Stovetop pumpkin pie oatmeal is the perfect fall breakfast. It starts off your day ready to eat more fall themed dishes! But in all seriousness, this stovetop pumpkin pie oatmeal really is worth the hype because it only takes 5 minutes to make, it’s creamy, delicious, and has unlimited options when it comes to toppings!
I used to make my oatmeal in the microwave, but the consistency and texture would never be the same my microwave isn’t the most powerful. My oatmeal would also become one big clump, and that texture is not my thing. So I decided to try cooking my oatmeal on the stove, and it is a serious game changer!
I love making oatmeal because it’s so easily customizable. Some mornings I’ll add some flax seeds or hemp hearts, and other mornings I’ll add in a banana or sautéed apples. I am able to customize my oatmeal to how I’m feeling in the morning, and especially in September I’m always craving warm and cozy breakfasts. I especially love using plain/regular instant oatmeal packets since you can customize the flavour to your liking!
Cooking Tip: How to make your oatmeal super fluffy
Another secret I discovered to making my oatmeal super fluffy that I wasn’t able to do with my microwave: add a sprinkle of baking powder! This requires you to add more water since it really makes the oats absorb the water, but the fluffiness of the oats once they’re cooked is mouth watering!
This stovetop pumpkin oatmeal is:
- Pumpkin spiced (but not too much!)
- Naturally sweet
How to cook your stovetop pumpkin oatmeal
Once you spray your pot with cooking spray and add in all the dry ingredients, I then add my 2 tbsp of pumpkin puree, then add 1/2 cup of water. I turn on the heat and give my oatmeal a small stir so the pumpkin is incorporated into the oats and not just one blob in the middle of the pot. Another trick I learned is that you should not continuously stir your oatmeal while it cooks – this prevents the oats from really absorbing all of the water. Also, don’t put the lid on the pot! This also prevents the oats from cooking. Only once you see the water begins to boil (after 3 minutes) should you stir your oatmeal. I usually stir it often at that point because the oats may stick to the bottom of the pot. You can even lower the heat so they don’t burn.
I hope these tips and tricks helped you to perfect your oatmeal making! Now let’s get into the recipe!
If you’re looking for more fall/pumpkin themed breakfast ideas, try my fluffy vegan pumpkin pancakes! They make the perfect weekend breakfast.
Stovetop Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (V, GF, DF, RSF)
- 1 packet of natural oatmeal (or 1/3 cup oats*) – I use the Quaker natural instant oatmeal
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp flaxseeds
- 1/2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp protein powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice (less than 1/4 tsp)
- 2 tbsp pumpkin purée
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp plant milk of choice (I use almond milk)
- Toppings: nuts, bananas, apples (any other fruit!), nut butter, maple syrup, etc.
- Spray a small pot with cooking spray (to ensure oats do not stick to the pan), and add in all ingredients except water and milk.
- Add in 1/2 cup of water, turn the stove on medium heat and stir all ingredients together. Let simmer on medium heat for 3 minutes. If oats begin to bubble, stir them to ensure oats do not stick to the pan.
- Once the oats have absorbed most of the water, add in 2 tbsp of plant milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- Stir milk into the oats and let cook for another 3 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and pour oats into your favourite bowl.
- Top oats with fruits, nuts, nut butter, maple syrup, etc. and enjoy!
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