Nov 12, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Oatmeal is mixed with pumpkin puree and seasonal warming spices like cinnamon for a filling fall breakfast.

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It’s that time of year again where pumpkin ends up in everything and I kind of enjoy that – minus the PSLs, that is. To the uniformed: I’m referring to the Starbucks drink with a cult following, the pumpkin spice latte.

I happen to be in the minority of those who don’t enjoy the overly sweet, spiced drink so this oatmeal recipe is my way of enjoying pumpkin seasoning in a different way. I also hate to burst your bubble but a pumpkin spice latte contains no actual pumpkin—this recipe does. Better yet, this oatmeal is incredibly easy to make on the stove top. These spices and toppings will turn bland oatmeal into the perfect seasonal breakfast!

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Pumpkin pie seasoning – Pumpkin pie seasoning also known as pumpkin pie spice is a fragrant combination made with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.
  • Pumpkin puree – Pumpkin puree, also known as canned pumpkin is made from roasted pumpkin that has been blended to a smooth consistency. They are made with no additional ingredients apart from pumpkin so it is also easy to create your own from roasted, blended pumpkin.
  • Oats –  I use old-fashioned also called rolled oats in this recipe. They absorb more liquid and cook faster than steel-cut oats and add the perfect texture to this oatmeal. Don’t use quick cooking oats they will become mushy in this recipe.
  • Salt – Adding a pinch of salt actually helps to bring out the other flavors in this oatmeal recipe.

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How to Make Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

  1. Toast the oats. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and allow to melt. Add the oats and pumpkin pie seasoning to the pan stirring occasionally, until the oats are toasted, about 3 minutes.
  2. Make the oatmeal. Stir in the salt and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil then reduce to medium-low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the oats are tender, about 15 minutes. Add the pumpkin puree and stir to combine.
  3. Assemble and serve. Divide among bowls and top with a splash of milk, walnuts, brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon.
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal topped with walnuts

Tips and Tricks for This Recipe

Other Toppings

While I love topping the oatmeal with a splash of milk, brown sugar, walnuts and cinnamon try these other toppings:

  • Other nuts like almonds or pecans
  • Maple syrup for added sweetness that complements pumpkin spice
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
Swaps and Substitutions
  • To make this recipe dairy-free, swap the butter for a neutral oil like canola oil and swap the milk on top with a non-dairy alternative like oat milk, soy milk or almond milk.
  • Try adding 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to the oats for added flavor.
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal recipe

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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup classic rolled oats
  • ¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup whole milk, or alternative milk as substitute
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ packed cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and allow to melt. Add the oats and pumpkin pie seasoning to the pan stirring occasionally, until the oats are toasted, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the salt and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil then reduce to medium-low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the oats are tender, about 15 minutes. Add the pumpkin puree and stir to combine.
  • Divide among bowls and top with a splash of milk, walnuts, brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon.

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