Steel-Cut Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

With pumpkin butter

Have dessert for breakfast with this simple and vegan steel-cut pumpkin pie oatmeal. All you need is 1 pot, 4 ingredients, and 15 minutes to make a wholesome, satisfying breakfast. Get ready to change the way you look at oatmeal.

We’ve all seen recipes for oatmeal. There’s not much to it. Oats, liquid, over heat, stir, eat. Simple. Quick. But I’ll admit (and I LOVE oatmeal), it can be boring and bland if you don’t know how to prepare it. Or, maybe you love oatmeal too but you’re stuck in an oatmeal rut. If either of these applies to you, allow me to alter your current state-of-mind about this incredibly filling, satisfying, and healthy breakfast.

Pumpkin Butter

The secret to intensifying the pumpkin flavor in this cozy and satisfying steel-cut pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe is pumpkin butter. Think of it as the next level of pumpkin puree. Which, funny enough, is what we will need to make the pumpkin butter.

Let’s give these oats a bit of an intense pumpkin flavor shall we? Well, thanks to this pumpkin butter we can give these oats a much more realistic pumpkin pie flavor as apposed to a watered-down mild pumpkin taste. This pumpkin butter is incredibly easy to make and is going to be your new best friend this fall and holiday season.

Pumpkin Butter

A 7-ingredient ramp up of pumpkin that is easily substituted into any recipe that calls for pumpkin puree. Intensify the flavor of your favorite pumpkin recipe by using this pumpkin butter. Or spread it onto your favorite toasted bread.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dips and Sauces
Cuisine: Sauce, Vegan
Keyword: easy, gluten-free, oil-free, pumpkin, pumpkin butter, pumpkin pie spice, vegan
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Erin

Ingredients

  • 2, 15oz can pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Add all ingrients to a pot over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil and lower to medium-low heat. Stir regularaly, cooking for 30-40 minutes until thick but spreadable.
  • Use in any recipe that you would typically use pumpkin puree. Or smear it onto bread, muffins, or bagels. Drizzle into oatmeal or on top of french toast. Add it to smoothies.

Perfect Stove-Top Oatmeal Tips

Allow me to provide you with a few of my favorite tips for creating the absolute perfect stove-top oatmeal.

  • Determine your preferences. I encourage you to take a moment to think about your perfect bowl of oatmeal. Is it piping hot or lukewarm? Thick and creamy or thin and textured? Intensely or moderately sweet? Once you determine your preference you can alter this as well as other oatmeal recipes to fit your personal preferences.
  • Most people think about oatmeal being scalding hot. But you might also want to give overnight oats a try. They’re actually delicious especially on a hot summer morning. If you would like to give ONOs a try check out this recipe of mine for Raspberry Lemonade Overnight Oats.
  • To create a thick and creamy oatmeal you need to make sure that you don’t add too much liquid to your oats. Stirring them frequently while they cook and adding a small amount of oil will result in a creamy texture.
  • To make a thinner, more textured oatmeal you need to add more liquid than oats. You also will want to cook the oats for a slightly shorter period of time. This will ensure that the oats retain more of a bite and are less mushy.
  • Finally, sweetness preference is easily achieved by simply increasing or decreasing the amount of sugar added to the oats. Start with a small amount and add sweetener after the final taste test. It is also important to remember that sweetness can be achieved by adding fresh fruits to your oatmeal. Also, keep in mind that other toppings will add flavor. Don’t let sugar be your only flavor profile. Experiment with the flavors of other topping before assuming it’s more sugar that’s needed.

Be sure to give these oats a try. They’re a hit in my family with both kids and adults alike. Enjoy friends!

