Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal - Easy, Wholesome, DELICIOUS!

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is a warm, filling, wholesome breakfast featuring maple syrup, toasted pecans, cinnamon, and warm spices. It can be made gluten-free and dairy-free, it's perfect for making ahead of time, and it's quick to reheat on busy mornings!

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal with text overlay.


Fall has arrived and pumpkin season is in full swing, so today I bring you a healthy, delicious breakfast that perfectly celebrates the season: Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal!

Why Make Baked Oatmeal?

If you've never tried baked oatmeal before, you're in for quite a treat! Oatmeal is a regular school day breakfast at our house, but sometimes I like to change things up a bit and bake it in a dish instead of cooking it in a pot.

Not only is baked oatmeal downright delicious -- with a texture that's simultaneously creamy, chewy, and almost custard-like -- but it can also be baked ahead of time and quickly reheated in individual portions on busy mornings.

Our standby baked oatmeal recipe around here is Coconut Almond Baked Oatmeal. But as I was preparing to whip up a batch of said oatmeal last weekend, I took one look at the Homemade Pumpkin Puree in my refrigerator and decided to go another direction with it, thereby landing on this Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal recipe.

Aerial slice of Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal on plate.


To make Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal, I adapted my tried and true baked oatmeal recipe by incorporating pumpkin (obviously), warm fall spices, and a different type of nut.

  • Pumpkin puree. Homemade puree is fabulous if you've already got some on hand, but canned works great as well. Just make sure you're using pumpkin puree (sometimes referred to as "100% pure pumpkin") and not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Milk. You can use whole milk, reduced fat or skim milk, or your favorite non-dairy alternative, such as unsweetened almond milk.
  • Eggs. At room temperature.
  • Coconut oil. Melted and slightly cooled. If you prefer to use another type of neutral-flavored oil or even melted butter, those will work as well.
  • Pure maple syrup. For natural sweetening and a lovely complement to the pumpkin flavor. 🙂
  • Pure vanilla extract.
  • Rolled oats. Also referred to as old-fashioned oats, rolled oats give this baked pumpkin oatmeal its delightful, chewy texture. Quick oats could be substituted, but I really don't recommend doing so. Since quick oats are cut finer, they will absorb more liquid and may result in a slightly drier baked oatmeal. And don't attempt this recipe with steel cut oats, as both the oats-to-liquid ratio and the baking time would need to be altered. Finally, this recipe is naturally gluten-free as long as you use GF oats.
  • Pecans. Chopped and toasted. Although you could choose to skip the toasting, I wouldn't, as the extra crunch and toasty flavor can't be beat.
  • Cinnamon + pumpkin pie spice + salt. Again, either store-bought or Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice will work fine.
Aerial view of Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal on plate and in dish.

How to Make Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

(The below photos are intended to be helpful, but please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post for FULL DIRECTIONS.)

  1. Spread the chopped pecans on a rimmed sheet pan. Bake for about five minutes until fragrant and just toasted, but watch carefully as they can burn quickly.
Chopped pecans on baking sheet.
Toasted pecans on baking sheet.
  1. While the pecans toast, add pumpkin, milk, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla to a large bowl and beat until smooth. 
  2. Stir in the rolled oats, toasted and cooled pecans, and spices until well-combined.
Ingredients combined and ready for baking dish for pumpkin oatmeal bake.
  1. Spread the mixture into a prepared baking dish and bake until set and light golden brown on top.
  2. Allow the Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal to cool in the baking dish for a few minutes before slicing.
Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal in baking dish straight out of oven.
  1. Serve warm and enjoy!
Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal with fork.

Serving Suggestions

When made as directed, this Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is lightly sweet. But if you prefer it even sweeter, you can always serve it with an additional drizzle of maple syrup or a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.

I also frequently serve my baked oatmeal with a splash of warm milk (or, if I'm feeling really decadent, cream!) on top.

And, of course, don't forget an extra sprinkle of toasty pecans.

Mmm, mmmm, MMMMM!

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal close-up in dish.

