins. It really is like oatmeal that has been baked instead of cooked on the stove top.

Because of some extra ingredients though, it’s not quite as dense as straight oatmeal. Eggs and olive oil and baking powder help to lighten up the texture a bit.

Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal. A pile of fresh blueberries and buttery crumb topping create a delicious fruity pie layer on top of hearty baked oatmeal.

In addition to my Baked Banana Oatmeal Cups, I have a Pumpkin Spice version and a Carrot Cake version (with cream cheese!!!) I figured what the heck? I need a pie version!

You know how I’ve been waiting for months for gorgeous organic blueberries to finally show up in plentiful supply? They’re finally here! I couldn’t be more excited! And yes, I’m buying pounds and pounds of them.

I did post a few blueberry recipes earlier this year, but honestly, it was a challenge to find berries like I have today. Sweet, plump, organic blueberries. Some of them are so large they look like grapes!

Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal. A pile of fresh blueberries and buttery crumb topping create a delicious fruity pie layer on top of hearty baked oatmeal.

I’ve actually had this pie idea for awhile now, but I ran into a few recipe fails with it and set the idea aside for a total redo. Once I had a refrigerator full of blueberries staring me in the face, I thought it was time to tackle the idea again.

I must have learned some lessons during those early trials, because my first try this time was a success! It all had to do with balancing moisture.

If you have too much moisture, then the berries get absorbed into the oatmeal mixture. This time, I reduced the liquid and ended up with a more stable base for my fruity topping.

Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal. A pile of fresh blueberries and buttery crumb topping create a delicious fruity pie layer on top of hearty baked oatmeal.Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal. A pile of fresh blueberries and buttery crumb topping create a delicious fruity pie layer on top of hearty baked oatmeal.

Secondly, I only filled the cups 1/2 full with the oatmeal mixture.  There needs to be enough room for the pie layer to form.

When you’re filling the cups, it’s also important to balance the liquid with the oats so that you don’t end up with all oats or all liquid in any one cup. My process for doing that is to first just work on dividing the oats.

I spoon the oat mixture into the cups, not worrying about trying to get much of the liquid with each spoonful. Once I get the oats divided, I go back and adjust if one cup has too many oats or if one doesn’t have enough.

Once the oats are nicely divided, I use my spoon to divide the remaining liquid among the cups.

Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal. A pile of fresh blueberries and buttery crumb topping create a delicious fruity pie layer on top of hearty baked oatmeal.

Now it’s time for the berries. I piled the blueberries on top of each cup. There should be plenty of room since we only filled the cups halfway with the oats. You want to be generous with the blueberries so that you get a nice layer, but you don’t want to pile them sky high (or they’ll bubble up all over your oven.) I basically added one thick layer of big chunky blueberries.

Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal. A pile of fresh blueberries and buttery crumb topping create a delicious fruity pie layer on top of hearty baked oatmeal.

And because I’ve been obsessed with crumb topping this year, I made a small batch and topped the fruit with it. First, it makes me happy. Second, this is where the sweetness comes in. I don’t sweeten the oatmeal mixture itself, (though you can if you want to.)

Third, it’s got more oats in it! And pecans! Two thumbs up for more fiber and protein!

Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal. A pile of fresh blueberries and buttery crumb topping create a delicious fruity pie layer on top of hearty baked oatmeal.

I know some of you would hate oatmeal without enough sweetness. As always, you can tailor this recipe to your taste. You can add sugar to the oatmeal mixture. You can double the crumb mixture. Or, you can simply add more sweetness at serving time…just like regular oatmeal you make on the stove.

My family was completely cool with just the crumb topping for sweetness. In fact, it was plenty for them. Like the banana version, the fruit does add sweetness on it’s own and my blueberries were plenty so it was all good.

Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal. A pile of fresh blueberries and buttery crumb topping create a delicious fruity pie layer on top of hearty baked oatmeal.

