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Pumpkin Maple Walnut Baked Oatmeal

I love baked oatmeal. It’s hearty and is the perfect vehicle for yummy autumn flavor. Last fall, I posted my Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal, which is really delicious, but clearly we needed a pumpkin oatmeal recipe now that it’s fall again.

This oatmeal is awesome for making easy mornings – you can make it the night before a busy morning and just pop it in the oven to warm it through the next day (just underbake it a tiny bit). 

Alternatively, I discovered that it’s great for baking in an extra large muffin tin, then the baked oatmeal “muffins” can be frozen and individually reheated for busy mornings as needed. (I use a silicone “Texas-sized” muffin tin for this – it’s about to 2 times larger than a regular muffin tin).

Yield: Makes 6-7 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Pumpkin Maple Walnut Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:

2 eggs
1/2 c. pumpkin purée
3 T. melted butter (or melted coconut oil or sunflower oil)
1 c. milk
6 T. pure maple syrup (or unbleached cane sugar)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. ginger3 1/2 c. rolled oats 
1/2 heaping c. walnuts (or pecans)
milk to serve and additional maple syrup to drizzle, if desired

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 and butter a 2 1/2 quart baking dish or extra large muffin tins.

1.In a bowl, stir together the eggs, pumpkin purée, butter, milk, and maple syrup. 
2. In another bowl, stir together the salt, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, oats, and walnuts. Add the dry to wet, stirring well. 
3. Spoon into the muffin tin until cups are almost full or pour into the baking dish. A extra large muffin tin takes 35 minutes (keep an eye on regular muffin tins at 20 minutes). A baking dish takes me about 50 minutes.The mixture should be cut-able and golden brown but not dried out.
4. If you're making ahead for a quick breakfast, let them cool and then freeze (if you put them in hot, they'll freeze into one giant oatmeal ball). 
5. Serve with warm milk, drizzle with a touch of maple syrup, and enjoy!




   

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