Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks


I love this Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pie. It is one of my very favorites. There is something about the nuts, oats and coconut combined that gives it such a great taste. Family and friends will love this pie and be asking for the recipe.  Make it for any gathering, holiday or just anytime you want a great pie.

Oatmeal Pie Simple Ingredients Needed:


Light corn syrup


Rolled oats (the old-fashioned kind)

Brown sugar


Pecans (can use walnuts)

Vanilla extract

All-purpose flour

Deep dish pie crust – 9 inch

This pie is super simple to make and absolutely delicious. I crushed the pecans and added them to the top to give it more texture for the photo and it lasted a day. Everyone loves this pie! Many refer to this a mock pecan pie and it does taste similar but I find it not exactly the same. In my opinion this pie isn’t as sweet as a pecan pie.

You don’t precook the pie crust before making this pie. Full printable recipe in recipe card below. 

“Well I made this for the first time last night OMGEEEE it’s fantastic!!! Love love love it. I didn’t change a thing except add a pie ring for the crust for the last 10 minutes.” – Suzi

“I made this pie today exactly as it says only I added chocolate chips sprinkled on top before baking. YUM!!” – Shelly

“oh my goodness..never heard of this pie but..it is wonderful..made one this morning wow is all I can say ..warm pie and hot coffee ..heaven” – Lynn

“I made this for the first time today.. in observance of “National Pie Day” and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint! Family-tested and approved! Try it, you’ll love it too.” – Diane

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks
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Oatmeal Pie - Old Fashioned Recipe

Judy Yeager
This oatmeal pie is easy to make and wonderful for breakfast or dessert. You will definitely want to save this old fashioned recipe.
4.97 from 27 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 6 servings


  • 3 eggs beaten (I beat them with a wire whisk)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine melted
  • 1 cup rolled oats the old-fashioned kind
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup walnuts can use pecans
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 (9 inch) deep dish pie crust


  • Beat eggs with whisk. Add remaining ingredients and mix well with spoon. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, increase heat to 375 and bake for 10 more minutes. Let cool before cutting.
Keyword oatmeal pie
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  1. I love the idea of an oatmeal pie. Hubby hates coconut so I might sub that out with maybe 1/2 cup raisins for an “Oatmeal Raisin” Pie. Oooh, maybe add some rum extract for a “Rum Raisin” Oatmeal Pie. Now I’m really hungry for pie! lol.5 stars

  2. My Grandma would make this pie. She called it Dutch oatmeal pie. There is a cake similar to this. Both are very good. Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the pie. It’s extra yummy

  3. Can coconut or almond flour be used instead of regular flour?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I’m sure you can try it, we only make the recipes the way they are written.

  4. Joyce Scheerschmidt says:

    I sometimes substitute regular maple pancake syrup in my pecan pie and my family goes crazy on Thanksgiving. It aint nothing but luscious!!!!!! This pie is also luscious!!!5 stars

  5. Well I made this for the first time last night OMGEEEE it’s fantastic!!! Love love love it. I didn’t change a thing except add a pie ring for the crust for the last 10minutes.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you for letting us know you enjoyed this recipe, Suzi. Happy to have you on our site and have a great day.

  6. Hello ,I made the pie last and followed cooking times like you said. I let cool but it still seemed very gooey in the center when we started to cut. So I heated the oven and cooked again for 20 min. covered in foil. I am asking how set is this pie when cooled? My husband was ready to dive in.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Hi Caren, Sounds like you didn’t cook long enough the first time. Ovens do vary in temperature, so it could be it just takes longer in your oven. I have never had this problem. I usually let cool before serving, too. It should not be gooey once cooled.

  7. Just wanted to know if pie crust is cooked before filling or does it bake together?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      No, you don’t cook the pie crust first before filling.

  8. I just want to say it looks ah-mazing, Southern Lady!! Can’t wait to try it. And just an aside, if reviewers didn’t make it EXACTLY like the recipe calls for, then your review of THIS pie is moot! Jus sayin……:)

    1. Jean Gearhart says:

      I have thought the same thing myself – or publish your own page or blog.

