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Maple Nut Baked Oatmeal

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As the weather cools down, I’m loving warm and homey breakfasts more and more! You guys know what a big fan of breakfast I am — it’s my favorite meal of the day. I swear I could eat breakfast food all day every day and be a happy camper.

Some of my all time favorite breakfasts include Taco Deli breakfast tacos in Austin, banana foster waffles from a small cafe in my hometown, french toast with crispy pancetta from an Italian cafe down the street, homemade buttermilk pancakes, and a certain baked oatmeal I used to eat all the time at camp when I was in high school. They served it with big pitchers of cold milk and little bowls of dark brown sugar and raisins for sprinkling. Well, I’m not a big fan of raisins so I went with nuts instead. I can still close my eyes and taste how delicious that baked oatmeal was. This is my effort to recreate it! Not to toot my own horn, but I don’t think it’s too far off. Not to mention, the perfect fall breakfast!

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This is the final recipe I worked on for Starbucks to pair with their Pike Place Roast K-Cups. In my mind, there’s nothing better than a good breakfast with a steaming mug of coffee {and maybe a side of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice}. This baked oatmeal is also great because you can make it the night before and just re-heat in the morning. It’s easy to cut into perfectly portioned squares and reheat in the microwave the morning of.

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The combination of the brown sugar, maple syrup and nuts is just perfect here without making the oatmeal too sweet. It’s the sort of breakfast you eat in fuzzy jammies and slippers while slurping your coffee in your favorite mug. I hope y’all love it as much as I do!

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Maple Nut Baked Oatmeal

serves 4-6

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2 1/4 cups old fashioned oats

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 1/2 cups milk

4 tbsp melted butter

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13″ pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, walnuts and brown sugar. In another bowl, beat together the milk, eggs and maple syrup. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour oatmeal into prepared dish and drizzle melted butter over top. Stir gently and place in oven for 45-55 minutes until golden brown and fluffy.


1 hour

I am working with Starbucks to develop recipes that pair with their new flavors of K-Cup coffees and, thus, was compensated for my work. Naturally, all opinions are my own.

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  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life
    October 10, 2013 at 4:00 am

    This looks so inviting for the cooler temperatures for fall. I definitely need a breakfast that is easy to whip up and have ready for me in the mornings. Yes, please.

  • Danielle
    October 10, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Baked oatmeal sounds delightful! I don’t know how I’ve never tried it. I too am such a breakfast person. Thinking of hosting a breakfast-for-dinner soirΓ©e next week, in fact πŸ™‚

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    October 10, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Sounds delicious! Anything with maple is a winner in my books!

  • Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    October 10, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Ahhh I love baked oatmeal and the fall flavors you’ve incorporated into this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  • Madison
    October 10, 2013 at 4:34 am

    YUM! I haven’t tried baked oatmeal but I think this is the ONE for me to try!

  • Rachel
    October 10, 2013 at 5:08 am

    This sounds delicious!! Since I’m vegan, do you think I could replace the eggs with something else? Or are they essential to this dish? I know anytime anyone makes substitutions it isn’t known how it will turn out but I was just wondering if you had any ideas.
    Thanks so much!

    • jenna
      October 10, 2013 at 8:56 am

      You can try using a flax egg!

  • Sarah
    October 10, 2013 at 5:27 am

    This looks lovely but I think I would prefer it for dessert rather than breakfast! I’m Irish and my breakfast consists of porridge (oatmeal) made with water and served with a spoon of natural yoghurt with a small spoon of nutella or fresh berries. I was shocked when I spent time in the US how different your breakfasts are! πŸ™‚

    • Live Love Yum
      October 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      I’m from North America – and I’m shocked at some of the breakfasts here…it’s not just you πŸ˜‰

      • Sarah
        October 12, 2013 at 2:47 am

        Phew! Glad I’m not alone πŸ™‚ someone once told me that Fruit Loops and the like are actually illegal in Europe because of some of the chemical ingredients! Breakfast cereal should not be that bright a colour πŸ˜› kinda scary…..

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    October 10, 2013 at 5:28 am

    This looks like the perfect way to start the day!

  • Amy Walters, A DESIGN DOCK
    October 10, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Making Baked Oatmeal has actually been on my fall to-do list! And, I’ve been hoping I’d stumble upon the perfect recipe…looks like I may have found it! I have all of these ingredients at home, so no shopping required. Bonus. Thanks Jenna!

  • Nicole
    October 10, 2013 at 5:39 am

    This is the perfect fall breakfast!

  • Jen
    October 10, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Do you think the ratio of wet to dry ingredients would need to change using quick oats instead of old fashioned?

    • jenna
      October 10, 2013 at 8:55 am

      I haven’t tried that so I can’t tell you for sure. I’d stick with old fashioned oats on this!

