Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

by Wendy Copley on October 19, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal -- fast and tasty on chilly autumn mornings

Autumn in the San Francisco bay area is weird. We typically spend much of the summer pretending it’s warm while we shiver in sweat shirts, and then just as the kids go back to school and the leaves start to change we’re hit with a spell of warm weather. In the last three weeks the temperature has hovered around 75 degrees with a few big chunks of days in the 80’s. Meanwhile, the stores are packed with fall jackets and porches are decorated for Halloween. Having grown up in the midwest where the seasons are very distinct, I suffer from cognitive dissonance this time of year!

One of the outward signs of autumn is that the stores are stocked with big displays of pumpkin. I love pumpkin treats so I’ve been buying a couple of cans of pumpkin puree every week. I’ve been enjoying pumpkin cake and pumpkin pie smoothies but both of those recipes only use part of a can of pumpkin, so I’ve been looking for ways to use up the leftovers. The other day I hit on the idea of making pumpkin pie-flavored oatmeal and I was thrilled with how it turned out on my very first try. It’s healthy, fast and so very yummy and I have to share it with the world!

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal


  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • a generous shake of pumpkin pie spice
  • milk to taste (optional)


Combine oats, pumpkin and water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power for 5 minutes or cook according to package directions on the oats. Stir in brown sugar and a generous shake of pumpkin pie spice. Add milk to taste. I use about 1/4 cup of milk and stir it in really well to add creaminess and cool down the oatmeal.

What pumpkin treats are you enjoying this fall?

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  • Michele Lancaster

    Oh, yummy! I must try this.

  • I am trying this tomorrow!  Thanks Wendy!

  • Anne

    Canned pumpkin? Pumpkin pie spice? We don’t even have pumpkin in Holland!

  • Yum; I’m totally trying this! Loving this sunny stretch of weather so far.

  • Trina

    Thank you for posting! My pumpkin treat (baking tomorrow morning) comes from the pumpkin bread mix from Trader Joe’s. I use applesauce instead of oil, add oatmeal and Craisins, and make them into muffins. YUM! I used their cranberry apple butter as a spread once, but they’re quite lovely on their own.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, yummy!!! I’m going to make this ASAP. Two questions, though: WHERE have you been buying pumpkin purée?? None of the stores around me (South Bay, just south of LAX) have it. I remember there was some crazy pumpkin shortage a while back. I’ll have to check Trader Joe’s again tomorrow. I’d love to make this this weekend. Would you mind if I shared the results of my re-creation of this on my blog, with credit and links back to this entry, of course?

  • I’ve been getting mine mostly at Trader Joes but I’ve found Libby’s brand at Lucky’s too. Feel free to post on your blog!

  • Lauri (RedheadRecipes.com)

    Mmmmm… LOVE pumpkin oats!! I especially enjoy pumpkin overnight oats!! And pumpkin cheesecake!

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