I ate the exact same oatmeal combination for breakfast every single day for FIVE years. For all four years of high school and my freshman year of college, I made quick-cooking oats with almond milk, cinnamon, and raisins or dried cranberries. You may be thinking…wow, that’s incredibly boring. (It definitely was, but I didn’t get tired of it somehow.)
Fortunately, I’ve changed my ways and love to mix up my breakfasts these days. I do still love oatmeal, though, and have recently discovered the awesomeness of baked oatmeal.
First, I got hooked on this blueberry banana version, and now, I love this pumpkin pecan baked oatmeal.Baked oatmeal reminds me of a big fluffy muffin and it feels like eating a really decadent baked good for breakfast, but I love it more because one serving actually keeps me full. And it’s super nutritious and a big serving size. I’ve been making baked oatmeal a lot on the weekends since it only takes about 10 minutes to mix the ingredients together and then breakfast for the week is done!
This pumpkin pecan baked oatmeal recipe uses mostly pantry staples, so it’s easy to make anytime. All you’ll need for the dry ingredients are quick-cooking oats, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
For the liquid ingredients, it’s just pumpkin puree (fresh or canned), a touch of coconut oil, honey, eggs, chopped pecans, vanilla extract, and and almond milk.
You can serve your baked oatmeal in a bowl with a splash of almondmilk on top when it’s hot out of the oven… Or, my favorite, top it with a drizzle of honey and/or whipped cream. Whipped coconut cream is a great dairy-free option!
And if you’re currently in a breakfast rut like I was for uh, six years, here’s what I’ve been loving for breakfast lately for some ideas:
• Eggs- either veggie & cheese omelets or make-ahead egg “muffins” with salsa & avocado
• Sweet potatoes with almond butter– just the best
• Yogurt w/ fresh or frozen berries
• Oatmeal- baked oatmeal (made in advance) or quick-cooking oats in the microwave topped with almondmilk, peanut butter, almond butter, dried fruit, fresh/frozen fruit, cinnamon, etc.
So tell me…what have you been having for breakfast lately? Any new ideas for me?
And if you try this pumpkin pecan baked oatmeal, feel free to take a picture and tag me @livbane on Instagram or let me know in a comment!
Pumpkin Pecan Baked Oatmeal
- 2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ tsp salt
- 3/4 cup milk or almond milk
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup, plus 1 tablespoon
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon melted butter or coconut oil
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
- In a large measuring cup, whisk together the almondmilk, pumpkin puree, honey, eggs, vanilla, and butter or coconut oil. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture in the bowl and stir to just combine. Add chopped nuts.
- Grease an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with butter or spray with cooking spray. Pour oat mixture into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the oats have absorbed the liquid and the baked oatmeal is set.
- Let cool for 10 minutes in pan and serve, or refrigerate in a storage container for up to 5 days. Reheat in microwave before serving.
Adapted from my blueberry banana baked oatmeal recipe