Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake with Creamy Vanilla Maple Cream Cheese Glaze! High in protein, low in fat and quite literally the most amazing thing you will ever put in your mouth. This is a great recipe to make around the holidays and also fabulous for meal prep!
Okay, now if this doesn’t scream FALL, I don’t know what does! This baked pumpkin oatmeal recipe has the BEST pumpkin spice flavor!
I thought I was in heaven when this delicious bake was in the oven last night and our whole apartment started to smell like sweet cinnamon and pumpkin. But then I took a bite and temporarily left the planet. I am not joking here. For a good few seconds it was just me and this pumpkin oatmeal bake. Nothing else in the world was relevant.
Truly, I wish I could more accurately describe the amazingness of this tasty oatmeal recipe, but words just don’t do it justice. Just trust me on this one guys. It is not one of my favorite breakfasts during my most favorite season!
Not only does is this Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake full of the most delicious pumpkin flavor. But it also has the most delicious fluffy oat texture. And the vanilla maple cream cheese glaze is so creamy and brings the flavors of the pumpkin bake even MORE.
The best part is, this oatmeal bake is SO easy to make, and is perfect for meal prep. Even better news is that most of the ingredients you probably already have on hand! Trust me when I say to bake up a double batch. The whole family will absolutely love this one!!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS HEALTHY PUMPKIN OATMEAL BAKE RECIPE
- A pumpkin season staple. Your whole house will smell like the flavors of fall!
- Hearty and satisfying with the best flavor of pumpkin and cinnamon throughout.
- Great for meal prep! Bake up a big batch and eat on it all week.
- Makes for an easy breakfast. Perfect for those busy mornings!
- Made with simple ingredients you already have on hand.
- SO versatile. I purposely made this for an easy healthy breakfast to grab and have with my cup of coffee, but quickly found myself having it with my snacks and desserts at night as well.
- Oats– I used old-fashioned oats. You could use quick oats.
- Protein powder – I used PEScience Vanilla. I think PEScience Snickerdoodle would also taste amazing! Use my code Laurenfitfoodie to save 10% on your purchase. If you need to sub, please make sure it is a protein powder you know bakes well (ideally a whey + casein blend OR a plant based blend, versus a stictly whey blend for example).
- Baking essentials: pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking powder, salt
- Pumpkin- I used canned. Be sure it is canned pure pumpkin puree and not canned pumpkin pie filling.
- Pancake syrup – Sugar free pancake or pure maple syrup.
- Milk– I used unsweetened almond milk. Coconut milk, oat milk, or any regular or non-dairy milk works here.
- Vanilla extract
- Cream cheese- this is optional if you want to make the glaze. I used 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese but you can use whatever. Dairy-free works too!
HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY BAKED PUMPKIN OATMEAL
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients (oats through cinnamon).
- In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs (you can also beat with a hand mixer). Add the vanilla, syrup and milk and whisk (or beat) until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together well.
- Pour oatmeal batter into the greased baking dish.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- When oatmeal bake is done, take out, and allow to cool to room temperature before putting on glaze (otherwise cream cheese will melt) Even better – wait until the next day to frost or store frosting separately!
- To make frosting: beat all the ingredients together in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Add a splash of milk as needed to reach desired glaze consistency. Drizzle glaze all over the oatmeal bake or wait to drizzle for each serving.
HOW TO STORE HEALTHY BAKED PUMPKIN OATMEAL
Keep your Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake stored in the fridge, covered for up to a week. You can spread the frosting over the baked oatmeal OR keep it stored separately. The frosting will stay fresh in the fridge covered for up to 2 weeks.
To freeze, cut oatmeal bake into bars and wrap each one in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Store in a Ziploc bag with all the air removed. The bars will stay fresh in freezer for up to 4 months.
WHAT TO TOP HEALTHY PUMPKIN OATMEAL BAKE WITH
- Vanilla Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. The frosting is optional of course. I will say, it is flipping amazing!!
