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Gingerbread Oatmeal is made with classic gingerbread flavors and healthy wholesome ingredients! This easy breakfast is made on the stove top and takes less than 20 minutes to make!
This healthy Gingerbread Oatmeal recipe is filled with warm cozy spices of gingerbread and is a great way to start the day especially during the holiday season, cold winter mornings, or even Christmas morning.
One of my favorite things to do on cold mornings is make a bowl of warm oatmeal. This Gingerbread Oatmeal makes the perfect breakfast when I’m craving comfort, cozy food, and gingerbread flavors. You only need 15 minutes and a sauce pan to make these oats, that’s it!
I love all things gingerbread, especially this time of year. My Gingerbread Men Cookies, Gingerbread French Toast, Ginger Molasses Cookies, and Gingerbread Cookie Bars are all on my list to bake this season.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Healthy Breakfast: You’ll feel good about eating this Gingerbread Oatmeal because it’s packed with whole grains and nutrient-dense ingredients.
Meal Prep: You can double the recipe and meal prep your breakfast for busy mornings. Place oatmeal in an airtight container and microwave when ready to eat.
Packed with Flavor: Each bite is loaded with warm spices of your favorite Gingerbread cookie. This oatmeal makes a fun and festive holiday breakfast that the whole family will love.
- Oats: Old-fashioned oats are the most ideal oats to use for this oatmeal. Quick oats will work, the consistency may be a little different and the oats will cook more quickly.
- Almond milk: You could your milk of choice. Regular whole milk, low-fat, fat-free, coconut milk, and oat milk will work.
- Spices: Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger are used to give this oatmeal a gingerbread spice flavor.
- Vanilla extract: Adds a warm flavor and enhances the flavors.
- Maple syrup: I always prefer to use pure maple syrup as a natural sweetener but you could also use honey, agave syrup, coconut sugar, or brown sugar.
- Molasses: Adds the signature gingerbread flavor. You can’t make Gingerbread Cookies without it so you’ll just need a tablespoon to add a subtle sweet flavor.
How To Make Gingerbread Oatmeal
Combine Oats, Milk, and Spices. In a small sauce pan on medium heat, add the oats, almond milk, and spices (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Stir to combine.
Boil Oats. Bring the oats to a boil and reduce the heat, about 3-4 minutes. Be sure to stir often.
Add Remaining Ingredients. Stir in vanilla extract, maple syrup, and molasses until combined and let the oats simmer for 5-7 more minutes or until thickened and cooked through.
Add To Bowl. Once the oats are cooked, add them to a bowl and top with your favorite toppings such as crushed gingerbread cookies, pecans, fruit, icing, nut butter, dried cranberries, or a little extra milk and maple syrup. Enjoy!
Recipe Tips & Variations
Protein Oats: Add a scoop of plain or vanilla protein powder to oats once they’ve been cooked. You can also add a tablespoon of chia seeds and flax seeds for a fiber boost.
Overnight Gingerbread Oats: Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and transfer to two individual bowls and cover with plastic wrap. Let the oats sit overnight and enjoy the next morning.
Gluten-free Oatmeal: Swap the regular old-fashioned oats for gluten-free oats.
Toppings: Top oats with fresh fruit such as berries, bananas, oranges, pears, or apples. You could also add chocolate chips, honey, shredded coconut, more spices, icing, dried cranberries, hemp hearts, chia seeds, crushed gingerbread cookies, Greek yogurt, and sprinkles (fun for a birthday breakfast!).
More Flavor: If you want to add extra flavor, add a little more of each spice and molasses.
Leftovers & Storage
I like to double this recipe for leftovers! I love breakfast that will last me a few days during the week- it makes mornings extra easy and convenient. This oatmeal will be just as good and creamy the next morning.
To-store: After you make the oatmeal, place any leftovers in an airtight container and when you are ready add to a microwavable safe bowl and add a splash of milk. Stir and heat for 30-60 seconds (depending on your microwave). This oatmeal will be good for up to a week in the refrigerator.
To-freeze: Place cooked and cooled oatmeal in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Place on the counter to thaw for a few hours or leave in the refrigerator overnight. Warm oatmeal in the microwave.
Difference in Oats
Old-Fashioned oats: These oats are the least processed. After steel cut oats get rolled into flat flakes, you get these old-fashioned oats. Cooking time is 4-5 minutes.
Quick-oats: These oats are old-fashioned rolled oats that are rolled thinner and cut into pieces resulting in the oats having a quicker cooking time. Cooking time is about 2-3 minutes.
Instant oats: These are the oats that are used for the instant oatmeal packs. I prefer using quick-oats or old-fashioned oats instead. Instant oats are the most processed oats out of the 3 so the texture of the oatmeal will be different. Cooking time is 30-60 seconds.
Other Oatmeal Recipes
I love oatmeal so much because it’s versatile and can be dressed up in various ways. You can make them over the stove, bake them or even make them and let them sit overnight in the fridge! Try some of these other oatmeal flavors:
- Baked Gingerbread Oatmeal Bites
- Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
- Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter Banana Bread Oatmeal
- Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal
- Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
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- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups almond milk regular milk will work
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- dash cloves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- In a small sauce pan on medium heat, add the oats, almond milk, and spices (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves). Stir to combine.
- Bring the oats to a boil and reduce the heat, about 3-4 minutes. Be sure to stir often.
- Stir in vanilla extract, maple syrup, and molasses until combined and let the oats simmer for 5-7 more minutes or until thickened and cooked through.
- Once the oats are cooked, add them to a bowl and top with your favorite toppings such as crushed gingerbread cookies, pecans, fruit, icing, nut butter, dried cranberries, or a little extra milk and maple syrup. Enjoy!
This recipe was originally published on November 22, 2022. It was republished on December 21, 2023.