Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal


by Oct 7th, 2010 // Breakfast, Most Popular, Recipes

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Cantaloupe sized pumpkins, also known as sugar pumpkins, are truly great for baking. We took the most amazing combination of oats and spices and then baked them right inside the pumpkin. It’s so easy to make, it looks absolutely beautiful and tastes even better.

My kid assisted by scooping all the seeds and stringy bits out of the pumpkin and also selected which ingredients we’d include inside. You can really add anything you like to the oats – dried fruit, nuts, maple syrup. You name it. No matter what you pick, I can guarantee it’ will taste like fall.

When the oatmeal is done you can put this beautiful pumpkin right in the center of the breakfast table. Bellissimo! When doling out scoops be sure to scrape up some of that baked pumpkin goodness with the spiced oatmeal. Now for the recipe…

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Prep Time: 15 mins  Cooking Time: 40 mins to 1 hour

2 sugar pumpkins
1 tablespoon melted butter or canola oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 egg
3/4 to 1 cup lowfat milk (depending on how milky you like your oatmeal)
1 granny smith apple (peeled + diced small)
extra brown sugar for sprinkling
extra milk for splashing (optional)

Preheat oven 375 degrees. Start by carefully cutting the top off your pumpkin and cleaning the insides out. (Save the seeds for later – recipe to come!)
Combine all remaining ingredients (except the sugar for sprinkling and milk for splashing) in a large bowl. Stir well and divide batter evenly between the two pumpkins.  Sprinkle lightly with brown sugar.  Place both pumpkins on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 mins to an hour or until pumpkin is soft enough to scoop and oatmeal is done.  After it was done, we added a splash of milk. Remember: When doling out scoops be sure to scrape up some of that baked pumpkin goodness with the spiced oatmeal. Makes 4 servings.

We cooked the pumpkin with the top off for the first 20 mins and then put the top on loosely (allowing for steam to come out) for the rest of the baking time. If you choose to cook with top on, make sure that the stem soaked in some water and that it is far enough away from the heat source. You can also cook it with the top off the entire time – the oatmeal will still come out tasting great.

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71 Comments on “Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal”

  1. 1.) Alexandra
    October 7th, 2010

    This sounds SO good!

  2. 2.) AnnaTei
    October 7th, 2010

    Yum! We are so doing this!

  3. 3.) tara
    October 7th, 2010

    do you put the tops on the pumpkins while cooking?

  4. 4.) Jeff
    October 8th, 2010

    I was thinking the same thing…let me know if hear word.

  5. 5.) CookingWithMyKid
    October 9th, 2010

    I updated the recipe to reflect what we did. We cooked with top off for the first 20 and then put the top on. You can cook it this way or with top off the entire time. One note: be sure to soak the stem and trim it down or keep it far enough from the heat source.

  6. 6.) jacqueline
    October 7th, 2010

    Looks delicious!!!

  7. 7.) heather
    October 7th, 2010

    i love halloween and have never thought of doing something like this before! this is so creative and it looks tasty! i can't wait to try it out this weekend!

  8. 8.) Vegetarian Salmon
    October 7th, 2010

    that looks AMAZING- we are doing this soon!

    your website is so incredibly inspiring. i have a new baby, who i am raising vegetarian, and i am writing about cooking for her on my blog. i love knowing that you are doing some adventurous cooking with your child! Thank you.

  9. 9.) Michelle
    October 7th, 2010

    I had no idea you could cook little pumkins like that–I have to try this one for sure!

  10. 10.) Misti
    October 7th, 2010

    This is so fun!! I love the idea.. I never thought to cook a pumpkin like that, but it makes complete sense, especially since I love all of the squash this time of year.

  11. 11.) Lauren
    October 8th, 2010

    I LOVE this idea! So clever and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 12.) Frozenmama
    October 8th, 2010

    I wonder what the baking powder does for the oatmeal? I've never included it in any of my oatmeal experiments. Will have to try this on the weekend.

  13. 13.) heather
    October 8th, 2010

    Yum and what a treat for the kids (and adults)! I can definitely see serving this as an Autumnal breakfast if my fiancée and I had guests over. I wonder if I could tweak the recipe to use steel cut oats…



  14. 14.) kimu
    October 8th, 2010

    What a great idea! Do you think it would work well with steel-cut oats?

  15. 15.) CookingWithMyKid
    October 8th, 2010

    Yes! Might possibly be even better with steel cut!

  16. 16.) Anne
    October 8th, 2010

    Sounds delicious and even better to finish it off like one would do creme brûlée with a crunchy sugary topping yum!

  17. 17.) marilyn
    October 8th, 2010

    Totally gorgeous. I love this almost as much as I love the month of October!

  18. 18.) @GuiltyKitchen
    October 8th, 2010

    Awesome, I love baking things in pumpkins. i recently did a pumpkin soup that you bake inside the pumpkin. So good! This looks like a perfect start to any cool fall morning.

  19. 19.) DiningAndDishing
    October 8th, 2010

    Just found this post on Food Gawker and I absolutely LOVE the idea! I'm a huge oatmeal fan and I'm always looking for ways to mix it up. Looks like an awesome Halloween breakfast!

    – Beth @ <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  20. 20.) Macki
    October 8th, 2010

    I can't wait to try with with my girl, she is going to get suck a kick out of it.

