Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal Bites

October 23, 2013

I love having baked pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast in the fall. It’s gooey on the inside, crispy on the outside, and lovely to reheat the next day for a quick and easy breakfast.


I normally make it in a loaf shape and cut in in slices. Topped with almond butter and granola!


I was pleased that Mazen loved it, but the loaf was kind of hard to cut for him. So I had the idea of pouring the batter into mini muffin tin to make it easier to serve.



I made my first batch with coconut on top


I found my first batch to be hard to remove from the pan. I think this is because I did not let them cool completely first. The second batch came out beautifully with some coconut oil rubbed well on the inside of the cups and a very patient 20 minute wait for cooling.

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Using a knife to cut them out and twisting to remove worked best


Baked Pumpkin Bites

by Kath Younger

Ingredients (12 bites)

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder


Preheat oven to 375*

Beat eggs and add all other ingredients in a large bowl. Mix together.

Grease a mini muffin tin well and pour batter in to the brim.

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

Allow to cool COMPLETELY before removing or your oatmeal might stick. Use a knife to cut along the edges and twist to remove.

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Mazen loved ‘em!

And for a crazy twist, have fun with the round shape!


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1 Megan King October 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

These look simple and delicious! Mazen looks very enthusiastic about his pumpkin oatmeal. :)


2 Alissa October 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

Great recipe – perfect for the little guys! But I have to admit: that owl with the banana vertebrae and apple innards is freaking me out. Maybe save that picture for Halloween?


3 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs October 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

Yum! Looks delicious!


4 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 23, 2013 at 9:18 am

Haha I think the “allow to cool completely” part would be my downfall! I’m so bad about trying to take things out of the pan asap and store them away (or eat them…).


5 Brett October 23, 2013 at 9:18 am

Yumm-o! Do you think steel-cut oats would work? Or do they take too long to cook? I’m new to oatmeal, and I know you’re the guru!


6 KathEats October 23, 2013 at 11:38 am

I don’t think they would cook enough. Maybe if they were mostly cooked first?


7 Ali @ Peaches and Football October 23, 2013 at 9:20 am

Oooh baked pumpkin oatmeal!!! This looks so good. I’ve found I enjoy cooked pumpkin a lot more than raw. Plus, I love the idea of making them into muffins – totally portable. I could see bringing these into work for a healthy breakfast! :)


8 Olivia at ohmy Olivia October 23, 2013 at 9:24 am

These look and sound delicious! xo


9 Jackie October 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

These look awesome I can’t wit to try the recipe!!


10 Livi October 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

yum!! pumpkin oatmeal is the bombbbbb in fall!!


11 Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness October 23, 2013 at 10:27 am

Yum! I have been looking for portable breakfast ideas for an upcoming road trip and I love oatmeal….these looks perfect! Plus, pumpkin=win. Always.


12 Justeen October 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

Your original pumpkin baked oatmeal is delicious and I have made it several times. I bet I would love this mini version too – the banana sounds like a yummy addition!


13 Julie Rosene October 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

They look so good! Wonder if they would work with almond milk?


14 KathEats October 23, 2013 at 11:05 am



15 Amanda October 23, 2013 at 11:04 am

Looks & sounds delicious. I like easy, healthy snacks to grab to take to work for breakfast, and I bet this fits the bill. Thanks for sharing!


16 Janelle October 23, 2013 at 11:12 am

Yum. And with gluten free oats, they are gluten free – yay! Also, Mazen is adorable; he seems like such a happy boy!


17 lee October 23, 2013 at 11:42 am

Yum!! As I think about making small changes to my morning schedule (for more effectiveness, etc.), I’ve been looking for breakfast ideas that would work better than my bowl of cereal. This looks delicious – definitley worth trying!


18 Cristal October 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

Do you know how long the shelf life is for Coconut Oil? I bought some, kept it in my pantry, and it looked like it developed mold around the lid…This was my first experience with Coconut oil so maybe I wasn’t storing it properly?


19 KathEats October 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

It should have a pretty long one. Mold sounds odd for an oil but better to be cautious


20 Molly L. October 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm

And I bet this might work in reg sized muffin tins for a larger portable breakfast (maybe a longer cooking time thought?). I’ll give it a try this weekend and report back!