    • Charlotte draper
      October 10, 2013 at 9:57 am

      I have just baked this using quick oats – it’s a bit sloppy after 55 mins with a layer of water – tastes fab tho but I would reduce the milk by a third! πŸ™‚

  • Kayley Maybe
    October 10, 2013 at 5:47 am

    I discovered baked oatmeal a few years ago, and it’s now one of my absolute favorite breakfasts. To be honest, I actually eat it for dinner sometimes when the hubby is out too! Making this one soon, although I’ll probably add some apples πŸ™‚

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    October 10, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Mmm this sounds so delicious! I just made pumpkin oats yesterday, but this is perfect because I’m out of pumpkin now! Can’t wait to try it. πŸ™‚

  • Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change
    October 10, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I think I will make it this weekend! Sounds amazing!

  • Cassandra @ Fed & Fit
    October 10, 2013 at 7:06 am

    I live for Taco Deli. The oatmeal looks delicious!

  • Stephanie @ Pink Sugar Running Shoes
    October 10, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I love breakfast too! I’ve been craving pancakes for weeks now πŸ™‚
    This recipe looks soooo yummy! Do you think it would work with coconut oil instead of butter and maybe almond milk?

    • jenna
      October 10, 2013 at 8:55 am

      I do think so but haven’t tried that variation so I can’t promise anything..but I think it would work!

  • Taylor Baker
    October 10, 2013 at 8:26 am

    OOOO…. sounds delicious! I’ll have to try it this weekend!!

  • Caroline L.
    October 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I really think that Fall has the best seasonal food compared to the other seasons… am SO happy it’s out in full force! πŸ™‚

  • Bryony @ Friday Night Dinners -- PDX
    October 10, 2013 at 8:44 am

    This looks delicious! And I agree, breakfast food is the best πŸ™‚

  • Jodea @
    October 10, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I am so with you – breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I could eat it for every meal!

  • RaiderAtty
    October 10, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Can someone describe what baked oatmeal’s texture is like and how you eat it? Is it like a Quaker oatmeal breakfast bar or a granola bar or an oatmeal bar cookie? It looks here like you pour milk on it like cereal? Help! It sounds intriguing, but before I go make it, I’d like to know how it’s supposed to turn out. I keep seeing recipes for it, but no one ever explains what the heck it is! Thanks!

  • Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac
    October 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

    This sounds awesome!! I also already have everything to make this (except walnuts). Might need to whip this up on Saturday morning. It’s supposed to be rainy all weekend here in DC, so this might be just the ticket for a cozy weekend indoors!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    October 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I need to try this baked oatmeal trick. I have been traveling a lot for work and haven’t been home for breakfasts. But next week I will around all week. Cannot think of something better than making breakfast Sunday to last the whole week.

  • kimwithak
    October 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

    This looks and sounds delish…making this tonight for breakfast tomorrow!
    Love your recipes…I’m making your curried butternut red lentil soup this week as well!

  • Charlotte draper
    October 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Just fab! Thank you for posting this! Tho if using quick oats reduce liquid by a third! Thanks for the recipe – do u mind if I recommend your recipe on my blog? πŸ™‚

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    October 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

    This looks AMAZING! Great idea!

  • Katie
    October 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Eating baked oatmeal is like having a decadent baked good. I made my first one this summer (raspberry lemon!) and it was so, so good. I make it in a muffin tin for easy grab-n-go meals.
    Can’t wait to try this!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    October 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    This looks great and I bet smells phenomenal. And your storytelling with the banana foster waffles – mmm, those sound great too. You should make those next πŸ™‚

  • chelsy
    October 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    This looks divine! Oh, and TacoDeli tacos are the shiiiiiiiiznit! I miss their green sauce terribly πŸ™

  • rose
    October 10, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    This looks amazing! Maple, walnut and oatmeal is such a great combo. I’ve eaten oatmeal most days for breakfast since I was a toddler πŸ™‚ When I was young, always with extra spoons of brown sugar and pears, YUM. Baked seems like a fun variation.

    So, will this be available in Starbucks cafes now??? Exciting!! Probably not Canada though, as per usual ha!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    October 11, 2013 at 1:54 am

    LOVE this recipe! Definitely reminds me of “fall” and it would be the perfect pairing for Pike’s Place!!

  • Dena Norton
    October 11, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Looks delicious. I’m imagining how great it would be with a little homemade pumpkin butter added! πŸ™‚

  • Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego)
    October 11, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Your baked oatmeal looks like it’s going to be my next favorite comfort food. It looks so homey, and I bet it smells gorgeous, too.

  • Ginny
    October 11, 2013 at 8:48 am

    That looks wonderful! I’m always looking for recipes that I can make on Sunday and eat throughout the week. This is definitely next on the list!

