Pumpkin Ginger Oatmeal for Breakfast

Pumpkin Ginger OatmealI try to eat oatmeal for breakfast when I can.  By no means is this everyday; it takes a bit of time to cook and some days a bowl of cereal just makes more sense.  Or cornbread with honey.  Or a brownie.  Not all days can be healthy.  When I’m feeling like I might not want to contribute to an expanding waistline, this is a great, fairly quick breakfast (even quicker if you use instant oats).

Regular old plain oatmeal makes me think I’m Ebenezer Scrooge.  I don’t like eating gruel.  It sounds gross and is fairly depressing as a meal.  Pumpkin Ginger Oatmeal has a much nicer ring to it, and this is a great time of year for it.

Start with some oatmeal.  You can go with instant oats (they’re easy I’m not blind to that) or if you have a bit more time some steel-cut oats really can be a nice treat.  They get really nice and creamy and are a little special when you have the time.  Follow the direction on your oats of choice.  Mine calls for one cup of oats, 3 cups of water, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.Oats - Pumpkin Ginger Oatmeal

Get the water boiling, add salt, and then add your oats.  Drop the heat down to a lowish setting and let the oats simmer.  There is some flexibility here.  Most oats are in the range of 10-20 minutes cook time, depending on how creamy and soft you like them.  Give them a stir every once in a while – oats get lonely and stick the bottom of the pan if you don’t.  About halfway through I toss in some pumpkin puree.  You can go as much or as little as you like, I go with 1/2 a cup and that’s a good amount for me.  When the pumpkin goes in I also add a bit of spice at this point, 1/4  to 1/2 teaspoon each ginger and cinnamon, or really whatever you like.  You can just substitute pumpkin pie spice as well.Pumpkin - Pumpkin Ginger Oatmeal

Quick cooking or otherwiseOnce you’ve decided it’s time to take it off the stove, find your favorite bowl and ladle some in.  I usually garnish it a little bit more at this point.  You can toss some milk or cream on top.  Brown sugar and cinnamon.  Maybe some freshly ground nutmeg.  Be a little creative, I tend to change it up a little bit each time.  It’s always tasty, warm, and makes for a good morning.

Pumpkin Ginger Oatmeal


  • 1 Cup of Oats – Quick cooking or otherwise
  • 3 Cups of Water (or follow the directions on your oats package)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • Maybe some fresh nutmeg grated on top
  • 1 Teaspoon brown sugar and cinnamon
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