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Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal with Chia

    Creamy maple pumpkin oatmeal with chia is packed with protein and nutrients with just the right amount of pure maple syrup for sweetness.

    Drizzling syrup on maple pumpkin oatmeal with chia.

    Pumpkin is a low calorie, flavor-packed ingredient that is not only affordable but extremely versatile. My love for pumpkin oatmeal is the result of having leftover pumpkin in my fridge. I don’t know , but most pumpkin recipes only call for 1/2 – 1 cup of pumpkin. Inevitably, I always have a little leftover that I stash in the fridge for a later time. My Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal with Chia combines the delicious, creamy texture of pumpking to this classic, filling breakfast.


    • Oats: Old-fashioned or rolled oats will work fine, making a filling, delicious breakfast.
    • Warm spices: A wonderful blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, essentially pumpkin pie spice.
    • Salt: Balances out the sweet while enhancing the flavors of the other ingredients.
    • Pumpkin: Pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) is low calorie but full of vitamins and nutrients.
    • Maple syrup: Using pure maple syrup naturally sweetens the oatmeal without adding unneccessary processed sugars.
    • Chopped walnuts: Adds a delicious crunch as well as extra protein to the oatmeal. You could also used pecans.
    • Chia seeds: Packed full of fiber, anitoxidents, and omega-3 fatty acids, making them verry good for you.

    How to Make Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal with Chia

    Adding cinnamon to pot

    Start your pumpkin oatmeal by pouring 4 cups of water to a pot, then adding the cinnamon and ginger.

    Adding nutmeg to pot

    Followed by the nutmeg and cloves and bring to a boil.

    Adding oats to pot

    Then add your oats to the pot.

    Oatmeal coming to a boil

    Stir it all together and bring it back to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook until thickened, about 8 minutes.

    Adding pumpkin to pot

    Once liquid is absorbed by the oats, add in the pure pumpkin.

    Adding maple syrup to pot

    Followed by the maple syrup.

    Stirring in walnuts

    Stir in the chopped walnuts and chia seeds, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until warmed through.

    sprinkling chia seeds on oatmeal

    I like to top mine with additional nuts and chia seeds for a bit more crunch.

    Maple pumpking oatmeal with chia.

    Serve and enjoy your Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal with Chia!

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Can you eat chia seeds raw in oatmeal?

    Yes! They don’t need to be cooked into the oatmeal, they can be added raw on top.

    Do chia seeds help with weight loss?

    Because of their high fiber content, chia seeds help you feel fuller for longer, which helps you eat less and lose weight.

    Can I make this oatmeal ahead of time?

    This is a great breakfast to meal prep! Make a big batch at the beginning of the week and eat it throughout! Top with freshly chopped walnuts and chia seeds to maintain this bit of crunch.

    Maple pumpkin oatmeal with chia seeds.

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    Liz eating maple pumpkin oatmeal with chia.

    Delicious and nutritious, my maple pumpkin oatmeal with chia is a perfect fall breakfast. It doesn’t hurt that it also tastes like pumpkin pie.

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    Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal with Chia

    4.67 stars average
    Creamy pumpkin oatmeal is packed with protein and nutrients with just the right amount of pure maple syrup sweetness.
    PREP: 2 mins
    COOK: 8 mins
    TOTAL: 10 mins
    Servings: 4



    • Bring water and spices (cinnamon through salt) to a boil whisking occasionally.
    • Stir in oats then return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook until liquid is absorbed, about 6-8 minutes.
    • Stir in pumpkin, syrup, walnuts and chia seeds. Cook additional 2-3 minutes or until pumpkin is warmed through.
    • Serve in 4 bowls.


    Calories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 8.6gFat: 10.1gSaturated Fat: 1.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8.9gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 152mgFiber: 9.1gSugar: 15.3g

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    1. My comment is coming from someone who eats oatmeal when I feel like it. There are many other things I like to eat using oatmeal, :0. While this recipe sounds delicious, it’s not what I would call delicious. Great for those who are “health nuts!” I think the Pumpkin in the oatmeal makes it taste bitter. Perhaps add apples, and raisins, instead ( if you like raisins) I would def. add brown sugar instead of the maple syrup. The amount of maple syrup in the recipe is not sweet enough. I also used half milk and half water, instead of only using water. If you only use water, your oatmeal taste nasty! The measurements say this recipe makes 4 bowls, which is A LOT of oatmeal per person, but, hey, if you love oatmeal, you might think it’s the perfect amount per serving!

    2. This was really good. I used Pumpkin Pie Spice instead of individual spices and dumped everything in at once and cooked it until it was thick. Ive done that with other recipes that have Chia seeds and said to add them later, but it always turned out real good.

    3. I will be making this tomorrow with the exception of using milk instead of water, pb instead of walnuts, and will be adding chopped organic gala apple. :)

    4. Eeeeeek I have so much leftover pumpkin in the fridge! Lately I’ve been whisking a couple tablespoons into almond milk with some pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup combined with coffee for a quick little wannabe PSL. There’s seriously so many delish pumpkin recipes out there right now that I can’t decide what to use my precious pumpkin on! I looooove chia in oats–I add a tablespoon every time! Can’t wait to try.

      1. Oh my gosh why haven’t I tried making a healthy pumpkin spice latte?!?! That’s brilliant!! I’m going to try that. :) xo

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