Oatmeal Pie

During the Civil War, pecans were scarce, so pie makers tried using oatmeal instead. Molasses or sorghum was added to give the pie intense flavor, but we like the richness of maple syrup instead. Adding coconut, walnuts, and spices may remind you of the taste of oatmeal cookies.

slice of Oatmeal Pie on white plate with fork
Photo: Jacob Fox
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Cool Time:
2 hrs


  • 1 recipe Pastry for Single-Crust Pie

  • ¾ cup maple syrup

  • cup butter, melted

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup milk

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

  • ¾ cup regular rolled oats

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

  • Cinnamon Whipped Cream (optional)

Pastry for Single-Crust Pie

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup shortening or lard

  • ¼ cup butter, cut up, or shortening or lard

  • ¼ cup ice water

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoon powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Dash ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare Pastry for Single-Crust Pie. On a lightly floured surface use your hands to slightly flatten pastry ball. Roll pastry into a 12-inch circle. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry circle. Trim and flute edge.

  2. For filling, in a large bowl combine next seven ingredients (through vanilla). Stir in next three ingredients (through walnuts). Pour filling into unbaked crust.

  3. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown and filling is set.

  4. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill within 2 hours. Serve with Cinnamon Whipped Cream (if using).

Pastry for Single-Crust Pie

  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening and butter until pea-size. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of the ice water over part of the flour mixture; toss gently with a fork. Push moistened dough to side of bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, gradually adding ice water (1/4 to 1/3 cup total) until mixture begins to come together. Gather pastry into a ball, kneading gently just until it holds together.

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

  1. In a chilled bowl combine all ingredients. Beat with chilled beaters of a mixer on medium until soft peaks form (tips curl).

Nutty Chocolate Oatmeal Pie:

Prepare as directed, except omit coconut and stir in 1 cup mixed nuts and 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips with the oats.Nutrition analysis per serving: 563 calories, 9 g protein, 66 g carbohydrate, 32 g total fat (12 g sat. fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 42 g total sugar, 8% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 229 mg sodium, 6% calcium, 13% iron

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

473 Calories
24g Fat
61g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 473
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 229mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 1.7mg 10%
Potassium 199mg 4%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 46.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

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

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