Daniel Fast Oatmeal

baked oatmeal

This delicious Daniel Fast recipe consistently ranks #1 on my website. Many people love it so much that they enjoy it on a regular basis, even when they’re not on a fast. If you prefer to start your day with a hot breakfast, you’ll appreciate this baked dish. It pairs well with a cup of coff…uh, I mean, hot lemon water. Remember, no coffee on the Daniel Fast!

Daniel Fast Baked Oatmeal Recipe

1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup chopped dried apricots
¼ cup chopped dates or raisins
¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and stir well. Transfer to an 8 by 8-inch baking dish that has been lightly rubbed with olive oil. Pour oatmeal mixture into dish and bake 45-50 minutes or until slightly browned and crispy on top.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 2 squares)

Recipe Notes

  • Spread almond butter or Date Honey on each serving.
  • This recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9 by 13-inch casserole dish.


  1. Hey, can I get almond milk anywhere, or would I have to go to a healthfood store?

  2. You can purchase it at Price Cutter, but you will pay a lot more for it. The best price that I have found is at Mama Jean’s, where it’s currently on sale for $1.99. Almond Breeze is the brand I recommend. 🙂

  3. Kristen, can you substitute skim milk for the almond milk do you think? If you aren’t doing the Daniel Fast….

  4. Yes, Brenda, you can. Let me know what you think!

  5. I think I have everything I need to make that! It sounds really good. I am going to try it tonight. I forwarded your blog to my friend who leads the exercise class with me at church, she was really excited about some of your recipes too. Thanks so much for doing this! You are awesome!!

  6. I’m glad you’re sharing the blog with people. I love to see how God uses this site to bless others. HE is so awesome. 🙂

  7. This Mama Jean’s that everyone speaks of… where is it? Is that an Ozark thing? I feel dumb…I’ve been here for over two months now, and still haven’t really taken the time to get acquainted with a lot of the area.

  8. Yes, Mama Jean’s is a Springfield thing, sort of like a smaller version of Whole Foods Natural Markets. There are two locations. The one closest to you is at the corner of S. National and Republic Road, just west of Seminole Baptist Temple. You should check it out. I love that place. 🙂

  9. OMG.. you know Whole Foods! Do they have those down here? What I wouldn’t give to roam a WF right now… 🙂 Getting homesick.

  10. so far I have made the sweet potato black beanburgers, and baked oatmeal. BOTH were delecious!! Fantastic website!

  11. I used coconut milk instead of the almond, mainly because that’s what I had on hand. Are these supposed to be a little soft?

    • Yes, they’ll be a little soft on the inside, sort of like a brownie. The outside may be a little crispy if you cook it an hour instead of 45-50 minutes.

      • Mine came out kind of soft like the texture of bread pudding. They were a little crispy on the outside though. Did I do something wrong?

        • No, you didn’t do anything wrong. If you bake it 45-50 minutes, the inside will be somewhat soft, like a brownie. I personally like mine a little crispier, so I usually cook the Baked Oatmeal a little longer, more than 55-60 minutes. It depends upon your personal preference and what texture you like!

  12. We substitute vanilla rice milk for the almond milk because we have tree nut allergies. It’s still soooo delicious! 🙂

  13. Angela Jones says:

    This website is God sent. I knew what I had to do but had no idea how I was going to do it. This whole site helped me tons.

  14. Can I substitute oil for unsweetened applesauce?

  15. This website has been my go to place for our entire fast, thank you so much, I don’t know how we would have managed without it! Bless you:)

  16. I really like Bluediamond. Just be carefil not to buy the vanilla flavor, it is sweeten.

  17. Jenniffer says:

    Do the uneaten ones need to be refrigerated? Have you tried this recipe with peanut butter in the mix?

    • I usually do refrigerate them. No, I don’t add the peanut butter to the mix, but you can. We usually spread it in top with a little Date Honey. Sooo good!

  18. Jamie Burks says:

    These were really good, I made them for all my kids last night. Even my 17 month old liked them. A good little dessert if you are on the Daniel fast or if you are just using the Daniel fast to lose weight.

  19. Made these on the second day of our fast. My husband loves them. I made a double batch then froze the rest in bread sized pieces. Now my husband reheats it for breakfast, spreads peanut butter on it and finishes it with sliced banana on top. He loves it! Thank you for all of your recipes, your book has definitely blessed us through this fast!

