Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Oatmeal

I’ve made several pumpkin recipes, and they all carried a similar theme; in particular, they all included pumpkin pie spice.


This recipe let me depart from that category. I’m finally exploring all pumpkin possibilities, which I intend on doing more frequently going forward. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip was a success, so why not with cocoa powder?


Of course, I wasn’t about to just make a fudgy pumpkin porridge; I had to get all fancy on you and make it a two-toned swirl. It’s like marble cake. Except not really, because everyone hates marble cake. 🙂

Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Let the oats cook for a minute on their own. Then, add pumpkin puree.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, maple syrup, and salt. Stir.
  4. Scoop half of the oatmeal into your serving bowl. Add the cocoa powder to the saucepan and stir it into the remaining half of the porridge.
  5. Scoop the chocolatey half of the oatmeal into the bowl with the pumpkin half. Swirl them together. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).


About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

5 Responses to Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Oatmeal

  1. Pumpkin with no pumpkin pie spice – how radical! I’ve got a huge can of pumpkin I’m working through at the moment, so I’ll give this a try. Btw, have you thought about doing any persimmon recipes? I’ve found that they go great with pumpkin in oatmeal and I’d be interested to see what else you could come up with.

  2. Kasey says:

    I love pumpkin in my oatmeal.
    Usually I top this with nuts, just great stuff (it’s like pb2), strawberries, and whatever else seems good (maybe some vanilla yogurt, or banana chips).

    I can’t stand the taste of nutmeg, so The cocoa powder is a nice change from pumpkin pie spice (i mean, I put cinnamon on everything else, so it’s nice to change it up!)

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