Baked Cranberry Pumpkin Oatmeal & WIAW

Welcome to another round of What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday! Visit Jenn’s blog for What I Wednesday fun and check out some of her super delicious recipes. I can’t wait to try her Baked Black Bean & Sweet Potato Flautas!

I’m still eating lots of “Fall” foods and sticking with “good habits” (for the most part).


Breakfast was absolutely the best! I’m so happy with the way that this baked oatmeal turned out {recipe at the bottom of the post}. Midmorning snack was a Chobani Champion banana honey yogurt cup with added diced strawberries and TJ’s strawberry yogurt O’s. Lunch was a large salad with mixed greens, cooked chicken (TJ’s caesar variety), and the leftover Brussels sprouts & cranberries with quinoa from yesterday. Afternoon snack was apple slices with sunbutter {big surprise there ;)}. Dinner was more leftover Brussels sprouts & cranberries with quinoa, more TJ’s  caesar chicken, and a leftover twice-baked sweet potato. Gotta love leftovers!! My dessert was coffee (Nantucket Blend) and little pumpkin squares of goodness {recipe coming your way tomorrow}.


I haven’t let you down….yet. Here is another Thanksgiving themed recipe {and it’s a keeper}!

Are you looking for a very yummy Thanksgiving Day breakfast that will feed a crowd? I think you’ve come to the right place!! I love oatmeal, but I’d never made a baked oatmeal. I was experimenting when I came up with this recipe and it totally surpassed my expectations. I will definitely be making this again, just for myself. You can make it on Sunday and you have breakfast for the rest of the week.

The combination of tart cranberries with creamy pumpkin was out of this world! I topped mine with a drizzle of honey and a spoonful of sunbutter….delish!

Baked Cranberry Pumpkin Oatmeal

Recipe Type: breakfast, baked oatmeal
Author: Kim Lee
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Serves: 6-8
Perfect Thanksgiving Day breakfast! Tart cranberries combined with creamy pumpkin and flavorful cinnamon is the best way to ring in the holidays. Can easily be adapted gluten-free.
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free oats, if desired)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/4 cup raw local honey (pure maple syrup would work too)
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh cranberries, divided (frozen would probably work too)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (any milk would work)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts/pecans (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place half of the berries on the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients, except cranberries and nuts (if using).
  4. Combine all wet ingredients.
  5. Sprinkle oat (dry) mixture over cranberries in the baking dish.
  6. Pour pumpkin (wet) mixture over oat mixture in the baking dish. If needed, move dish around, so that the wet mixture gets fully incorporated with dry mixture.
  7. Scatter the remaining berries and the nuts (if desired) over the top.
  8. Bake for approximately 45 mins uncovered.


Thanks for stopping by!

Something to think about……

What’s your very favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving Day?

Any breakfast traditions for Thanksgiving Day?
My only tradition is to go light and save room for what’s to come! ;)

What’s one thing you plan to make on Thanksgiving Day, for sure.


  1. The oatmeal sounds incredible…I must try it!!
    Fran@ Broken Cookies Don’t Count WIAW~Where’s The Food?My Profile

  2. I love baked oatmeal and/or pumpkin oatmeal. This looks absolutely delicious! The addition of cranberries makes this the perfect autumn breakfast!
    Amy (Savory Moments) Kabocha squash and ricotta pierogiMy Profile

  3. My favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving is Apple Pie. Just the combination of the crunchy crust and sweet, juicy apples. So good! Our breakfast tradition has always been drive thrus because we are travelling for Thanksgiving. This year because of my allergies I’m brining my own food for our Thanksgiving meal at my grandma’s house, so I have to prepare that ahead of time and keep it cold during out trip. Fun fun!

    That baked pupmkin oatmeal looks delicious. I’ve been trying to convince my mom that baked oatmeal is just as good as the real thing, if not better because it’s so quick and easy. This pumpkin version just make convince her! :)
    Eating 4 Balance WIAW + Fun Foods SurveyMy Profile

  4. Ohh, this looks like a great recipe! I have everything on hand except the pumpkin. Need to find that somewhere here in Germany!
    Healthiful Balance (Shannon) Spelt Wraps, Cookies & Giveaway WinnersMy Profile

  5. I am loving all of your thanksgiving themed recipes. This cranberry pumpkin oatmeal just sounds incredible!
    Jessie What I Ate WednesdayMy Profile

  6. Yum! This looks amazing! It would be a perfect thanksgiving morning breakfast! I’ve never tried baking my oatmeal but I bet it’s fabulous! Happy Wednesday!
    Danielle @ clean food creative fitness What I Ate WednesdayMy Profile

    • This was my first time to try it and it was delicious. Not much different from the stove top kind and it’s lasted me all week. ;)

  7. This oatmeal is perfect for the fall! Thanks for sharing and Happy WIAW!
    Sunnie@moderngirlnutrition What I (Want to Be) Eating Wednesday!My Profile

  8. oooh this looks SO good! So festive too :D
    Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear #MIMMMy Profile

  9. I’m excited for that recipe!! I can’t get enough of pumpkin this fall. I love it in everything

  10. I’m so trying that baked oatmeal. I think that would be perfect on Thanksgiving morning!

  11. I love adding fresh fruit to my yogurt. It gives it so much more substance! I have never though to add cereal, though, but I think the added crunch factor would be delicious!

    We do not have any Thanksgiving breakfast traditions in my family, but this year I am thinking about making some sort of pumpkin muffin for everyone to snack on while prepping the Thanksgiving meal.
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl Artichoke, Tomato, and Lentil StewMy Profile

  12. Your oatmeal sounds fantastic!! I’ve never had it baked before but this recipe sounds like a terrific one to start with :) :) I’m with you when it comes to eating light on Thanksgiving – then i don’t overeat during the actual meal. I do LOVE the dessert table though lol – gotta killer sweet tooth :P
    Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia What I Ate Wednesday #10My Profile

  13. YUM! Your breakfast recipe looks delicious! I love pumpkin and oats together :-)

  14. Love the recipe! My favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving is either gnocchi or raviolis. Since my mom is Italian, we do an “Italian Thanksgiving” without the usual mashed potatoes, yams, stuffing, etc. Our breakfast tradition is either cinnamon rolls or scones with omelets that my dad makes!

  15. yum!! looks delicious!!!!!!
    Anne@LoveMintChocolateChip wiaw: {two new favorite desserts}My Profile

  16. Kim this looks soo good! I’m saving this recipe to make next week. With a busy week for us, this quick breakfast will be perfect!
    Giselle@ahealthyhappyhome What I Ate Wednesday + Two Tasty Recipes!My Profile

  17. mmm i love baked oatmeal – its just such a comforting way to start the day, especially when its of the pumpkin variety!
    Lot-O-Choc Lindt Milk Chocolate BearMy Profile


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