Ingredient Health Benefits

Oats- vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, fiber

Pecans- thaimine, vitamin E, magnesium, protein, fiber, antioxidants, oleic acid, phytochemicals

Pumpkin- fiber, potassium, selenium, vitamin A

Pumpkin seeds- omega-3 fats, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, fiber

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Steel Cut Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Have dessert for breakfast with this simple and vegan steel-cut pumpkin pie oatmeal. All you need is 1 pot, 4 ingredients, and 15 minutes to make a wholesome, satisfying breakfast. Get ready to change the way you look at oatmeal.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: easy, oatmeal, oats, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, quick, vegan
Servings: 1 person
Author: Erin

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • ½ cup stell cut oats
  • cup pumpkin butter*
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Toppings

  • pumpkin seeds
  • dried cranberries
  • plant-based yogurt
  • pecan butter**
  • pecans

Instructions

  • Place plant-based milk in a small pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling add steel-cut oats and stir to incorporate.
  • Cover, turn heat to low, cooking for 10-15 minutes depending on desired thickness and creaminess level.
  • Once cooked, remove from heat and add pumpkin butter and coconut oil. Stir to combine.
  • Top with pecans, pecan butter, pumpkin seeds, plant-based yogurt, dried cranberries, more plant-based milk, and/or more pumpkin butter. Enjoy hot.

Notes

*Can sub pumpkin puree but add: 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice to the cooking oats.
**Check out this post for my tips on making the perfect pecan butter.

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Raspberry Lemonade Overnight Oats

Fresh raspberries and lemons add a hint of sweet as well as tart to these summertime raspberry lemonade overnight oats.

Mason jar overflowing with raspberry overnight oats topped with lemon slices, lemon zest and frosty frozen raspberries

Nothing says summertime like a cool, refreshing lemonade right? With all the berries still in season why not add some of those to your oats too? That’s what I was going for with these raspberry lemonade overnight oats. Refreshing. Simple. Tasty. It’s what all good meals are made of!

Since today has been another crazy day over here spent playing at the local water park the last thing I wanna do is spend even 15 minutes in my hot kitchen making dinner. This is usually about the time I decide that it’s Breakfast for Dinner Night.

I don’t know about you guys, but at my house this evokes emotions of sheer joy from my kids. Ok, from us adults too. I mean, let’s be honest, it’s practically an excuse to eat dessert for dinner.

If you’re like me, sweets for breakfast is the best. Makes me feel like a kid again. So if you’re in the mood to dial back the clock a few years at dinner I suggest whipping up these little beauties. And if you’re not like me and prefer to have breakfast at, well, breakfast time, that’s ok! These also make a great traditional AM meal.

Bright yellow lemons and ripe raspberries resting in a white bowl sitting onto top of a black and white checkered dish towel

Raspberry Lemonade ONOs Variations

Oh and did I mention it’s also a great way to use up the last of your summer raspberries? I’m looking forward to the season of pumpkin everything just as much as the next girl but I have to admit…I will miss all the summer fruit. If you’re short on raspberries feel free to throw in any ripe fruit you’ve got laying around. Overnight oats are super versatile so go crazy. Remember, it’s breakfast for dinner!

Mason jar overflowing with raspberry overnight oats topped with lemon slices, lemon zest and frosty frozen raspberries

Ingredient Health Benefits

Fresh raspberries: Excellent source of Vitamin C/Good source of fiber, phosphorus, & selenium

Lemons: Excellent source of Vitamin C/Contain Vitamin A, calcium, & potassium

Oats: Vitamin E/Calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron/Fiber

Raspberry Lemonade Overnight Oats

Fresh raspberries and lemons add a hint of sweet as well as tart to these summertime raspberry lemonade overnight oats.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Resting Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-free, Vegan
Keyword: breakfast, easy, lemon, oatmeal, oats, overnight oats, quick, raspberries, raspberry, simple, sweet
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Erin

Equipment

  • Resealable glass jar/container with lid

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla plant-based milk (I use Flax Milk with added protein)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • cup filtered water
  • fresh raspberries (add just before serving)

Instructions

  • Combine old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, protein powder (optional), & the zest of one lemon to a resealable mason jar or container with a lid.
  • Add plant-based vanilla milk, water, & fresh lemon juice.
  • Secure lid to container and shake well to combine.
  • Place in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 8 hours) allowing oats to soften.
  • Top with fresh raspberries before serving.

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