November 17, 2021

by Alyssa

Quick Pumpkin Oatmeal

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This quick Pumpkin Oatmeal is a five-minute vegan and gluten-free breakfast with chia seeds and coconut milk. 

close up on pumpkin oatmeal with banana

I love making a warming bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Whether it's baked or made on the stove, it's easy to add seasonal ingredients for a sweet or savory one-pot meal. And when pumpkin spice season rolls around, I'm all about this quick and easy stovetop pumpkin oatmeal.

This oatmeal gets extra thick and creamy thanks to coconut milk and chia seeds. You can add your favorite toppings for a comforting and vitamin-packed morning meal.

ingredients for pumpkin oatmeal

Recipe Ingredients

Here's what you need to make five-minute pumpkin oats:

  • Oats. I use old-fashioned or rolled oats for the most nutrients.
  • Coconut milk. You can use another dairy-free milk if you prefer.
  • Chia seeds. These thicken up the porridge for a super creamy texture.
  • Pumpkin puree. You can make your own or use canned pure pumpkin, just make sure it's not canned pumpkin pie filling.

Add some water and that's all you need to make this tasty recipe!

pumpkin oats with banana and nut butter

Making One-Pot Pumpkin Oatmeal

Once you have your ingredients and a small saucepan, it's quick and easy to bring this creamy oatmeal to life.

Simply combine everything in one pot on the stove. Be sure to stir regularly so the oats don't burn and things are well mixed. As soon as you reach your desired consistency, you can turn off the heat and serve your oatmeal warm.

bowls of pumpki noats with banana and nuts

Topping Ideas for Oatmeal

This pumpkin oatmeal has warming and seasonal flavors that pair well with all kinds of toppings.

Some of my favorite oatmeal toppings toppings are:

  • Sliced banana
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice
  • A drizzle of maple syrup
  • Crunchy homemade granola
  • Brown sugar for extra sweetness
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Coconut yogurt

bowl of pumpkin oats with banana and nut butter

Ingredient Swaps and Additions

If you don't have everything on the ingredient list, you can make a few simple swaps. Or add a mix-in to amp up the flavor and texture f your pumpkin oats.

  • Use steel-cut oats instead of rolled. These take longer to cook, though, so keep stirring at a simmer over low heat until the oatmeal is nice and thick.
  • Add protein powder. I recommend vanilla or unflavored for this recipe.
  • Stir in dried fruit. Raisins or dried cranberries would be lovely inside for added sweetness and texture.
  • More flavoring. Add a dash of vanilla extract or almond extract.
  • Swap the pumpkin! You can use mashed sweet potato or butternut squash instead of pumpkin if you have leftovers.

pumpkin oats with banana and nut butter

More Oatmeal Recipes

If you make this Quick Pumpkin Oatmeal, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!

Quick Pumpkin Oatmeal

This quick and creamy vegan pumpkin oatmeal is made with chia seeds and coconut milk for a five-minute gluten-free breakfast!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 264kcal
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bowl of pumpkin oats with banana and nut butter
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  • Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan (excluding garnishes). Stir together to combine.
    collage of cooking oatmeal with pumpkin, chia and coconut milk
  • Turn the stove to medium low and bring the mixture to a simmer.
    pot of pumpkin oatmeal with a whisk
  • Stir and continue to simmer until the oatmeal has thickened to your desired consistency.
    finished pumpkin oatmeal in a pot
  • Divide evenly between two bowls, top with your desired toppings and enjoy!
    bowl of pumpkin oats with banana


Serving: 0.5of recipe | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 9539IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 3mg

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