Pumpkin Oatmeal

pumpkin oatmeal in a bowl.

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Cozy pumpkin oatmeal lightly spiced with cinnamon is a fall-festive way to start the day. It’s a quick breakfast recipe you can make in about 10 minutes!


  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 pinch of ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk


  1. Bring the water to a simmer in a small saucepan. Add the oatmeal and lower the heat to medium. Cook and stir the oatmeal for about five minutes. It’s ready when most of the water has been absorbed and the oatmeal is creamy.
  2. Stir in the pumpkin, sugar, and cinnamon.  Add the milk, stir, and transfer the oatmeal to a bowl. 


Milk: Whole milk makes it extra creamy, but I’ve also made with with 2% milk, almond milk, and oat milk. Sometimes, I add a splash of half and half or cream at the end to make it extra creamy.

Add your favorite mix-ins to dress it up! Chopped nuts, dried cranberries, raisins, or seeds like pumpkin seeds or chia seeds are all great.

You can make a big batch and store it in the fridge for easy breakfasts – it will keep well for several days. I like to portion it out into individual containers and warm them up in the microwave. The oatmeal does thicken up when it’s cold, so add a splash of milk to thin it when you warm it up.