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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

by Dana Bean, RD

Can’t get enough pumpkin spice this season? Delicious fall flavors are popping in this Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with chia seeds.

pumpkin spice oatmeal with pomegranate seeds shows pumpkins and pomegranate
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5 from 1 vote

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Delicious fall flavors in a breakfast favorite
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: Less than 30 minute


  • 1 cup instant oats
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • pecans to top as desired
  • pomegranate seeds OR dried cranberries to top as desired
  • milk to top as desired


  • Bring water to boil and add oats and chia seeds. Add pumpkin puree. Cook about 1-2 minutes until water has evaporated to desired consistency. Turn off heat.
  • Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix.
  • Plate and add pecans, pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries, and milk if desired


Serves 1-2

In case you are needing another reason to enjoy the warm flavors of pumpkin spice (or even trying to use up that can of pumpkin puree) this pumpkin spice oatmeal is a delicious option.

pumpkin spice oatmeal with pomegranate seeds shows pumpkins and pomegranate

Sometimes we save our autumn baking for the weekends or when we have more time. But the nice thing about this Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal is that it’s quick enough to fit the festive flavors into your workday morning! This recipe is so quick, especially since we’re using the quick oats (which I’ll address in the next section).

Because they are so FAST to cook! Diet culture likes to demonize quick oats (like basically every other food that exists). But we’re not sacrificing any fiber compared to steel cut and it helps eating oats become an easier option! The other types of oats can be good for different recipes that include oats but would need to cook longer (for example rolled oats in a baked oat bar).

pumpkin spice oatmeal with pomegranate seeds

Sometimes pomegranate seeds are plentiful, and other times it seems like they’re nowhere to be found. I couldn’t find the pre-separated pomegranate seeds at all at the few stores I tried. But no fear! Dried cranberries are a great substitute and are much easier to find.

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Diane October 10, 2023 - 4:29 am

5 stars
This looks and sounds amazing! I’m definitely going to try this!

Dana Bean, RD
Dana Bean, RD October 11, 2023 - 9:18 pm

You’ll have to tell me how it goes!

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