Blueberry Pecan Baked Oatmeal

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This Blueberry Pecan Baked Oatmeal is the delicious, easy, meal prep breakfast you didn’t know you needed in your life. But trust me, you do. ; )

blueberry pecan baked oatmeal

As a dietitian, I’m always blown away by the amount of clients I talk to who skip breakfast. Most people report skipping breakfast due to lack of time. (Or these days, intermittent fasting, but that’s a topic for a different day).

Don’t worry — I get it! When you are physically going into the office, time is precious in the morning. Especially when you have a baby. ; ) I work from home now, but in the past, I definitely always needed a prep-ahead breakfast option. Even while WFH it is nice to have a healthy option already prepared, since I’m usually still rushing around in the AM. I feel SO much better when I eat breakfast, and I always appreciate having something already made that I can quickly heat up before starting my work day.

blueberry pecan baked oatmeal makes the perfect post-workout meal

Pre-COVID and pre-baby, I worked out at 6 AM on most weekdays, then showered and got ready at the gym. I’d go straight to work and eat my pre-made breakfast at my desk once I arrived, while checking emails. Not necessarily the most glamorous or mindful way to eat, but that’s real life, right?

I don’t know about you, but I’m always ready for some food post-workout, so having something healthy and balanced to help refuel is key! Ideally we want to aim for a combination of carbohydrates + protein after a workout. A lot of people ask if a protein shake is necessary, and it’s really not. You can get everything you need from real, whole foods after a workout, but a shake, or rather, a smoothie like this one, can be an easy, quick option as well.

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This oatmeal bake is a great source of healthy carbohydrates, which can help replenish glycogen stores lost during your workout. Oats are a very nutritious, fiber-rich whole grain, and the blueberries also provide beneficial fiber, antioxidants and other vitamins/minerals.

I add some protein powder or collagen to boost the protein content a bit, but I’ll also pair with some scrambled eggs with spinach mixed in, or a hard-boiled egg or two for additional protein. This oatmeal bake would also be delicious heated up and served with some protein-rich Greek yogurt.

blueberry pecan baked oatmeal; breakfast plate with scrambled eggs

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other HEALTHY MEAL PREP BREAKFAST OPTIONS

If you are looking for some other ideas to make ahead for breakfast, check out these recipes linked below:

Blueberry pecan baked oatmeal: inspired by ambitious kitchen

This recipe has become one of my absolute favorites to prep ahead for breakfast, and it is husband-approved! This was inspired by Ambitious Kitchen’s Strawberry Banana Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal recipe. Check out her original recipe here — she has A TON of incredible recipes on her site. Highly recommend trying basically all of them, especially this butternut squash and black bean enchilada skillet.

All I did to switch up this recipe was swap in frozen blueberries (I always have these on hand for smoothies and baked goods), threw in some collagen peptides for additional protein, and chopped pecans for some extra healthy fats and crunch!

blueberry pecan baked oatmeal

If you prefer strawberries, feel free to use them instead! If you like walnuts better than pecans, go for it! You can’t go wrong with any of these combinations. And let us not forget about the addition of dark chocolate chips. If anyone tells you that you shouldn’t have chocolate for breakfast, tell them to go away. You don’t need that negativity in your life. 😉 All foods can fit, my friends.

baked oatmeal is freezer-friendly

The most important thing I want to tell you about this recipe: it is freezer-friendly! As are most baked goods, in case you’ve never tried it. I simply wait for the whole pan to cool, cut into individual servings, and place them in freezer Ziploc bags before throwing in the freezer. I typically just automatically do this within 1-2 days so I don’t even have to worry about it spoiling before it gets eaten, then it’s ready to grab anytime I need from the freezer.

When I used to pack lunches during the week, I’d pull one out the night before and put it in a Tupperware container in our lunch boxes in the fridge, then microwave at work. Mostly importantly, I always add a nice big dollop of almond butter on top.

blueberry pecan baked oatmeal recipe, served up with scrambled eggs and spinach

The best part about freezing things like this is that you can eat it for weeks, or months, to come, but it only last a few days when stored in the refrigerator. Don’t you hate it when you put so much work into baking something, only to throw it away 4-5 days later because you forgot to eat it and it has already started growing mold? NOT ANYMORE, FRIENDS!

This is a great option for any mamas who have maternity leave coming up, also!

Blueberry Pecan Baked Oatmeal

Shanna Hutcheson
A delicious and balanced make-ahead breakfast that you can eat on busy mornings all week long, and best of all, it’s freezer-friendly!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 195 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mashed banana or ~2-3 medium bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted and cooled, or ghee/butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats gluten-free, if needed
  • 2-3 scoops collagen or protein powder optional
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup frozen blueberries or diced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 pan* with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together mashed banana, eggs, almond milk, coconut oil and vanilla until mostly smooth. Next, add in rolled oats, collagen (if using), baking powder, cinnamon and salt until well combined. Lastly, gently fold in blueberries, pecans and dark chocolate chips.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes until edges start to become slightly golden brown. (Or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.) Serve warm with a tablespoon of almond butter on top.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days, or freeze.

To Freeze:

  • Wait for oatmeal bake to cool, then cut into 12 squares and store in freezer Ziploc bags in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 109mgPotassium: 248mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 55IUVitamin C: 2.6mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 1.2mg
Keyword baked oatmeal, blueberries, breakfast, healthy breakfast, make-ahead breakfast, meal prep, whole grain
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blueberry pecan baked oatmeal

If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me @wellnessforthewin and hashtag #wellnessforthewin so I can see your creations! Save this to your “Breakfast” board on Pinterest so you can easily refer back to it. Trust me; you’ll want to!

Enjoy!

Shanna

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15 Comments

    1. Oh strange! I’m sorry about that. Thanks for letting me know – I’ll try to get that fixed!

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this delicious, recipe. It is exactly what I have been looking for. I have low blood sugar too and this is the only oatmeal recipe that has ever stuck with me all morning. I will make it many more times!

  2. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I did it with frozen blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries plus some cinnamon bun protein powder. Yum! So good served warm with milk or PB!

    1. Oooh, yum! The cinnamon bun protein sounds like a great addition! Totally agree – serving with PB or almond butter on top is a must!

  3. 5 stars
    Went blueberry picking and was searching for unique ways to use the berries. This was the best choice! Used sliced almonds and white chocolate chips as subs since that’s what I had on hand – so yummy! Divided and froze portions to pull out for breakfast each week. This will definitely be used on repeat!

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe!! I subbed the pecans for some toasted walnuts and YUM! I have lots of yummy breakfast bars in the freezer for my busy mornings.

    1. So delicious, and such an easy sub!! Love that these are freezer friendly – I have a stash too! Thank you so much!

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