This Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal recipe is a fun, delicious and nutritious way to enjoy oatmeal during Halloween or Thanksgiving. Actually, why not enjoy this oatmeal breakfast any time of the year?
If I’m not making this as part of Halloween fun, I use a 20x 20 cm/8×8 inch square pan. I like it warm or cold so I keep it in the fridge as a great standby for breakfast or lunch. Try popping some in a small container for lunch for the kids.
It’s good any time of the year!
Pumpkin Pie Spice is easily available in the USA and Canada. For those of us who live elsewhere, get a Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe here or substitute Mixed Spice or Ground Cinnamon.
Ensure your maple syrup is pure maple syrup and not mixed with sugar syrup and flavouring.
Why salt in a sweet recipe? Because a little salt actually brings out the sweetness. I use pink or sea salt.
The mashed pumpkin can be leftovers from baking, boiling or steaming pumpkin. If you use steamed or boiled pumpkin the mixture will be a little more moist than if using baked pumpkin, so take your pick as to which method suits you best.
I didn’t have any leftover mashed pumpkin on hand so I cut a whole pumpkin into cubes. Half I steamed to use in this recipe and the other half I baked to use in salads for the week. Any leftover pumpkin, whether baked, steamed or boiled, can be used to make my Pumpkin Hummus, Pumpkin Pie Oat Porridge, or the Pumpkin Pie Spiced Chia Pudding which is a really fun one for Halloween.
Another optional add-in besides the nuts or dried fruit is 1/4 cup or more of dark chocolate chips. Just ensure they are quality chocolate chips that use cocoa butter and not cheap and nasty vegetable oil.
This Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal has the main food groups covered – oats for carbohydrates, eggs and nuts for protein, and banana and pumpkin for fruit and vegetables.
To make this recipe low FODMAP friendly, use a Japanese pumpkin for the pumpkin puree rather than a Butternut pumpkin, and maple syrup, not honey.
To decorate with a pumpkin face,
- Find a pattern online (I used Canva) or you can go here or here for some inspiration all in one place.
- Print it and use it as a stencil by cutting out the eyes, nose and mouth.
- Once the Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal is cool, use a paste of cacao powder and honey or maple syrup and paint it over the stencil using a pastry brush.
- Carefully lift the stencil away to reveal the pumpkin pie face.
For Pumpkin face inspiration, choose from the two pdf booklets below.