Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal (vegan, gluten-free)

November 7, 2013

I don’t like eggs. This has been a sore subject with pretty much everyone I’ve met throughout my entire life. Eggs are a funny thing. People are really passionate about them and they always believe that their preparation of eggs will make me change my mind. I’ve tried, believe me, but there’s just something about the taste that gives me the heebie jeebies.

This makes going out to breakfast difficult. It rules out 90% of the menu, including french toast which is also too eggy tasting for me. I’m also not a huge fan of granola which is usually the token “healthy” dish on the menu. Why is granola always on breakfast menus? Do that many people really like granola? Do any of you out there order granola when going out to breakfast?

pumpkin baked oatmeal

If I had a restaurant I would put plenty of non-eggy breakfast dishes on the menu, like baked oatmeal. Every fall I would make this pumpkin baked oatmeal available, like the pumpkin spice latte. Limited edition pumpkin baked oatmeal for 2 months out of the year only. Otherwise it wouldn’t feel as special :). I would serve it on pretty red plates too. That last part is probably not true but I would definitely have a baked oatmeal on the menu for everyone to enjoy.

pumpkin baked oatmeal

This is another spin-off of my original banana oatmeal raisin bars and my baked oatmeal muffins. This time, I substituted the banana for pumpkin puree, of course. Looking back on the recipe this would have been very tasty with walnuts or almonds in place of the raisins. Choose whatever mix ins sound good to you. Double the recipe if making for more than one person.

pumpkin baked oatmeal


Enjoy and Exhale!

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  • Reply Joeli November 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I have to agree with you… I will eat an egg in a fried rice or breakfast sandwich once in a (rare) while but I too have been known to relay that eggs aren’t my thing, either.

    Granola is a funny thing. I personally don’t care for store bought granola – which tends to be loaded with sugar and too crunchy for my taste – however I do enjoy making granola for myself at home! Its basically oats, nuts, dried fruits, honey, maple syrup and oil (i use coconut) and depending how long you bake it (and I believe how much oil you put in it) determines how crunchy it becomes. I like my granola on the softer side. Homemade only.

    Alas, I think you should start that restaurant serving oats for breakfast in a variety of ways on red plates.

    • Reply Lisa November 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Thank goodness I’m not the only one. It’s not so much the texture of granola that I don’t like. It’s more that I could eat 5 cups of it and still not feel satisfied, even when paired with yogurt, etc. I can have 1 cup of oatmeal and feel full for hours. I’ll still with oatmeal. Miss you lady!

  • Reply Marlena November 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    This looks delicious, and I LOVE that it’s single serve! Breakfast out isn’t an issue for me because I love egg in all forms, any time, but it’s such a distinct taste, I can easily understand how people wouldn’t like them. Even if I didn’t like eggs, I’d never order granola or cereal of a menu. I mean, I could buy a whole box for what they charge for one bowl!

    • Reply Lisa November 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you Marlena! How are you? How’s your not so new job?

  • Reply Julie December 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Lisa, for a non-egg person, the book Vegan Brunch might have good options. I was just marking more things to try tonight. We’ll, not make tonight, you know what I mean:) I’ve made the basic tofu scramble several times and it’s thankfully not eggy at all, is super flavorful, and is sooo filling with all the protein. So, what’s baked oatmeal like? A soft cookie? I usually just doctor up oats cooked from my rice cooker most days…This looks quite tasty!

    • Reply Lisa December 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Julie you have to tried baked oatmeal. It’s not exactly cookie like, mostly because it’s not sweet but it’s almost more sponge like, if that makes sense!

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