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Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Walnuts and Maple Syrup

Creamy pumpkin-y oats can make anything better.

Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Walnuts and Maple Syrup | #recipeIt’s true, though. If you’re wondering where I’ve been all week, you may recall me mentioning something on Monday about getting somewhat ill this past weekend… Welp, since then it’s only gotten worse, and I’ve been battling a pretty nasty sinus infection and bronchitis. The worst part is Mikey got really sick, too, so we’ve spent the better part of the week in bed, cuddling our pup, with lots and lots of tissues, a humidifier, and so much Mucinex D.

However, I did find a way to peel myself up off my indent in the couch to make this oatmeal! It’s really, really good, you guys. And it’s super comforting, and perfect for Fall, and it totally turned my sick frown upside-down for a brief moment!

Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Walnuts and Maple Syrup | #recipe

Umm, don’t mind my distorted reflection in the spoon there…Yep, those would be pink sweat pants.

You know what’s cool about this oatmeal? It’s made in the oven! It also reheats super well in the microwave.

I used steel-cut oats here, because they are sturdier, but also because I love their nutty flavor and texture. If you’ve never had steel-cut oats, I took a photo of them next to some regular rolled oats, so you could see how different they look.

Rolled oats vs. Steel-cut oats | spachethespatula.comRolled oats are oat groats that have been steamed and rolled flat (hence “rolled” oats), while steel-cut are the whole oats groats chopped into pieces. Steel-cut take a bit more time to cook, but the flavor payoff is so worth it. Plus, with a recipe like this, you just do a little cooking on the stove, then pop the whole thing in the oven and forget about it for a while!

I topped these with a drizzle of maple syrup (the real stuff!), and some walnuts. The crunch of the walnuts is a wonderful contrast to the creamy oats, and who doesn’t love pumpkin and maple together?

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Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Walnuts and Maple Syrup

Yield: roughly 6 servings


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cups steel cut oats
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup golden brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

to top:

  • roughly chopped walnuts
  • real maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large pot (I used an enamel Dutch oven), heat 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium-high heat. Once the butter is foamy, add in the oats and toast them for about 3 minutes.
  3. Push the oats to the sides, and add in the other tablespoon of butter. Add the pumpkin puree on to and allow it to cook there for about a minute without stirring. Add in the pumpkin pie spice and stir everything together. Continue cooking for another 4 minutes.
  4. Add in the remainder of the ingredients, and stir to combine. Place the lid on and bake for 35 minutes.
  5. Remove the lid and stir the oatmeal. Allow it to slightly cool before serving with the walnuts and maple syrup.

recipe slightly adapted from here

Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Walnuts and Maple Syrup | #recipe


13 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Walnuts and Maple Syrup”

  1. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven — October 3, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Awww! Sorry to hear you’re still under the weather, Rach! Hope you feel better soon, girlfriend!

    And this oatmeal! Wowzers, I think I could eat this every morning for breakfast and never get sick of it. LOVE that last photo so much! Pinned!

    • Rachael replied: — October 3rd, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

      Thank you so much, Sarah! I'm going to finally throw in the towel and get some prescription meds today, I think haha. I guess my immune system isn't as strong as I want to be!

  2. Danguole — October 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I’m cracking up at your reflection in the spoon–never would have noticed! But it happens to me all the time and I wonder whether I should mention it or not. I assume nobody notices, eek!

    This looks heavenly! Warm oatmeal and cold milk are the way to my heart.

    • Rachael replied: — October 3rd, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

      Haha, it was totally the first thing I saw and I was wondering if I should even use the photo. In the end I was just like "to hell with it, i'm using it!" 😛

  3. Jess — October 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I’ve haven’t seen steel cut oats before, I’ll have to check out some of the organic stores because this looks delicious!

    • Rachael replied: — October 4th, 2014 @ 12:13 am

      Yes! They are life-changing! Or… at least they were for me, haha! They have such amazing texture!

      And thank you!

  4. — October 4, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Oh my gosh, Rachael, you get so much props for making (and photographing!!) food while sick! Sinus infections knock me OUT, you have my complete sympathy! I hope you guys have started to recover. And can we talk about this delicious oatmeal?! Autumn breakfast of champions for sure!

    • Rachael replied: — October 4th, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

      Thank you, Elizabeth!
      I am happy to say that I finally think I'm starting to get better, yay! I can actually breathe now, haha!

  5. Graham+@+Glazed+&+Confused — October 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I don’t even eat oatmeal and I’m reeeeally contemplating making this for dinner. Too good! 

    • Rachael replied: — October 6th, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

      Haha! Thanks Graham!

  6. Kiran @ — October 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Yummy!! I love steel-cut oats and usually soak it overnight and that makes it faster to cook in the morning 🙂

    • Rachael replied: — October 6th, 2014 @ 7:56 pm

      That's a great idea, Kiran! I totally have to try that!

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