Pumpkin Oatmeal

This pumpkin oatmeal is a cozy, nourishing breakfast that’s a big, pumpkin-spiced hug! Sweetened with a touch of maple, it’s gluten-free and vegan, too.

Pumpkin Oatmeal

Alex and I made a pact several years ago to invest in making our home into a hospitable, inviting environment that feels safe and cozy – not only in the furnishings, but in the food we serve. At that point, my life was harried and I had a diet to match. My addiction to busyness and doing-doing-doing showed in my meals, which were generally whatever took 5 minutes or less to stuff in my mouth. You know that type of person who bakes bread and smells like spiced tea and inspires you to spill your guts without even trying? I wanted to be that, without investing the time and energy to get there. Keep reading for more on cultivating cozy — and this pumpkin oatmeal recipe.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal

Creating this pumpkin oatmeal recipe

Today, my life is still busy and I still eat quick meals from time to time, but I’ve also seen the value of slowing down enough to invest in the process of eating and the mood it creates. The more I tasted real, whole foods and authentic flavors, the more I realized the power they have to comfort and nourish, to say to the eater, “You are valuable. You are worth the investment in time and energy to bring you these nutrients and flavors. You are loved.”

If foods can communicate, what do pumpkin spices say? To me, they’re a big, warm bear hug – which probably explains the seasonal obsession with everything pumpkin spice / PSL. And combining them into this pumpkin oatmeal is the epitome of a cozy, comforting breakfast. This recipe is easy to put together, and since it’s made with almond milk, it works for a variety of diets like dairy-free and vegan. It’s a nourishing way to start your autumn consumption of pumpkin spices.

Pumpkin oatmeal ingredients

We wanted this pumpkin oatmeal recipe to deliver maximum fall flavor with minimal ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need for this easy oatmeal recipe:

  • Pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • Water
  • Almond milk
  • Kosher salt
  • Rolled oats
  • Spices
  • Vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup
  • Roasted pepitas
  • Pecan pieces
Pumpkin Oatmeal

How to make pumpkin oatmeal

This recipe uses both pumpkin puree and pumpkin spices, so it’s double the cozy! You’ll warm the pumpkin puree for a few minutes on the stovetop, then add the milk and water. Then add the oatmeal and pumpkin spices and simmer for about 10 minutes until the oatmeal is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the maple syrup and vanilla.

Voila! Warm-spiced, pumpkin oatmeal, ready for your cozy breakfasting.

Our fave pumpkin oatmeal toppings

Of course, you can top this pumpkin oatmeal with anything you’d like! Here we’ve served it with pumpkin seeds (pepitas) and pecans, and a drizzle of maple syrup. However, there are lots more great ways to top your pumpkin oatmeal, such as:

  • A pinch of ground cardamom
  • Baked pears (left over from this)
  • Apple slices
  • Raisins or dried cranberries
  • Almonds or walnuts
  • Cacao nibs

Looking for pumpkin recipes? 

Outside of this pumpkin oatmeal recipe, here are a few of our favorite pumpkin recipes we’ve made:

This pumpkin oatmeal recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.


Pumpkin Oatmeal

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This pumpkin oatmeal is a cozy, nourishing breakfast that’s a big, pumpkin-spiced hug! Sweetened with a touch of maple, it’s gluten-free and vegan, too.



  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces


  1. Place 1 cup pumpkin puree in a medium pan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes. Add the water, almond milk, and kosher salt; stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  2. Stir in the rolled oats and cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and maple syrup.
  3. To serve, top with pepitas, pecans, a drizzle of maple syrup, and additional almond milk.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Fall

Keywords: Pumpkin Oatmeal, Oatmeal recipe, Pumpkin spice oatmeal,

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    October 5, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Your writing is just as warm as this recipe, and these photos! I love fall flavors like pumpkin spice so this oatmeal sounds like the perfect breakfast, especially since the morning walk to the hospital has become considerably chillier in the last week or so. I can’t wait to try it.

  • Reply
    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    October 5, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Pumpkin spice IS like a big bear hug – both with the taste on the inside and the aroma on the outside. Love this!

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    Bethany @ Athletic Avocado
    October 5, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    This looks so creamy and delicious and everything I want in a breakfast! BTW, I Absolutely adore your blog!

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    October 5, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    I want to be that person that smells like spiced tea!!! :D I love the idea of preparing a meal for yourself as an act of self-love and care. Unfortunately, I don’t do that nearly enough. But I really love the messages you’ve been sending in this space lately… it’s always kind of a reminder for me to be caring and kind (to myself and others) when I read your posts.

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    October 6, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I’m not on the pumpkin spice train, either (HI ALEX), BUT this oatmeal sounds delicious and if you invited me over for breakfast I’d probably eat all of it. And then beg you to make more.

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      October 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

      oh, hai!

  • Reply
    October 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I love your page, it’s so simple yet elegant. Beautiful photos!

    • Reply
      October 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

      Thank you!

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    October 7, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I love that you made a commitment to making your home cozy and welcoming. I realize that’s something I aspire to, but have not yet articulated. This oatmeal looks warming and loving, and a great way to get in pumpkin spice without the lattes.

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    October 9, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I’m definitely going to have to try making this oatmeal ASAP! I made pumpkin pancakes last weekend, because I’m absolutely one of those people who’s obsessed with pumpkin pie spice (get on the bandwagon, Alex! lol jk)

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    Margaret Ann @ MAK and Her Cheese
    October 10, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I was just thinking about making some pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast! Definitely one of my favorites. I usually top it with Justin’s maple almond butter and a pan-seared banana…yum

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    Giana Siska
    October 11, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing! Just within the past year I’ve been more and more obsessed with “pumpkin flavor”. I’m going to have to try this recipe because coincidentally I also looove oatmeal!


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