It’s no secret that a creamy bowl of oatmeal is my favorite way of starting the day! With pumpkin season having started, it’s time for another pumpkin inspired recipe! This Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Recipe consists of a few simple ingredients and has soon become my favorite fall oatmeal. It’s gluten-free, vegan and with its warm spices closely resembles the flavors of pumpkin pie.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It’s a nutritious breakfast that’ll get you going for a productive day!
- You’ll get your 1 in 5 vegetables (pumpkin) in first thing in the morning.
- It’s a breakfast high in fibre, vitamins (vitamin a, vitamin c) and minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium).
- It can be prepared the evening before- saving even more time the next morning!
How to Make This Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
This creamy pumpkin oatmeal is an easy recipe that only requires a few simple steps. Hence it’s a great breakfast on busy weekday mornings but tastes just as delicious on a Sunday brunch!
Start by placing all wet ingredients except for the milk (water, maple syrup, pumpkin puree) into a medium sized pot. Stir until everything is well combined, then add all the dry ingredients (oats, pumpkin pie spice, pinch of salt). Give it a good stir again and let simmer for a couple of minutes until the oats have absorbed most of the liquid. Stir occasionally.
Now it’s time to add the milk. Adding the milk later on in the process will prevent the oatmeal from becoming too goopy. Let simmer for another 2 minutes.
Taste and adjust sweetness. I usually don’t add too much maple syrup at that point because I like adding some more just before serving.
Serve with toppings of your choice (scroll down to find toppings I suggest)!
Ingredients & Substitution Notes
Oats: I almost always use old-fashioned oats. You could also use instant oats but this might change the oats - milk/ water ratio as you might need less liquid.
Plant Milk: I love using oat milk in all my sweet recipes that require plant milk. However, other types of milk such as almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk would work too! You could also use whole milk if you don’t need this recipe to be vegan.
Pumpkin Purée: You could either use store-bought or a homemade version. Similar to the maple syrup, I recommend using pure pumpkin puree without any additives. For this recipe I used our Homemade Pumpkin Puree. It's suepr quick and easy to make and you won't even need an oven!
Maple Syrup: This adds some nice sweet taste as well as flavour to this recipe. I always use pure maple syrup in all my recipes that call for maple syrup. Some brands for instance add a lot of other ingredients such as preservatives. I highly recommend checking the label! If you can’t get your hands on maple syrup feel free to replace it with honey, agave syrup or brown sugar.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: obviously needed to give this Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal its distanct taste. It should therefore not be omitted. Alternatively, you could use gingerbread spice.
Oats are technically gluten-free, however, they can be contaminated with gluten since they are often processed in factories that also process other grains. This is why they aren’t labelled “gluten-free”. While some people suffering from celiac disease can eat pure oats without having digestive issues, others still can’t. The reason for this could be that oats contain avenin- a protein similar to gluten. You might need to test this for yourself if you’re suffering from celiac disease.
I find that cooking your oats in a mix of water AND milk gives them this suuuper sticky texture. I prefer letting them simmer in water first and adding the milk towards the end of the cooking process.
Absolutely! One of my favorite things about this breakfast is that you can make it the evening before! That way you’ll have a delicious breakfast on busy mornings! Simply store it in an airtight container or a mason jar with a lid on. The only thing to keep in mind here is that the oats might soak up even more liquid overnight. This means you will probably need to add an additional splash of milk in the morning before enjoying it.
Using a pressure cooker to me doesn’t seem necessary as the oats won’t need a whole lot of high pressure and heat to absorb the liquid.
Adding salt helps enhancing the flavors even more. Make sure to only use a tiny pinch.
- Fresh Fruits: Choose any fruit you like- typical fall fruits like pears, pomegranate or fresh figs would taste great!
- Dried Fruits: Try adding some chopped up dried fruit such as apricots, prunes or cranberries and see how you like it!
- (Homemade) Nut Butter:- one of my all time favorite toppings. Tastes especially good on oatmeal.
- (Homemade) Granola:- adds some additional texture and crunchiness to this recipe which is amazing.
- Nuts and Seeds: Nuts will add some crunchiness as well as healthy fats to this recipe! The same is true for seeds, try chia seeds or hemp seeds!
- Chocolate Chips: Adding a couple of chocolate chips definitely also tastes amazing!
- More Maple Syrup: I love drizzling over some additional maple syrup just before serving!
Other Healthy Breakfast Recipes You Might Like
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal (Easy + Healthy)
- 1½ - 2 cups (350-450ml) water
- ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon (200g) pumpkin puree *I recommend this homemade version
- 4+ tablespoon maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- ½ teaspoon gingerbread spice or pumpkin pie spice
- vanilla extract *optional
- ½¾ cup (90g) steel-cut oats
- ½ cup (115ml) plant milk
- Add water, pumpkin puree and maple syrup, salt and pumpkin spice into a medium sized saucepan and give it a good stir.
- Start with 1 ½ cups of water first, if you prefer a thinner consistency gradually add more.
- If using honey make sure that honey is fully dissolved before adding dry ingredients.
- Add oats let simmer for a about 7 minutes until oats have absorbed most of the liquid.
- Now add plant milk and let simmer for another 2 minutes.
- Taste and adjust sweetness.
- Turn off the heat and let cool for another 5 minutes (oats will absorb even more liquid).
- Serve with toppings of choice (nut butter, nuts, granola...).
- Pumpkin Puree: You could use canned pumpkin but I recommend trying this Homemade Pumpkin Puree.
- Toppings: I highly recommend adding toppings such as slice of fresh fruit, dried fruits this Homemade Almond Butter, store-bought or homemade granola (try this Apple Cinnamon Granola) or other nuts and seeds.