If you love pumpkin recipes, make this creamy pumpkin oatmeal for your next breakfast. All those fall flavors come together anytime you want them, whether it’s pumpkin season and you want to pair it with your pumpkin pie spice latte or just want a great way to start your weekday morning.
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Quick: This cozy fall breakfast is so fast to get on the table. You won’t have any more excuses for skipping a healthy breakfast.
- Delicious: With the taste of homemade pumpkin pie, you’ll want to gobble up every spoonful!
- Nutritious: This healthy pumpkin oatmeal recipe has beta carotene and vitamin E from pumpkin, plus quick-cooking oats full of fiber, complex carbs, and protein to give you the best start on any morning.
Ingredients + Notes
Gather these simple ingredients to make this easy pumpkin oatmeal from your kitchen. You probably have everything you need to do it right now!
- Oats: Old-fashioned oats work beautifully in healthy oatmeal recipes like this. With a fast cook time, you’ll be enjoying this breakfast in no time.
- Pumpkin: Leftover pumpkin puree won’t go to waste when you use it to make this pumpkin oatmeal recipe.
- Maple Syrup: A little maple syrup goes a long way to giving this delightful pumpkin oatmeal the right sweet taste.
- Salt: Using a pinch of salt surprises people, but it really is the way to elevate the flavors in your oatmeal bowl.
- Cinnamon: Warm spices like cinnamon help create that cozy fall breakfast flavor, and it complements the homemade pumpkin puree so well.
- Ginger: Another spice I love using for this is ground ginger because it gives it the taste of homemade pumpkin pie.
- Oat Milk: For a creamy texture, oat milk lends that rich lusciousness that makes this pumpkin oatmeal taste more like a treat than a healthy breakfast.
Step-by-step Instructions: Pumpkin Oatmeal Recipe
These step-by-step instructions will help you master the art of making a healthy pumpkin oatmeal breakfast. It couldn’t be easier or more rewarding to make!
1. Microwave the oat milk for 45-60 seconds (until hot). (Alternatively, heat the milk on the stovetop in a saucepan until it just starts to simmer.)
2. Add old-fashioned oats, maple syrup, salt, spices, and pumpkin into a bowl.
3. Pour the hot milk over the top, stir well, and let sit until the oats have soaked up most of the liquid. (This takes about 5 minutes.)
4. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy.
Full Recipe Video For Pumpkin Oatmeal
This creamy pumpkin oatmeal may be easy to make, but if you’re out of something or need to make a substitution, you may be wondering what to do. Here are some suggestions to help you out!
- Oats: Using old-fashioned oats is the only way to go for this recipe. That said, you can substitute instant oats in a pinch, but don’t use steel-cut oats!
- Non-Dairy Milk: I always have oat milk in my fridge, but maybe you’re not a fan, or you’ve got something else. Soy milk, unsweetened almond milk, or coconut milk are all good options though any non-dairy milk you like will help you achieve the desired consistency. Even a little water works in a pinch when you’ve got no plant-based milk alternatives.
- Sweeteners: If you’re out of pure maple syrup, brown sugar makes a good substitute. Any natural sweetener you like can be added to this pumpkin oatmeal recipe. I just avoid refined sugar at all costs.
- Spices: You can swap out the cinnamon and ginger and simply use pumpkin pie spice if you prefer.
- Pumpkin Puree: Don’t have homemade pumpkin puree? You can use a can of it, but make sure it’s 100% pure pumpkin without any added ingredients or flavors.
- Nut Butters: Almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter will all taste delicious on top of this pumpkin spice oatmeal.
- Toppings: For a nuttier taste, add some chia seeds on top. Or, to make it more indulgent, add mini chocolate chips.
Since this healthy pumpkin oatmeal recipe cooks up so quickly, it’s easy to make it whenever you want it. But if there is any leftover, you can store it to use for making pumpkin oatmeal cookies or pumpkin oatmeal bars your whole family will enjoy.
Always put your oatmeal in an airtight container. In the fridge, it will keep for up to 5 days.
For meal prep, freezing your pumpkin oatmeal is a better option. You’ll need an airtight container here too, and you’ll have up to 3 months to make use of this bounty of oatmeal.
Pumpkin puree is best within 4 to 7 days. Obviously, the sooner, the better with these things. If you need to use up that pumpkin puree, this pumpkin oatmeal recipe is the way to go.
Pumpkin pairs well with pears, apples, limes, cranberries, and peaches if you want to use it in smoothies or other healthy desserts to create complementary flavors.
Absolutely! Pumpkin puree adds more fiber, and coupled with the fiber in your oats, you’ll have plenty of fiber for your best health first thing every morning.
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- 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup pumpkin purée
- 1/2 cup of oat milk
- Microwave the oat milk for 45-60 seconds (until hot). (Alternatively, heat the milk on the stovetop in a saucepan until it just starts to simmer.)
- Add old-fashioned oats, maple syrup, salt, spices, and pumpkin into a bowl and pour the hot milk over the top.
- Let this sit until the oats have soaked up most of the liquid, which takes about 5 minutes.
- Stir oatmeal and add your favorite toppings.
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