This maple pecan baked oatmeal is studded with chopped pecans and lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup. Fancy enough to serve for brunch, but perfect for meal prep as well.
My love affair with baked oatmeal started five years ago with this very recipe. After sharing this delicious recipe I went on to create a slew of baked oatmeal recipes, everything from pumpkin baked oatmeal to peanut butter baked oatmeal. If you can think of an oatmeal flavor, I probably have a baked oatmeal recipe for it!
Why I Love Baked Oatmeal So Much
I’ve always been a stovetop oats (this peanut butter banana oatmeal is my fave) kind of girl, but after this recipe I am definitely a baked oatmeal convert. Three reasons:
As someone who loves all things crispy and crunchy baked oatmeal is where it’s at. The top layer gets golden brown and has a little crunch to it — especially when you get a bite with a pecan in there. Yum!
It’s so easy to make… you just mix everything together and pour it into a baking dish similar to a casserole… but it feels fancy enough to serve to friends and family.
The leftovers are awesome. You can eat them cold straight from the fridge or reheat them. Either way, leftover baked oatmeal makes for a quick and easy breakfast option. I love making a batch as part of my Sunday meal prep.
Needless to say, if you’re looking for a cozy and tasty recipe to serve for brunch look no further! The maple pecan flavor combo is rich, nutty and sweet. It kind of reminds me of maple & brown sugar instant oatmeal packets I used to eat all the time growing up. Although, this version is a bit healthier and more filling with whole grain rolled oats, healthy fat (from coconut oil and the pecans) and pure maple syrup which has over 54 antioxidants and a boost of minerals such as iron and manganese.
Ingredients in Maple Pecan Baked Oatmeal
rolled oats – old fashioned rolled oats are best for this recipe. If you have steel cut oats, try my recipe for baked steel cut oatmeal
pecans – I love this recipe with the pecans, but if you don’t have them walnuts would be a good sub
pure maple syrup – be sure to use pure maple syrup, not the artificial kind labeled “pancake syrup” and made from corn syrup… NOT the same!
fine-grain sea salt
unsweetened almond milk – I like almond milk or oat milk, but any type of milk will work
egg – can substitute 1 Tablespoon of flaxseed in place of the egg
pure vanilla extract
How to Make Maple Baked Oatmeal
Mix dry ingredients – In a large bowl, mix together the oats, half the pecans, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Add wet ingredients – Add in the milk, maple syrup, egg, coconut oil, vanilla and bananas. Stir well to combine.
Bake – Carefully pour the oatmeal mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Scatter the remaining pecans across the top. Bake at 375ºF for 35-40 minutes.
Cool and serve – After the top of the oatmeal is golden brown, remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Drizzle with extra maple syrup if you want it a bit sweeter and enjoy!
Can You Make Baked Oatmeal Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can totally make baked oatmeal ahead of time. There are a couple options that work really well. Here’s what I recommend:
Option 1: Bake and Then Reheat Before Serving
Prepare baked oatmeal as the recipe suggests. Once baked, let the oatmeal cool, cover the baking dish and place in the fridge. You can do this 1-2 days in advance. When ready to serve, take oatmeal dish from fridge, cover with foil and reheat in a 350°F oven for about 20 minutes. For individual portions, set toaster oven to 350°F and bake for 5-10 minutes or reheat in the microwave for 1 minute.
Option 2: Prep as Much as You Can Without Baking
Mix together your dry ingredients in a bowl, cover and let sit out on the counter until morning.
Mix together all the wet ingredients in another bowl, cover and store in the fridge until morning.
In the morning, simply mix the wet and dry ingredients together, pour oatmeal mixture into your prepared baking dish and bake as recipe suggests.
This Maple Pecan Baked Oatmeal is filled with wholesome oats, studded with chopped pecans and lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup. Fancy enough to serve for brunch, but awesome as a make-ahead breakfast for the week as well.
Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray an 8×8 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
Mix dry ingredients: In a large bowl, mix together the oats, half the pecans, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
Add in wet ingredients: Add in the milk, maple syrup, egg, coconut oil, vanilla and bananas. Stir well to combine.
Carefully pour oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish.
Scatter the remaining pecans across the top.
Bake: Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is nicely golden. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Portion and serve. Drizzle each portion with maple syrup if you want it a bit sweeter.
For storage: store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4-6 days.
To reheat: To reheat the whole baked oatmeal, cover with foil and reheat in a 350°F oven for about 20 minutes. For individual portions, set oven (or toaster oven) to 350°F and bake for 5-10 minutes or reheat in the microwave for 1 minute.