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Microwave Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

October 21, 2010

I think I’ve mentioned making pumpkin pie oatmeal several times over the last year or so, and every time I have a bunch of people practically beg for the recipe. So why has it taken me so long to post this recipe? I wish I had a good excuse, like that the dog ate my blog post or aliens invaded my town and stole all the oatmeal, but we would all know that’s a lie. My dog doesn’t like eating and aliens hate oatmeal.

To make it worse, this recipe is not fancy or complicated at all. You don’t need to use your oven or pots. In fact, you don’t even need to make a trip to the grocery store to buy an expensive specialty ingredient that you’ll only use once before it languishes in the back of your pantry.

Will you ever be able to forgive me? Perhaps some Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal would help win you back…

Microwave Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Makes 1 serving


1/3 cup oats
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
1 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons milk
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
dash of cinnamon, cloves, and allspice
dried cranberries (optional)
chopped pecans (optional)


Measure all of the ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl and stir just until combined. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, or until desired consistency. Top with more pecans and dried cranberries, if desired. Serve immediately.

  1. October 21, 2010 1:55 pm

    You’re just using regular rolled oats here, right? I am so quadrupling this and making it for my family tomorrow morning — thanks!

    • The Craving Chronicles permalink*
      October 21, 2010 1:58 pm

      I like to use “old fashioned” oats because I like lots of texture in my oatmeal, but you can use the “quick cooking” kind too! The only kind of oats that probably won’t work are steel-cut oats.

  2. October 21, 2010 2:44 pm

    Yum! You just had to post this the same day that I run out of oatmeal, didn’t you? :) I think I will have to make a trip to the grocery store tonight just so I can make this in the morning.

  3. October 21, 2010 3:45 pm

    I am just LOVING your blog! Maybe its because I’m pregnant, or maybe its just because I have a sweet tooth, but you definitely know how to get my cravings going!

  4. October 21, 2010 6:21 pm

    Theresa, this looks scrumptious! I’m going to have to try this out for breakfast very soon. I LOVE dried cranberries and pecans with pumpkin!

  5. October 21, 2010 6:43 pm

    This looks wonderful. Love oatmeal. Love pumpkin. Match made in heaven.

    How about dog ate the oatmeal and aliens took over your blog!!!!!

    • The Craving Chronicles permalink*
      October 22, 2010 8:33 am

      My dog actually will lick the bowl after I make this oatmeal – on days she feels like eating. That’s how I know it’s a good recipe! :)

  6. October 21, 2010 11:16 pm

    Forgiven and forgotten. I’m not the type to hold a grudge. Especially not when it comes to pumpkin pie oatmeal. That stuff’s way too good for grudges.

  7. October 22, 2010 2:42 am

    My two year old and I just had this, this morning. I knew as soon as I saw it yesterday that it was the perfect way to help use up the pumpkin in our fridge. It did not disappoint! It was sooo good! He gobbled it all right up. This will become a regular in our house every time I have a little bit of pumpkin leftover (and I’m going to make sure there are leftovers!). Thanks for getting around to sharing it. ;)

    • The Craving Chronicles permalink*
      October 22, 2010 8:34 am

      So glad you guys liked it Cheri! It is perfect for using up extra pumpkin, which I always seem to have in the Fall.

  8. crustabakes permalink
    October 26, 2010 11:18 am

    This is a perfect breakfast material, and i am betting it tastes faboush. i love brown sugar. thanks for sharing!

  9. Summer permalink
    November 4, 2010 7:16 am

    yum!! looks so good!!

  10. November 5, 2010 9:42 am

    This sounds like the perfect fall breakfast! My kids are gonna love this :)

  11. November 6, 2010 1:15 am

    Oh yay, I’ve been wanting to make pumpkin oats for the longest time but was afraid of messing up—this is a great basic recipe to build upon. It looks delicious and can’t be any easier, eh?

  12. sandition permalink
    November 23, 2010 6:45 pm

    Wow, this is much simpler than the recipe I tried on my blog! I will definitely be trying your version!

  13. December 6, 2010 11:36 am

    I made this for my family a while back and wrote about it on my blog here. My husband and daughter thought it was awesome. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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