  21. 21.) phatwalt
    October 8th, 2010

    Steel cut oats are the shizzle. Yet, surely this can't be responsible for ?

  22. 22.) Stacey
    October 8th, 2010

    Sounds so yummy, can't wait to try it!

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  24. 24.) kathi kraftyzales
    October 9th, 2010

    A PEDIGO relative shared a recipe with me, years ago, and my niece maked it every year for Thanksgiving. Yams in a Pumpkin. It looks beautiful on the table and tastes great.

  25. 25.) PTBartman
    October 9th, 2010

    This may be the greatest thing ever (take that sliced bread). Picture serving this to the kids on Haloween Morning. Or the whole family gathered round chowing down while watching the Macy's Parade Thanksgiving day. And it just lends itself to "Improvement" (craisins, bananas, nuts, peanut butter all come to mind)

  26. 26.) cheyenne roll
    October 9th, 2010

    This sounds so good….I would like to suggest that you have a print friendly version, so I don't have to use so much paper in order to have the recipe on hand.

  27. 27.) CookingWithMyKid
    October 9th, 2010

    Thanks. I'm currently redesigning the site and it will have both a print friendly version and an email newsletter. I think both would be helpful in this respect. Should be live within 30 days.

  28. 28.) Cooking Gal
    October 10th, 2010

    Try Copying and pasting to a word doc. Paper saved! The redesigned site and email newsletter should be awesome though!

  29. 29.) jendyer
    October 17th, 2010

    I just cut and paste the recipe part into a word document and save it that way. Hope that helps.

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  32. 32.) Monica
    October 10th, 2010

    Wow. This looks fantastic. Clever, delicious looking, decorative on the table. A win-win-win! I love oatmeal and will be making this soon. Thank you.

  33. 33.) Lauren
    October 10th, 2010

    I just made this oatmeal for breakfast–I followed the recipe as written, then drizzled maple syrup inside one of the pumpkins just before baking. Both kinds were delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

    Also, I'd like to say that I applaud any kid who has the attention span to scoop out a pumpkin. I'm an adult and hardly had the patience to do it (although the result was well worth the effort)!

  34. 34.) Lisa!
    October 10th, 2010

    I made the pumpkin oatmeal this morning and it is amazing. My nine-year old son tried it and said, "It tastes like HEAVEN!" (Think Kurt Hummel's voice from Glee…)

    My pumpkins were obviously larger than yours, so I had to make a second batch to fill the extra since my husband had worked so hard cleaning them out. I took it to a neighbor and they couldn't believe how great it smelled.

  35. 35.) Amber
    October 10th, 2010

    This looks so amazing and I can't WAIT to try it out for Christmas breakfast!!!! I have a question though…if I wanted to substitute steel cut oats, how would I do that? Would I slow cook them for a few hours before hand, or bake them for longer?? Thanks for this FANTASTIC idea and recipe!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  36. 36.) CookingWithMyKid
    October 10th, 2010

    I'm pretty certain that you could make it exactly as described but with steal cut oats. I do believe it cooks long enough for steel cut oats as well.

  37. 37.) Yossarian
    October 10th, 2010

    So good! We followed the recipe pretty closely, used demora sugar instead of brown, added some raisins, and a 1/2 cup or so of steel cut oats because we ran out of the old fashion variety. The oatmeal was awesome and so was the baked pumpkin flesh. We'll definitely try out some other recipes.

  38. 38.) Nubby Tongue
    October 11th, 2010

    YUM! I'm bookmarking this as the centerpiece for Thanksgiving Breakfast. =]

  39. 39.) Omega Direx
    October 12th, 2010

    Awesome idea. Thanks! Did anyone else realize that this is almost literally an 'inverted pumpkin pie'. My recipe's different but it came out great. Here's some pics:;…

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  41. 41.) Ms. Pratt
    October 14th, 2010

    I saw this post on this week, and am so excited to try it with my class of second graders today!

  42. 42.) Anners
    October 14th, 2010

    Vegetarian fare! Looks yummy!!

  43. 43.) clarice
    October 15th, 2010

    I love this idea and plan on making it. I linked it on my blog. Thank you. Clarice

  44. 44.) jendyer
    October 15th, 2010

    I can't wait to try this Sunday. So glad to see someone else who loves to cook with their kids.

  45. 45.) dragonmamma/naomi
    October 17th, 2010

    My husband says EWWW but that's because he has no taste and can't stand pumpkin! I, on the other hand, think it looks absolutely wonderful and I'd really like to make this.

  46. 46.) @NoPants_McGee
    October 18th, 2010

    My partner and I made this for Sunday brunch yesterday. SO GOOD. It's like pumpkin oatmeal cookies! And we had about two servings of oatmeal and two cups of cooked pumpkin leftover.

  47. 47.) Dhenke
    October 18th, 2010

    We tried this recipe for our tabletop gaming group (including one person on a sodium-restricted diet) and it was a hit. I thought going in that it was just a presentation gimmick, but the pumpkin bits actually make the oatmeal taste a whole lot better.

    Thanks for the recipe.

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    October 31st, 2010

    Me and my son have our pumpkin in the oven right now – really exited to taste it. Happy halloween!

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    November 9th, 2010

    OH DEAR LORD this is good! I halved the recipe (because it's just me), added walnuts and a handful of dried fruit mix I found at Trader Joe's (raisins, cranberries, cherries and blueberries)…soooooo goooooood! Thanks for posting this!

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