Doubling the Recipe

This pumpkin oatmeal bake can be easily doubled to fit in a 9x13-inch baking dish...just increase the baking time a bit and keep an eye on it.

Gluten-Free and/or Dairy-Free Options

As mentioned in the 'Ingredients' section above, you can make your baked pumpkin oatmeal gluten-free by ensuring that the oats you use are GF.

And this recipe can be made dairy-free by opting for a dairy-free type of milk.

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal in baking dish and on plate.

My kids love with a capital L this Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal for breakfast. And quite frankly, so do I!

And while it's an easy everyday breakfast or brunch, it's also special enough to serve to company.

It's comforting, it's filling, and it's wholesome. I'm not sure I can think of a better way to start my mornings, from here right on through Thanksgiving.

Because after that, of course, it's time to move onto Gingerbread Pancakes and Overnight Eggnog French Toast! 😉

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal with pecans on top.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves quite yet! Now that I've gotten the wheels turning with Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal, for the next few months, I'm going to enjoy every single moment of pumpkin bread and pumpkin treats and pumpkin drinks! And apparently, I'm not the only one who feels this way... 😉

Pumpkin meme to accompany Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal recipe.

More Easy Pumpkin Breakfast Ideas

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal close-up with pecans.

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal - Easy, Wholesome, DELICIOUS!

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is a warm, filling, wholesome breakfast featuring maple syrup, toasted pecans, cinnamon, and warm spices. It can be made gluten-free and dairy-free, it's perfect for making ahead of time, and it's quick to reheat on busy mornings!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 318kcal
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  • ½ cup pecans, chopped (plus additional for garnish, if desired)
  • 1 cup Homemade Pumpkin Puree, OR canned pumpkin puree (about half of a 15-ounce can -- but NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • ¾ cup almond milk, OR whole/2% milk, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray an 8-inch square baking dish.
  • Spread chopped pecans on an ungreased baking sheet and toast for 4 to 6 minutes or until fragrant and light golden brown. Cool on baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin, milk, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla; beat until smooth. Blend in oats, toasted pecans, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt; stir until mixture is well-combined.
  • Spread oatmeal into prepared baking dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until set and light golden brown on top. Allow to cool in the baking dish for at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve warm with optional garnishes: warm milk drizzled over the top, additional toasted pecans, maple syrup, or fresh fruit.


  • The reason the milk and eggs should be at room temperate is because if they are cold, they will cause the coconut oil to resolidify. To quickly warm everything up, I usually just put the whole eggs in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and zap the milk in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Reheat oatmeal by placing an individual serving on a plate, drizzling with a little milk, and then heating in the microwave for about 30 seconds.


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 6434IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 2mg
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Post originally published on September 4, 2014, and updated on October 15, 2020, August 27, 2022, and September 26, 2023.

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  1. 5 stars
    I'll definitely be making this baked oatmeal again. It's healthy and my kids scarfed it down. Thank you for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Pumpkin baked oatmeal is so GOOD and when you add apples it is even better. Thanks for the recipe. Everyone liked it!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Courtney! And what a great idea to add apples...I'll have to try that next time! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    We had this for breakfast this morning, and it was fabulous! (I did adjust the spices a little since I'm allergic to nutmeg.)

  4. 5 stars
    I'm in love with pumpkin and on a mission to try all the pumpkin things! Then I promised another food blogger I'd finally try baked oatmeal. So this was a natural choice! SO GOOD! It's light in flavor and texture and just plain delightful. I think baked oatmeal might become a staple for me to make. It's a great way to make something really healthy (oats) easily and deliciously available! I love the addition of toasted pecans for the health and texture bump! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  5. Hello, I found this amazing recipe while preparing for my woman's healing retreat in October! It will be absolutely perfect! I am wondering how many servings your recipe makes? I will look again on this site to see if it's mentioned.

  6. 5 stars
    Wow! Total yumminess!My husband is enamored! He says I can make this recipe for breakfast every Sunday before we go to church!
    Thanks for sharing!