Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

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Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats are a healthy and flavorful breakfast full of pumpkin puree and fall spices.

Pan of Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats garnished with dried cranberries

It’s time to put the cold cereal away and make room for a heartier and healthier breakfast. If you find yourself eating breakfast at 7 am and grabbing second breakfast by 8:30 am (been there, done that), it’s time you give these pumpkin steel cut oats a try! They will keep you full for a long time.

I personally love the chewy texture of steel cut oats. Add some pumpkin puree into the mix (always a good idea!), and I’m one happy camper!

Steel cut oats take a little more time and patience to cook than your typical rolled oats. However, there are some health benefits to selecting steel cut oats over the rolled oats or your quick cooking oats.

Benefits of Steel Cut Oats

  • Steel cut oats are minimally processed.
  • Old fashioned rolled oats are steamed and then rolled flat. Because the old fashioned oats are rolled flat, they require less time to cook.
  • Steel cut oats are never cooked, rather they pass through a steel blade and the grain kernel is then cut into thin slices. Because of this, the steel cut oat retains more protein and fiber. Steel cut oats require more cooking time (15 to 25 minutes) because they are larger and not steamed and flattened like old fashioned oats are.

Pan of Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

How to make Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

In a saucepan add water, steel cut oats, a pinch of salt, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes. The longer you cook the oats, the thicker the mixture becomes.

When the pumpkin steel cut oats have reached your desired consistency remove from heat. The mixture will thicken as it cools.

Eat your pumpkin steel cut oats immediately, or add a sweetener such as brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey. You can also garnish it with raisins, dried cranberries, or pecans.

Spoonful of Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

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Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

A delicious breakfast for you to make this fall! It's spiced to perfection!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 142kcal
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make steel cut oats, pumpkin steel cut oats, steel cut oats recipe


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats (regular or gluten-free)
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • sugar, honey or maple syrup to sweeten, as desired
  • nuts, craisins, raisins for topping, as desired


  • In a saucepan over medium heat add the water, steel cut oats, salt, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Bring the mixture to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring frequently. The longer you cook the oats the thicker the mixture becomes. Remove from heat and let sit for several minutes before serving.
  • Stir in brown sugar, honey , or maple syrup according to taste. Garnish with nuts, craisins, raisins, or any other toppings you desire. 


  • WW points and nutritional information do not include sweetener or toppings


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7625IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.1mg


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  • Janet Reinhart wrote:

    I love oatmeal and want to try steel-cut oats! Could I even make these overnight in my slow cooker? Modifications for that? Thanks so much – love your recipes!

    • Whitney Wright wrote:

      Hi Janet! Thanks for the sweet comment. Yes, you can cook steel cut oats in the slow cooker. However, I haven’t tried it on this particular recipe. My advice would be to combine everything in the slow cooker and keep the setting on low for 6 hours. Good luck! Report back with how it turned out! And in the meantime I need to go whip up a batch in my slow cooker 🙂