Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal with Java PB2

Hello, friends. Meet the newest take on Pumpkin Spice Latte Oatmeal.

Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal with Java PB2 by The Oatmeal Artist

That’s right. As I am always eager to find a way to add nut butter to every recipe, I developed a different way to enjoy the most famous Starbucks drink in oatmeal form. The oatmeal is a simple pumpkin spice, made exactly like my Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. Then, it is topped with a wonderful flavor twist on nut butter: PB2 laced with coffee!

I polled you all on Instagram several weeks ago, asking how early is too early for a PSL recipe. Nobody seemed to mind that it was early August, but I managed to hold out until mid-September. Go me.

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Like my Banana Mango Cardamom Oatmeal, this recipe came to me while I was making banana soft serve. Although I didn’t let myself buy cocoa powder, I did eventually crack down and buy PB2. On that particular night, I mixed pumpkin pie spice into my banana soft serve, and then put PB2 mixed with instant coffee granules on top.

Immediately, I knew I had to create this recipe. And yep, I’m gonna make a banana version, too. 😉

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Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal with Java PB2

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

    For oatmeal:
  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree*
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (may omit or reduce)
  • pinch of salt
  • For Java PB2:
  • 3 tbsp PB2**
  • water
  • 1/4 tsp instant coffee granules (adjust to preferences)

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c original almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you’d like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now. I recommend flax.)
  2. Wait a minute or two, and then add pumpkin puree. Stir.
  3. While you wait for the oatmeal to cook, prepare the Java PB2. Add water to the PB2 a teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency. (I like mine thick but spreadable.) Mix in instant coffee granules. Taste; add more coffee granules if desired. Set aside.
  4. Back to the oatmeal! Once more of the liquid has dissolved, add vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt. Stir.
  5. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with Java PB2, add a splash of your milk of choice, and add any other additional toppings. I recommend pecans or walnuts.

Just an FYI:

*can sub sweet potato or another winter squash
**alternatively, you can mix the coffee granules with regular nut butter, or you can mix PB2 with brewed coffee


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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.

31 Responses to Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal with Java PB2

  1. daisy says:

    it looks delicious! i will buy some PB2 today.i have never tried it. Do I mix 1TB of PB2 with 2TB water?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      No, it usually takes a 1:1 ratio. I would use 2 TBSP of each. Don’t add the water all at once because it doesn’t always take a full 2 tbsp. And it depends on how thick you want it.

  2. Nikki says:

    I’m not the hugest fan of pumpkin but you make this look yummy!

  3. Kelsey says:

    Do you recommend a particular brand of instant coffee? I’ve been thinking about getting some after seeing your coffee-inspired posts in the past and this one has me ready to take the plunge!

    Also my wallet does not thank you for linking to wild friends, I think I’m about to place a large order, specialty nut butters are my weakness!

  4. Kelsey says:

    Do you recommend a particular brand of instant coffee? I’ve been thinking about getting some after seeing your coffee-inspired posts in the past and this one has me ready to take the plunge!

    Also my wallet does not thank you for linking to wild friends, I think I’m about to place a large order, specialty nut butters are my weakness!

  5. jaime Lindauer says:

    This looks good. I have been wondering about the ratio of PB2 as I have a HUGE jar. I ordered it from Amazon and did not look at size, so I am eager to try it in everything!

  6. YES this looks fantastic! Do you have a favorite Wild Friends product or recommendation? I always see them but I never buy them, because college.

  7. Molly Mollinedo says:

    Ever tried banana soft serve on oatmeal? I got the idea from Oh She Glows and its great.

    • Lyndsey B says:

      I haven’t, although that sounds really good. I bet it’s sort of like Apple Pie, with the hot oats and a cold, refreshing topping. I have tried topping my oatmeal with frozen milk and vanilla, which has a sort of ice cream taste. It was really good!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I’ve often considered it, but I’ve always been too lazy to actually do it. 😉

  8. Lyndsey B says:

    Wow, this recipe is so creative and looks perfect to get into the fall spirit! I love Pumpkin Spice Latte in my oats, but I’m actually not a fan of the Starbucks version. It’s way too sweet for my tastebuds, not to mention the nutritional damage it can cause!!
    I love the idea of Java flavored PB2. Your variations on PB2 are so fun and allow for so many different ways to enjoy it on top of oatmeal. I love the Faux-oreo flavor you created!

  9. Sandra says:

    I may be clinging on to the last days of summer but the PSL inspired oatmeal definitely puts me at ease for fall to start! The combination of nut butter, pumpkin, and coffee sounds nutritious and delicious!! I do have quite a few pumpkin oatmeal recipes up my sleeve and my favorite recipe is pumpkin purée and brewed coffee infused oatmeal topped with pumpkin seeds. The recipe posted also looks like a great way to enjoy complex carbohydrates and heathy fats! I’ve honestly never tried pumpkin mixed with peanut butter but after coming across this recipe, I won’t be saying the prior statement for much longer.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Same. I’m not ready for summer to be over (especially since New York has finally reached a comfortable temperature of low 80s/high 70s, as opposed to 95 and humid), but this definitely makes autumn seem less daunting!

      I love pumpkin seeds. 🙂

  10. Kristin says:

    I can’t wait to make this. Off topic… where did you get your mug/chili bowl? I need a few!

  11. Amanda C. says:

    This looks fabulous!:D pumpkin is one of my favorite parts of fall, so adding it to my breakfast is a perfect fix. I never thought of adding coffee to pb2, I can’t wait to try it! btw, that mug is georgous 🙂

  12. Saralee says:

    Could you do this as over nite oatmeal?

  13. Maureen says:

    I just made this and it is sooooo good, thanks Lauren

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