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Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal: A Breakfast Must-Have

Baked Oatmeal is one of my family's favorite breakfasts. This Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal makes such an easy, fast, and healthy breakfast (and kids love it)!

Mmmmmm, pumpkin season!

It's one of my favorite things (cue the song from The Sound of Music).

Seriously, fall has become one of my favorite times of the year…leaves turning beautiful colors, temperatures cooling off just a bit, and pumpkin spice scent everywhere.

I love making pumpkin dishes this time of year like my no-fail pumpkin spice bread, and pumpkin cheesecake bites, and, of course, pumpkin pie bars for the holidays.

I even make gluten-free pumpkin pancakes that are pretty taste-bud satisfyingly spectacular.

But recently, I started thinking “Why don't I make Pumpkin Spice Baked oatmeal?” I mean, we LOVE my fruity baked oatmeal and I make it on regular rotation for quick & hearty out the door breakfasts.

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But it had never occurred to me to make a pumpkin spice bake of some type for breakfast!

Until this year…

…when I saw some pumpkin oatmeal product in the grocery store and a lightbulb went off in my head!

From then on, I was on a mission to create an amazing pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal recipe that the entire family would love.

I had to play with the portions a little bit because at first, it was too gooey (gooey mush in my mouth first thing in the morning is not one of my favorite things!).

Then it was too dry.

But it needed some texture.

So I added chopped apples…because apples are another favorite Fall flavor, and apples and pumpkin go well together. Why not add apples to my pumpkin breakfast bake?

Mmmmmm, pumpkin spice oatmeal bake with little bits of real food (apples) to add texture and the perfect amount of Fall spice to add more flavor? YES! We have a winner!

And it makes the perfect healthy Fall breakfast 😘

Pumpkin apple baked oatmeal shown here with a dollop of Green yogurt and a pumpkin

CLASSIC PUMPKIN PIE SPICE FLAVORS THAT YOU NEVER GET TIRED OF

When it comes to oatmeal, my family demands goodness. We eat oatmeal for breakfast several times a week so we need variation to keep breakfast interesting.

However, there are some oatmeal recipes we never get sick of. This pumpkin apple Baked Oatmeal is one of them!

This recipe uses real pumpkin puree along with lots of warm, comforting Fall spices to turn ordinary oats into a hearty, cake-like breakfast that’s just sweet enough and perfect to take on the go for those busy mornings.

HOW TO YOU EAT PUMPKIN APPLE BAKED OATMEAL?

If you have never tried baked oatmeal before, you are in for a treat!
 
 
Oatmeal's consistency changes when it's baked and becomes more cake-like, but not as sweet. It
cooks up perfectly with minimal effort.
 
 
It's slightly chewy texture allows you to easily eat a square of it without the need for utensils, making it the perfect hot breakfast to enjoy as you rush out the door into the cold.
 
 
Or enjoy it sitting at the table with a cup of coffee (or hot chocolate) and the paper on those less rushed mornings.
 

CAN YOU ONLY EAT PUMPKIN SPICE BAKED OATMEAL FOR BREAKFAST? 

Nope! Love breakfast for dinner? Me too!

My favorite thing to do with baked oatmeal (of any variety) is to make it and serve it for dinner then eat the leftovers for breakfast.

Maximize the yumminess!

Pumpkin spice baked oatmeal final product shown with a pumpkin

DO YOU HAVE TO REFRIGERATE PUMPKIN SPICE BAKED OATMEAL?

One of the reasons that Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Bake is so easy is that it can be made ahead of time (and keeps really well in the refrigerator) to make your busy morning or holidays easier.

Leftovers keep for up to 7 days in the refrigerator. To reheat, simply microwave a serving with a splash of milk (or rice milk) to loosen it up.
 
 
Apple pumpkin baked oatmeal is an easy, healthy, satisfying way to start the day and keep you running until lunch.
 
 

VARIATIONS FOR PUMPKIN OATMEAL BAKE

Now maybe you're looking for a little more texture…or maybe you have made this recipe twice this month and still love it but want to change it up a little. Here are some ideas:
 
  • add 1/2 cup raisins to the recipe
  • add 1/2 cup craisins to the recipe
  • try it with new toppings to add variety: dollop of Greek yogurt, cinnamon sugar, nuts, or milk
 

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE PUMPKIN APPLE BAKED OATMEAL?

GOOD CANNED PUMPKIN PUREE

I personally prefer to use organic here since it isn't terribly much more than traditional. You can use either one, but make sure that the puree you use doesn't have unnecessary added ingredients. 

   

 

 

9×13 BAKING PAN

I recommend having one with a lid because I feel like it stores better. However, if you don't have one you can use aluminum foil to cover your dish.

 
 
 

CINNAMON

I like the Simply Organic brand for spices because I think they are a great value compared to other organic spice brands. We prefer to eat everything organic (that we can), but there's a balance between eating organic and eating within your budget. 
 
I like these spices because I feel like they satisfy both of those desires!
 

 
 

NUTMEG

While you can add additional spices like allspice or cloves to this recipe, I use the simple, classic combination of cinnamon and nutmeg to season ours. Yum!

 
 
 
I'm on a mission to create different baked oatmeal flavor combinations for the seasons of the year. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite combination is or a flavor combination you would like to see me create a recipe for!
 

Make this Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Recipe for your Thanksgiving breakfast this year! 


Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal
With pumpkin, sweet apple, and cozy Fall spices, this pumpkin spice baked oatmeal recipe makes the best cool weather breakfast (especially for busy mornings)!
    Servings12-15 servings
    Prep Time10-15 minutes
    Cook Time40 minutes
    Passive Time10 minutes
    Ingredients
    • 6cups quick cooking oats
    • 1.5cups light brown sugar
    • 4tsp baking powder
    • 2tsp salt
    • 3tsp cinnamon
    • 2tsp nutmeg
    • 1/2tsp allspice(optional; I didn't use it)
    • 4large eggs, slightly beaten
    • 1.5cups fat free milk or rice milkI used rice milk
    • 1/2cup butter (1 stick)melted
    • 1/2cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1 can (15 oz) pure pumpkin puree
    • 2tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 2small diced green bell pepper
    Optional toppings
    • Greek yogurt
    • milk
    • chopped nuts
    • cinnamon sugar
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients together (oats, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices). Set aside.
    3. In a medium bowl, melt butter. Add milk, eggs, and applesauce. Combine.
    4. Add pumpkin puree and vanilla to the wet ingredients. Mix to combine.
    5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
    6. Add chopped apples and mix thoroughly.
    7. Poor mixture into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until oatmeal appears cake-like and doesn't jiggle in the middle when you jiggle the pan.
    8. Cool for about 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve. Add optional toppings, if desired.
    Recipe Notes

    *In this recipe you can choose to use 1 full cup of butter, OR replace half of that butter with unsweetened applesauce. I choose to replace 1/2 cup butter with 1/2 cup applesauce to reduce fat and unnecessary calories.

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