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Pumpkin Vanilla Oats

Pumpkin Vanilla Oats

Pumpkin Vanilla Oats – Clean & Delicious®

Ever notice how versatile pumpkin is?

Well, it’s that time of the year again when pumpkin starts pleading to be mixed into all sorts of dishes, sweet, savory, salty, spicy… you name it, pumpkin always seems to find a way to fit in!

So once I open my first can of pumpkin for the season, the creativity just starts flowing.  I’ve been playing around with ideas like pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin pasta, snack-size pumpkin cheesecake… lots of fun things, BUT my new partner in crime (doesn’t she just look guilty!)…

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doesn’t always feel like hanging out while I record and photograph my recipes.   So when I made these Pumpkin Oats during Katie’s nap time, I knew I’d better snap a picture QUICKLY so I could share it with you guys.

Now that the weather is getting a bit chilly (we even had rain here in So.Cal – which is a BIG deal around here!) oatmeal has found it’s way back on my morning menu.  Although, I must admit, I’ve traded in my steel cut oats for rolled oats that I can cook them in two minutes in the microwave.  Oh the sacrifices a Mom has to make 😉 …

Did I mention that I now type like this:


Because my lap usually looks like this:

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And the view of my computer is often something like this:

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But I digress…

back to PUMPKIN VANILLA OATS.   Talk about a breakfast that just screams FALL!

This is like pumpkin bread turned into a bowl of oatmeal (don’t you just love how oatmeal creates a blank slate for so many different flavor combos?)  I added vanilla protein powder which is why I went with the vanilla theme, but these oats would be just as happy with a chocolate twist.  I’m thinking some cacao nibs or chocolate chips stirred in would be p-r-e-t-t-y tasty!

Oh!  And I almost forgot… I’m super excited to be doing some writing and recipe development for CookingVillage.com.  My first article is up so if you’re interested in a recipe for Individual Apple Crisp be sure to check it out.

Now I throw it back your way, what are some of your favorite ways to use pumpkin in the kitchen??  Do you prefer it in sweet dishes, or savory ones?

Pumpkin Vanilla Oats

Yield: Serves 1

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

If you are gluten-free make sure your oats are labeled gluten-free and not processed with any products that have gluten in them.


  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp raisins, chopped up


In a medium microwave-safe bowl combine the oats and water.  Pop them in the microwave for two minutes.

Remove oats from microwave and stir in the canned pumpkin, protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup.  Top with raisins and pecans.  Enjoy!

Serves 1.

Nutrients per recipe: Calories: 298; Total Fat: 9.4g; Saturated Fat: 1.2g; Cholesterol: 115mg; Sodium: 5mg; Carbohydrate: 41.9g; Dietary Fiber: 8.2g; Sugars: 11.6g; Protein: 16.2g

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9 comments on “Pumpkin Vanilla Oats

  1. Oh my gosh Katie is absolutely adorable(looks just like you!!). I love how your spending your time! 😉

    And those oats look amazing I need to give them a try!!

  2. This pumpkin recipe looks great. I love using oatmeal for savory breakfasts (almost treating it as bread) and once read an article where Jada Pinkett Smith talked about eating chicken and oatmeal together for a fuel filled meal. I’d love to find ways to incorporate protein into my oatmeal breakfasts…

    Thanks Dani!

  3. This is my first time stopping by your blog and I think it’s fabulous!

    I’m always looking for new ways to “dress” oatmeal, I’m going to try this recipe- thank you! Your baby is SO adorable!!

    Take care!

  4. Oh my! she is beautiful – I love her chunkiness, I remember when my kids were like that, I miss it.

    I have to try this oatmeal, I make oatmeal every morning and this will be a tasty change – thanks!

  5. The pumpkin vanilla oats look delicious :) I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for posting a great recipe!

  6. I had this recipe for breakfast this morning and it was wonderful and very filling. Thanks for the great idea on a different way to use pumpkin!

  7. I was just told about your website from a friend and Oh my!! My husband and 8 month daughter will be loving you. 😉 I am very excited to see that there are plenty of recipes that I feel suitable to use to start transitioning my baby girl to more solid foods.

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  9. just found you by accident today, and i can’t stop reading your website! you and it are wonderful. but then i saw these awesome pictures of your baby! that makes it even better! i’m a montessori infant/toddler guide, and i think babies rule. i love how fat her cheeks are! i stayed home with 3 boys, and when i see the pictures of you typing with the baby i feel so lazy for just nursing and watching x-files reruns, and reading jane austen over and over. anyways, i’m really excited about how accessible you make clean eating. as a vegetarian i’ve always been a little intimidated, wrongly i’m sure. i think it is super cool how much content you offer for free, me and the boys just printed off your smoothie guide to go with our new nutria-ninja! go baby go!!

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