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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Anjali Shah

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with Berries

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This Easy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal is a delicious and healthy breakfast that can be made on the stove top or in the microwave. Ready in under 20 minutes, kid-friendly, easily made vegan or gluten-free — the perfect start to a fall day!

A bowl of Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with berries

Oatmeal is a total staple in my diet. It’s one of those tried-and-true comfort breakfasts that goes all the way back to my childhood. My typical breakfast is always oatmeal with some sort of mix-ins: apples/pears, nut butters or nuts, banana, berries, ground flaxseed, yogurt, the list is endless! But when I want to switch things up, I love making this easy pumpkin spice oatmeal with berries and pumpkin.

Whether it’s pumpkin season or not, you can pretty much have this year round thanks to organic, canned, pureed pumpkin that’s available at any local grocery store! Although, I have to admit, it’s very comforting to have this on colder fall mornings. Just be careful not to buy “pumpkin pie filling” – which is packed full of sugar and other preservatives that you don’t want to be starting your morning off with.

A bowl of Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with berries and pumpkin puree

Not only does this dish come together in less than 20 minutes, but it’s super healthy and super easy! It will keep you full all the way until lunch thanks to the fiber from the oats, pumpkin and berries; and added protein from the nuts and milk.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with berries and pumpkin

How to make Cinnamon and Spice Oatmeal with Berries and Pumpkin

Step 1: Make the rolled oats according to the package: you can either make them in the microwave or on the stove. For the microwave, I combined the water + oats and microwaved on high for 2 minutes (more if the oats need to get fluffier before serving)

Cooked oatmeal

Step 2: Add your blueberries, pumpkin pie filling, spices and walnuts. Stir to combine.

Berries and pumpkin added to the oatmeal

Step 3: Add the milk and stir to combine. For thinner oats, add more milk!

milk being poured into the bowl

Step 4: Drizzle the honey on top. I like to actually eat mine without the honey stirred in, to get more of that delicious honey flavor in each bite.

Honey drizzled over the oatmeal

And there you have it! The perfect, dessert-for-breakfast, pumpkin pie oatmeal that’s only 300 calories, is super satisfying, is kid-friendly and adult-approved!

A spoon of Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal  with berries and pumpkin being held towards camera

What makes this pumpkin spice oatmeal healthy?

  • Whole Grain Oats: Oats are incredibly rich and nutrient dense, they make an ideal breakfast and give you energy for the day ahead. They are high in antioxidants and fiber and can help lower cholesterol and control blood sugars. Oatmeal is also extremely filling, so it’s perfect for helping to maintain a healthy weight and fending off mid-morning munchies!
  • Low in Added Sugar: Each bowl of this pumpkin oatmeal has only 2 grams of added sugar. But thanks to the natural sweetness from the berries, banana and pumpkin – it still tastes just like a pumpkin pie!
  • High in Protein and Fiber: Each serving of oatmeal has over 11 grams of plant protein, and almost 7 grams of heart healthy fiber.

Will Kids Enjoy This Pumpkin Oatmeal?

Both of my kids think this oatmeal tastes just like pumpkin pie. The berries, bananas and honey provide such a nice sweetness in this recipe, it makes it super kid-friendly. And thanks to the warm spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, this will literally taste like dessert for breakfast! It’s an easy way to get a healthy meal in your kids to start the day!

Can you make Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal vegan?

Yes! This oatmeal breakfast recipe is easily made vegan with a few adjustments:

  • Use a plant based milk, like unsweetened soy or almond (just make sure there is no carrageenan added to it)
  • Use a vegan sweetener such as maple syrup, agave nectar or brown rice syrup instead of honey

Is oatmeal gluten free?

Yes, oats are a gluten free grain. The issue comes in the packaging/processing and the risk of cross-contamination. Most oats are packaged/processed in facilities that work with grains that do contain gluten (wheat, barley, etc.). If you’re celiac or very sensitive to gluten, I recommend buying certified gluten-free rolled oats – which are guaranteed to be 100% gluten free and processed in its own facility.

Top shot of Cinnamon and Spice Oatmeal with berries and pumpkin in a white bowl

Top tips for making Cinnamon and Spice Oatmeal

  • If cooking on the stovetop, use a pot that’s one size up from what you’d typically use. Oats cook better in a thin layer on the stovetop, so the more room they have the better (within reason – you don’t want to use a giant stockpot for these oats!)
  • Don’t stir too much (if making on the stove!) – vigorous stirring of the oats will break them down and will turn them into a gummy texture.
  • If you need to reheat these oats (after storing it in the fridge), just add a couple tsp more milk or water (more if needed) and warm in the microwave on low heat until the oatmeal is warm and creamy.
  • Rolled oats work great in this recipe, but you can use steel cut oats for more of a chewy texture!
  • To make this recipe vegan, use an unsweetened, plant-based milk.
  • Make sure you choose plain pumpkin puree with no added sugar!

Be sure to try these other healthy and delicious breakfast recipes!

Close up of Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with berries and pumpkin

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A bowl of pumpkin pie oatmeal
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5 from 13 votes

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with Berries

With hints of fall flavors like nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, this bowl of oatmeal tastes just like a pumpkin pie!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lowfat milk to make vegan, use unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (make sure there is no sugar added)
  • 1/4 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (more to taste)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp crushed walnuts
  • 1/4 of a banana, mashed (optional)

Instructions

  • Make the rolled oats according to the package: you can either make them in the microwave or on the stove. For the microwave, I combined the water, salt and oats and microwaved on high for 2 minutes (more if the oats need to get fluffier before serving)
  • Add your blueberries, pumpkin, spices, banana, and walnuts. Stir to combine.
  • Add the milk and stir to combine. For thinner oats, add more milk!
  • Drizzle the honey on top. I like to actually eat mine without the honey stirred in, to get more of that delicious honey flavor in each bite.

Notes

Top tips for making Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal  
  • If cooking on the stovetop, use a pot that’s one size up from what you’d typically use. Oats cook better in a thin layer on the stovetop, so the more room they have the better (within reason – you don’t want to use a giant stockpot for these oats!)
  • Don’t stir too much (if making on the stove!) – vigorous stirring of the oats will break them down and will turn them into a gummy texture.
  • If you need to reheat these oats (after storing it in the fridge), just add a couple tsp more milk or water (more if needed) and warm in the microwave on low heat until the oatmeal is warm and creamy.
  • Rolled oats work great in this recipe, but you can use steel cut oats for a more toothsome bite!
  • To make this recipe vegan, use an unsweetened, plant-based milk.
  • Make sure you choose plain pumpkin puree with no added sugar!

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.6g | Protein: 11.4g | Fat: 9.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 346.4mg | Potassium: 530.7mg | Fiber: 6.8g | Sugar: 15.1g

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