Easy Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal makes the best portable healthy breakfast! Made in 1 bowl, I can't get enough of this scrumptious fall baked oatmeal recipe. Gluten-free, dairy-free and kid-friendly!
I'm kind of the self-proclaimed oatmeal queen. We have Overnight Steel Cut Oats for breakfast like, daily. Now that fall is in the air, all I want is everything pumpkin. With a healthy dose of chocolate, please!
This easy baked oatmeal recipe comes together in in a jiffy and you only need one bowl. Bliss! It's so divine warm with a mug of coffee. My toddler is a huge fan, too.
How to make pumpkin baked oatmeal
One bowl and a whisk are all you need to make your pumpkin dreams come true, ok? Ok.
- Preheat the oven to 375F and grease an 8x8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Add dry ingredients (oats, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt) to a mixing bowl. Whisk until combined.
- Add wet ingredients (pumpkin, milk, eggs, honey or maple, and vanilla.) Whisk until very well combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour into baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes. Cool, slice and devour!
Key ingredients and substitutions
- Old-fashioned oats: The hearty whole grain base of our baked oatmeal, also known as rolled oats.
- Pumpkin: Straight up canned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix. Delicious and nutritious!
- Milk: Necessary liquid for volume. Any milk, like cow's, almond, oat, or coconut milk work.
- Eggs: Eggs add fluff, fat, protein, and help with rising. Swap flax eggs to make it vegan.
- Peanut butter: I love swapping traditional butter with nut butter for a dose of healthy fats and protein. You can use any nut or seed butter, or you can replace it with 2 tbsp melted butter.
- Honey or maple syrup: I've only tested this recipe with a my favorite unrefined liquid sweetener, but equal amounts of coconut sugar or brown sugar should also work.
- Pumpkin pie spice: I buy pumpkin pie spice every fall to keep it easy, but you can also make your own with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. A pinch of allspice is great, too!
- Baking powder: For rise and fluff!
- Salt: So important to enhance the flavor.
- Chocolate chips: Pumpkin and chocolate chips are a match made in heaven. Seriously the best combo! You could use walnuts or pecans if you aren't obsessed with chocolate like me, but you'll want to increase the sweetener to ⅓ cup to account for the loss of sugar.
Health benefits of pumpkin
This Registered Dietitian loves that pumpkin is a nutrition powerhouse! We're pairing it with 100% whole grain oats for an amazing hearty breakfast.
- Vitamin A: It's is an excellent bioavailable source of vitamin A, which supports eye health. Half a cup packs 120% of the daily value!
- Fiber: It's chock full of soluble fiber to help stabilize blood glucose levels and help you feel fuller longer. Half a cup boasts 7 grams of fiber.
- Antioxidants: Pumpkin is packed with antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals in the body and delay onset of disease.
To make this vegan, simply swap flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax mixed with 6 tbsp water, set aside to gel) for the eggs and use non-dairy milk.
To make this gluten-free, simply use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
For a nut-free version, use sunflower seed butter (it may turn green from a harmless chemical reaction). You can also use 2 tbsp melted butter in place of peanut butter.
Can I use quick oats?
Unfortunately rolled oats, or old fashioned oats, are best suited for the texture of this recipe. Don't use instant or steel cut oats.
How to make pumpkin pie spice
No pumpkin pie spice? No problem. Make your own with 2 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp nutmeg, ½ tsp ginger, and ¼ tsp cloves.
Can you make baked oatmeal ahead?
Yes! A couple options here:
- You can store cooled oatmeal in the fridge and reheat in the oven 1-2 days later at 350F for about 15 minutes.
- You can also store mixed wet and dry ingredients separately (covered) for up to 3 days in the fridge and then combine and bake per the recipe prior to serving.
How to store
Store cooled leftovers tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Can you freeze it?
Yes! You can freeze individual portions wrapped in plastic wrap or freeze the whole pan tightly wrapped. It will last up to 3 months in the freezer.
To reheat, you can thaw overnight in the fridge or microwave it for 1-2 minutes, until warmed.
More healthy pumpkin recipes
- Almond Flour Pumpkin Bread
- Healthy Pumpkin Bars
- No Bake Pumpkin Cookies
- Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- Fluffy Vegan Pumpkin Muffins
Easy Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal makes the best portable healthy breakfast! Made in 1 bowl, I can't get enough of this scrumptious fall baked oatmeal recipe.
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats (certified gluten free if needed)
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp baking powder
- heaping ¼ tsp fine sea salt
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond)
- ¼ cup honey or pure maple syrup*
- ¼ cup natural peanut butter (any nut or seed butter is great)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375F and grease an 8x8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Add oats, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt to a large mixing bowl. Whisk until combined.
- Add pumpkin, milk, peanut butter, eggs, honey or maple syrup, and vanilla. Whisk until very well combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour mixture into prepared baking dish, topping with a few additional chocolate chips.
- Bake for 35 minutes. Let oatmeal cool slightly before slicing. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup for a treat!
*If omitting chocolate chips, increase sweetener to ⅓ cup.
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