Vanilla Chai Baked Oatmeal

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Loaded with spices, toasted pecans, sweet raisins & vanilla and sweetened with maple syrup, this Vanilla Chai Baked Oatmeal with steel cut oats is sure to change the way you feel about oatmeal!


Hi everyone! Kristie here again from The Sweet & Simple Kitchen & I’m so excited to be sharing one of my favourite warming winter breakfast recipes with you all today!

So I don’t know about you all, but I am completely addicted to oatmeal; I actually eat a bowl every morning & would probably be content to eat a warm bowl oaty goodness for lunch and dinner too. Is that a little bit weird?

Most of the time when people find out that I happily eat oatmeal everyday they look at me like I’m a little bit crazy – like there is no possible way that somebody could ever find eating oatmeal that enjoyable.


Long story short; I have kind of become obsessed with changing the way these oatmeal haters feel about a bowl of oats.

I think the main problem is that when most people hear oatmeal, they immediately think about a bland bowl of plain oatmeal with absolutely nothing else going on with it – and even I will admit that I don’t really want to eat oatmeal that way either. But who says oatmeal has to be boring like that? Not me!

Personally I think that oatmeal can be so delicious, that you might want to eat it for dessert. That’s right – I said dessert. Okay, do you think I’m crazy now? Don’t worry – once you try this Vanilla Chai Baked Oatmeal, you will totally understand my oatmeal for dessert idea.

This oatmeal is the exact opposite of boring & bland. The steel cut oats give it the most amazing creamy texture that is almost reminiscent of rice pudding – (uhmmm hello yum!) Its loaded with all kinds of amazing goodies like spices, toasted pecans, sweet raisins & vanilla, which make it so flavourful.  Oh – and not to mention, it is naturally sweetened with just a touch of maple syrup, so you can absolutely feel good about every bite.


This is such an easy, warming breakfast that is perfect for chilly winter mornings. It takes just minutes to whip it up & get it in the oven to bake, and it makes your house smell a-maz-ing. And a sprinkling of vanilla sugar isn’t too bad either.

It’s also super easy to adapt & make seasonal additions to; I love to add fresh berries in the summer or apples & pears in the fall. You can change up the spices, or swap out the raisins for your favourite dried fruit. No matter what you do to this recipe, it will always be a crowd pleaser.

Okay – I’m officially done rambling – here is the recipe & I hope you all love it as much as I do!

overhead shot of baked oatmeal with chai spice
overhead shot of baked oatmeal with chai spice

Vanilla Chai Baked Oatmeal

4.80 from 24 votes
Loaded with spices, toasted pecans, sweet raisins & vanilla and sweetened with maple syrup, this Vanilla Chai Baked Oatmeal with steel cut oats is sure to change the way you feel about oatmeal!
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

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  • 1 cup steel cut oats *
  • 2/3 cup toasted pecans finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons chai spice mix
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup raisins optional
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup cream or sub more milk instead
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees & grease a 9 or 10 inch round baking dish. I just used a deep dish pie plate.
  • In a large bowl, combine steel cut oats, toasted pecans, maple syrup, spices, and raisins. Mix to combine. Pour in milk, cream, vanilla and melted butter & stir to combine. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
  • Mix together cinnamon sugar mixture. Sprinkle evenly over the porridge mixture. Place dish in the center of your oven and bake for 55-60 minutes. The top will be golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove from oven and distribute among bowls. Serve with your favourite toppings such as milk, cream, a drizzle of maple syrup, fresh fruit etc.


* Note: you could substitute rolled oats, but just make sure you cut down your baking time to about 30-40 minutes as it will cook much faster


Serving: 519g | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 31g
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 223

Loaded with spices, toasted pecans, sweet raisins & vanilla and sweetened with maple syrup, this Vanilla Chai Baked Oatmeal with steel cut oats is sure to change the way you feel about oatmeal!

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1 month ago

Hi, I made 2 batches tonight. 1 for my husband and mom in law w/ pecans and walnuts, and a separate batch for me w/ almonds since I’m allergic to the other nuts. I used steel cut oats, that’s what I had on hand.

Just wanted to let readers know you may want to use a larger baking dish if you increase the ingredient measurements. I tried to put the 1st batch in the size Pie pan listed and it was overflowing.

1 year ago

5 stars
This is my families go to for oatmeal!Although the only thing I change is reducing or not adding the added sugar. Amazing and my kids love it!

2 years ago

I don’t know what I did wrong, but this turned out terribly. The top turned into a burnt, rubbery sludge and the steel cut oats were undercooked and hard. I make traditional baked oatmeal all the time (the type with eggs and rolled oats) and it always turns out great. This looked nothing like the picture and I can’t figure out where I went astray.

Any ideas?