  9. Darryl King says:

    Hate to me negative but why are people always trying to change the original recipe? It is a recipe for a reason. Don’t leave out, substitute or add. BTW.. This is delicious and made true to the ingredients.5 stars

    1. I have thought the same thing, if you make changes it is not the same recipe but your s. I am not interested in your version but want to know about the original recipe. I guess some people just like to brag.

  10. Shelley Murray Foley says:

    I made this pie today exactly as it says only I added chocolate chips sprinkled on top before baking. YUM!!5 stars

  11. My favorite pie. My recipe includes chopped dates.

  12. this is also called mock pecan pie! I used to make it a lot but my recipe did not call for nuts or coconut! its basically a pecan pie only the oats are the “pecans” As a matter of fact, you can use any recipe for pecan pie ans just sub the oats for the pecans! It will still have a nutty like texture!

  13. My husband doesn’t like coconut. What can I replace it with?

    1. Jennifer Alexander says:

      I do not like coconut either, but you really can’t taste it at all. This is my fav pie of all time. I would give it a try…. 🙂5 stars

  14. Kim Wyatt says:

    Would this work okay with “Quick Oats”( the 1 min kind) instead of old fashioned ( the 5 min kind) of oatmeal? I accidentally bought the minute type which is still a step up from instant….

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have not tried it with quick oats.

    2. Cathy Martin says:

      My Aunt Mary made this pie all the time! (She would have been 115 this year.) And she always used the quick oats. I don’t think it really matters what the ‘solids’ are that you add, since this is basically a ‘poor man’s’ pecan pie; as long as you have enough bulk to fill the shell. As to the questions about the sugar/syrup substitutions, you’ll probably lose a little in the texture of the pie if you don’t use a thick syrup of some type. Just my opinion as a former baker–but, then we can’t be afraid to experiment!

    3. Danna Ann Southerlend says:

      Kim Wyatt, I did the same thing you did one time, accidentally bought the quick kind, figured if it didn’t work the kids would eat it anyways, but when the pie came out it was the same. However… I think it is only somewhat thicker. Perhaps if you increase you butter by a tablespoon…but if you don’t mind it being less moist, then I wouldn’t change it. The quick oats works fine.

  15. Mary Louise Oates says:

    I was admittedly a little leery of this pie, but it is a new favorite! So easy and delicious!!5 stars

  16. Linna Sutton says:

    Can you use honey instead of corn syrup?

  17. Do you happen to have a recipe for oatmeal cake or fruit cocktail cake? My mother made both & they were so good but I never got her recipe.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      There is a recipe for Oatmeal cake listed under cakes, Carol. Just click on the photo on the right hand side of the blog that says Candy, Cakes and Cookies.

    2. fruit cocktail cake is also called ugly cake ..I found reciepe on line and on a bag of coconut..my grandmother used to make it all the time

  18. If it wasn’t 2am I would make it right now

  19. oh my goodness..never heard of this pie but..it is wonderful..made one this morning wow is all I can say ..warm pie and hot coffee ..heaven

    1. I found this recipe in the sixties and have been making it since. I like what one the posts said “poor man’s pecan pie”.5 stars

  20. Hi there….I’m planning on making this beautiful pie for Thanksgiving…but Germany doesn’t have corn syrup. So I’ve decided to use honey…will that change the taste of this pie??

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have never tried it with honey, Jessica.

    2. Substitute for Corn Syrup
      For each cup of light corn syrup in a recipe, substitute 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup water. For each cup of dark corn syrup, substitute 1 cup of packed brown sugar and 1/4 cup water.
      This was found on Taste of Home website

    3. Jessica, you can use golden syrup. 😉

    4. You should be able to make your own syrup…look it up online or you can use Kandis with a little water. It should taste better than honey in this recipe.

