By now you know how much we love oatmeal. We love it in cookies, muffins, bread, cake and granola. I have a whole board on Pinterest devoted to it and it even has it's own category here on the blog. But one of our absolute favorite ways to have it is as baked oatmeal. It is amazing how many different ways there are to make it. We've enjoyed baked oatmeal with all different kinds of fruit, pumpkin and even chocolate. Mmmmm, chocolate oatmeal! If you haven't tried that one yet, you really should! But I thought it would be fun to come up with something a tiny bit different this time. So, I present to you: Pecan Pie Baked Oatmeal.
Of course when I got some Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal in the mail, my first thought was to make porridge. After all, that is what they are known for. But images of pecans and brown sugar were dancing in my head. While those would certainly be good in porridge as well, I wanted something more. Something I could really sink my teeth (and my fork) in to! Besides I am constantly baffled by the number of you who say you've never tried baked oatmeal. I am thinking of making it my personal mission to bring baked oatmeal to the masses! Everyone should try it! So to keep the good word spreading and to satisfy my need to bake more oatmeal, the beauty was born. I don't regret a single bite of it either! (Ps. I also got some steel cut oats that made a delicious porridge with brown sugar and pecans... so feel free to go that way if you'd like. But definitely make the baked oatmeal too... you won't be sorry!)
Usually I try to make my baked oatmeal recipes a little on the light and fluffy side, light and fluffy for baked oatmeal anyway. The texture comes out a bit more like pudding, but is still sturdy enough to be cut into pieces. But that texture doesn't make you think of pecan pie at all. So, this baked oatmeal has a few more eggs and has a texture that is a bit more rich than most of the other recipes I have created. But with a healthy dose of oatmeal and a bit of yogurt tossed in, it won't make you feel too guilty either. Your nutritionist and your taste buds will praise you for a job well done!
I don't know why I haven't given this a try before. If you think about it, the oatmeal goes perfectly with the sweet and nutty flavors of pecan pie. So if you are looking for a breakfast that tastes like one of your favorite treats but you can feel good about eating, this is just the thing for you!
Pecan Pie Baked Oatmeal
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups oatmeal
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup pecans
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a deep dish pie pan or an square baking dish.
- Beat eggs until completely combined. Stir in remaining ingredients except for the pecans.
- Pour into prepared baking dish and arrange pecans on top.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the center is set.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.