Pumpkin Oatmeal

We eat oatmeal at our home about two to three times each week because it is cost effective, filling, and nutritious. But it can often get a little old without some fun variety here and there. With the fall season, pumpkin is a favorite flavor that adds a scrumptious taste to traditional oatmeal. It’s yummy, simple, and healthy!

2 cups rolled uncooked oats
3 1/2 cups coconut milk (or combination with water or other milk of your choice)
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice (or 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, dash of cloves)
Candied pecans/walnuts
Maple syrup or honey, to sweeten

1. In a medium saucepan, combine rolled oats, coconut milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla and spices. Mix till well blended.
2. Place saucepan over high heat on the stove and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and allow to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
3. Remove from heat and transfer to individual bowls and top with chopped nuts and sweetener of your choice. You may want to add a bit more milk to your taste.


Yield: 4-5 servings.

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of four, homemaker, and writer. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

25 Responses to Pumpkin Oatmeal

  1. Monica December 21, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    I came by to add this recipe to my meal plan. I remember you posted it. I love oatmeal and pumpkin, this is new so I may have to sell it to the kids & my husband. Can’t wait to give this a try. Thank you for sharing Lindsay!

  2. Darleen November 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Just a thought to share….we soak our oats overnight, then drain(no cooking) & add fresh/frozen fruit (that has been picked earlier in the spring/summer such as blueberries or strawberries that have been defrosted overnight as well. Some of us like to add cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, honey, almond milk, etc. The possibilities are endless!
    Lindsey, a big thank you for all your hard work on this blog!
    From an old timer!

  3. Jen November 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Sounds yummy but where do you buy the coconut milk? And is is at a price that keeps this breakfast low cost?

    • Lindsay November 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

      Best price for coconut milk is at a Asian Market. $1.89 per can approximately. You can always use any other kind of milk too. I just love the creaminess and flavor of coconut milk for variety with this recipe.

  4. Lori November 11, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    Just made this, thanks! You will have to make this as a special treat it is amazing! http://www.annies-eats.com/2011/10/10/baked-pumpkin-oatmeal/

  5. Ashley November 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Do you ever soak your oats?

    • Lindsay November 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

      Yes, but haven’t soaked with this recipe yet. It is easy enough to soak if you combine the oats and coconut milk or water (with a tablespoon or two of acid medium – yogurt, kefir, etc) and allow to soak overnight. In the morning combine with other ingredients and cook. You will likely have to add more liquids to get to the consistency that you prefer.

  6. Barbara November 9, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    We had this for b’fast yesterday and it was DELICIOUS! We made oat cakes with the leftovers this morning and they were even better!!!!

    • Joy Price November 11, 2012 at 6:50 am #

      what is the recipe for oatcakes??!

  7. Shelley November 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Oh yum! This pumpkin oatmeal sounds great! And I will try the comment about using leftover oatmeal for oatmeal bites :) I love oatmeal topped with apple pie filling. I buy an organic pie filling or I chop up apples, I like a smaller chop than what’s in the can anyway, and sauté in butter & sugar & spices until tender & yum if I have time.

  8. Elissa November 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    I made this oatmeal recipe this morning and my daughter and I loved it and my boys, well, not so much. They said it was too pumpkiny. I am now going to have to try your apple and raisins (and add a little cinnamon) and see what they all think of that. Do you have any other yummy additions that your family prefers?

  9. Anna Joy November 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Just made this :D perfect recipe to try tonight after kiddos went to bed. Anytime I make oatmeal I preheat oven to 350 while it cooks and then drop the finished oatmeal by spoonfuls on a baking sheet and let them bake for about 10 min…result=oatmeal bites that I keep on hand for when little ones (or grownups!) need a quick snack! Hubby is going out of town tomorrow on business, so these little “pumpkin bites” are going with him to help him keep it ‘real’ on the road!!

    • Kristen November 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      What a WONDERFUL suggestion!! THANK YOU for sharing!! I have the hardest time with on-the-go food with my very strict candida diet. I’ll try this!

  10. Oh Lardy November 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Can I throw all of this together the night before and let it soak overnight?

  11. Carrie November 7, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Do you think this would work with quinoa or millet? My youngest is allergic to oats. It is a weird allergy but I guess not unheard of.

    • Adrienne November 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

      It would for sure work. Grains cooked whole are almost always interchangeable.

  12. Diana November 7, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    This looks delish! It will be going into the rotation for sure :-) By the way Lindsay, I really enjoy your blog! I don’t comment much… but I have it on my heart to tell you that your intentional spirit about homemaking has been SUCH a blessing to me and in turn my family/home. I love that your desire to serve healthy meals and use nourishing methods doesn’t seem to take over your life. When I first started down the road to healthful eating I found it was all I could think about… pastured eggs this, organic produce that… I even started daydreaming of food! One morning I woke up and thought… where’s Jesus in all of this? I was so busy getting healthy, researching the newest cooking methods for nutrient retention and being on top of the chemical and toxin-free house cleaning that my priorities were all out of order. That was right about the same time you wrote a blog post about taking a step back and focusing on where your heart was: Jesus, your husband, your kids… that post really blessed me– to know that someone whom I really respect and admire also needed to take a step back and focus on the things God had given her charge of. You mean other women can’t do it all either!!?! I was comforted! All this to say, thanks for sharing your life with us and for desiring to keep your eyes on Jesus first as it is SO easy to get out of balance in this walk we call motherhood. Your perspective on homeschooling, health, beauty, husband, family is so very fresh and real. May you continue on for the Glory of One.

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  13. Sarah November 7, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    Looks delicious! But, what about soaking it?

  14. Heather November 7, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    In the winter my kids eat oatmeal just about every day, but now we also have chickens, so egg sandwiches are the main breakfast. But, this sounds delicious and I think my kids will love it!

  15. Sara November 7, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    We eat oatmeal about 4 times a week. I agree that it can get old without fun toppings once and a while – so we toss in about dozen chocolate chips on days when we need some variety!

  16. Ellen November 7, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    This looks delicious! I love to start the day with oatmeal, but it is a hard sell with our girls. They eat it, just reaaaaally slowwwwly. I will have to see what they think of this!

    • Lindsay November 7, 2012 at 6:16 am #

      My kids love oatmeal, maybe because our regular combination has chopped apples and raisins. You might try that adaption as it is my kids favorite breakfast.

      • Ellen November 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

        Good idea… I have never added much besides milk and maple syrup and I think they don’t like the bland texture.