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Fall is in the air, and that means pumpkin season is officially upon us! This easy pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe is a healthy and delicious way to enjoy pumpkin pie flavors. It’s perfect for a quick breakfast or snack on the go. Give it a try today!
Pumpkin oatmeal benefits
Fall is the perfect time to cozy up with a bowl of pumpkin oatmeal. Not only is this breakfast classic tasty and filling, but it also comes with a host of health benefits.
For starters, pumpkin is packed with vitamins and minerals, including beta-carotene, potassium, and fiber. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that can help to protect cells from damage, while potassium helps to regulate blood pressure and fiber promotes digestive health.
Pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties. So not only will pumpkin oatmeal give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, it might also help to boost your immune system and ward off sickness this season.
Oatmeal is a cereal that is a very good source of fiber. Half a cup of uncooked oats has 4 grams of total fiber and 2 grams of soluble fiber.
Soluble fiber is one type of fiber that has a “gel-like” consistency when in contact with water. This “gel” helps to trap cholesterol in the intestine, prevents it from being absorbed, and eliminates it from the body. That’s why oatmeal is recommended in diets for lowering blood cholesterol levels: because of its soluble fiber content.
This type of fiber also “sticks” to sugar, causing it to be digested more slowly. Therefore, it helps control blood glucose levels. People with diabetes can benefit from including more oatmeal (and soluble fiber) in their diets.
Insoluble fiber is the type of fiber that has a more “wood-like” consistency. It does not dissolve in water and can’t be absorbed in the body. But it does have the benefit of helping bulk up waste in the digestive tract, therefore helping to prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.
Oatmeal is also fortified with iron, and one cooked cup contains 77% of the Daily Values for iron. Since iron is better absorbed with vitamin C present, a breakfast that includes oatmeal and orange juice is a good option in order to optimize the absorption of this mineral.
Pumpkin pie oatmeal ingredients
- Milk of choice (cow’s milk or plant-based milk)
- Oats of choice (regular or gluten free)
- Pumpkin puree
- Brown sugar, or sweetener of choice
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Vanilla extract
How to make pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe
Like all the recipes that I include on my site, this pumpkin pie spice oatmeal recipe is very simple to prepare, plus the ingredients are budget-friendly and easy to find.
For this pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe, I used old-fashioned oats, because it’s the type that I like the most. I just love the texture of the whole oat! But, you can use the one you like best, from instant, to steel cut, to gluten-free .
You can use any type of milk you prefer, too. I used cow’s milk for this recipe, but you can use lactose-free or plant-based milk.
To give it a more autumnal touch, I used brown sugar to sweeten it. But you can also use your sweetener of choice.
I also used canned pumpkin puree for convenience, but you can use fresh pumpkin puree if you wish.
To make, combine the milk, sugar, salt and pumpkin pie spice in a small saucepan and simmer at medium heat. Add the pumpkin puree and mix well.
Add the oats and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, add vanilla extract, and serve with chopped pecans or cinnamon sticks.
Additional pumpkin recipes
And if you love pumpkin or anything in the pumpkin family, here are some additional recipes you might like:
- Decadent Homemade Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
- Vegan Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice
- Vegan Butternut Squash with Classic Stuffing
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe
- 1 cup milk of choice (cow's milk or plant based milk)
- ½ cup uncooked oats of choice (old fashioned, instant*, gluten free)
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp brown sugar, or sweetener of choice
- 1 pinch salt optional
- ⅛ tsp pumpkin pie spice**
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Combine the milk, sugar, salt and pumpkin pie spice in a small saucepan and simmer at medium heat.
- Add the pumpkin puree and mix well.
- Add the oats and cook for about 5 minutes*, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat, add vanilla extract, and serve with chopped pecans or cinnamon sticks.
So there you have it – a delicious, healthy and easy breakfast recipe that will help get you through the morning. I hope you enjoy this pumpkin pie oatmeal as much as I do!
Hi! I’m Melissa, Registered Dietitian and mother of two dragons. When I’m not talking nutrition you can find me rolling around the floor with my kids, sewing, crafting, cooking or missing the 90s (seriously, music just isn’t the same). Read More…