The recipe makes 18 individual cups. I know. I know. It would be easier if it just made 12, like the banana version, but I didn’t want to reduce the amount of oatmeal mixture to make room for the blueberries.

It was the same for the carrot cake version. I needed more room for the cream cheese. Instead of chopping down the recipe to make 12, I just let it be 18.

I figure, if I’m making Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal or Ultimate Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal, 6 additional cups is a good thing, especially in a house that has growing kids with growing appetites.

Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal. A pile of fresh blueberries and buttery crumb topping create a delicious fruity pie layer on top of hearty baked oatmeal.

Anyway, it works as long as you have 2 muffin pans. I just fill the empty cups in the second muffin pan halfway with water so that the pan doesn’t overheat. If you don’t have two muffin pans, then you can bake the excess in a small baking dish.

And yes, it’s going to look all messy when it comes out of the oven. You might want to put a cookie sheet underneath your pan just in case, though I haven’t had any issues with dripping. But why chance it? (And no, even though it looks like a nightmare to clean, I just let the pan soak and everything came right off.)

Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal. A pile of fresh blueberries and buttery crumb topping create a delicious fruity pie layer on top of hearty baked oatmeal.

I will admit, however, that when I first saw the oatmeal baked in all its juicy blueberry glory, I thought, they’re never going to come out of the pan. But, they did just that. Without issue. You just need to give them about 10 minutes to set up before you remove them.

And when you do…you’ll see that you’ve got this wonderful layer of juicy blueberry pie topping your daily dose of oats. That’s right. We just used plain ole’ blueberries topped with sweet buttery crumbs. It’s like magic…blueberry pie just happened right on top of your oatmeal!

We usually eat two muffin cups for a serving. But with this new Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal?  Everyone had three.

Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal. A pile of fresh blueberries and buttery crumb topping create a delicious fruity pie layer on top of hearty baked oatmeal.

Good thing the recipe makes more than 12 ;)

 

Blueberry Pie Baked Oatmeal

Servings 18 "cups"

Ingredients

For the oatmeal:

  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats not quick or instant oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 1/4 cups milk I used 1 %
  • about 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

For the crumb topping:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped pecans optional
  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray muffin pans, enough for 18 finished cups and set aside. See notes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, salt, cinnamon and baking powder.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, or large liquid measuring cup, whisk together eggs, oil and milk until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour the milk mixture into the oat mixture. Stir to combine and set aside.
  5. Make crumb topping. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, flour and oats until well combined. Add the pecans and the melted butter and mix until thoroughly combined and crumbly. (I often use my hands for this step.)
  6. Divide oat mixture into the 18 prepared muffin cups, filling each cup about 1/2 full. Make sure you don't end up with just oats or just milk in a cup. Each cup should have a nice mix of milk and oats.
  7. Top each cup with blueberries, then crumble the crumb topping over each.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing from pan.

Recipe Notes

*This recipe makes 18 oatmeal cups. I use two 12 cup muffin pans. I spray all of one, then just the middle 6 cups of the second pan. I fill the empty cups in the second pan half full with water so that I don't have any empty cups baking in the oven and overheating the pan.

*If you don't have a second muffin pan, bake the excess in a small baking pan or ramekins, if you have them.

*Place a cookie sheet underneath your pan if you're worried about overflow of juice from the berries once they start bubbling. I haven't had an issue, but it's better to be safe.

*The amount of blueberries you use will vary depending upon how large or small your blueberries are. If you have tiny berries, you'll have more than a single layer in your cup. Check the post for photos and just fill your cups accordingly.

*You can use any kind of milk you like, almond, rice, soy, coconut etc.

*If you'd like more sweetness, you can add sugar to the oatmeal mixture, or double the crumb topping. Or, you can just add more of your preferred sweetener at serving time.

*I store these covered in the refrigerator. We eat them cold or warmed in the microwave, though I personally prefer them warmed up.

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