Maple Pecan Baked Oatmeal

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 in a white baking dish with bananas and pecans.

Maple Pecan Baked Oatmeal


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

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.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups 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

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray an 8×8 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Mix dry ingredients: In a large bowl, mix together the oats, half the pecans, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Add in wet ingredients: Add in the milk, maple syrup, egg, coconut oil, vanilla and bananas. Stir well to combine.
  4. Carefully pour oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  5. Scatter the remaining pecans across the top.
  6. 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.

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.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 427
  • Sugar: 21g
  • Sodium: 581mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 55g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 47mg

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    126 comments
    1. Leah
      March 6, 2021 AT 12:29 pm

      Really easy and so good! Love how the bananas got sweet and creamy like. Smelled delicious while baking, too. Will be adding this recipe to our weekend breakfast rotation!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 7, 2021 AT 11:25 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Leah! Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Sarah
      March 4, 2021 AT 12:39 pm

      My family loves your baked oatmeal recipes. Thank you for creating so many tasty options. I am preparing for a 2nd baby and plan to meal prep as much as possible. Do you have any thoughts or recommendations on freezing this dish for the future?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 5, 2021 AT 1:29 am

        Ahh yay!! so glad you’re loving the baked oatmeal recipes, Sarah! For freezing, I usually like to cut the oatmeal into individual slices and store them in an airtight container or stasher bag for freezing. That way it makes it easier to reheat. 🙂

    3. Stefanie
      February 28, 2021 AT 9:14 pm

      I’ve tried a few of your baked oatmeal recipes. They are all delish, but this is my favorite, so far! Please post some more single serving recipes!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2021 AT 11:10 pm

        Woo! So glad you loved this recipe, Stefanie! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it! PS: more single serving recipes coming soon. 🙂

    4. just.me2913
      February 26, 2021 AT 10:35 am

      This one is a family favourite – everyone loves it and we make it often! Thank you so much, it is delicious 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 26, 2021 AT 3:04 pm

        Yay!! So glad it was a hit. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    5. Lindsay Van Dyke
      February 23, 2021 AT 11:01 am

      This was the second EBF baked oatmeal recipe I tried and it was as great as the first! I made this at the beginning of the week and had a weeks worth of breakfast. It was so good warmed up with a bit of extra maple syrup on top!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 23, 2021 AT 8:43 pm

        So glad you’re loving the baked oatmeal recipes, Lindsay!! Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    6. organicsoul
      February 23, 2021 AT 6:29 am

      This is so good and easy.
      Orgnicsoul

    7. Sydney
      February 14, 2021 AT 6:44 pm

      This tastes amazing. My only issue is that the egg did not fully incorporate and I can see little bits of egg whites throughout it.. did I do something wrong?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 14, 2021 AT 7:22 pm

        Mmm… I haven’t run into that issue before. Did you fully mix the egg into the oatmeal mixture before baking?

    8. Becky
      February 8, 2021 AT 10:49 am

      The whole family loved it from my one year old to my husband who doesn’t like oatmeal!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 8, 2021 AT 8:09 pm

        Woo!! So glad it was a hit with your family. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I appreciate it!

    9. Meredith B.
      February 6, 2021 AT 5:25 pm

      Wonderful recipe! I loved that it had an almost custardy flavor and texture even though I skipped the egg and used flax meal. It made for a very filling, satisfying breakfast. I subbed unsweetened applesauce for the bananas and it worked beautifully. Funny story – my husband made an entire bushel of apples into applesauce and canned it right before our daughter was born thinking we’d be stocked up on baby food purée. Turned out our little one HATED applesauce so I’m always happy when I can use up some of our abundance of applesauce in a recipe. She’s 18 months old now and LOVED this oatmeal! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 6, 2021 AT 6:27 pm

        Woo!! I’m so glad this recipe was a hit with your family. Thanks so much for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    10. Jennifer Klein
      February 4, 2021 AT 7:32 pm

      I’ve never had baked oatmeal and decided to try it. Loved it so much!! It smelled amazing while cooking also!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 5, 2021 AT 2:17 pm

        So glad you loved it, Jennifer!! Thanks so much for giving it a try and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    11. Minas
      February 3, 2021 AT 10:00 pm

      Love this baked oatmeal! This is my favorite oatmeal recipe. Everyone loved it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 4, 2021 AT 1:54 am

        Woo! I’m so glad. Thanks for the review, Minas. I so appreciate it!