- Maple syrup. Drizzle a touch of maple syrup over top. A little extra maple syrup makes everything better!
- Chocolate chips. A little chocolate makes everything better, am I right?!
- Brown sugar. Golden brown or coconut sugar. A tiny sprinkle really elevates the pumpkin flavors
- Peanut butter. A creamy, drippy nut butter on this bake is soooo good!
- Chopped pecans. For an added nutty flavor and crunch!
- Greek yogurt. For a higher protein choice, this bake is so good paired with Greek yogurt.
- Chocolate spread. Like my Homemade Nutella or Brownie Batter!
- Store-bought frosting. Because it’s easy. A little whipped cream cheese frosting goes a long way!
CAN I MAKE THIS PUMPKIN BAKE VEGAN?
Sure, this baked oatmeal can easily be made vegan. Just use pure maple syrup, a vegan protein powder and dairy-free cream cheese. Sub the eggs for flax eggs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I would not recommend steel cut oats for this recipe. I think old fashioned oats work best, but you could use quick oats if you needed to.
Yes!! After it cools, simple cut into individual portions and store covered in fridge up to a week until ready to eat.
It does. Just cut the oatmeal bake into bars and wrap individually. Then, store tightly in a Ziploc bag with all the air removed. The bars will stay fresh for up to 4 months.
Of course! Instead of drizzling it on the entire oatmeal bake, keep it stored in an airtight container in the fridge and just take it out when you are ready to use it!
MORE PUMPKIN RECIPES TO ENJOY THIS SEASON
- HEALTHY PUMPKIN COFFEE CAKE
- THE BEST PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP BLONDIES
- FUDGY PUMPKIN SWIRL BROWNIES
- HEALTHY PUMPKIN PROTEIN OVERNIGHT OATS
- THE BEST LOW CALORIE PUMPKIN PIE RECIPE
MORE RECIPES WITH OATS TO CHECK OUT
- BAKED ZUCCHINI OATMEAL WITH NUTELLA SPREAD
- SPICED PEAR VANILLA CAULIFLOWER OATMEAL BAKE
- EASY CARROT CAKE OATMEAL BAKE
- BO-BERRY OAT BARS
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I baked these and let some of my coworkers try them. They were obsessed. These are definitely a hit 💗💗
This is another of Lauren’s go-to’s for me. Easy to prep ahead and take with me to work! It feels like I am eating a sinful dessert!
This is the perfect treat for breakfast or dessert! The icing is BOMB–I want to put it on everything!
I can tell you that these pumpkin oatmeal bake bars are one of the simplest recipes to make. Listen to Lauren when she says they are better the next day chilled. I love trying out all her recipes. Makes my life on the go so much easier.
I made these to take along on a long road trip to visit family. I made a batch to split between my boyfriend and I so we would have something healthy and low cal since I knew we’d be spending a lot of time eating out and drinking 🤷🏼♀️ these were PERFECT, I let my family try them too ( none of them are very health conscious lol) and even they liked them!
This is my absolute fave! I love making this in mini loaf pans…so easy. Perfect breakfast when you pair it with Greek yogurt. Also the frosting is to die for!
These are the bomb! Perfect pre workout snack or mid-day dessert!
This recipe is soooo good and satisfies my sweet tooth. Even better chilled with a cup of coffee. I love finding good recipes that are low in fat!!
Ahhh so good chilled right!? And with a cup of coffee… you are speaking my language! 😆
Oh my gosh, these were so delicious! I didnt have PEScience protein the first time I made it and they tasted awesome, but I finally got my hands on some (thanks to the black Friday sale!) and am excited to made it again and see how much the texture improves.
I have been eyeing your recipes all summer but I have never been one to follow a recipe (not much of a cook haha)- now that it’s fall and I’m craving my not so macro friendly homemade pumpkin bread- I’m definitely going to knuckle down and make these (love that they have some protein in them and glaze)- can’t wait!!