Creamy Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats (Vegan + Gluten-free)

A hearty bowl of creamy pumpkin steel cut oats full of warm spices to remind you of pumpkin pie. It’s vegan, gluten-free and full of delicious healthy toppings.

vegan pumpkin steel cut oats with caramelized bananas blueberries cashews pumpkin seed butter in a bowl

This pumpkin steel cut oats is certainly one at add to your collection of vegan pumpkin recipes. This cozy breakfast idea is perfect for fall.

It's gluten-free, dairy-free and topped with blueberries, toasted cashews, caramelised bananas and pumpkin seed butter. It doesn’t get any better than that! 

It's a great way to use up any leftover roasted pumpkin or purée. This healthy porridge can be prepared same day or overnight to save time during breakfast on busy mornings.

I’ll share some easy preparation tips plus how to make this vegan pumpkin pie oatmeal on the stovetop, in the microwave or Instant Pot.

How to make Creamy Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

(This is a quick summary of each method. More details are in the recipe card at the end).

Stove top Method

1. Take a medium-sized pot, add the soaked oats and a liquid of your choice (plant based milk or water), and set on the stove at medium heat. 

2. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat and stir in the purée, sweetener, vanilla, spice and pinch of salt. Simmer until thick and creamy for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Be sure to stir the pot periodically, scraping the bottom to prevent sticking.

3. Remove from heat and serve warm with the toppings.

Microwave Method

Cooking steel cut oatmeal is possible in the microwave but I recommend cooking no more than 2 servings (½ cup or 88g) as more oats will take much longer to cook.

But if you're in a hurry, the microwave method can be a convenient way to make this breakfast porridge. Here's how:

1. Get a large microwave safe bowl, add the soaked oats and water or plant based milk. 

2. Place in the microwave and set on high for 2 minutes.

3. Remove from the microwave and stir in the purée, sweetener, vanilla, spice and salt. Return to the microwave for another 2 minutes.

4. Serve with the toppings.

Instant Pot Method

The advantage of cooking pumpkin oats with an Instant Pot is that it is mostly hands-off. But it does take time to come up to pressure.

Letting the oatmeal naturally release is a very crucial step. In total, be prepared to wait about 30 minutes before eating or serving it. Here are the steps:

1. Add the soaked oats and plant based milk or water to the Instant Pot. Close the lid, press “Manual” and set the time to cook for 10 minutes.

2. After cooking, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 12 to 15 minutes.

3. Stir in the purée, sweetener, vanilla, spice and salt into the oatmeal. 

4. Serve with toppings.

Vegan Steel Cut Oatmeal Toppings

There are many different types of vegan-friendly toppings you can add to oatmeal including:

  • nuts and seeds
  • nut and seed butters
  • caramelised bananas (recipe below)
  • fresh, frozen or dried fruit

For more ideas check out the Steel Cut Oatmeal Toppings post.

Tips for making creamy steel cut oatmeal

Soaking steel cut oatmeal is crucial to making the creamiest batch. It can be very chewy and hard to digest but this greatly improves after an overnight soak.

To soak, measure your desired amount of oatmeal and cover with twice the amount of warm to lukewarm water. Let it sit at room temperature overnight then drain and rinse in the morning. 

Some people don’t drain and rinse oats after soaking and that might be fine but I’m used to doing that when soaking other whole grains.

If you eat oatmeal often, you can soak and cook a large batch as steel cut oatmeal maintain it’s texture well while being stored in the fridge and freezer.

Tips for Making Pumpkin Purée

You can use ½ cup (115g) canned purée or homemade for this recipe. If you’re using roasted pumpkin measure and purée ½ cup in a blender or food processor. Add a few tablespoons of water if needed to make it easier to blend.

To make the purée from scratch, chop ½ cup pumpkin and place in a pot with ¼ cup (60ml) water. Cook until it softens and then purée with the liquid in a blender.

How to make a Pumpkin Spice Blend for Oatmeal

A teaspoon of pumpkin spice blend is all you need for this recipe. But it’s also easy to make your own. Combine ¾ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, a pinch of ginger and a pinch of cloves.

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Creamy Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal (Vegan)

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4
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A hearty bowl of creamy Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats full of warm spices to remind you of pumpkin pie. It’s vegan, gluten-free and full of delicious healthy toppings.

Baking Recipes: For more accuracy, select the Metric option below and use measuring spoons.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oats, soaked overnight
  • ½ cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 ½ cup plant based milk or water
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup or sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt

Caramelised bananas

  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 2 tsps oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup, optional

Other Toppings

Instructions

Stove top Method

  • Take a medium-sized pot, add the soaked oats and a liquid of your choice (plant based milk or water), and set on the stove at medium heat.
    1 cup steel cut oats ,1 ½ cup plant based milk or water
  • Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat and stir in the pumpkin purée, sweetener, vanilla, spice and pinch of salt. Simmer until thick and creamy for about 10 to 15 minutes. Be sure to stir the pot periodically, scraping the bottom to prevent sticking.
    ½ cup pumpkin purée ,2 tbsps maple syrup or sweetener ,1 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend ,1 teaspoon vanilla ,pinch salt
  • Remove from heat and serve warm with the toppings.

Microwave Method

  • Get a large microwave safe bowl, add the soaked oats and water or plant based milk.
  • Place in the microwave and set on high for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the microwave and stir in the purée, sweetener, vanilla, spice and salt. Return to the microwave for another 2 minutes.
  • Serve with the toppings.
    Fresh or frozen blueberries ,Toasted cashews ,Pumpkin seed butter

Instant Pot Method

  • Add the soaked oats and plant based milk or water to the Instant Pot. Close the lid, press “Manual” and set the time to cook for 10 minutes.
  • After cooking, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the purée, sweetener, vanilla, spice and salt into the oatmeal.
  • Serve with toppings.

Caramelised Bananas

  • Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat and add sliced bananas. Cook until lightly browned on both sides.
    2 bananas ,2 tsps oil
  • Add maple syrup and cook for 15 more seconds. This is optional especially if the bananas are very ripe.
    1 teaspoon maple syrup

Notes

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Nutrition Disclaimer
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

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