This warm and comforting recipe turned a Southern-born grits lover into an oatmeal fanatic.
Pumpkin Pecan Baked Oatmeal
Credit: Southern Bite

I've never eaten a lot of oatmeal. As a boy growing up in the South, grits were the breakfast staple in our household. It wasn't that I didn't like oatmeal. It was more about the fact that my mom didn't really make oatmeal much. As a result, I've never been a big oatmeal eater as an adult. I guess it's all about what you're used to. That all changed once I tried baked oatmeal.

I was working on my first cookbook and I wanted to include a breakfast supplemental e-book to offer as an incentive for preorders. Scanning through some old recipe cards, I found a recipe for baked oatmeal. An hour later, I was in love. Baked oatmeal gives you the great flavor and nuttiness of granola. It's nothing like the gummy, sticky instant oatmeal I remember eating as a child. I liked it so much, I took that basic recipe and adapted it into several other recipes varying the flavors a bit.

This Pumpkin Pecan Baked Oatmeal is my new favorite. It almost comes out cake-like with an even nuttier flavor than the original recipe. Combined with the classic pumpkin spice and pecan flavors of fall, it's a real treat. Even my mom, who really doesn't care for oatmeal, loves this stuff. It also will make your house smell amazing!

It reheats well too. So much so, that I often make a batch of this on the weekend to have it as a quick and easy breakfast during the week. A quick zap in the microwave and you've got a hearty, delicious breakfast.

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You will love this recipe not only because of the amazing flavor, but also because of how ridiculously easy it is to make. It's one of those dump-and-stir recipes that will make your morning a breeze. You've just got to try it!

Blogger and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Stacey Little is committed to getting folks back to the table for dinner. His quick and easy recipes are helping busy families get a home-cooked meal on the table without a lot of hassle or expense. Southern Living Magazine has repeatedly named Stacey a top blogger to follow and a favorite Southern blogger. He has appeared on The Today Show and Fox and Friends and has lent his talents to national brands like Betty Crocker, White Lily, Martha White, Kraft, Queen Latifah, and Reese Witherspoon—just to name a few. Today, his easy, delicious recipes and heartfelt stories have brought tens of millions to his blog,, since he created it in 2008. Stacey's cookbook, The Southern Bite Cookbook, is available at book retailers across the country and online. Stacey's deep Southern roots have him firmly planted in central Alabama where he lives with his wife, little boy, two dogs, and his collection of cast iron skillets.