    • Thank you for your comments! I’m thankful you’re enjoying this recipe and being blessed by the info on my website. I pray God pours out His favor on your family as you seek Him!

  20. Deliciously delicious!!!!!

  21. Arlene Reix says:

    I just tried this. I love the outcome, although I did use some additions and substitutions. I added chopped apples, almonds, craisins, coconut milk, and pure vanilla. Awesome.

  22. I have all the ingredients for this recipe minus the apricots, which I don’t care much for. Wish me well!

  23. Thank God for your website. It has really helped me. May God continue to bless you. Baking the baked oatmeal now.

  24. How come flat bread is allowed on the Daniel diet when it’s “no bread, no meat, no sweets?”

  25. Marie-France says:

    Hey, I am new at this, so far I am doing well but my support group consists of one person and I could use the support. I have been trying to lose weight for a long time and pray that this will work. The recipes that I have tried so far were great, thank you so much. My question is this, portion wise is there any limitation, I seem to be eating a lot of nuts. I haven’t had a chance to make the snacks yet. tx

    • I’m thankful you’re doing the fast and you have someone to keep you accountable. What an answer to prayer! We have a Jan 2015 Online Daniel Fast Facebook page if that interests you. You can find encouragement and support there. Yes, you need to practice portion control on the fast. Many people say “you can eat as much as you want.” That is not the purpose of the fast! Fasting is about sacrifice. Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you can be a glutton. And, yes, it’s easy to overdo the nuts. I’ve done that myself. Try to browse my website for different recipes. That will help. Or get a copy of my book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. It has 100+ recipes!

      • Marie-France says:

        Thank you so much, I will go to facebook. I have ordered the book and I’m looking forward to rcving it. God Bless…

  26. My daughter and I are doing the Daniel fast for the first time. I found your websibe while I was doing recearch for recipies so I signed up for your devotionals too. To honour God this way is such an honour and a priviledge!

    THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH for this website. We have been making the recipies and I must tell you that they are DELICIOUS! I’m not missing meat, dairy or sugar at all! (is that a bad thing?). We had the Lentil Pasta soup last night (it was amazing!) and tonight we are making the breakfast bars.

    Thanks for leading us on this journey sister! We are so grateful!

    Love & hugs from Canada!

    T xo

  27. Deanna Jordan says:

    Some “Daniel Fasts” say milk and salt are to be avoided; while others say they’re acceptable. Please explain. Thank you for your anticipated response and consideration in this matter.

    • Yes, dairy products ARE restricted. The “milks” you see on my website and in my book are not dairy-based. They are made from foods that are Daniel Fast friendly. By using the word milk in the description, it merely refers to the consistency of the liquid, which is thicker than using water. For example, my Banana Milk recipe is made with only bananas and water. As far as salt, I don’t see a problem with using it in moderation, and many Daniel Fast sites allow it, along with herbs and spices. Thanks for your question!

  28. Kahlilah Guyah says:

    Wowziers! I made this this morning with the date honey…never knew fasting could be so delicious! My kids gobbled this up…I added a little nutmeg and vanilla…thank you!

  29. Your site has been a real blessing to me as I undertake my first Daniel fast. Your recipes are really versitile and easy to make. I feel so equipped to carry on in my fast. I look forward to preparing meals over the weekend. I made the baked oatmeal and it was really delicious with date honey. Thank you for making this available – so appreciated!

  30. Hi this recipe looks great but I’m having trouble finding dried apricots without preservatives. Do you know where I could buy them from? Or is there something else I could substitute instead of the dried apricots?

    • Sometimes health food stores will have them. But, you can omit the apricots and add golden raisins. Or, you can use any dried fruit (unsweetened) that you like.

  31. Can I use real fruit

  32. Rockinrus says:

    Hello! I just wanted to say I normaly eat this way because of medical reasons, but I am on the Daniel fast now for the New Year. That’s how I found your site. I’ve had several of your recipes and find them very tasty. I will continue to use your recipes even after the fast has been broke. Thank you! I consider my self blessed when I found your Daniel Fast site. May God bless you.

    • Hi! Thanks for your comment. I’m thankful the Lord led you to my website, too! I pray you’ll continue to be encouraged by the recipes as you draw near to the Lord through the Daniel Fast.

