I’m a good cook, but I’m lousy at cooking oatmeal on the stovetop. We’re talking boiling over incidents and scorched pan bottoms. Soaking a pan for 3 days in an attempt to liberate burnt oatmeal shouldn’t be a routine part of making breakfast.
Thankfully, baked oatmeal is super easy to make and practically foolproof. Plus, you can bake in extra flavor, like this hearty oatmeal flavored with pumpkin, brown sugar and spices.
Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal Recipe
3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1/2 cup half and half (light cream)
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
Toppings: Greek yogurt, additional pumpkin pie spice, chopped fresh apple, toasted pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, stir together pumpkin, brown sugar, 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, salt and vanilla. Whisk in half and half and water. Stir in oats.
Pour oat mixture into 2-quart square baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes; stir. Bake 20 to 25 minutes more until liquid is absorbed and oats are tender.
Serve with desired toppings such as Greek yogurt and additional pumpkin pie spice. The oatmeal also tastes great topped with chopped fresh apple and toasted pecans.
Makes 4 servings (1 cup each)