Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Nov 9, 2015

600px-Pie_Pumpkin_(4106962345)Tis’ the season for pumpkin pies. My soul loves them—my waist does not.

So as much as I’m craving that extra slice with a giant dollop of freshly whipped cream, I have to use my willpower and say no. Well…really my uncle Jack had to take the rest of the pie home with him because I have zero willpower when it comes to desserts.

I debated making my own pie to hoard to myself, but I stayed strong and made a surprisingly really good substitution: pumpkin pie oatmeal. The kids loved it and I have zero guilt. Winner, winner…


1 cup milk

¾ cup water

1 cup quick cooking oats
¾ cup pumpkin purée
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1½ tbs brown sugar
1 tbs maple syrup
Pinch of salt
Optional toppings: raisins, dried cranberries, pepitas, nuts…

Medium pot (nonstick is easier to clean)
Mixing spoon




Combine all the ingredients (except optional toppings) into the pot. Stir well and put onto a medium to low stove top. Continue to stir every minute until the oatmeal begins to bubble slightly, then stir constantly while it cooks. I prefer my oatmeal a little al dente and so I only cook it for 2 minutes—but usually it takes 3 to 5 for it to become creamy and thicken.

If it becomes too thick, add some milk to thin it out.

This is such a simple and delicious way to start the day. Add it to your repertoire!

Enjoy! Xo






Jamieson is a lover of all things edible. This led her to culinary school after graduating college. She’s done pretty much every job in a kitchen and owned a seasonal restaurant, Mamasa, in Costa Rica. When she is home in the U.S., Jamieson works as a personal chef and nanny, hence The Nanny Recipes. She is currently writing a cookbook that features her simple, easy, and delicious recipes to help parents feed the entire family.

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Jamieson_van_Loan_headshot11111Try Jamie’s other recipes:
Corn and Kale Quiche
Lemon Brownies
Butternut Squash Spinach Lasagna
Lemon Poppyseed Yogurt Bread
Meat Pies!
Tomato and Herb Baked Eggs
The Best Key Lime Pie Ever
Jalapeño Pineapple Sangria
Roasted Chickpea & Hearts of Palm Salad
Rosemary Maple Pork Chops
Hello Dolly!
Balsamic Strawberry Shortcake
Broccoli Slaw
Peach Strawberry Crumble Bars
Oatmeal Pancakes with Bananas Foster Compote
Avocado Toast with Asparagus Slaw & Spicy Lemon Dressing
Grilled Meat Makeover
Mexican Street Salad




Photo, top right, pumpkin by from USA (Pie Pumpkin) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo, cranberries by Cjboffoli (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo, below, pumpkin pie by Patricia (Brownies for Dinner) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.







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