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Strawberry Pumpkin Baked Protein Oatmeal [Clean, Vegan, Gluten Free]

You know what? I love pumpkin. I’ve been going crazy with it. I get so excited for this time of year. However, I do stock up on pumpkin when it goes on sale so I can use it all year around. I’ve got some super yummy pumpkin recipes that I can’t wait to share (including a super healthy but so darn tasty pumpkin pie later this month! Stay tuned!) Currently, I’ve got a clean, vegan and gluten free strawberry pumpkin baked protein oatmeal recipe for you! It only needs 6 ingredients and is actually wonderful if you eat it cold, too. So no worries if you want to meal prep it and then store it in the fridge and eat it cold if you want!




Ok, so this recipe was not originally supposed to be baked oatmeal. You may be saying, “But you love baked oatmeal…?” and this is true. The morning this recipe was created though, I had a whole different plan.

It actually started the night before, I finally had the weekend off and was super excited about actually having a nice leisurely breakfast. [Like SUPER excited] and spent lots of time deciding what I wanted to make. I knew I wanted it to be something that generally takes a bit longer since I had the time. I also knew that I needed to use up the rest of the can of pumpkin I had left over from some other delectable recipes (Like these pumpkin oatmeal protein bars!)

I decided most definitely on waffles. Strawberry pumpkin waffles and went to bed super excited and pumped for the morning. I had the ingredient list all planned out and everything. I woke up the next morning all like:

After starting my coffee (obviously the first step), I pull out my wafflemaker, grease it and get to work on getting all my batter ingredients together. That step done, I go to heat my waffle maker so that it will be ready by the time the batter is complete.  I plug it in and..nothing. No light. No signal that it is on. I think perhaps it’s the plug and proceed to plug it into each of my other kitchen plugs without success. So, I grab my coffee grinder and plug that in, but alas, it works and it works in every plug. So, then I realize, devastatingly, that my longtime waffle maker is no longer a productive member of my kitchen tools :(. SAD DAY guys. It was greased and everything! Sniff, sniff**. However, being resourceful, I decide to quickly change gears and transform it into a baked oatmeal. That baked oatmeal is the delectable recipe you see below! It’s incredibly tasty, but I’m sad about my waffle maker.

Honestly, though, I wasn’t a huge huge fan of it. It was a Belgian waffle maker and made huge waffles. In general, this is not a problem, but you guys know me. I LOVE quantity. Therefore, I want my next waffle maker to be one of those normal Eggo sort of size waffle makers. Then, I can make more with the same amount of batter and eat all of it :D. Does anyone have any good wafflemakers that they love and would recommend?! Let me know!!


Strawberry Pumpkin Baked Protein Oatmeal [Clean, Vegan, Gluten Free]

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 bowl


  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 dashes pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 T psyllium +/-
  • several strawberries
  • water/liquid of choice


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease an oven safe bowl

  2. Combine your oatmeal, pumpkin, protein powder, pumpkin pie spice and psyllium in a bowl. Add your liquid of choice while stirring until you have a thick, but pourable batter

  3. Let it sit while you slice up your strawberries. Mix some of the strawberries in with the batter. 

  4. Pour the batter into the greased bowl and feel free to top with additional strawberries

  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through

  6. Eat and enjoy! Or feel free to let it cool off and eat it cold after it has been in the fridge for a while it will become even more dense if you let it cool off)

Recipe Notes

  1. The amount of liquid you add will depend on how much psyllium husk powder you use and how absorbent your protein powder is. 

I link up with Deborah and Sarah’s, and running on happy’s/ the fit foodie mama’s Meatless Monday, #recipeoftheweek, Best of the BlogosphereHomestead Blog Hop, The Homstead Hop,glutenfreefridays,  #healthyveganfridays,  What’s for Dinner, Sunday Fitness and FoodGraciousPantry

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  • kimmythevegan November 20, 2016, 11:51 AM

    Great sounding breakfast!! I’m so sorry your breakfast plans originally failed, but I love how you made it work out anyway =) Poor waffle maker. I’ll be honest… I am a little happy that it turned out as baked oatmeal as I don’t have a waffle maker 😉

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon November 20, 2016, 1:10 PM

      It was so good. I highly recommend it and glad that it turned out so well. Maybe a waffle maker will be around both our christmas trees this year (at least that’s what I’m hoping lol) 🙂

  • Farrah November 17, 2016, 6:14 PM

    I’m so sorry to hear about the demise of your wafflemaker! :'( But that baked oatmeal looks all sorts of delicious!? <3! I have a ton of protein powder I need to use up, so it's perfect! 😛

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon November 18, 2016, 5:25 PM

      I know it. It was a sad day! Thankfully the baked oatmeal was so good that it made up for it! I hope you try it out. It’s super tasty!

  • Rachel November 16, 2016, 7:28 PM

    RIP waffle maker! That’s always a sad day in the kitchen. But the oatmeal looks awesome so… #silverlining

  • Danielle McCoy November 15, 2016, 2:15 PM

    Funny story and great looking/sounding dish. I’ll have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing with us at the homestead blog hop, hope we see you again tomorrow!

  • Elizabeth Shaw November 14, 2016, 11:22 PM

    Love the idea of pumpkin with strawberries- sounds like the perfect mix of summer and fall!

  • Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands November 14, 2016, 9:33 PM

    Protein oats are the best! Interesting combo of strawberries and pumpkin. I’ve had pumpkin and blueberries but not strawberries, I’ll have to try it. Thank you for linking up with us!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon November 16, 2016, 2:09 PM

      I agree! I need the extra protein otherwise I don’t stay full long enough. thanks for hosting! I do hope you try out the pumpkin strawberry combo!

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner November 14, 2016, 9:21 AM

    I love to bake strawberries into my oatmeal as well! Thanks for linking up today

  • Annmarie November 14, 2016, 9:12 AM

    Oooh I never thought to combine strawberries and pumpkin. I bet that tastes amazing!

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome November 13, 2016, 9:24 AM

    The oatmeal looks and sounds great, but the story is funny!! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon November 13, 2016, 10:41 AM

      Haha yeah I thought people would like the story. It was a sad morning, but luckily I still got a super tasty recipe out of it

  • Jeri Glynn November 10, 2016, 6:22 PM

    Your waffle story has me in stitches. Now I know what to get you for X’Mas!

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