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October 9, 2018

by Alyssa

Creamy Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

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Pumpkin steel-cut oats with a super creamy texture! These are the perfect fall breakfast, taste like pumpkin pie and are such a great way to start your day!

Creamy Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

I think Fall is my favorite season. I say that every year about Spring, Summer and Fall, but there's just so much to love about this time of year. Not only are the leaves changing, the weather is cooling down, but the food. Oh, the food!

Winter squashes are popping up the shelves at the markets, brussels sprouts, apples, and root veggies are making their way into my meals. And of course, the best of it all: PUMPKIN!

Pumpkin is often synonymous with baked goods, but today we're turning it into the most glorious breakfast treat! These pumpkin steel cut oats are creamy, sweet and topped with some caramelized pecans to make them extra special!

How to make creamy steel cut oats

How to Make Creamy Steel Cut Oatmeal

Steel cut oats are made from whole oat groats that have been chopped into pieces using a steel mill. That means because the pieces are bigger, they take longer to cook and have a chewier texture.

To make steel cut oats, you basically just need to simmer them on low heat for about 30 minutes. You can cook them like you would regular oatmeal (with water), but to get them super creamy, I like to cook my steel cut oats with almond milk and a little fat. The almond milk adds a touch of flavor and natural sweetness and the fat (usually vegan butter or coconut butter) makes it silky smooth and creamy.

For this batch, since we're making them pumpkin pie inspired, we stir in some pumpkin puree, a touch of coconut sugar and some pumpkin pie spice!

How to make Caramelized Pecans

Caramelized Pecans Without Cane Sugar

I like to give my oatmeal bowls a little extra flare. Remember when we made that batch of creamy steel cut oats with caramelized bananas on top? We're using that as inspiration and whipping up some amazing caramelized pecans without any cane sugar!

Making caramel is actually quite simple: you just have to boil down sugar and water until it turns into a thick caramel. Since we're not using cane sugar, I've found a way to make caramelized things even simpler.

All I do is sautee the ingredient (in this case pecans) with some coconut oil and sugar of my choice. I find this method works best with a liquid sweetener like maple syrup or honey, but you can also use coconut sugar which is what we're doing here.

After about 3 minutes of cooking, you'll have gorgeously caramelized pecans!

Creamy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

The Perfect Bowl of Pumpkin Oatmeal

The flavor combination here is everything. We've got the classic pumpkin (which doesn't actually have that much flavor), combined with pumpkin pie spice, a touch of sugar and topped with the sweetness from the pecans and a creaminess from the splash of almond milk.

But we also have the ultimate texture combo too! The oats are creamy, but also chewy at the same time. Not like standard oatmeal or quinoa flakes that can turn into mush, these steel cut oats hold their texture and add interest to each bite. Then we also have the crunchiness from the pecans and a coolness from the milk that balances everything out.

To make this really perfect? Stir everything together and enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal

Make-Ahead Steel Cut Oats

One of the things I love about steel cut oats is that you can make them ahead and reheat them! Since they've got that heartier texture, they can be refrigerated and reheated without any issue.

I like to store mine in the fridge, the scoop out what I want into a bowl, top it with some almond milk and give it a quick reheat in the microwave. It's still super creamy, super flavorful and makes having a healthy breakfast a total breeze.

Have you ever meal prepped oats before? I gotta say…it's a game changer!

Creamy Steel Cut Oatmeal with Pumpkin

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Creamy Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

These healthy pumpkin steel cut oats are the perfect fall breakfast. They're creamy, taste like pumpkin pie and are such a great way to start your day!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 292kcal
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Vegan Steel Cut Oats with Pumpkin
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  • Add oats and almond milk to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in pumpkin, butter, 2 tablespoons of sugar, pumpkin spice and salt. Reduce to low and simmer for 25 - 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • For the pecans, add the coconut oil and remaining sugar to a large saute pan. Once melted and shimmering, add the pecans. Cook for 3 minutes until caramelized. Remove from heat and plate the oatmeal.
  • To serve, divide the oatmeal evenly between bowls. Top each bowl with some pecans and a drizzle of almond milk and enjoy!



Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4900IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 2.1mg
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  1. I feel like it has everything to be good. I don’t know where I messed up. I cook all the time and failed this recipe miserably. My oats stuck to the pot, and my glazed pecans burnt really quick. I think maybe if I tried vegan butter with the coconut sugar and maybe the simmer burner. I don’t know.

    Also, the oatmeal wasn’t great. Could be because it burnt, but it didn’t have a lot of flavor. Reading the recipe, everything seems great. Pretty sure it was just my cooking fail, haha.

    • Oh shoot! I’m so sorry 🙁 Sounds like your stove cooks a little hot! I definitely also suggest tasting as you go – sometimes our preferences for spices and sweetness is a bit different. So maybe next time you’ll want to add more pumpkin spice or more syrup!

  2. This recipe is absolutely delicious! I make a double batch on Sunday and it reheats beautifully throughout the week (minus the pecans) for quick healthy breakfasts. This blog has become my go to for recipes since becoming vegan. Thank you for easy down to earth, healthy and delicious meals!

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