Pumpkin oatmeal

A bowl of pumpkin oatmeal
Recipe credit

University of Minnesota Extension Department of Family, Health and Wellbeing staff

About this recipe

Serving size
1/4 of prepared recipe
Time to make
5 minutes preparation; 5-10 minutes cook time
Special criteria


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • (see “Tips and Variations” section for homemade version)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups quick or old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • Milk (for serving)


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water, pumpkin pie spice, and salt to a boil.
  2. Stir in oats. Return to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Cook 1 minute for quick oats or 5 minutes for old-fashioned oats. Most of the liquid should be absorbed. Stir occasionally.
  3. Stir in the pumpkin and brown sugar. Cook 1 minute. Let stand until it is the desired thickness.
  4. Spoon oatmeal into four cereal bowls. Top with yogurt. Serve with milk if preferred.

Tips and variations

  • Make your own pumpkin pie spice mix. Mix together the following spices and store it in an airtight container.
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger 
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • If there is leftover pumpkin, freeze it for the next time you make pumpkin oatmeal.
  • If you have leftover oatmeal, layer it with yogurt and fruit to make an easy parfait.

Nutritional info

Total fat
3.7 g
Saturated fat
1.1 g
3.1 mg
194 mg
Total carbohydrates
52.7 g
Dietary fiber
5.6 g
9.2 g
Total sugar
22.7 g