Gingerbread Oatmeal Recipe (+ Video)

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This gingerbread oatmeal recipe is exactly that warm bowl of comforting deliciousness you would hope for from a good, gingerbread flavored breakfast.

Gingerbread man cookies lay scattered around a while crock filled with gingerbread oatmeal.

Also check out my Gingerbread Waffle recipe!

Benefits Of Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the healthiest grains you can eat! It has many health benefits, including:

  • Being high in fiber
  • It’s rich in antioxidants
  • It can lower your cholesterol
  • It can protect your good cholesterol
  • It’s filling, which is great for helping you eat less (if that’s your goal)
  • Might help reduce blood pressure
  • All that fiber helps possibly protect against colon cancer

Oatmeal Nutrition

Curious about the nutrition data on oatmeal? Here’s a data label that can help.

Oatmeal Nutrition Data

What You’ll Need

4 cups water – Use the best quality water you have. Heavily chlorinated tap water will affect the flavor here.

2 cup old fashion oats – Use old fashioned, not quick cooking oats. You can use steel cut if you prefer, but then only use 1 cup of steel cut oats. And if you go this route, you may want to double up on the oats and water because the spices will be pretty strong.

1 ½ tbsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground coriander

¼ tsp. ground cloves

¼ tsp. ground ginger

¼ tsp. ground allspice

¼ tsp. ground cardamom

⅛ tsp. ground nutmeg

Sweetener – Add this after cooking. Use whatever sweetener you are most comfortable with and add as much or as little as you like.

A side view of a white bowl filled with gingerbread oatmeal. Cinnamon sticks and cookies are scattered around the bowl.

How To Make Gingerbread Oatmeal

Here’s how to make this delicious pot of oatmeal.

Bringing water to a boil in a large pot.

Add the water to a pot and bring to a boil.

Adding the oats to the hot water.

Add the oats.

Stirring the spices into the oatmeal.

Add the spices.

The finished gingerbread oatmeal, ready for sweetener to be added.

Stir occasionally until the oats are done. Stir in your sweetener to taste and serve.

How Long Will Gingerbread Oatmeal Last?

As with most types of oatmeal, this will last about 3 days in the fridge. Make sure to pack it in an air-tight container and label it if you have other flavors of oatmeal in your fridge already.

Can You Freeze Gingerbread Oatmeal?

Absolutely! I like to freeze mine in large muffin tins so I have single serving sizes I can just pop out. Once they are frozen, I transfer the little pucks of oatmeal into a freezer-safe, zipper-top bag.

This oatmeal will freeze for up to 3 months. So don’t forget to label your storage container or package with both the date you made it and how long it will last. I always forget to do those and having both pieces of information is so helpful when something has been in the freezer a while!

And up close view of this gingerbread oatmeal in a white bowl with a gingerbread man cookie on the edge of the bowl.

How To Reheat Gingerbread Oatmeal

From frozen – Thaw overnight in the fridge, or thaw in a microwave on the thaw setting for a faster process. Don’t overdo it in the microwave though, or it will dry out the oats a lot, making them pretty inedible.

From cold – Add a splash of milk to give it some moisture and reheat, either on the stove top in a pot, or in a microwave for a minute or two. Again, don’t overdo the microwaving. You may need to add a little extra milk to keep things from drying out in the microwave.

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Gingerbread Oatmeal Recipe:

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Gingerbread Oatmeal

A wonderfully comforting bowl of gingerbread oatmeal. Almost like having gingerbread cookies for breakfast!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley



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  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cup old fashion oats
  • 1 ½ tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground allspice
  • tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
  • maple syrup to taste


  • Add the water to a pot and bring to a boil.
    Bringing water to a boil in a large pot.
  • Add the oats.
    Adding the oats to the hot water.
  • Add the spices.
    Stirring the spices into the oatmeal.
  • Stir occasionally until the oats are done. Stir in your sweetener to taste and serve.
    The finished gingerbread oatmeal, ready for sweetener to be added.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data below does not include maple syrup.


Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 7g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 2.4mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 8/19/12.

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I'm Tiffany, a writer for MSN and the AP Newswire, a cookbook author, digital publisher, food lover, and mom. I create healthy, clean eating recipes for everyday living.

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  1. SAVE!!! I love ‘intense’ flavors as well!!! Thanx!

  2. What a flavorful oatmeal dish! All of these spices are making me excited about Fall weather and food 🙂

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Definitely looking forward to fall. My favorite time of year!

  3. Dana Menges Tantillo says:

    Thanks Tiffany!!!! I’m SO EXCITED to try it – I’ll let you know how it turns out – YAY!

  4. Gluten Free A-Z Blog says:

    Definitely would add a little kick to my morning oatmeal. The mix of spices sounds wonderful.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  5. graciouspantry says:

    Ya, sorry. I removed the link. That recipe won’t be up until September 8.

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Thanks! That recipe will be on my blog shortly. I got a little ahead of myself there. Sorry!

  7. graciouspantry says:

    I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  8. Dana Menges Tantillo says:

    FInally got all my spices together and just had this for breakfast. WAY TO GO TIFFANY! You hit the spices just right. I have been fiddling with the flavor for years and it was always missing something. This is a winner for sure.
    Thanks >:)
    Will be making the Chicken Korma later this week – I’m just toooooo excited about my food these days!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Haha!!! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who gets excited about dinner! LOL

  9. graciouspantry says:

    Thanks! Sorry about the waffle recipe, that was an oversight on my part. It will be on my blog on 9/8/12.

  10. diannie120 says:

    I am thinking of trying this recipe because I am trying to get away from eating eggs everyday for breakfast. Can I substitute Gluten Free Oats? I only have regular, not steel cut. I have never been an oatmeal fan so I am trying to find some good clean recipes that I can make gluten and dairy free, Please let me know. Thank you!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Yes, just cook it to package directions and add the spices. Hope you enjoy it!

  11. Liz Orvis says:

    Just made this and it is sooooooo amazing! Thanks for another great way to shake up breakfast! :0)

  12. graciouspantry says:

    Thanks so much! The waffle recipe is there now.

  13. I made this for myself in single size, 1/2 of oats, and the 1 cup of water, and then I reduced the amount of spices to under 1/8 of a tsp, and a little more cinnamon, cause I love it… LOL But omg, it is soooooo good, thank you soo much, and a splash of 100% maple syrup!!! thank you soo much it’s sooo good!!! Perfect for this fall morning!!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it!

  14. can i use regular syrup??

    1. graciouspantry says:

      What kind of regular syrup?

      1. the only syrup i have is aunt jamima butter rich….

        1. graciouspantry says:

          No, that would not be clean. Sorry.

  15. Emma Segal says:

    This looks awesome for wintertime…!

  16. Julijana Gircyte says:

    Hi, I have tried this today and it was a pleasant surprise, something different to oats! I loved that smell of all spices. Although I didn’t have cardamom and only used like 2.5 cups water. But thank you it was nice. I especially like that you write serving amount. I have lefovers for another 3 days 🙂 it also made me realise that I use way too much salt as this felt bland..

  17. graciouspantry says:

    The spices won’t be affected at all by cooking it in a slow cooker. But I did make this pretty strong, so you may want to cut them in half regardless. You can always stir in more at the end if it’s needed. But you may want to follow my overnight oatmeal recipes and sub the flavorings for the gingerbread spices here.

  18. How did I miss this recipe before? I WILL be making this today. Perfect for a cold December morning! Thank you thank you!

  19. Oh yum! I am so obsessed with oatmeal and all things gingerbread, I am so ready for those warm cozy spices! I love your use of cardamom! Gingerbread AND vegan, WHAT MORE could a girl ask for? