Pumpkin Oatmeal Bowl

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bowl, a simple steel cut or rolled oats breakfast bowl with pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice blend. A taste of autumn to start your morning!

a bowl of oatmeal with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds on a white table with mini pumpkins

Love pumpkin season? Start your day out with a pumpkin-spiced oatmeal bowl! Made with pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice blend, and a touch of maple and vanilla, this bowl is perfect for cozy fall mornings. Top it with pumpkin seeds your favorite nut or seed butter for extra flavor and nutrition!

👉 Ready to learn how to make a pumpkin oatmeal breakfast bowl in less than 10 minutes? Let’s do it!


🥣 Ingredients

  • Oatmeal: Both rolled oats and steel cut oats will work for this recipe (instructions for each in recipe card)
  • Pumpkin puree: A touch of pumpkin puree adds creaminess, flavor, and a bright orange color
  • Pumpkin spice blend: easily found in most spice sections in the fall, it usually combines cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice
  • Water: Water is used to cook the oats, though you could use milk or a milk alternative for a creamier texture
  • Seasonings: A touch of maple syrup, vanilla extract, a bit of salt for balance
  • Toppings: I love adding pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of nut butter
  • Recommended tools: medium pot or sauce pan, large wooden spoon, bowls for serving
bowls of steel cut oats, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and other ingredients for pumpkin oatmeal
Ingredients: oatmeal, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice blend, maple syrup, vanilla, salt

👩‍🍳 How to make (step-by-step photos)

1️⃣ Step One: Add ingredients to pot

First, add oats and double the amount of water to a medium pot or sauce pan. Add a pinch of salt and a drizzle of maple syrup, and a dash of vanilla extract. Stir to mix the ingredients.

a small white pot with oatmeal and a cinnamon stick
Add ingredients to the pot

2️⃣ Step Two: Cook oats

To cook oats over the stovetop, bring the pot with oatmeal ingredients to a low boil over high heat. Then reduce to a low simmer and cook until the oats are soft.

Cooking time with depend on what type of oats you are cooking:

  • Rolled oats cooking time: about 5 minutes
  • Steel cut oats cooking time: about 10 minutes

👉 Can you microwave oats? Yes! Cook rolled oats in the microwave for about 2 minutes, and steel cut oats for about 5 minutes. Make sure to cover the oats and stir once throughout cooking.


3️⃣ Step Three: Add the pumpkin

Once the oatmeal is almost finished cooking, stir in pumpkin puree and a dash of pumpkin spice blend. And watch the oatmeal take on a beautiful orange color!


4️⃣ Step Four: Transfer to bowl and add toppings

When oats are done, transfer to bowls for serving. Then you can top the oatmeal with a drizzle of nut or seed butter, a sprinkle of nuts or seeds, and a sprinkle of ground flax seeds.

a bowl of pumpkin oatmeal with pumpkin seeds as a garnish and a cinnamon stick on a white table with a mini pumpkin

🧊 How to store + reheat

  1. Refrigerator storage: Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  2. Freezer storage: I do not recommend freezing, the texture won’t be great after reheating.
  3. Reheating: To reheat, simply stir in a tablespoon or two of water into the oats and reheat on the stovetop in small pot, about 3-4 minutes, or in a bowl in the microwave, about 2 minutes. Stir once while cooking to heat throughout.
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👉 More autumn oatmeal recipes

Want more oatmeal bowl recipes for crisp fall mornings? Try Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bowl and Cranberry Oatmeal Bowl.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Bowl

Kristina Todini, RDN
Pumpkin Oatmeal Bowl, a simple steel cut or rolled oats breakfast bowl with pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice blend. A taste of autumn to start your morning!
5 star (1 rating)
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast + Brunch
Cuisine Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings 1 serving
Calories 287 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 small pot

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup oats rolled or steel cut, see notes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds as garnish
  • Optional: a drizzle of nut butter

Instructions
 

  • Add ingredients to a pot: In a medium pot, add oats, water, a pinch of salt, maple syrup, and vanilla.
    ½ cup oats, 1 cup water, 1 small pinch salt, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cook oats: Bring oats to a boil over high heat on the stovetop, then reduce heat to a low simmer and cook until oats are soft. This is usually 5 minutes for rolled oats, and 10 minutes for steel cut oats. When the oats are almost done, stir in the pumpkin puree and the pumpkin spice blend until well combined.
    ¼ cup pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend
  • To serve: Transfer cooked pumpkin oatmeal to a bowl. Top the oatmeal with a pumpkin seeds and optionally drizzle of nut or seed butter and a sprinkle of ground flax seeds.
    1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds, Optional: a drizzle of nut butter
  • Microwave cooking instructions: Alternatively you can also cook oats in the microwave. Cook rolled oats a microwave safe bowl for about 2 minutes, and steel cut oats for about 5 minutes. Make sure to cover the oats and stir once throughout cooking.

Notes

Steel cut vs. rolled oats: You can use either steel cut or rolled oats in this recipes. Rolled oats will cook faster, but have a softer (and mushier) texture. Steel cut oats take a bit longer to cook and have a sturdier texture.
Leftovers and storage: Store leftover pumpkin oats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat by adding a small amount of water to the oats to rehydrate them, and reheating in a pot on the stove or for 1 minute in the microwave. Do not freeze.
Nutrition notes: Nutrition information is for oatmeal without optional toppings.This recipe uses all plant-based ingredients and is gluten free (if using gluten free oats).

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 287kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 9gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 59mgPotassium: 405mgFiber: 7gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 9539IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 4mg
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