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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

There's nothing like a bowl of warm oatmeal in the morning, and my spiced version works in a slow cooker. Store leftovers in the fridge. —Jordan Mason, Brookville, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • Optional toppings: Toasted chopped pecans, ground cinnamon, and additional brown sugar and milk


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients; stir in water and milk. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until oats are tender, stirring once. Serve with toppings as desired.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Drizzle oatmeal with maple syrup, honey or agave nectar.
  • Dairy-free? Substitute almond or soy milk for the 2% milk.
  • To make gingerbread oatmeal, replace half the brown sugar with molasses and sprinkle with candied ginger.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 183 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 329mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 5g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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    • Lovepiggs
      Jan 7, 2020

      Can you use regular rolled oats instead of steel cut? I love pumpkin. I never eat steel cut, but willing to try them.,

    • Donna
      Apr 29, 2019

      I enjoyed this. Really easy. Because it is so hearty, I think it makes more than than 6 servings though. Definitely add brown sugar and toasted nuts as a topping.

    • AHarmatys
      Jan 8, 2018

      Super easy, great thick-and-creamy steel cut oat only issue was that it could stand to be a bit sweeter (I'm a slow-cooker, steel cut oat fanatic and most call for 1/4 c sugar or more for that much oats). However, that's easily remedied by adding your own extra sugar after it's done cooking - and also lets you customize/control how sweet it is. Will definitely make it again!

    • bunqui95
      Sep 13, 2017

      I found this recipe last night while looking for something else. It looked easy, and I had all the ingredients, so I put it together before going to bed. My 3-year-old has enjoyed pumpkin since he started eating solid food, and this was no exception. I had no difficulty getting him to eat his breakfast this morning. I found it to be a little bit rich, but overall, a very tasty breakfast.

    • Nonniebakes
      Oct 26, 2016

      Pleasant flavor but more like a pudding than an oatmeal.