    12. Hannah
      February 1, 2021 AT 7:46 pm

      So simple and an easy way to meal prep for the week! My husband isn’t an oatmeal fan, but this was a hit!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 3, 2021 AT 10:28 am

        Woo!! I’m so glad it was a hit!! Thanks for the review, Hannah. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    13. Emme
      December 23, 2020 AT 12:24 pm

      This is a wonderful breakfast option. I have always hated oatmeal, but this is a game changer for me.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 23, 2020 AT 3:39 pm

        Woo!! So glad you love this baked oatmeal. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    14. Nicole
      December 23, 2020 AT 12:14 pm

      WOW! This was my first time making baked oatmeal and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ll admit that I was skeptical about the addition of bananas in this recipe because I thought the flavor would detract from the maple and pecan flavors, but I was wrong. The way the bananas sweeten as they bake compliments the maple/pecan flavors SO WELL. Now I’ve made a batch for weekday work meals for the past three weeks. I’ll be working my way through the rest of your baked oats recipes 🙂 thank you so much for this delicious, easy breakfast!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 23, 2020 AT 3:40 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear!! I’m so glad you loved this baked oatmeal. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    15. Emme
      December 23, 2020 AT 12:00 pm

      We made this this morning and I loved it! I hate oatmeal, but this I could eat frequently. Perhaps it not being from a box helps 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 23, 2020 AT 3:40 pm

        So glad you loved this baked oatmeal!!

    16. Stephanie
      December 11, 2020 AT 2:04 pm

      Really enjoyed this one! The addition of the banana really complimented the flavors. Will definitely be a regular in my fall and winter breakfast routine.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 12, 2020 AT 12:36 am

        Woo! So glad you’re a fan of this baked oatmeal, Stephanie. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I appreciate it!

    17. April
      December 10, 2020 AT 6:32 pm

      I’d love to make this for breakfast tomorrow but only have quick oats on hand, do you think that’ll work? Looks delish!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 11, 2020 AT 1:58 am

        Yes, quick oats should work just fine. Keep me posted how this turns out if you try it!

        1. April
          December 12, 2020 AT 10:06 am

          Made it this morning with the quick oats I had on hand, and this is definitely a recipe going in my rotation……so yummy!

          1. Brittany Mullins
            December 13, 2020 AT 10:32 pm

            Ahh yay, I’m so glad it was a hit!!

    18. Angela
      December 8, 2020 AT 3:00 am

      This is so good and so easy! I added unflavored protein powder & it was fine. What do you have drizzled on top in the picture?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 8, 2020 AT 6:45 pm

        Almond butter! 🙂

    19. Anne Taylor
      December 7, 2020 AT 3:45 pm

      Absolutely yummy and so easy to make

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 8, 2020 AT 1:06 am

        Yay! So glad you enjoyed this baked oatmeal, Anne! Thanks for making it. 🙂

    20. SuzieL
      December 5, 2020 AT 9:30 am

      Quick, easy, and delicious! Entire family loves it and I love that I Mix it up and throw it in the oven!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 8, 2020 AT 1:20 am

        Woo! This makes me so happy to hear. Thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it!

    21. CounselorChick
      December 4, 2020 AT 8:45 pm

      I keep parchment wrapped ripe sliced bananas in the freezer so this was easy, filling, and seriously delicious. Hubby said, “this is the best one yet!” Personally, I like the one with shredded zucchini best but this one is like cake! 😋

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 8, 2020 AT 1:21 am

        So glad this baked oatmeal was a hit! Thank you for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it!

    22. Joanne
      December 4, 2020 AT 8:44 am

      Can you make these recipes with steel cut oats?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 4, 2020 AT 10:35 am

        Hi Joanne. You can definitely make baked oatmeal with steel cut oats but you need more liquid and a longer cook time. For reference, check out my baked steel cut oatmeal recipe.

    23. Robin
      November 10, 2020 AT 5:36 pm

      Hi. I absolutely LOVE all your baked oatmeal recipes. They are just so creative, yummy and healthy! Please keep them coming. I made this one today and subbed ½ C. unsweetened applesauce as did not have ripe bananas and it was still delicious. But I was just curious when using the coconut oil do you use refined or virgin? Thank in advance for your response.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 10, 2020 AT 10:37 pm

        So glad you’re loving the baked oatmeal recipes, Robin! I’ll use both, it just depends what I have on hand. 🙂 Virgin has more of a coconut flavor and scent while refined has more of a neutral scent/flavor.

    24. Harriet
      October 19, 2020 AT 7:39 am

      I made this yesterday and my husband loved it. Thanks Brittany,

      1. Danielle Newman
        October 22, 2020 AT 10:26 am

        It is easy to make. And very tasty!

      2. Brittany Mullins
        October 19, 2020 AT 12:37 pm

        Yay!! You’re so welcome, Harriet. I’m glad it was a hit!

    25. Maria
      October 18, 2020 AT 12:10 am

      What happen to the recipe consistency if you replace the egg with flaxeed?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 19, 2020 AT 12:47 pm

        Hey Maria – using a flax egg will work just fine!

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