My Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal has all the flavors of pumpkin pie in a comforting and guilt-free dish. This hearty breakfast will fill you up and give you the energy you need to get through the morning. Plus, it's so easy to make- all you need is a handful of ingredients and 15 minutes!
Whether or not you’re a fan of pumpkin spice, once it starts showing up in stores and on menus everywhere, it definitely means that fall has arrived!
We don’t really get traditional changes in season in South Florida. But I still crave traditional fall comfort foods when this time of year rolls around. I make homemade Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Coffee, a delicious Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby Pancake, and even Pumpkin Spice Waffles.
Now you can have pumpkin pie for breakfast and it’s guilt-free! My healthy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal has all of the flavors of pumpkin pie but in a nutritious breakfast dish.
Why You'll Love This Dish
- It tastes like fall! Pumpkin, cinnamon, and maple syrup- yum!
- It's healthy- packed with nutrient-rich ingredients
- It's easy- all you need is a handful of pantry ingredients and about 15 minutes!
- It will keep you full and satisfied- packed with protein and fiber, this breakfast will give you the energy you need to get through the morning
Oats are a nutrient-dense food with many health benefits. These include helping to lower your cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar levels, keeping things running smoothly in your intestinal tract, and keeping you feeling full.
Oats are whole grains and are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and several vitamins and minerals like phosphorus, thiamine, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
Interesting Nutrition Fact: Did you know that oatmeal was the subject of the very first food-specific health claim approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration? This was back in 1997 when it was determined that consumption of soluble fiber from oats may lower the risk of heart disease.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
- Old fashioned oats- you can use certified gluten-free oats if desired
- Milk- you can use any type of dairy or nondairy milk (I use skim)
- Canned pumpkin- be sure to use 100% pure canned pumpkin rather than "pumpkin pie filling" or "pumpkin pie mix," which contain added sugar.
- Maple syrup
- Pumpkin pie spice- you can buy pumpkin pie spice or make your own using a combination of ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves
- Vanilla extract
- Pecans (optional)- I love topping this oatmeal with pecans but you can substitute other types of nuts or leave them off
How To Make This Dish
I love how easy this recipe is! Here's how you make it:
- Whisk milk, water, pumpkin, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and salt together in a saucepan. Bring it to a simmer over medium heat.
- Lower the heat to medium low and stir in the oats.
- Simmer 10-15 minutes until the oats are cooked, stirring it a few times. Divide the oatmeal between four bowls and top with desired toppings. I love adding pecans for some crunch and a drizzle of maple syrup for a bit of sweetness. The toppings take this oatmeal to a whole new level!
Warm pumpkin spice-infused oatmeal topped with crunchy pecans and rich, sweet maple syrup... who said you can’t have dessert for breakfast?
Chef's Top Tips
- Stir the oatmeal a few times while it's simmering to prevent it from catching bottom.
- If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, you can season the oatmeal with any combination of warm spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves.
- This oatmeal can be made ahead and reheated on the stove or in the microwave. Stir a little milk or water in first to loosen it up, then heat until warm.
Yes! You can make this oatmeal ahead and reheat it. The easiest way to do this is to put the leftover oatmeal in a microwave-safe bowl and stir in a little water or milk to loosen it up. Then, cover the bowl and microwave it in 30 second increments until heated through.
Yes, 100% pure canned pumpkin is packed with nutrients including vitamin A, potassium, and iron. Be sure to buy pumpkin puree, not "pumpkin pie filling" or "pumpkin pie mix," which contain added sugar.
Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of spices and typically contains a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice.
More Tasty Breakfast Recipes
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
- ¼ cup pecan halves
- maple syrup (optional)
- Whisk the milk, water, pumpkin, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt together in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Lower the heat to medium low and stir in the oats. Simmer 10-15 minutes until oats are cooked.
- Divide the oatmeal between four bowls and top with pecans and more maple syrup, if desired.