‘Tis the season for pecan pie! If you didn’t get enough (or, perish the thought, any) at Thanksgiving dinner fear not for I have the next best thing: Pecan Pie Baked Oatmeal. It promises to be a quick and easy recipe for a healthy breakfast reminiscent of that Autumn dessert favorite. I know, I know, pecan pie and healthy are a bit of a contradiction. I’m calling this one an ironic fusion recipe and giving it a go since I didn’t get any pecan pie at Thanksgiving (don’t worry—there was plenty of pumpkin pie!).
This delicious pecan pie baked oatmeal recipe can be made ahead and enjoyed all week for an easy, healthy fall breakfast that tastes like dessert!
I must admit I’m an instant oatmeal person. For me, making oatmeal means emptying a packet into a bowl, adding water, and microwaving for a minute. This Pecan Pie Baked Oatmeal was a little more involved.
First, this recipe uses the real deal oats and not the instant freeze-dried (or whatever they do with them) stuff. There were several more items that I happened to mostly have. My pantry was stocked with brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt. I even hand some golden flaxseed stored in my refrigerator (it’s great in smoothies).
I had to buy the rest of the items, but they were all easily found at my regular grocery store. The recipe gives the option of coconut oil or butter. I opted for butter since it seemed more pecan-pie-like.
Baking oatmeal is new for me, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. This recipe says it can be done in 30 minutes, which I consider quick.
I started off by preheating the oven and greasing a 1.5-quart oval baking dish. Then I combined the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another. Once I mixed them together I poured them into the prepared baking dish and baked the oatmeal for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, I prepared the topping in a saucepan on the stove. It’s basically candied pecans. All I had to do was mix and boil everything but the pecans, then add them and stir well to coat.
The oatmeal was done at almost the same time as the pecans. The next step was to pour the pecan topping over the halfway-baked oatmeal and then let it finish baking. The smell was to die for, but I gave the Pecan Pie Baked Oatmeal a few minutes to cool before serving it warm.
- 6 minutes to prep
- 10 minutes to bake
- 8 minutes to make the topping (done during baking)
- 15 additional minutes to bake
- 31 minutes total
Only 1 minute more than the time listed. Wonderful!