  • Jenn S
    October 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

    love you. hate the compensated posts πŸ™

    • India
      October 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      She’s making money. Money made from outside sources means more recipes for us. I’m a fan, Jenna!

    • Danielle
      October 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Jenna is a trained chef. She does recipe creation for a living. Would you prefer that when a company pays her to create a recipe she never ever shares the recipe with us?

      Or that when a company seeks her professional expertise she offers to work for free….. Cause I sure know that I don’t work for free.

    • Beth
      October 14, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      So interesting how cranky people can get when a blogger who they read for free all the time happens to post something that they are compensated for. I just don’t get why bloggers should not be paid for their good work that we all benefit from? I love how Jenna keeps it organic to who she is while being compensated. Nice job.

  • Kim
    October 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

    This sounds really yummy! Not to be dense, but how does one eat baked oatmeal? Like a bar, in a bowl with a spoon…? I’d like to make this but clearly I am a baked oatmeal rookie!

  • Ellie
    October 11, 2013 at 10:47 am

    So what is the official difference between baked oatmeal and granola bars? Looks yummy either way.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    That’s funny. I have a simple made-up baked oatmeal recipe that I throw in the Toast-R-Oven then keep on pounding the laptop keys till the bell rings–breakfast! It is good. πŸ˜‰

  • Karen
    October 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    This looks so yummy.

    I love oatmeal, but I pretty much always use steel-cut oats now.

    Think this recipe would work with them? Or maybe I’d have to increase the liquids and/or cooking time?


  • Coty and Mariah
    October 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    This will be perfect for me to take to work. Yum!

  • Carolyn
    October 12, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Just made this today and it’s great! I cut back on the sugar and butter a bit and added a variety of nuts since I didn’t have enough walnuts. Ate it with some milk (and cream!) and more nuts in a bowl. I used a deeper dish so had to bake a little longer. Will definitely make again!

  • Heather
    October 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

    This looks like a perfect fall recipe! Can’t wait to try it – perfect for this three day weekend.

  • Neena
    October 14, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I made this yesterday to serve for breakfast this morning and it was a huge hit with the whole family! So easy to put together on the weekend and dish out during the week. I can’t wait to try different combinations – cinnamon and apple is next!

  • Morgan
    October 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    What happened to your recipe box project? I loved that!

  • Katie
    October 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I tried a modified version of this recipe and it turned out great! I omitted the butter and brown sugar and used 1/3 c of maple syrup instead of 1/4 c. I also added a tbsp of chia seeds and 1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut for good measure. Yum!

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  • Kelly
    October 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Amazing! I hate oatmeal because of the texture, but Ive always wished I could eat it cause it just smells so damn good! This is the best of all breakfast worlds!! No nasty texture, perfect sweetness and nutty crunch – I live for this in the morning! I toast it up in the oven to get it all warm and eat it with just a lil milk and sliced bananas. Delish… thanks for another great recipe.

  • A
    October 27, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I was looking for a baked oatmeal recipe that I could adapt a bit so that it wouldn’t have a ton of sugar, and so we could add our own syrup to taste.

    I followed your instructions, but instead of the sugar and maple syrup, I used 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, and I added 1/2 cup dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice).

    It turned out really good! One thing I would do the next time I make this with this modification is to cut back the butter by a tablespoon or two.

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  • Crystal C.
    November 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Yummy recipe! I did modify it a bit….in place of the two eggs, I used two flax eggs instead (2 TBSP flax, 6 TBSP water) and added just a little bit of flour when it looked too wet. Used about 1/3 cup brown sugar instead of 1/2 cup, and 2 and 1/2 TBSP butter instead of 4….came out very tasty! I baked it in a 9 X 9 dish for 55 minutes and it came out perfectly. For some reason, when I’ve had baked oatmeal before, I didn’t like the texture, I think because of the eggs in it, but the texture with the flax eggs doesn’t bother me at all. I cut in into squares (I made mine into 9 serving sizes) and then eat a square with a spoonful of homemade peanut butter on top. Delish!

  • Jessa
    November 15, 2013 at 7:39 am

    just baked, but didn’t have walnuts, so used what I had in house and experimented. I added sliced almonds with a handful of choc chips (every one needs a little chocolate, right? :)). It turned out great. The almond gives it a nice subtle nuttiness. It is not overly sweet, but just about right.

    I paired it with my Starbucks house blend coffee…nice combo (I don’t have K Cups, but still good :)).

    Thanks for sharing. I want to try the overnight oatmeal next :).

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    November 28, 2013 at 10:20 am

    This recipe is so good! I made it last night for my thanksgiving breakfast and believe me, thanks were given πŸ™‚ I omitted the cinnamon but I love the maple flavor and the chunks of nut. Great recipe!

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  • Beth
    March 12, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I just made this for lunch and it is amazing! I can’t wait to eat it for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks for the great recipe!

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