  21. I found this same recipe when my youngest son was just a toddler! Only it was called mock pecan pie! I’m so glad you posted this recipe!

  22. linda seidler says:

    I can see some apples or cranberries in that pie too

    1. Big likes. Good idea.

    2. That’s exactly what I was thinking. Maybe a layer of apples (with golden raisins or cranberries) on the bottom, remainder filling on top, baked in a 10″ deep dish pie pan.

  23. I made this for the first time today.. in observance of “National Pie Day” and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint! Family-tested and approved! Try it, you’ll love it too.5 stars

    1. southern lady you sure know how to put these good ole recipes on here.i love them.thank you so much!

  24. Just made this, went back to take a pic and it was GONE lol. I left out the cocnut, soaked some raisins in a lil rum, diced a granny smith and added those. All I can say is YUM-O! Thank you so much for sharing your kitchen with us 🙂5 stars

  25. It is so good! I didn’t have any nuts, and ran out of vanilla. So I added some vanilla pudding mix, and a little milk. It was sooo good! My husband stole the pie and took it to work on me!5 stars


  27. Rachel g Broadnax says:

    Looks yummie goin to make today send u pic let u know and u can tell me how I did 😉 tyty 4 sharin <3

  28. sounds good. im going to try it with honey and no coconut. might put in raisins. i enjoy your site.good job.

  29. John Chandler says:

    Hi, I love to cook, this looks really good. I am enjoying watching your recipes on face book, I plan on using some of them. Thanks for sharing.

  30. How about apples or applesauce instead of the corn syrup?

  31. I’m going to make this tomorrow night for a dinner party, but I might try mashing up some fruit (possibly blueberries) into the mix! Has anyone tried this before?

  32. Judy, do you use regular oats or can you use quick cooking Quacker brand oats (not microwave instant oats)

  33. Do you think you could leave out coconut? Hubby can’t have it =:( Could I sub something else?

    1. I have not tried it without the coconut. Someone suggested using chocolate chips. Maybe, you could do that or use some raisins.

  34. Have you ever tried adding chocolate chips?

    1. MJ, I have not tried it with chocolate chips. If you make it that way let me know how it turns out.

  35. Looks yummy! I’ve never even heard of it! Seems like it would be perfect for this time of the year too.

  36. Made this today! Had to leave out the nuts because my hubby doesn’t like them :<, but even so, it was fabulous!!!!! I'd never heard of it before, but I sure will make it often now!!!5 stars

  37. None of us like oatmeal and I think it’s the texture we don’t like. I try to use it in meatloaf and hamburgers and things like that because it’s soooo good for you. But this sounds soooooo good! I just wonder what you could use instead of corn syrup because that would run my blood sugar up sky high. 🙂 I could use spenda in place of the sugar I think. lol

    1. Hi Betty, I don’t know what you can replace corn syrup with but I do understand about the blood sugar issue. Thanks for your comment.

    2. Try it with honey. Honey breaks down better and will not raise your sugar a much as the corn syrup will

    3. You might also try agave. It has a much lower Glycemic Index, which means it won’t raise your blood sugar like the corn syrup. You can get it at Wal Mart in the sweetener section, so you know it’s easily obtainable!

    4. Kay Horvath says:

      Try using Agave – It’s a natural sweetener.

    5. Rose, it doesn’t matter if you use Splenda or honey, there are so many carbs in this pie, your blood sugar is going to go sky high anyway. I have diabetes too. ; )

    6. Linda Benson says:

      I have used 1/2 sugar free maple syrup in place of corn syrup in pecan pie,so I would think you could use in this pie also!

  38. I haven’t had oatmeal pie in a long time. I *pinned* this one and will HAVE to make it soon. It looks sooo delicious! Thanks – enjoy your weekend.

  39. This looks really good. I’ve never heard of oatmeal pie before so I’m very intrigued and will definitely be making soon. Thanks Judy!

  40. Looks just the food for this time of year. Have a good week-end judy. Take care Yvonne.