Overnight baked brown butter oats

This recipe for brown butter baked oats is pure comfort on a cold morning and it’s a great way to use up any half eaten fruit from the kids lunchboxes. Simply combine the wet ingredients, then add the dry ingredients, followed by the fruit and nut brown butter.

Soaking the oats overnight improves their digestibility, and provides a convenient and nutrient-dense breakfast option with minimal preparation needed in the morning (read more here).

Serve warm with yoghurt or cream, berries and sprinkle of your favourite nuts or seeds for additional protein and fat.

Suitable over 12 months of age, or younger if you omit the maple syrup. Fridge friendly for 3 days, or freeze (sliced) for up to 3 months.

overnight brown butter baked oats

Course Breakfast


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1.75 cup milk of choice
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 cups diced apple pears, plums or berries also work well


  • flaked almonds or finely chopped nuts

to serve:

  • Greek or cultured coconut yoghurt
  • Fresh fruit
  • Nuts or seeds


  • Start by melting butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Continue to cook the butter, swirling the saucepan occasionally, until it turns golden brown and develops a nutty aroma. This typically takes about 5-7 minutes. Once the butter has turned a rich brown colour and smells nutty, remove it from the heat immediately to prevent it from burning and allow it to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, milk and vanilla. Add the oats, cinnamon and baking powder. Stir to combine, then add the diced apple and finally the nut brown butter. Sprinkle with flaked almonds or chopped nuts, if using.
  • Grease a small tin, roughly 20cm x 20cm, then pour in the batter. Cover and refrigerate overnight. You can also go ahead and bake it straight away, if you wish.
  • The following morning, preheat the oven to 180*C. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. We love to serve this warm out of the oven with a dollop of yoghurt, fresh berries and ground seeds.
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