Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

garnished bowl of oatmeal on a brown linen with book, white pumpkin, bowl of pecans and cup of coffee surrounding the bowl.

This Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal is the ultimate cozy Fall breakfast! Made with real pumpkin puree, maple syrup – it’s creamy, warming and the best treat to get to wake up to! 

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve shared an oatmeal recipe here on OBB. I go through stages and for a long time, I had oatmeal for breakfast every single day. So, it was always fun to try new creations! 

Since then, I’ve tried to create seasonal oatmeal recipes here on OBB. In fact, my very first recipe on Our Balanced Bowl was oatmeal! You can find that HERE if you dare to go back and see my very amateur photos and post. Hehe!

Anyway, this Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal is my new favorite! Let me tell you why!

Why This Oatmeal is the BEST: 

First off, who doesn’t love pumpkin spiced things this time of year?! Secondly, this is the perfect blend of pumpkin and maple to create the most deliciously cozy bowl of goodness. 

Since we are using real pumpkin puree (and not the canned pumpkin pie mix), it’s not insanely sweet like you might imagine. You get the classic pumpkin taste and then when you combine it with the natural sweetness of the maple syrup and just a little bit of brown sugar – HELLO YUM. 

It almost tastes like pumpkin pie in oatmeal form – does that mean I get to put whipped cream on it? Ha! 

Well, to be honest, to add to the overall creaminess to the oatmeal, it is ULTRA delicious to add a splash or heavy cream or milk to the top. It takes it over the top! 

close up of heavy cream on top of bowl of oatmeal.

Another thing that I love to add? Chopped pecans! The pecans give it a crunch in each bite that’s necessary to help balance out the creaminess. 

I would also not be opposed to adding some mini chocolate chips to the mix because it’s Fall and you deserve to treat yourself!! 

The best part? This oatmeal is incredibly simple to make! Seriously, you just add everything into a pot, let it cook to your desired consistency, garnish it and you’re ready for a delicious breakfast!

3/4 view of garnished bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon sticks, cup of coffee, and book with white pumpkin behind it

This oatmeal is absolutely best paired with a warm blanket, chilly Fall morning, a hot cup of coffee or tea and your favorite book. 

So let’s get into the ingredients you need to make it (spoiler, not many!)

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Quick oats (or you can used rolled!) 
  • Pumpkin puree 
  • Maple syrup 
  • Milk (you can use dairy free or whole OR water if desired!) 
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Pumpkin pie spice 

Best Oatmeal Making Tips

To be honest, this is a very simple “throw everything into a pot and let it cook” type of meal BUT there are a few mistakes that are sometimes made in the process so let me try and help you avoid those! 

First off – a lot of people will say to avoid dairy-milk when making oats on the stovetop. I have found that it works for me – but only if I’m able to give my full attention to the pot. Otherwise, my oatmeal could easily scorch which results in not a great smell and a terrible mess to clean up. 

My biggest tip for this oatmeal is to keep it on low/medium heat on the stove. Low and slow results in the ultimate creamy, sweet and delicious oatmeal! 

So truly, you can use water, non-dairy milk, or full dairy milk! I personally love using either oat milk or whole milk – depending on the mood I’m in. 

I usually cook the oats with the liquid first in the pot and then add in my mix-ins and let them warm up. 

pot of cooked oats with pumpkin puree in it

So, oats first – then add in the pumpkin puree and stir to combine. 

Next, the sweeteners! I used both maple syrup and brown sugar for this recipe. If you want it less sweet, you can skip the brown sugar. Want it more sweet? Add more! Lol. The world is your oyster! 

finished pumpkin oatmeal in a pot.

I also added in vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice for this recipe. If you want it to taste extra maple-y, I would try to switch out the vanilla extract for a maple extract. SO good!! 

This recipe is intended for making this oatmeal on the stovetop, but, if needed, you could make it in the microwave as well. 

one hand cupping the bowl of finished oatmeal while the other hand is holding spoon taking a bite.

For the microwave, I would just add the oats, liquid and pumpkin puree and mix them up in a bowl. Place in the microwave for 1:00-1:30 or until your desired consistency is reached. Once the oats are cooked, then add in the sweeteners. 

Another delicious add for this oatmeal? A knob of salted butter! It makes it decadently rich! The dash of heavy cream does as well 🙂 

hand holding spoon dipping in bowl of garnished oatmeal.

Overall, this oatmeal is so simple, extra delicious and my new favorite Fall breakfast. I hope that you all love it as much as I do! Cheers to cozy Fall mornings! 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few other oatmeal recipes you might like: 

London Fog Oatmeal 

Gingerbread Oatmeal 

Chai Spiced Apple Oatmeal 

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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

This Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal is the ultimate cozy Fall breakfast! Made with real pumpkin puree, maple syrup - it’s creamy, warming and the best treat to get to wake up to! 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword oatmeal recipes, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin spice oatmeal
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Haylie


  • 1 and 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 2 cups whole milk (can sub dairy free!)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (sub maple extract for extra maple flavor)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • heavy cream + chopped pecans for garnish


  1. In a medium size pot, add the quick oats with the milk. Stir together. Place on stove eye on medium low heat and let cook, stirring constantly for 5-7 minutes until the oatmeal begins to thicken to desired consistency.

  2. Add in pumpkin puree, maple syrup, brown sugar and vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice. Stir together. Let warm on low heat in the pot.

  3. Taste and adjust seasoning/add more sweetener if needed. Garnish with a splash of heavy cream and chopped pecans. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

See notes about using full dairy milk in the best oatmeal making tips above! You can also use dairy-free milk or water for this recipe 🙂 

If you desire your oatmeal more thin, you will want to add a bit more milk to this recipe 🙂 

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