The Best Mini Protein Pumpkin Baked Oats!

Enjoy this easy layered dessert for breakfast! I love eating it as a post workout dessert 🙂 

This recipe is full of spices, pumpkin flavor, the right amount of chewiness in the muffin/cake/oat layer topped with a sweet pumpkin “frosting”, sprinkled with cinnamon! What’s not to adore?

And before you ask, no, these aren’t “just” baked oats. They are SPECIAL.

Why you should make this recipe:

  • high protein
  • easy to make
  • satisfying to make
  • sugar free
  • gluten free
  • nut free
  • vegan
  • great for meal prep
  • healthy and filling
  • it’s layered!
  • gut friendly (as someone with terrible gut health, I can approve of this recipe)
  • beyond delicous!

Ingredients + Substitutions

Old-fashioned Oats – the main ingredient. Feel free to use gluten-free rolled oats. I recommend using old-fashioned / rolled oats because they give more texture and crunchiness, but if you don’t have them, quick oats are fine too. However, they might soak up more liquid.

Vegan Vanilla or Pumpkin Protein Powder – Pea or brown rice protein powder works well here, I use this one. The protein powder not only adds protein (duh) but also gives most of the sweetness.

I don’t recommend using whey or casein protein powders – please stick with the pea or brown rice protein powders, the measurements are a lot different from whey and casin. 

Note that if you’re not using Vega protein powder, which I totally fine, you may need to adjust the amount of milk slightly. 

Baking powder – so it rises a little.

Pumpkin spice – we’ve got pumpkin, of course, but we have to add some spice! I made my own pumpkin spice, and the ingredients are just down below. For me, the most important spice is cinnamon for sure, because or else why would this website be called I C Cinnamon?

Quick Substitute for pumpkin spice 

  • ground cinnamon
  • ground cardamom
  • ground ginger
  • ground nutmeg (or cumin if you don’t have it)

Flaxseed and chia seed – if you only have one of these, feel free to use 2 tablespoons of that instead. This is the vegan egg of this recipe, and if you are not vegan, 2 whole eggs work too.

Pure pumpkin puree – the star of this recipe! Not pumpkin pie filling, cuz it’s full of wacky ingredients, but if you only have that then use it 🙂 I use this canned organic pumpkin puree. Try to get ones that only has one ingredient in it – pumpkin.

Milk – Cow’s, Goat’s, almond, cashew, oat, walnut, it doesn’t matter. The milk is here to give more moisture and some creaminess.

I don’t recommend switching the milk with water for this one, however if you did run out of milk, you can obviously try. 

The Mini Loaf Pan I used

Tips and Variations

Variations: sprinkle some seeds, nuts, cinnamon on top! If you have a sweet tooth, feel free to add additional sweetener in the dry ingredients 🙂


  • mix the ingredients well
  • taste test – your oats, protein powder and pumpkin puree are variables that may lead to the recipe tasting different

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To store, let the mini baked oats cool completely, and put them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you don’t have the pumpkin layer topping, you can store them at room temperature for the first 3 days.

To freeze, wrap the baked oats individually in parchment paper, then put them in a freezer friendly bag for 3 months.

To defrost, take the individual baked oats out of the freezer and into the fridge to defrost. You can also reheat them either in the microwave on medium to high heat or in the oven (320f/160c) for 5-10 minutes.

To store leftover pumpkin puree, watch the recipe video down below, instructions for freezing pumpkin puree are included!

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More Vegan, Gluten free, High Protein, Sugar free Recipes

Mini Protein Pumpkin Baked Oats (Meal Prep)

Recipe by I C CinnamonCourse: Breakfast, Snacks, DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy, Medium


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This recipe is so easy to make and delicious, you won’t even realize it’s high protein, sugar-free, gluten-free, nut-free and vegan!


  • Base – Dry ingredients 
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats

  • 3/4 cup vanilla or pumpkin vegan protein powder

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

  • 3-5 tbsp sweetener of choice (optional if your protein powder isn’t sweet enough)

  • Wet ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp chia seed

  • 1 tbsp flaxseed

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2/3 cup pure pumpkin puree

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • Topping (optional) 
  • Cinnamon to dust

  • More pumpkin puree on top

  • More vanilla protein powder / powdered sweetener

  • pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds


  • Preheat oven to 365f / 180c
  • In a medium-large bowl, add your flaxseeds, chia seeds, and water. Mix well and set aside. This is your vegan egg.
  • Add all the dry ingredients (oats, vanilla protein powder, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice) in a large bowl and mix to combine
  • In the medium-large bowl that has the vegan egg, add the rest of wet ingredients (milk and pumpkin puree) and mix well.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well. Taste test? I did 🙂
  • Grease your mini loaf pan or line it with parchment paper. Scoop the batter into the loaf pan, divide them evenly and smooth the top.
  • Add a layer of pumpkin puree on top of the batter. If the pumpkin puree isn’t sweet enough, mix it with some sweetener of sweetened protein powder beforehand.
  • Optional: dust with vanilla protein powder, then ground cinnamon on top.
  • bake for 20-25 minutes, then let cool on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

Recipe Video


  • For more ingredient substitutes, tips and storage, scroll up!

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size96g

  • Amount Per ServingCalories130
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 3.4g 6%
    • Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
  • Cholesterol 2mg 1%
  • Sodium 101mg 5%
  • Potassium 86mg 3%
  • Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
    • Dietary Fiber 3.8g 16%
    • Sugars 1.8g

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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