  33. This was amazing!!! Thank you so much for taking the time out and sharing these wonderful and delicious receipes.

  34. This is my first time on the Daniel Fast and I was struggling to find things to eat until I came across your website. You have such delicious and easy to make recipes. I made the Baked Oatmeal yesterday. I had to switch out some of the ingredients for budget and heath reasons (cashews and sunflower seeds for nuts, and soy milk for almond milk due to almond allergy). It still came out very tasty and even my church members liked them when I took some in this morning. Thank you very much for taking out the time and sharing with all of us.

  35. Hi,
    Is it possible to use steel cut oats in the recipe?

    • Hi, Brandy! I think steel cut oats would work just fine. You might need to cook the Baked Oatmeal a bit longer (maybe closer to an hour), but you’ll be able to tell after about 50 minutes if it has cooked long enough. The oats should be softened and not hard and crunchy.

  36. Hi Kristen Feola,
    I am soon to start a Daniel fast. I would like to know if I could blend my fruit with almond milk?

  37. Shannon Holbrook says:

    Its only the 3rd and I have already made two batches of this because my daughters (5 & 7) love this so much. I knew they didn’t like dates/raisins and I substituted the apricots for unsweetened coconut. I lo e the nut butter on them but they prefer them plain.

  38. Can I get clarity on the amount oats and milk, is it 1 and a half cups or just 1/2 cup of each?

  39. Kim summers says:

    Just made Date Honey. Super easy to make and delicious!!! Great with oatmeal bars!!

  40. Kim summers says:

    We also just made taco salad very Good my husband loved it!!?

  41. These were a excellent way to start a Sunday morning when your on the go. These are and will now become a great addition to my regular breakfast routine. I blended a banana ( 1 banana 1/2 coconut water) and used that instead of almond milk. I also added chia seeds, coconut, pumpkin seeds and flax seed. They were amazing.

  42. Sally Stuart says:

    These were very yummy and that is even coming from my husband. If it passes his taste buds, you nailed it. I did tweak it, though, just because of what I had on hand. I used coconut milk instead of almond milk and craisins instead of apricots. They were a little soft, but we can still pick it up like a granola bar to eat. Thank you for the recipe.

  43. Minnie Annan says:

    Can we use coconut palm sugar from coconut sap instead of date honey? I use coconut oil , and I was wondering about the sap sugar. Thank you for a great resourceful website.

    • Hi, Minnie! Coconut is allowed on the fast, but added sugar is not. The difference between Date Honey and coconut sap or sugar is that Date Honey is made with dates and water. No sugar is added to make it. So whether you include coconut sugar or syrup on the fast depends upon how you view it (as a fruit product or added sugar). It’s really a matter of personal conviction. I do not include coconut sugar or syrup in my recipes, but that’s my personal choice. If you’re not sure what to do, ask God to give you wisdom as to what YOUR fast should look like. I hope this helps!

      • Minnie Annan says:

        Thank you so much for that thoughtful response. It really helped me. I have done the Daniel fast for four years now, and as I was thinking about the coconut sugar, I was feeling really convicted about it. So it is sitting in the pantry unopened. The date honey proved to be more than enough sweetness. Thank you so much for this great resource and your nonjudgmental and non-dictatorial responses. May God bless you!

  44. Sharon Robinson says:

    I have tried this and Oh My!!! very delicious, I am now I have an addiction …I make one every other day that’s how much I love it ,….Great recipe!

  45. Sharon Robinson says:

    I have tried this and Oh My!!! very delicious, I now Ihave an addiction …I make one every other day that’s how much I love it ,….Great recipe!

  46. Alauna Boyd says:

    Does you book have more recipes than this website? Or are they pretty much the same recipes?

    • Hi, Alauna! Great question. My book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, contains a good number of recipes from the website (100+). It also has 21 daily devotions, fasting tips, three weeks of meal plans, and grocery shopping lists. It provides several helpful tools and resources that are NOT available on my website. You can purchase the book in your local bookstore or order it online. Thanks for asking!

  47. Hi there, I wanted to try this recipe so bad but all the dried apricots I could find has a
    preservative, so I’m curious how could this recipe make it on a Daniel Fast?

    • Hi, Michele! You can substitute any unsweetened dried fruit for the apricots. Sometimes I use regular raisins and golden raisins if I don’t have dried apricots on hand. Other ideas are to use chopped dates.

  48. Can you refrigerate and reheat in microwave or oven?

  49. This is a great dish!