Copycat Colectivo Baked Oatmeal Recipe :: Warm Eats for Cold Days

When my little family lived in North Carolina, one thing I ALWAYS looked forward to in our visits “home” to Milwaukee was a morning (or five) at Colectivo Coffee Roasters. I love everything about Colectivo: the coffee, the atmosphere, the friendly staff, the coffee, the baked goods, the music, the coffee, the COFFEE, the COFFEE.

Then we moved back to Wisconsin and rented a little duplex. We loved our location because of the walkable proximity to a number of great spots, not the least of which was our neighborhood Colectivo Cafe.

*Cue angel choir*

I try to live by a pretty strict budget, but when my daughter was born last May, I confess that there may have been more than one morning a week I would load up the kids in the stroller and walk us over to Colectivo for my caffeine needs and a treat for my toddler. Usually I could get by with something small and inexpensive for him to munch on during our “special coffee dates,” until the day my husband gave him a taste of his baked oatmeal.Untitled design-2


Have you tried Colectivo baked oatmeal? HOLY YUM. The rich, sweet, nutty, fruity warm-your-belly goodness is almost too much to handle. Served with seasonal fruit and a serving of milk on the side, once you’ve had Colectivo’s baked oatmeal, you’re absolutely hooked. And, much to my dismay, this was the case with my two year old.

From that first taste forward, any mention of going for a walk resulted in a hopeful plea, “MOMMY! CAN WE GET SPECIAL OATMEAL TODAY!??!”

And as much as I would love to indulge my sweet son every time he asked for his bowl of oatmeal, we really don’t have the budget for us to go out for coffee and oatmeal every morning (or even really once a week), nor should I be that caffeinated. PLUS, if you’ve had a two-year-old boy, you know they can eat about as much as a high school football team. One bowl of oatmeal was rarely enough for him. So I began to scour the internet for a recipe that would hold a candle to the Colectivo delectability. I tried dozens. They were never quite right. Too mushy, not sweet enough, too crumbly, too fruity, etc…it seemed no one had mastered the recipe.

Then, a few months ago, our pastor was preaching a sermon on something (I’m ashamed to say I haven’t a CLUE what the message was about that day) and he mentioned having mastered the art of copying Colectivo’s baked oatmeal recipe, at HOME. I was thrilled. He was kind enough to share his recipe, and with a few tweaks of my own, I have finally tricked my son into thinking we are getting *THE* “special oatmeal” at home, every weekend!!

Besides the obvious trickery, the best part? You prepare the entire recipe the night before, add eggs in the morning, and in 40 minutes you have an entire pan of the stuff to eat on all weekend long.


Copycat Colectivo Baked Oatmeal
  1. 3 cups old fashioned oats
  2. 1/2 cup melted butter
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 1/2 cups milk (my husband prefers when I use buttermilk, but it gets too rich for my personal tastes that way - use what you like!)
  6. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  7. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  10. 1 ripe banana, mashed
  11. 2 eggs, beaten
  1. Combine all ingredients, with the exception of the eggs, in a large bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least one hour.
  3. Add beaten eggs and any extra fun fruitiness you desire (my family loves craisins, peaches, or blueberries in their baked oatmeal).
  4. Pour into a prepared 8x8 pan or other similarly sized dish and bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. It will be similar to a soft cookie consistency when finished.
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***And of course, I still TREASURE my coffee dates with my little buddy. You can’t put a price on the conversation that comes out when he’s holding his own little coffee cup filled with “special coffee” (water) and munching on his favorite treat. We just can’t do it EVERY day.***

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15 Responses to Copycat Colectivo Baked Oatmeal Recipe :: Warm Eats for Cold Days

  1. Rachel December 7, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    Ah!! You are my hero! I LOVE colectivo baked oatmeal!! Thanks so much!

    • Heather
      Heather December 7, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

      Ah! Another Colectivo Oatmeal fanatic!!! Isn’t it simply the best??? Let us know what you think, Rachel, and if you do any tweaks of your own, let us know!!!!

  2. Lis December 14, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    Thank you!!! I love their baked oatmeal 🙂

    • Heather
      Heather January 12, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

      let me know what you think when you’ve had a chance to try it, if you haven’t already!!

  3. melania
    melania December 21, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Thanks for posting Heather! I’m making this for Christmas morning!!

    • Heather
      Heather January 12, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

      how’d it go melania?? what did you add to yours?

  4. Betsy Jaruseski December 25, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing! Just made this for my family for Christmas morning and it was a huge hit! Added a handful of craisins which was a nice touch.

    • Heather
      Heather January 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

      SO glad to hear it!!! We love craisins i just about everything in this house!!

  5. Brooke January 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    Thank you! I live 2 hours from the closest Colectivo so I order it there when I go and then take another order home!

    • Heather
      Heather January 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

      Oh goodness – 2 hours is TOO far!! now you have a way to enjoy in between!! 🙂

  6. Lindsay
    Lindsay January 27, 2016 at 9:52 pm #

    Thank you for this recipe! I randomly searched for a copycat recipe a few months ago and nothing turned out. I can’t wait to make this over the weekend!

    • Heather
      Heather January 29, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

      Wonderful! Let us know what you think!! I’m making a batch for this weekend as I type this! (talented, aren’t I?)

  7. Erin F February 7, 2017 at 8:46 am #

    Just made this oatmeal this morning! I only let it sit for an hour, so next time I’ll go tnover night. I love the crispy sides (just like colectivo). While it doesn’t taste exactly like their oatmeal, I actually think this might be better! Every time I go to colectivo I get a different oatmeal.. sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s okay. This will be my new (cheaper!) oatmeal! Next time I’ll put in a little less brown sugar, but otherwise yummmmm… already had a couple servings!!

  8. Michelle December 22, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    Thank you for posting this. I was just searching for baked oatmeal recipes for Christmas morning , but what I specifically wanted was Colectivo’s amazing oatmeal goodness. I thought it was too small of a chain to warrant a copy cat recipe. I am so glad I was wrong. I may be hopping out of bed before the kids on Christmas morning.


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