A fall breakfast favorite, this pumpkin baked oatmeal with chocolate chips is a fun and tasty way to start the day! Naturally gluten-free with a vegan option.
Happy Friday, friends! I hope your week has been good and that you have something fun to look forward to this weekend!
We had a mini scare this past week. A call from preschool, with J's teacher saying he had a fall on the playground, busted his mouth and that it was B-A-D. Yikes.
I rushed over to school and luckily, he had already started looking better. We went to the doctor just to be sure, but no stitches needed, no urgent care, just a little ice and rest and TLC. My sweet baby is a tough little boy! Good thing, cause I'm guessing that won't be the last scare we have.
As for the weekend, we may try to road trip to the zoo if the weather looks OK. We've also got dance class for M, I have a local blogger meet-up and I plan to put out ALL the pumpkin things since tomorrow is officially October. I've already gotten started a little bit with the fall decorating (see our front steps). Many, many pumpkins to be added soon. I can't help myself!
The kids are in on it, too. They picked out about a dozen mini pumpkins and gourds at Trader Joe's earlier this week. I kept trying to say, "Stop, that's enough," but I was only half-hearted about it since I love them, too!
M wants to keep some in her room, I always fill up a big bowl for our kitchen or dining room with them, I like scattering them on the mantle or the porch and on and on. So yes, I let them just keep picking. I'm sure we'll get more, too!
And now for the food! You guys know we love our oatmeal. And while banana bread baked oatmeal is a year-round favorite, but I like to change it up with the seasons.
Come fall, that of course means all things pumpkin!
And I happen to think pumpkin goes especially well with chocolate. (See my pumpkin chocolate chip mini muffins and my peanut butter pumpkin muffins with optional, but recommended, chocolate chips. Same with my healthy pumpkin bread that is a fall must.)
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Hence, pumpkin baked oatmeal with chocolate chips. And guys, it kinda makes this chocolate-for-breakfast loving girl swoon! 💗
It’s so decadent! Perfect for a weekend brunch, with leftovers to have during the week.
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OK, let's get baking.
Notes on pumpkin baked oatmeal with chocolate chips:
- I love having lots of chocolate chips in every bite, but you could definitely cut back to ¾ cup if you want to reduce the morning sugar rush.
- I’ve used honey here but you can sub maple syrup for a vegan option.
- To make vegan, use maple syrup in place of honey, a flax egg in place of the egg, a vegan butter substitute or coconut oil and vegan chocolate chips.
- Serving a crowd? Just double the recipe and bake it in a 9x13 inch pan. You won’t be sorry if you have leftovers.
- You can keep leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months.
Speaking of leftovers, I kinda love it cold, too. Same as with my banana bread baked oatmeal. But you can warm it up in the microwave in a flash if you prefer.
I hope you’ll embrace the fall season with this pumpkin baked oatmeal and indulge yourself with a little chocolate at breakfast!
P.S. This apple cinnamon baked oatmeal is another fall favorite. As are healthy pumpkin waffles; they smell so good!
Pumpkin baked oatmeal with chocolate chips
Pumpkin and chocolate chip baked oatmeal is a favorite fall breakfast!
- 2 cups oats (I use old fashioned oats)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup milk (skim, soy or whatever ya got)
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ⅓ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Add oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, egg, milk, applesauce, maple syrup, melted butter and vanilla.
- Add the liquid mixture to the bowl with the oat mixture and stir to combine.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the mixture into a greased 8x8 pan.
- Bake at 375 for about 35-40 minutes, until set and cooked through.
- Let cool for at least 5 minutes in the pan before slicing and serving.
I love having lots of chocolate chips in every bite, but you could definitely cut back to ¾ cup if you want to limit the morning chocolate consumption.
I’ve used honey here but you can sub maple syrup for a vegan option.
To make vegan, use maple syrup in place of honey, a flax egg in place of the egg, a vegan butter substitute or coconut oil and vegan chocolate chips.
Serving a crowd? Just double the recipe and bake it in a 9x13 inch pan. You won’t be sorry if you have leftovers.
You can keep leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 23gProtein: 5g
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
I'm glad everything is okay :O Poor little guy!
O that sounds so good!!! Obsessed with everything oatmeal during the season!
