Full of hearty whole grains, crunchy pecans and warming spices, this healthy, vegan Maple Pecan Baked Oatmeal will become a family favorite all year round.
This post is also featured in my Easy Plant Based Breakfast Ideas For 2020 roundup.
If you didn’t know by now, we LOVE oatmeal. Whether it’s baked (like in this maple pecan baked oatmeal), soaked overnight for overnight oats, combined with other ingredients to make healthy peanut butter chocolate chunk granola or blended into flour to make a delicious chocolate mug cake, I rarely go a day without eating oatmeal. It’s versatile, healthy and hearty…what’s not to love!
How to make baked oatmeal
Baked oatmeal sounds fancy but it’s actually really easy to make. To make this particular baked oatmeal, you’ll only need one bowl. Start by making a flax egg in a large mixing bowl. Wait 5 minutes until the mixture thickens. Meanwhile, grease an 8×8 baking dish and lay a single layer of banana coins on the bottom. Next add the wet ingredients into the mixing bowl with the thickened flax egg. Lastly, stir in the remaining dry ingredients, reserving half of the chopped pecans for the top. Pour the batter onto the top of the banana coins in the baking dish and use a spoon to level the top out. Press the remaining pecans into the top of the oatmeal and bake it for about 35-40 minutes at around 375F/190C! You’ll know when it’s done when it is no longer liquidy and is slightly golden brown on top. And if this still sounds like too much to do in the morning, you should definitely check out my make ahead carrot cake baked oatmeal.
Ingredients you’ll need for vegan baked oatmeal
While there are a lot of varieties and flavors of baked oatmeal, there are a number of commonly-used ingredients that you’ll often find in a vegan baked oatmeal recipe.
- Oatmeal (rolled oats preferably!)
- An egg replacement such as a flax egg, mashed banana or applesauce
- A rising agent such as baking powder
- Non-dairy milk
- Sweetener (dry or liquid)
- Add-ins like fresh, dried or frozen fruit, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, or chocolate chips.
I’m hoping to answer some of your questions before you even ask them! As I said above, baked oatmeal is super versatile so if you don’t have all the ingredients listed for this recipe, I’m sure you can make something work with what you DO have.
- Can I omit the banana? Yes! I know there are quite a few of you out there who don’t like or can’t eat bananas, so feel free to leave out the banana coins on the bottom.
- Can I replace the pecans with a different kind of nut? Yep. Any nut will work really. I’d recommend either chopped walnuts or almonds if you don’t like pecans. Alternatively, you can omit the nuts all together!
- Can I use a different liquid sweetener instead of the maple syrup? Sure thing. Any liquid sweetener such as agave, brown rice syrup or honey (if not vegan) will work fine.
- Can I use a real chicken egg instead of a flax egg? Yes. One egg can be used instead of the flax egg. Just whisk it into the wet ingredients and follow the recipe as written.
- Can I use cows milk instead of non-dairy milk? Any milk will do!
- Can I use quick oats or steal cut oats instead of rolled oats? Rolled oats are personally my favorite oats to use for baked oatmeal as they hold their shape really well. Quick oats could also be used, but the texture of the completed baked oatmeal will be different. Don’t use steal cut oats for this recipe! They require a lot more soaking and cooking time!
Healthy Baked Oatmeal Recipes
You really can’t go wrong with baked oatmeal. By switching up the spices, fruit, nuts and sweetener in this recipe, you can come up with all kinds of different delicious flavors. Below I’ve listed some baked oatmeal recipes that I’ve already shared on the blog as well as some other flavor combinations that would be amazing!
- Carrot cake baked oatmeal using shredded carrot, walnuts and coconut
- Chunky monkey baked oatmeal using chopped walnuts, banana and chocolate chips.
- Berry baked oatmeal using frozen or fresh berries.
- Healthy peanut butter and banana baked oatmeal
- Vegan brownie batter baked oatmeal
- Cranberry orange baked oatmeal using fresh cranberries and orange zest
- Double chocolate baked oatmeal using added cocoa powder and chocolate chips
The list could go on and on! (as seen below)
How to freeze baked oatmeal
Baked oatmeal freezes really well. Simply allow the baked oatmeal to cool completely before cutting it into individual serving sizes. Place each portion in freezer bags or containers and place them in the freezer. When you want some baked oatmeal, just unwrapped or uncover the frozen oatmeal and warm it in the microwave for a few minutes or until heated through.
Please let me know if you give this maple pecan baked oatmeal a try and what you think! I’d love to hear from you in the comments below or see a photo of the final product on Instagram (just tag @theconscientiouseater)! If you enjoyed this recipe, please be sure to leave a 5 star rating by clicking on the stars at the top of the recipe card. Additionally, be sure to share the recipe with your friends and family!
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- 1 flax egg (3 tablespoons water + 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed)
- 2-3 ripe bananas, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
- 1 2/3 cup non dairy milk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup pecans, chopped and divided
- Preheat your oven to 375F/190C and grease an 8x8 pan with cooking spray or coconut oil. Place the sliced banana coins in a single layer on the bottom of the pan until the entire pan is covered. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the ground flaxseed and water and allow it to thicken for about 5 minutes.
- Add the non dairy milk, maple syrup and vanilla to the flax egg and whisk to combine.
- Lastly add in the dry ingredients, from the rolled oats to half of the chopped pecans, and stir until combined.
- Pour the batter into your banana lined baking pan and use a spoon to level out the top. Sprinkle over the remaining pecans and gently press them down into the oatmeal.
- Bake the oatmeal for 35-40 minutes or until set.
- Cut into pieces and serve with more maple syrup, chopped pecans and fresh fruit!
See the section titled "Recipe Substitutions" for suggestions and answers to your commonly asked questions!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 323Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 306mgCarbohydrates: 50gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 6gSugar: 22gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 9g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.