This nectarine baked oatmeal with pecans is a nutritious and delicious make-ahead breakfast. It’s vegan, gluten free, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup!

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As a Registered Dietitian, you’re probably not surprised that my favorite breakfast is oatmeal. I enjoy oatmeal prepared in so many ways – stovetop oatmeal, overnight oats, and baked oatmeal! This baked oatmeal recipe with fresh nectarines and pecans is a unique and unexpected way to prepare oatmeal.

Baked oatmeal is especially ideal for meal prepping. It tastes good warm or cold, and keeps very well in the fridge. Make a batch ahead of time for a week of healthy breakfasts when you know you have a busy week coming up.

This baked oatmeal recipe is vegan, gluten free, soy free, and dairy free. It makes six generous servings that will keep you full for hours.

Ingredients in nectarine baked oatmeal

Here is everything you need to make this baked oatmeal recipe:

  • Old fashioned rolled oats: provide the best chewy texture in baked oatmeal. You can try using quick oats, but I do not recommend using steel cut oats for baked oatmeal.
  • Ground flax: when combined with water, ground flax forms a vegan egg replacement to bind the recipe.
  • Maple syrup: adds the perfect amount of not-too-sweet flavor.
  • Pecans: add a nice crunch and a boost of protein and healthy fats.
  • Fresh nectarines
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Baking powder

Ingredient and dietary restriction substitution suggestions

  • Make it nut free by swapping almond milk for a nut-free plant milk (such as hemp milk), and replacing pecans with pumpkin seeds.
  • Swap fresh peaches for fresh nectarines, if you can’t find nectarines at the store.
  • Use honey instead of maple syrup. Note that honey is not vegan.
  • Swap 2 regular large eggs for flax if you’re not vegan.
Nectarine baked oatmeal ingredients in bowls and measuring spoons on a wooden board

How to make nectarine baked oatmeal

  1. First, whisk the ground flax with warm water to form a flax egg. It will start to thicken up to a gel-like consistency.
  2. Add the other wet ingredients – maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla extract – to the flax mixture. Stir it all together.
  3. Then add the dry ingredients – oats, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder – to the wet ingredients and mix to combine.
  4. Gently stir in the nectarine pieces and pecans.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a greased 8×8 glass or ceramic square baking dish. Use a spoon to spread the mixture into an even layer.
  6. Top with thinly sliced nectarines and bake in the oven until edges are just beginning to brown.
  7. Let cool for about 10 minutes before slicing into 6 pieces and enjoy!

Serving suggestions

Enjoy baked oatmeal plain, or top it with Greek yogurt, your favorite nut butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, or with a splash or almond milk.

Storage

Baked oatmeal keeps very well in the fridge, and reheats easily in the microwave. Store it in airtight container for up to one week. For meal prep, you can pre-portion slices of baked oatmeal into smaller containers so you can grab it and go in the morning!

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Nectarine nutrition benefits

Nectarines are a nutritious stone fruit to include in your diet – plus they are absolutely delicious when they are in season! One medium nectarine provides:

  • 2.4 grams of dietary fiber
  • 1.5 grams of protein
  • 12 percent of your daily vitamin C needs
  • 13.6 percent of your daily copper needs

Nectarines also contain various antioxidants which help fight inflammation in the body and keep our cells healthy.

Flax nutrition benefits

Flaxseeds pack a big nutrition punch! Just one tablespoon of ground flax has:

  • 1.3 grams of plant-based protein
  • 2 grams of dietary fiber
  • 1,597 mg of omega-3 fatty acids

Flaxseeds are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. This type of fat is essential in our diets because human bodies are unable to make it ourselves. Omega-3 fatty acids help fight inflammation and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Flaxseed nutrition tip: When eating flaxseeds, it’s best to grind them up because our bodies are better able to absorb the nutrients in ground flax. You can use a food processor, blender, or spice grinder to grind flax.

Oats nutrition benefits

Oats are a very healthy whole grain food to eat.

  • 4 grams of dietary fiber
  • 6 grams of plant-based protein
  • 1.9 mg iron (10 percent of your daily needs)
  • 108 mg magnesium (27 percent of your daily needs)
  • 1.7 mg manganese (86 percent of your daily needs)
  • 13.6 mcg selenium (19 percent of your daily needs)

About half of the fiber in oats comes from soluble fiber. This type of fiber is particularly beneficial for heart health, as it can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.

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Baked Oatmeal with Nectarines and Pecans

This nectarine baked oatmeal with pecans is a nutritious and delicious make-ahead breakfast. It’s vegan, gluten free, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup!

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups fresh nectarines, diced (about 2 medium sized nectarines)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8×8 glass or ceramic dish with oil.
  2. Whisk together ground flax and warm water in a large mixing bowl. Let sit for a few minutes to form a gel-like consistency.
  3. Add the other wet ingredients – maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Mix it up.
  4. Add the oats, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Stir to combine everything.
  5. Gently stir in the nectarines and pecans.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and spread it into an even layer. Top with thin nectarine slices, if desired.
  7. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until edges are just beginning to brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then slice into 6 pieces.

Notes

Serving suggestions

Enjoy baked oatmeal plain, or top it with Greek yogurt, your favorite nut butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, or with a splash or almond milk.

Storage

Baked oatmeal keeps very well in the fridge, and reheats easily in the microwave. Store it in airtight container for up to one week. For meal prep, you can pre-portion slices of baked oatmeal into smaller containers so you can grab it and go in the morning!

Ingredient and dietary restriction substitution suggestions

  • Make it nut free by swapping almond milk for a nut-free plant milk (such as hemp milk), and replacing pecans with pumpkin seeds.
  • Swap fresh peaches for fresh nectarines, if you can’t find nectarines at the store.
  • Use honey instead of maple syrup. Note that honey is not vegan.
  • Swap 2 regular large eggs for flax if you’re not vegan.

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