Gingerbread Oatmeal

bowl of garnished Cozy Gingerbread Oatmeal

This Gingerbread Oatmeal is the coziest breakfast option! Loaded with warming spices and real molasses, this is a hearty and delicious meal to wake you up! Stovetop, microwave and overnight oats instructions included below!

Oatmeal has always been a meal that is close to my heart. From the instant oatmeal packs when I was younger (maple and brown sugar flavor for life), or the oatmeal bowls I made myself everyday in college topped with granola and fresh fruit…to all of the oatmeal recipes I’ve posted over the years here on OBB.

Cozy Gingerbread Oatmeal ingredients

Oatmeal was the very first recipe i shared on Our Balanced Bowl back in November 2017. I’m not sure I want to link it due to the very dim and dark photos, but feel free to go back all the way for yourselves! Since then I have shared many on here, and this Cozy Gingerbread Oatmeal is absolutely my favorite. 

Why I Love this Gingerbread Oatmeal: 

It’s loaded with LOTS of ginger. I feel like a lot of the times in sweet ginger recipes, people can try and overload cinnamon instead of ginger. This definitely has gingerbread spice all throughout! 

side view of Cozy Gingerbread Oatmeal

Speaking of gingerbread, it also has both molasses, brown sugar and vanilla extract in it! All three of these ensure that you get that sticky, delicious and cozy taste of gingerbread. 

This Cozy Gingerbread Oatmeal is made with whole milk which makes it super creamy. You can, of course, substitute non-dairy milk – for that, I would recommend vanilla oat milk or vanilla cashew milk. 

I love the toppings of the oatmeal – from the super cute gingerbread men cookies to the crushed pecans. The cookies are the perfect addition for the holidays – just a reminder that you can treat yourself every once in a while. The pecans make a perfectly sweet nutty crunch to the oatmeal that’s needed considering its insanely creamy texture. 

close up of gingerbread men

This oatmeal is deliciously thick. Not too sweet, has a spicy kick from the ginger and will keep you warm all morning long. Pro tip? Add about ½ tbsp of melted salted butter on top at the end. You can thank my husband, who is obsessed with butter, for that tip. Lifechanging! 

So let’s get into how to make it! 

Ingredients You Need for Cozy Gingerbread Oatmeal: 

  • quick rolled oats 
  • cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and all spice 
  • brown sugar 
  • molasses 
  • vanilla extract 
  • pecans, gingerbread men for topping (optional) 

How to Make Cozy Gingerbread Oatmeal: 

In a medium size pot, add 1 cup of oats with 2 cups of milk. Stir to combine. Place on stovetop and cook on low-medium heat for about 3-4 minutes. Stir every once in a while.

When it starts to thicken, place on low heat. It should look something like this: 

creamy oats in pot

Next, add in brown sugar, molasses, vanilla extract, and spices. 

creamy oats with spices and sugar

Stir to combine. 

stirred oatmeal with gingerbread spices

Cook on low heat for an additional 2-4 minutes to get it warm. Taste and adjust if needed. Add additional sweetener, more spice etc.

freshly made Cozy Gingerbread Oatmeal in pot

Since this oatmeal is very thick, you can add a splash or two more milk. if you prefer your oatmeal more thin. 

two hands holding bowl of Cozy Gingerbread Oatmeal

Dish out into bowls, garnish with nuts and cute gingerbread men! Eat while warm. 

spoonful of Cozy Gingerbread Oatmeal

Microwave Option:

In a rush? Place milk and oats in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave for 1:30. Remove and stir. If too thick, add a splash of milk. If not thick enough, put in the microwave for 30 more seconds. 

Once your desired consistency is reached, add the molasses, brown sugar, spices and vanilla extract. Enjoy! 

Overnight Oats Option:

Overnight oats lover? Me too! If you want these to be overnight, simply add the oats, milk, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla extract and spices in a mason jar. Stir to make sure it’s combine. Place in the fridge and let it sit overnight. Enjoy on the go in the morning! 

However way you like to eat these, I hope you enjoy and they make you feel so cozy. XO! 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few others you might like: 

Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats 

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats 

Chai Spiced Apple Oatmeal 

Banana Bread Overnight Oats 

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Gingerbread Oatmeal

This Gingerbread Oatmeal is the coziest breakfast option! Loaded with warming spices and real molasses, this is a hearty and delicious meal to wake you up! Stovetop, microwave and overnight oats instructions included below!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword cozy breakfast, easy oatmeal, gingerbread oatmeal, gingerbread spice, warm oatmeal, winter breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick rolled oats
  • 2 cups whole milk (more if you like your oatmeal thin) - can also sub dairy free milk
  • 1 tsp ground ginger (more if you want it even more gingery)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp all spice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped pecans (for garnish)
  • gingerbread man cookies (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a medium size pot, add 1 cup of oats with 2 cups of milk. Stir to combine. Place on stovetop and cook on low-medium heat for about 3-4 minutes. Stir every once in a while.

  2. When it starts to thicken, place on low heat. Add in brown sugar, molasses, vanilla extract, and spices. Stir to combine. 

  3. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on low heat to let it warm up with the spices.

  4. Once your desired consistency is reached, taste and adjust if needed. Add additional sweetener, more spice etc. Add a splash or two more milk. if you prefer your oatmeal more thin. 

  5. Dish out into bowls, garnish with nuts and cute gingerbread men! Eat while warm. 

Recipe Notes

Microwave Option

Place milk and oats in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave for 1:30. Remove and stir. If too thick, add a splash of milk. If not thick enough, put in the microwave for 30 more seconds. 

Overnight Oats Option:

Simply add the oats, milk, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla extract and spices in a mason jar. Stir to make sure it’s combine. Place in the fridge and let it sit overnight. Enjoy on the go in the morning! 

8 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    I’m getting all the warm and cozy vibes from this oatmeal Haylie! Love anything gingerbread. This would be perfect for Christmas morning!

  2. 5 stars
    Where was this this morning?? Love love love gingerbread so I bet this oatmeal is divine! It has all the cozy, comfort food vibes and those gingerbread are so cute on top 🙂 Can’t wait to try! Happy Monday, my friend!

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