Pumpkin Cranberry Thyme Oatmeal

Who has Thanksgiving leftovers?

Not I. 🙂 But if you do, I have a recipe for you to try!

Pumpkin Cranberry Thyme Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist

As you know, I’m a sucker for thyme. I basically took my Pumpkin, Apple, & Cranberry Oatmeal and made it ~super classy~ by adding thyme. (This recipe does not include apples, but you could obviously add that if you want.)

I don’t have much for leftovers because–for the second year in a row–I went out to eat. My cousin from Minnesota came to visit, and we went to Spring Street Natural Restaurant in SoHo. They offered a vegan Thanksgiving plate with Field Roast, stuffing <3, green beans, roasted sweet potatoes, and cranberries. It was perfect. I do have some leftovers because I wasn’t able to finish it, but I have full intentions of eating those for dinner later…not in my oatmeal. 🙂

Pumpkin Cranberry Thyme Oatmeal - The Oatmeal Artist

Pumpkin Cranberry Thyme 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)
  • handful of fresh cranberries
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup OR 2 pitted, chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 3-5 sprigs fresh thyme

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. Add cranberries immediately (and dates, if using) into oatmeal immediately.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add pumpkin puree, maple syrup (if using), vanilla extract, and salt. Stir.
  4. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, remove thyme leaves and stir into the oatmeal.
  5. Transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (more thyme, dried fruit, chopped apple, etc.).

Just an FYI:

Want to use dried cranberries instead? Stir them in just before adding the thyme.


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.

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