Vegan pumpkin baked oatmeal is a simple, make-ahead breakfast that is delicious when paired with a cup of coffee on a crisp fall day. All you need to create this recipe at home is a few simple pantry ingredients like oats, canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and pecans.
Fall is just around the corner which means that the time for all things pumpkin spice is here. Baked oatmeal has always been one of my favorite meal prep breakfast options for the week – even more so now that I have a newborn! Plus, as a plant-based dietitian, I love that this breakfast is also a good source of fiber; a nutrient most of us don’t get enough of in our diets.
This pumpkin baked oatmeal is packed with fall flavors and the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee on a crisp fall day. Don’t want to turn your oven on? Try my pumpkin spice overnight oats recipe instead! You might also like our apple cranberry baked oatmeal which also has a lot of cinnamon – the quintessential fall spice.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Oats: use old-fashioned oats for this recipe no quick cooking or it will be too mushy
- Canned Pumpkin: make sure to buy the unsweetened plain canned pumpkin not the canned pumpkin filling
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: Made from a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and ginger.
- Milk: Use any plant-based milk you prefer. I prefer soy milk since it has more protein than other options.
- Baking Powder: Adds lightness to this baked oatmeal.
- Ground Flax Seed: Use as an egg replacer to help bind the oats together to form a cake-like texture.
- Oil: Just a little oil is needed to add a bit of fat since you don’t use eggs in this vegan version of baked oatmeal. Use any neutral tasting oil you have on hand like olive oil or canola oil.
- Pecans & Pumpkin Seeds: Feel free to use other nuts if you prefer. Walnuts would be a great option.
How to Make Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
One of the reasons I love making baked oatmeal is that the prep is so incredibly simple! First, you mix the dry ingredients (oats, spices, baking powder, salt) and the wet ingredients (pumpkin, milk, flax egg, and oil) in two different bowls and then combine.
I know it makes an extra bowl, but I like to mix the wet and dry ingredients separately so that the baking powder and flax egg are more evenly mixed into the batter.
Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish and enjoy the wonderful smells that permeate your kitchen as this pumpkin baked oatmeal bakes. Seriously, I wish I could make that scent into a candle!
To serve, I like adding a splash of milk and a drizzle of maple syrup. You could also add some nut butter (almond butter would be great).
How to Store Baked Oatmeal
This recipe can easily be prepped ahead and reheated if you would like. After the baked oatmeal is cooled, you can slice into individual servings and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
When ready to serve, reheat in the microwave for a few minutes (1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes is usually good for me!) or use a toaster oven to reheat. You can also reheat the entire pan of baked oatmeal in the oven covered with aluminum foil at 350 degrees Fahrenheit when ready to serve.
Can I freeze Baked Oatmeal?
Yes! This pumpkin baked oatmeal can easily be frozen just like other baked oatmeal recipes. I like to cut it into individual slices and store those in a Tupperware container with parchment paper between any stacked slices to keep them from sticking together.
When ready to serve, I just reheat a serving in the microwave for 2-3 minutes or until defrosted and warmed through. You can also reheat in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed.
Other Tasty Oat Recipes
- Gingerbread Oatmeal
- Vegan Lemon Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
- Vegan Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
- No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars
- Vegan Overnight Oats 4 Ways!
- Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
- Spiced Pear Baked Oatmeal
Vegan Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 5 tablespoons water
- 1 1/2 cups plant-based milk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons oil or vegan butter
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8″x8″ baking dish.
- Add ground flax seed and warm water to a large mixing bowl and stir. Set aside for 2-3 minutes until it forms a gel.
- Stir in the rest of the wet ingredients (milk, maple syrup, pumpkin, oil, and vanilla).
- Add dry ingredients to a small mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add to he large bowl with the wet ingredients and stir well.
- Transfer to prepared baking dish and top with pecans and pumpkin seeds.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until edges are darkened and middle is set. Allow to cool for ~8-10 minutes before cutting.
- Serve with extra milk and a drizzle of maple syrup.