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Single Serving Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

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Until yesterday, I’d never tried baked oats.

Could that really be true?

Me?? With all of the Healthy Oatmeal Recipes?

Yes, somehow, it’s true. Baked oatmeal has been on my list for a long time, but that “to make” list is kinda lengthy. Thankfully, I finally got around to it… and now I am kicking myself (hard!) for not trying baked oatmeal sooner! I see many bowls (ramekins?) of it in my chocolate-covered future.

pumpkin baked oatmeal

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  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (50g)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and optional 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • sweetener, such as 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp maple syrup or 1 to 1 1/2 packs stevia
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (applesauce or banana also work)
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice, or nondairy creamer, or water (scale back by a tbsp if using liquid sweetener)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Optional: 1 to 2 tbsp oil or favorite nut butter (if oil, scale the milk back by a tbsp)
  • Optional: raisins, walnuts, brown sugar to sprinkle on top, etc.


Single Serving Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal: Preheat oven to 380 degrees. Combine raw oats, spices, pumpkin, and milk. Pour into a greased 1-cup ramekin (or two 1/2-cup ramekins) or a mini-loaf pan. Cook for 20 minutes or more, until it gets firm. Finally, set your oven to “high broil” for 3 more minutes, or until it reaches desired crispy-ness (or simply just bake longer, but broiling gives it a nice crust). You can even make this the night before. Edit: some readers told me that they like to make multiple servings at once and freeze leftovers for an instant breakfast! A few readers have had success making this in the microwave, but I haven’t tried.

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baked pumpkin oatmeal

So, Pumpkin Boatmeal?
It was like biting into a warm pumpkin-oatmeal cookie. Highly, highly recommended! I thought I’d miss my creamy oats, but surprisingly I didn’t miss them one bit groat. I should’ve known: oatmeal in any form is pretty much guaranteed to be a hit with me.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. I eat oats at least once per day: either cooked with banana/almond milk or overnight style with frozen berries/almond milk. And sometimes I like to eat it raw with milk on top and eat it like cereal. 🙂

    Your boatmeal looks so good!

    And thanks for your nice comment today — I realize the only thing missing from my post was fake flowers with the food — that would have made it a true CCK post 🙂

    1. Buahahahahahaha yes, you need fake flowers! Fake flower revolution!
      (P.S. Thank YOU again for really making my morning bright with your kind post :).)

  2. abby says:

    ahaha “boatmeal” is so cute :).
    i love the name. and it looks soooo delicious. in fact, i haven’t had breakfast yet and i was going to have cereal, but i just have to try this! boatmeal here i come!!!! 🙂

    1. Oh yes, much more fun than cold cereal. But then again, when isn’t oatmeal more fun? 😉
      Love you, Abby!

  3. Jennifer - jcd says:

    Oh, that looks incredible! I love baked oatmeal. It’s like eating a big bowl of cookie.

    I agree, you cannot go wrong with oatmeal. I love it in every form. (Although, I haven’t tried oat milk yet.)

  4. Leslie says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had baked oats. I’m missing out! Of course I have had oatmeal cookies, though, so I’m not missing out completely ;).

  5. Caitlin says:

    I love how you have cute, creative names for everything. 🙂
    It’s never just “baked oats” with you. You’re always dreaming up some fun way to describe recipes, which makes them even more exciting and makes me want to try them even more! I’ll be trying this one. Gosh Katie, my “to make” list is pages long just thanks to you. Hahaha you’re too fast! 😉 But don’t stop!

  6. Sarahishealthy says:

    Considering how much I love oatmeal, I need to try this Boatmeal of yours :).

  7. Tina says:

    Hey Katie!
    I never heard before to bake oatmeal! Thank you for this idea :-)! My grandma always made oatmeal-soup for me when I was a child. This is one of the most beautiful memories of my childhood……

    Love, Tina.

    1. Oatmeal soup sounds delicious!

  8. MiSo says:

    This recipe seems to be sooo delicious. You’re a genius, I’ll try soon!!

  9. Camille says:

    I too have never tried Boatmeal!
    I guess I may need to try some this week 🙂

  10. eatandrun says:

    Now that I’m able to find Libby’s again, I have all the ingredients to make this! Maybe I’ll try it today. It looks so good!

  11. I like baked oatmeal with apples and cinnamon, taste like apple pie!


  12. I’m sort of in love with the idea of Boatmeal only because of the name.

    I’m awesome like that.

  13. I’ve never tried baked oatmeal either, but I’ve been meaning to. Yours looks delicious!

    1. LOL I love your blog title! 🙂

  14. Gloria says:

    Oats = <3. pancakes, waffles, hot oatmeal, cold overnight oats, PB balls!!, cookies, raw, in smoothies… but NEVER have I tried it baked! Looks delicious. I've got some pureed kabocha in my fridge and I know just where it's going tomorrow morning 🙂

    1. Kabocha oats > Libby’s oats. I like your thinking :).

  15. Katelyn says:

    Agreed! Boatmeal is definitely the best 🙂 This morning I had the most de*licious* peanut butter and banana oats using your “melted banana” trick! It’s my new favorite thing, as you saw on my blog…I’ve been on a peanut butter and banana kick lately! 🙂

  16. katie says:

    boatmeal? hehe i loved baked oats and have them all the time, so now i’m going to start calling it boatmeal 🙂 :).
    happy wednesday katie!

  17. Oh man. It’s never even occurred to me to bake my oats! Looks fantastic!

  18. Jennifer says:

    Just made some Sunday for my family. You can also use eggs (I used egg beaters), milk, sweetner, cinnamon, nutmeg…so good! It was called “smiling oatmeal,” b/c the picture showed some dried fruit making a smiley face on top:)

    1. Melissa says:

      You and other non-vegans *can* use eggs … but why would you when the vegan version is soooo good!? Mmmmmm. No eggs necessary!

  19. Purplegirl says:

    That looks beautiful! I’ve made baked oats with apples, but now I’ll have to make ’em with pumpkin. I’ll eat oats just about any way… I knew a little boy who would eat a huge bag of raw oats almost every day! “They’re a yummy snack. They’re even more yummier with sugar, but my mom says that’s not good.” Hahaha

  20. krista says:

    seems like a small breakfast for you katie! usually they seem bigger. but looks delicious nonetheless! never thought of broiling it, i’ll have to give it a shot, thanks for the idea!

    1. I’m not sure why you’re assuming that’s all I ate for breakfast. This blog has never been about showcasing everything I eat.
      But it IS delicious broiled. (Hint: roast veggies are delicious broiled too! I *heart* broiling hehe)

      1. vicki says:

        it “looks” small, but 1/2 cups of oats is the large measurement for cooked oatmeal, so I thought it should be as filling considering the added milk, etc. What do I know, mine is still in the oven.

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