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Healthy Fall Pumpkin Oatmeal

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Pumpkin oatmeal is a quick breakfast that embraces all the scents and cozy flavors of the season. From warm spices to leftover pumpkin puree, this will quickly become one of your favorite oatmeal recipes!

top view of a white bowl with cooked oatmeal topped with cranberries and pumpkin seeds

As fall sets in and the crisp morning air creeps in, it gets harder and harder to get out of bed. But cold mornings were made for a warm bowl of oatmeal, especially when it is full of fall flavors. 

Breakfast is my favorite meal and I’m always looking to add new healthy breakfast recipes to the rotation. Last year, I was making my favorite pumpkin spice latte and decided to see what would happen if I used it as an oatmeal base. It was amazing and that was when my obsession for pumpkin oatmeal first started. 

Make Ahead Breakfast That’s Perfect For Meal Prep

One way to guarantee that your breakfast is healthy and nourishing is to make it the night before, while you still have energy, and to enjoy it the next morning as you slowly wake up. This recipe can be made ahead of time and can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Double or triple the recipe and enjoy the leftover oatmeal for days. Or share it with the whole family! 

side view of a white bowl with cooked oatmeal topped with cranberries and pumpkin seeks with a spoon in the bowl


  • Oatmeal – I prefer sprouted quick oats but you could use steel cut oats and extend the cooking time
  • Pumpkin puree – Canned pumpkin will work but if it’s pumpkin season, try making Homemade Pumpkin Puree! 
  • Oat Milk – There is a natural sweetness to oat milk but you can substitute almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk 
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice – Try this homemade blend
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Honey 
  • Toppings of your choice – Pumpkin seeds, Chia seeds, hemp seeds, dried cranberries, pecans, walnuts, almonds. I love pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries
  • Ground Cinnamon (optional) – To sprinkle over the top
  • ​Chocolate Chips – If you must!

How To Make Fall Pumpkin Oatmeal

Add the oat milk to a small sauce pot over low heat
Add the honey, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin puree and stir
top view of a saucepan with cooked oatmeal
Add the oatmeal to the pot and bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 4-5 minutes or until cooked

Top view of a white bowl with cooked oatmeal
Add to a bowl and top with your favorite toppings! 


  • Oatmeal boils over quickly. In this recipe, we recommend cooking the oatmeal over low heat and uncovered to prevent it from boiling over. It may feel like it is taking longer but it is so hard to clean boiled oatmeal off the stove, so it’s worth it! If you want to try cooking it over medium heat, stay next to the stove the entire time. If it starts to bubble or burn, remove it from the heat immediately.
  • If the oatmeal is too thick, add more milk until you reach the desired consistency. Oat milk is also thicker than other nut milk, so you can add water to thin the oatmeal.
  • If you don’t have nut milk on hand, you can use water instead but it won’t be as thick and creamy.
  • If you want an over the top delicious bowl of pumpkin spice oatmeal, toast the oats first. Add them to the pot and toast them over medium heat, just until they start to brown. This will be very quick, so watch them closely or they will start to burn. Once toasted, add the other ingredients. Be very careful adding the milk. Since the pot is hot, the milk will splash when you add it and can burn you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fall Oatmeal Recipes

What is the healthiest way to eat oatmeal?

The first thing I’ll say is that the healthiest way depends on your individual needs, but as a general rule, the healthiest way to eat oatmeal would be with milk, fresh fruits, nuts and seeds. The milk, nuts, and seeds will provide some protein and healthy oils for your morning and the natural sweetness from the fruits will remove the need for added sugar. 

How do I store leftover oatmeal?

Leftover oatmeal should be cooled to room temperature and then stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you reheat it the next day, put it in a bowl, add a splash of milk and microwave it for a minute, or until heated.  

Can I use this as an overnight oats recipe?

You sure can! The only change would be to increase the nut milk to 1 Just add all the ingredients to a covered container, like a mason jar, and store in the fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning!

Can you freeze oatmeal? 

Cooked oatmeal freezes surprisingly well and it’s a great way to save any extra oatmeal for another day. I like to freeze it in individual portions in a mason jar. I then use a handheld air sealer to keep it from getting freezer-burned. Put it in the fridge the day before and enjoy it the next day!

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Healthy Fall Pumpkin Oatmeal

Healthy Fall Pumpkin Oatmeal

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

From warm spices to leftover pumpkin puree, this will quickly become one of your favorite oatmeal recipes!


  • 1 Cup Oat Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • Dried Cranberries & Pumpkin seeds as a topping


  1. In a small saucepan, add the oat milk, oatmeal, pumpkin puree, honey, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice
  2. Bring to a low boil over low heat and simmer 4-5 minutes, or until the oatmeal is cooked. Stir frequently and watch it closely so it doesn't boil over.
  3. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl. Add toppings
  4. Enjoy!


The oatmeal will thicken as it sits. If it is too thick, add more oat milk.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 4gSugar: 25gProtein: 5g

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By on September 14th, 2023

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10 thoughts on “Healthy Fall Pumpkin Oatmeal”

  1. 5 stars
    I am a big oatmeal lover, but I have never actually tried putting pumpkin in my oatmeal. I’m glad I did it was delicious. It didn’t actually taste like veggie at all. This was like pumpkin pie for breakfast. Loved it

  2. This is a new go-to breakfast! The pumpkin puree is so good! All the other spices and topping go well with everything. Easy and delicious!

  3. I loved this Pumpkin Oatmeal. It is so creamy, healthy yet so delicious. And knowing that I can prep it ahead of time made it so convenient. This recipe is definitely going in my breakfast rotation!

  4. So good! This pumpkin oatmeal recipe was very easy to make and it’s absolutely healthy and so delicious! Next time, I’ll be making this a night before so I can immediately enjoy it the next morning. Thanks for the recipe!


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