You can make the best healthy pumpkin baked oatmeal for a perfect fall breakfast with easy ingredients! The delicious and familiar scents of pumpkin and fall spices will invite you to gather around the breakfast table for a healthy and delicious treat!
This healthy pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe uses all simple ingredients that you likely have on hand right now. Baked oatmeal can be made ahead of time and placed in the fridge until ready to bake. So easy, right?!Jump to Recipe
The delicious pumpkin flavor mixed with the familiar cozy spices, will have you anxiously awaiting to sit down to the breakfast table!
I think pumpkin is one of the most popular flavors of the fall season. It is definitely a favorite in our home! My husband could eat homemade pumpkin pie 3 times a week and not get tired of it!
I’ve always been pretty fond of oatmeal. Not sure if it’s because I grew up eating it on a regular basis or because of the taste and wonderful health benefits.
Some of my favorite oatmeal variations include apple cinnamon, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, fresh bananas and more. Did you know that baked oatmeal can also be made in the crockpot overnight on the warm setting? Check out this recipe here for an easy breakfast! This is perfect for busy mornings during the holiday season or for busy mornings when you don’t have time to be preparing something more time consuming at the stove.
Typically I will mix this pumpkin baked oatmeal up after supper is all eaten and cleaned up. Then it is ready to pop in the oven first thing in the morning. This can bake away while you and the family gets ready for the day.
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Here are some reasons why you should make baked oatmeal!
This recipe can be mixed up the night before. Your morning won’t feel quite as rushed! No need to panic what to make for breakfast or feeing your kids cold cereal. Plus your kids will love this recipe!
Are you one that is hooked on the instant oatmeal packets? Try this recipe instead! So much more nutritious and tasty.
If you know me, you know I am all into meal planning and scheduling. Having healthy meal plans are a super stress reliever for any busy mom or individual. Adding pumpkin recipes to your meal plan for the week is a great way to incorporate the delicious and aromatic scents of the season into your home!
Meal planning ahead of time assures that you will know what you are going to make ahead of time. No last minute stressing or frantically searching the cupboards for missing ingredients. Check out my meal planning printable here.
I love making easy breakfast recipes. For some, mornings are the busiest time of the day and the meal can be a very hectic time.
Benefits of oatmeal:
Oatmeal is a good source of carbs. Did you know that oatmeal is a complete source of protein? No wonder it has become a staple in the United States and many other places as a healthy breakfast food.
There are many health benefits involved here- oats are known to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels and also contains a variety of vitamins including b vitamins, healthy fiber, minerals and antioxidants.
Oats provide a satisfying feeling of fullness, making oatmeal a good option for those watching their food portion intakes. A single portion of oatmeal can go a long way for many people!
They are naturally gluten free, although in the processing facilities cross contamination happens making oats not technically “gluten-free” in entirety anymore. Some people that have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease usually need to be extremely cautious and only consume oats that are certified gluten free.
Ingredients for pumpkin baked oatmeal-
Oats-there are many types of oats-I like to use rolled oats (old fashioned oat/whole oats) in my baked oatmeal, although some people prefer steel-cut oats, oat groats, or quick oats / quick-cooking oats.
Unrefined sugar – unrefined sugar is not processed like regular white sugar and can be found in most health food isles at the grocery store or bulk food stores.
Milk-most commonly used is regular cow milk, but many non-dairy milks would work just fine. Coconut milk, almond milk and more.
Eggs- try to source local, fresh and non-gmo when possible
Pumpkin puree- homegrown or store bought both work (pure pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling)
Pumpkin Pie Spice
dash of salt
Although pumpkin baked oatmeal is not something I make on a regular basis, I will definitely be making it frequently on these crisp fall mornings! The pumpkin spice flavor will permeate through the house as the coffee brews and the milk gets poured.
Recipe for pumpkin baked oatmeal
2 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup unrefined sugar or maple syrup (brown sugar is also a good alternative)
heaping 1 cup milk (or 1 cup and 2 tablespoons)
1 cup pumpkin puree
heaping 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice- see substitution option below
The unrefined sugar can be replaced with most any sweetener you would like. Honey, pure maple syrup, a sugar free alternative, etc.
If you don’t have pumpkin spice on hand or can’t find it in the stores, you can make your own pumpkin pie spice with this simple recipe: 3 T cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, 2 tsp ginger, 1 tsp allspice, 1 tsp cloves. Mix well together. Use as directed in the instructions above. Store remaining spice mix in your cabinet for future use.
Note: This recipe is not overly sweet so if you like a sweeter baked oatmeal than add an addition 1/4-1/3 cup sugar or sweetener of choice.
Instructions to make pumpkin baked oatmeal
This part is super easy. No multiple steps required!
Grease a 8×8″ baking dish or pie plate. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Place covered in the refreigerator overnight or bake in the oven right away at 350 for about 35 minutes or until done.
To make individual portions try baking in muffin tins!
Optional add in’s-
Add 1/2 cup of any of the following for a delicious twist:
Can you replace the milk with a dairy free alternative?
Yes you can! Oat milk, cashew milk, almond milk and coconut milk are all great options that offer fantastic taste!
Serving ideas for pumpkin baked oatmeal
Some of my typical favorite toppings on a bowl of hot oatmeal include, collagen, fruit, raisins, flax seeds an apple cinnamon mixture and of course, milk.
However, a baked oatmeal is a slightly different story since it is more of a “cake”.
Some ideas would include:
- greek yogurt
- a drizzle of maple syrup
How to store healthy pumpkin baked oatmeal
Store leftover baked oatmeal in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or up to a week.
How to reheat leftover baked oatmeal
There are many options available for reheating baked oatmeal.
In the baking pan
On the stove top or
In the microwave or toaster over.
Usually I store the leftovers right in the pan in the fridge. To reheat in the oven I’ll take the cover off and put a little water in the pan where the baked oatmeal was already eaten. That way it helps to prevent the crusty remains from burning as well as to provide some moisture to the baked oatmeal as it reheats. You can cover with aluminum foil. It usually takes about 30 minutes in a preheated 350 oven. (It could take longer depending on how much oatmeal is in the pan).
To reheat on the stove, put a little water in the bottom of a pan and scoop the oatmeal from the baking pan into the stove top pan. Reheat with the lid ajar. Should take about 10 minutes. Watch so it doesn’t over heat and burn. I have also reheated this in the toaster oven, using the same method as you would for a regular oven.
Equipment you will need:
Mixing bowl and spoon or spatula
Measuring cups and spoons
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Pumpkin baked oatmeal
- 2 1/2 c oats
- 1/2 c sweetener
- 1 c plus 2 T milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 c pumpkin
- heaping 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- In a medium bowl mix all the ingredients together
- Grease a 8×8" pan or pie plate
- Pour the oatmeal mixture into the prepared pan
- Cover and store in the fridge overnight or bake right away
- Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Don't overtake or it will be dry. Enjoy!