21 Maureen October 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Yum! That bottom photo looks like E.T. :)


22 Anna @ Fitness à la Anna October 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I would also note that it is important to keep these in the fridge or freezer if you don’t eat right away – for some reason, I thought that they would keep like granola bars in a sealed container on the counter, but I was wrong!! They went bad really fast when left out of the fridge because of the dairy in them…which you would think is obvious haha a minor blonde moment on my part 😉


23 Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food October 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm

This looks awesome! I’m definitely pinning this to make over the weekend!


24 Shel@PeachyPalate October 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I made them too! I used a silicon muffin tray and they popped out once cooled!


25 Renee October 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I love this recipe and I can’t wait to make it. This will make a great breakfast, and I have trader joes cookie butter that might go well on top but sometimes I like it just by itself. Quick and easy breakfast.


26 Chelsea @ TableForOne October 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Mazen loves them! I am such a lover of baked pumpkin oatmeal. I am on the way to perfecting my recipe. This is such a good idea to bake them in muffin tins. Cute!


27 Mom October 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Looks delicious and anything Maze likes, I like!


28 Tiffany October 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Kath, this looks delicious!

Do you know if any readers have used a flax egg successfully in place of an egg?

Also, should the banana be added in to the ingredients chopped or mashed? Thank you :)


29 KathEats October 23, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I’m pretty sure this would work well


30 Heather October 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Yum! Thanks for posting, we love the baked pumpkin oatmeal and I am SO excited to try the bites!


31 Lisa @bitesforbabies October 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Those look delicious! I love making baked oatmeal…it’s less mess and so convenient! I just pop them in the freezer and take how many I need right and defrost. My son loves them too 😉


32 Naomi October 23, 2013 at 8:34 pm


I am in love with all things pumpkin and am always looking for lighter/healthier options. I tried a pumpkin rice crispy once.. yea it didn’t work out too well. But these look delicious!! I definitely will be trying them


33 Alexandra October 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm

This looks so good!! Can’t wait to try it out! :)



34 Viv October 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

The look on Mazen’s face in the 2nd last pic really says it all! He looks like he is really enjoying it. Great idea, I am very keen to give it ago.


35 Alex @ Kenzie Life October 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm

These look great and so easy! I can see myself eating lots of them for breakfast with coffee :)


36 Ash Bear October 24, 2013 at 1:17 am

Love these! I want to try them with craisins and nuts as I bet it’d be delicious! These would be great office snacks!


37 Annie October 24, 2013 at 8:43 am

So did you not grease the tin at all on your first go-around?


38 Sars October 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

Just a word of caution, you should ask your pediatrician about the safe age to give raisins to a baby. They are a big choking hazard and usually not recommended until at least two years of age. And even then, dentists don’t love kids eating raisins, they are so easily stuck in teeth and can lead to decay.


39 Casey October 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

In 2010, the American Academy of Pediatrics removed raisins from their list of choking hazards because they couldn’t find any reported cases of children choking on raisins. The tooth decay thing does make sense though. Good thing we have toothbrushes!


40 The Curvy Girl October 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I cannot wait to make these tonight! I love ANYTHING pumpkin…:) Thanks for the recipe.


41 Tyler October 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Awesome recipe. So simple and looks delicious. I don’t actually have kids but I’m thinking these will be a great snack for myself! Plus it’s the perfect time of year to be using pumpking.


42 Melissa October 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Is the banana chopped or mashed for this recipe? Thanks! :)


43 KathEats October 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm



44 Carla October 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I made these, and they’re FANTASTIC!


45 Sarah October 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Do you have the conversion recipe for when you bake it in a loaf pan? Size of loaf pan, length of cook time, etc.


46 KathEats October 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Unfortunately I don’t – I only made them as bites. But you can see the original recipe here


47 bren December 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

I clicked on the Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal link to try it. I have question – what size pan do you bake this in? It’s not listed.


48 KathEats December 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

I 9×9


49 Phyl January 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Can egg whites be substituted for the one egg ?


50 KathEats January 12, 2014 at 2:29 pm



51 Katie January 26, 2015 at 9:52 pm

Would you recommend freezing these? If so, how?


52 KathEats January 27, 2015 at 7:15 am

Yes tightly wrapped in Plastic wrap and/or freezer bags or a glass container.


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