I need to pick up some mini pumpkins for decorating! I always buy a bunch and place them ....everywhere 😛
I put them everywhere too! We're gonna be surrounded by pumpkins -- and eating all the pumpkin things too! 😉
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
You must have certainly got a scare when you got the call about J!! Glad to hear things are ok now 🙂 Your front step looks gorgeous!! So pretty! I have got to get more pumpkins...the little ones are particular adorable. I agree with you about the combo of pumpkin and chocolate. So perfect and I totally need this baked oatmeal in my life and, ya know what? I have all the ingredients on hand so it would be perfect to make this weekend. I know hubby would love this one too. Pinned! Have a great one, my friend. xoxo
Gotta love when you already have everything you need for a recipe - hope you try it out! It's the perfect way to welcome fall 😉 Have a great weekend Dawn! XO
This sounds amazing!! Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy and I'm thinking this would be the ideal rainy Fall day breakfast. I never have applesauce though, so I may try it with a mashed banana instead.
Thanks Kelli - it's a great one for baking up on a rainy fall day! Would love to hear if you tried with the mashed banana!
Vivian | stayaliveandcooking
Decadent breakfast? Yes please! I'm loving the way this sounds, I'm a huge oatmeal fan but I need my variation options 😉
And yes, I can imagine the scare. I remember my parents would be so worried when something happened to me or my little brother... Luckily he's alright!
I love switching things up with our oatmeal too! Thanks Vivian!
Just made this and it is delish!!! Emma and Lilly are loving it! Thanks, Kathryn! 😘
Yay, so very happy to hear you and the girls liked it Kim!! We miss you! XO
We LOVE baked oatmeal and I've been wanting to make a pumpkin version. Looks scrumptious!
You know I'm a HUGE oatmeal fan in all forms but baked oatmeal has to be one of my favorites. Hope you try this pumpkin chocolate chip version - it's SO good!! XO
This recipe is so moist and tastes great. Baked oatmeal is my go-to in the mornings. I made a triple batch and used an 11x17 pan. This way I can cut it up, freeze, and grab one in the morning. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Yay, so happy to hear that Angela! I LOVE baked oatmeal too - so easy to make ahead. Love that you do a triple batch - so great to have ready to go. Thanks for taking the time to comment - have a great weekend!
I can't seem to find the recipe for this! Would love to try. Where can I find it?
Hi! I'm sorry, I've just switched recipe plugins and there seem to be some tech glitches. They are looking into it now. That recipe appears to be showing up at the very bottom of this post - underneath the big Pinterest image. (Hopefully will be moved back up soon once they figure out what's wrong.) Hope you love it!
How long have people baked this when doubled? I did 40 minutes and I'd say it's still not quite done. However we use flax eggs so it's safe to eat 😉
Hi Helen! You may want to try 45-50 minutes for a bigger pan of this baked oatmeal. Or just keep checking it and bake until it's almost set. Hope you enjoy it! 😊
Can I make this the day before, put it in the fridge (not cooked) and then bake in the morning?
Hi Teri! The problem with that would be the oats would start to soak up the liquid and the leavening agents would start to activate, so having it sit overnight would affect the final baked oatmeal. Instead, I'd suggest either baking it all the way and rewarming it in the morning or baking it part of the way (maybe 25 minutes) and finishing it the next day. Hope that helps!
You are awesome!! Thank you! 💗💗
This was scary good. It came out perfectly and I've been eating it with Greek yogurt. I will be making it again and again. Thank you for the recipe!
Yay, I'm so happy you loved it Nicki! I'm planning to make a batch this weekend myself! 😊
My husband and I love these! The perfect treat to satisfy a sweet tooth without as much sugar as other options. They also are great warm or cold. We have made this twice now and will keep it as a family staple. Thank you!
Yay, I'm so happy to hear you found a new favorite! Thanks for sharing Kate!
I don't usually have applesauce on hand, is there a replacement for applesauce?
I use that in baking to help keep the calories down. You could use melted butter or canola oil instead (in a 1:1 ratio). You could also do a little extra pumpkin and a little extra milk and that would work too. Hope that helps!
This looks super good ! What do you serve it with ?
We usually have this with some fresh fruit for breakfast at home. Or on its own as an anytime snack during the day. It's a great one for busy school (or work) mornings, cause it's quick to reheat and enjoy. (It's also good cold!) Hope you try it!
Can I replace the Apple sauce with something else?
Hi Gabby! Yes, I use the applesauce in baking to help keep the calories down. You could use melted butter or canola oil instead (in a 1:1 ratio). You could also do a little extra pumpkin and a little extra milk and that would work too. Or if you have a medium to large ripe banana, you could mash that up and use it in place of the applesauce. Hope that helps!
Love all of your baked oatmeal! Yes I have tried all of them! This one is a favourite!
Yay, I'm so happy to hear you love baked oatmeal as much as we do Nadya! (I am partial to this one as well - those flavors just go so well together.) Thanks so much for sharing! 😊