Baby Led Weaning Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal (No Added Sugar)

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This pumpkin baked oatmeal with delicious fall flavors and no added sugar is a healthy breakfast that's great for baby led weaning and babies in the finger food stage! Make it ahead for quick BLW morning meals. (gluten-free)


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  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1/3 cup 100% orange juice
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats (certified gluten free if necessary)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp pecans or walnuts, optional


  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line a loaf pan 9x4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk pumpkin, orange juice, milk, egg and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Add oats, spices and baking powder and whisk until combined. 
  4. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. 
  5. If using pecans or walnuts, finely chop them until they are the size of crumbs or smaller. You can easily do this with a food processor if you're doing a large amount at once. Sprinkle on top of the pumpkin mixture. 
  6. Bake for 22-26 minutes, or until the center is set.
  7. Remove from the oven and cool to set up before lifting the parchment to remove from the pan.
  8. Once cooled, cut into 'fingers' the length and width of 1-2 adult fingers.


  • Muffins: You can make this oatmeal into muffins using a regular-sized muffin tin and silicone muffin liners. Fill about 2/3 full and bake for about 20 minutes.
  • Flatter 'fingers': If you want your oatmeal fingers to be flat more like a pancake, you can use a square 8x8 inch dish. Decrease the bake time, starting to check for doneness around 15 minutes.
  • Dairy-free: Simply use your favorite non-dairy milk in place of regular milk.
  • Egg-free: This recipe should work just fine with a flax or chia "egg."
  • No pumpkin pie spice? Use an extra 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, plus 1/4 teaspoon each of ground nutmeg and ginger.
  • Extra sweetness: For adults and older kiddos, feel free to add a drizzle of pure maple syrup before eating.