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This pumpkin baked oatmeal is the ideal fall breakfast: cozy spiced and full of healthy oats! Bake up a pan and eat off of it all week.

Pumpkin baked oatmeal

Oatmeal is our go-to for healthy, whole grain breakfasts. So why not dress it up in fall glory? This Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is like a cinnamon and ginger-spiced hug. It’s full of autumnal flavor, yet at the same time a healthy way to start the day! Whole grain oats provide protein and fiber, the perfect backdrop for pumpkin puree and cozy spices. Make up a big pan and eat off of it all week, or make it for guests! Either way, it’s the ideal way to make fall mornings more delicious (we couldn’t stop eating it).

Ingredients for pumpkin baked oatmeal

This pumpkin baked oatmeal is pretty simple to whip up. It requires a pretty standard cast of characters when it comes to pumpkin recipes. Here are the main ingredients you’ll need:

  • Old Fashioned rolled oats: Do not substitute steel cut oats or instant oats! They cook much differently than Old Fashioned. For steel cut, go to Pumpkin Baked Steel Cut Oats: it tastes just like pumpkin pie!
  • Pecans: Optional, but they add great texture to this oatmeal
  • Spices: You can use either cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg: or pumpkin pie spice! Grab some at the store or make it at home.
  • Pumpkin puree: Make sure it’s pumpkin puree: not pie filling!
  • Milk of choice: Whatever you’d like! Non-dairy milk makes it a vegan pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe.
  • Maple syrup: Pure maple syrup adds just the right sweetness, and it’s a natural sweetener. You could use any other liquid sweetener of choice (honey or agave syrup).
  • Vanilla: Vanilla adds depth of flavor.
Pumpkin baked oatmeal

It takes 1 hour, but leftovers save well

This pumpkin baked oatmeal takes 1 hour start to finish, but most of the time is hands off while the oatmeal bakes. Because it takes longer than the standard breakfast, we like to make a pan and eat off oft it all week. It saves well in the refrigerator, and you can eat it cold or room temp: no reheating necessary! If you’d like, you can heat it in the oven or microwave.

Variations: steel cut & stovetop pumpkin oatmeal

Want to make pumpkin baked oatmeal with steel cut oats? Or want a really fast version of pumpkin oatmeal? Here are some variations:

  • Pumpkin baked steel cut oats: This Pumpkin Baked Steel Cut Oats really tastes like pumpkin pie, according to feedback we’ve been getting for years. Using Old Fashioned oats in this recipe makes it taste more like pumpkin bars, but the steel cut version is very moist and tastes like pie filling. Go to Pumpkin Baked Steel Cut Oats.
  • Pumpkin oatmeal (on the stove): Want to have the same flavors in just 10 minutes? Make our Pumpkin Oatmeal on the stovetop. It’s got a similar vibe but is more like a creamy bowl of oatmeal.
Pumpkin baked oatmeal

Toppings for pumpkin baked oatmeal

Make up a batch of this pumpkin baked oatmeal and it’s a fantastic vegan and healthy breakfast. The toppings are where this recipe really shines! Here’s what to know about topping the oatmeal:

  • Maple syrup: A bit of maple syrup is all you need for a little sparkle. Or heat it with a little melted coconut oil for a dreamy drizzle.
  • Maple yogurt: It’s also tasty with maple yogurt. We mixed Greek yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla for a swirled topping (quantities are listed below). If you make this, still add a tiny drizzle of maple over the top: it adds the final flavoring.
  • Glazed pecans or walnuts. Get fancy and use maple glazed pecans or glazed walnuts.
  • Pepitas. Pumpkin seeds work too! Roasted salted have the best flavor.
  • Nut butter. Almond butter, cashew butter, walnut butter or pecan butter are the best nut butters to go with pumpkin! Peanut butter can overwhelm the flavor.
Pumpkin baked oatmeal

Make ahead instructions!

Can you make this pumpkin baked oatmeal ahead? Kind of! Note that this is not overnight oats: you cannot mix it up the night before and place in the refrigerator! The oats would soak up all the liquid and come out much too dry. If you do want to prep in advance, here’s what to do:

  • Minimal prep: Mix up the wets and dries separately and store in separate containers (with the wets refrigerated). Pour them together in the morning and bake. OR:
  • Bake in advance: Make up a pan on a Sunday night, then refrigerate it for eating off of throughout the week. You can refrigerate leftovers for up to 1 week, and re-warm them in a 300 degree oven or the microwave.
Pumpkin baked oatmeal

More pumpkin recipes

Pumpkin is in the air! Here are a few more pumpkin recipes to use a can of pumpkin puree:

This pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

Cozy Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x


This pumpkin baked oatmeal is the ideal fall breakfast: cozy spiced and full of healthy oats! Bake up a pan and eat off of it all week.


  • 2 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats (don’t substitute steel cut or instant oats)
  • ½ cup pecan pieces (or chopped pecans)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice (or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves and ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 ¾ cups milk of choice (dairy, almond or oat)
  • 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temp
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • For serving: 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted with 1 tablespoon maple syrup or maple Greek yogurt*


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.*
  2. Butter an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the rolled oats, pecan pieces, baking powder, pumpkin spice, and kosher salt.
  3. Dump the dries into the prepared pan. 
  4. In the same bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, milk, maple syrup, melted cooled coconut oil, and vanilla. Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Stir lightly with a fork to make everything gets evenly incorporated.
  5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  6. Before serving, drizzle with maple syrup OR add maple Greek yogurt* plus a drizzle of maple. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 1 week: reheat in a 300 degree oven or microwave until warm.


*For the maple Greek yogurt, mix ½ cup Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon maple syrup and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Make sure to still add a small drizzle of maple over the top when serving.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Pumpkin baked oatmeal

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. When I baked mine for 45 minutes and let sit for 10 minutes, mine fell apart and was too soft to hold form. Am I doing something wrong?

    1. Thanks for letting us know! The oatmeal doesn’t really need to hold form here: it can fall apart into “oatmeal” style oatmeal vs be in a single piece! If you’d really like it to hold together, let it cool for longer: up to 1 hour should have a firmer texture. You can also make it the day before, refrigerate and then rewarm it, which helps to solidify texture.

  2. I love this oatmeal. I’ve made it at least 10 times over the past two years. So great to have a quick, warming breakfast to eat with almond butter all week. Thanks for a great recipe!

  3. I made this to have for breakfast this week. It was eaten immediately as dessert by my 8 year old. I’m not sure it’s going to last the week for breakfast.

  4. I am a huge fan of your pumpkin pecan steel cut oats and the carrot cake version too. I made your banana baked oatmeal and loved it warm with peanut butter. I made this recipe yesterday. I followed exactly and it was perfect. I served with the maple Greek yogurt but I did make a couple small changes: I used 7oz Fage 5% and mixed in 2 TBSP pumpkin puree, 1 TBSP maple syrup and 1/4 tsp vanilla. It tasted like pumpkin cheese cake and was the perfect topper for the oatmeal! Thanks for another great baked oatmeal!

  5. Love how easily this transfers fall flavours into a make-ahead dish. Simple and fragrant! I love incorporating oats with cranberries and sweet potatoes for a special Thanksgiving side, and this reminds me of that one.