Maple Pecan Baked Oatmeal

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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!

Maple pecan baked oatmeal in a white baking dish with bananas and pecans.

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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Slice of maple pecan baked oatmeal on a plate topped with peanut butter and banana slices.

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.

A piece of maple pecan baked oatmeal, topped with peanut butter and almond milk in a bowl with a gold spoon.

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!
  • baking powder
  • ground cinnamon
  • 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
  • coconut oil
  • pure vanilla extract
  • bananas
  • cooking spray
Mixing bowl with mixture for maple pecan baked oatmeal before it is baked.

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!
Side by side photos of maple pecan oatmeal in a baking dish before and after being baked.

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

  1. 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

  1. Mix together your dry ingredients in a bowl, cover and let sit out on the counter until morning.
  2. Mix together all the wet ingredients in another bowl, cover and store in the fridge until morning.
  3. In the morning, simply mix the wet and dry ingredients together, pour oatmeal mixture into your prepared baking dish and bake as recipe suggests.

Slice of maple pecan baked oatmeal on a plate topped with peanut butter and banana slices.

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Maple Pecan Baked Oatmeal

4 from 152 votes
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.
Maple pecan baked oatmeal in a white baking dish with bananas and pecans.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped and divided
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 large egg, or 1 Tablespoon flaxseed
  • 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • 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.

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Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of recipe Calories: 427kcal Carbohydrates: 55g Protein: 9g Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 7g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 47mg Sodium: 581mg Fiber: 6g Sugar: 21g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple baked oatmeal

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    191 comments
    1. Terri
      October 23, 2022 AT 3:00 pm

      3 stars
      I made this recipe and the taste is great mine came out very dry. Any Suggestions

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 24, 2022 AT 10:11 am

        Hi Terri – Did you change anything about the recipe? Was the mixture dry before putting it into the pan?

    2. Edna
      October 19, 2022 AT 10:12 am

      5 stars
      I just made it for breakfast today 😋 easy to prepare and so delicious, I used date paste instead of maple syrup, am reducing my sugar, planning to made this recipe more often, thank for sharing.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 20, 2022 AT 10:49 am

        Absolutely! I am excited to hear that you are loving this recipe, Edna. Thank you so much for your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

    3. Judith
      October 15, 2022 AT 2:52 pm

      How much apple sauce do you substitute for the bananas?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 17, 2022 AT 1:36 pm

        Hi Judith – I would start with 1/4 cup and if the batter seems too thick, I would add another 1/4 cup. If you give this recipe a try, I’d love to hear how it works out for you. Enjoy!

    4. Barb
      September 25, 2022 AT 4:00 pm

      What can I use instead of bananas?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 26, 2022 AT 8:48 am

        Hi Barb – You can replace the bananas with apple sauce. It helps with moisture and also adds a little sweetness. Enjoy!

        1. Donna Lindsay
          October 16, 2022 AT 12:39 pm

          I was hoping to be able to sub. applesauce in this yummy recipe. But, how much? Maybe 1/2 cup? I’ve never made Baked Oatmeal and really want to try this one.

          1. Brittany Mullins
            October 17, 2022 AT 12:45 pm

            Hi Donna – Yes! You can replace the bananas with apple sauce. It helps with moisture and also adds a little sweetness. I would suggest starting with 1/4 cup and if the mixture seems too thick, you can add another 1/4 cup. If you give this recipe a try, I’d love to hear how it turns out. Enjoy!

    5. Lauren
      September 19, 2022 AT 10:02 pm

      This sounds delicious! Can you add frozen blueberry to the mixture and it still cook properly?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 20, 2022 AT 8:09 am

        Hi Lauren – I have not personally tried adding blueberries to this recipe. It should work out fine, but if you are looking for a blueberry baked oatmeal, here is one I have on the blog. Let me know if you give this a try! Enjoy

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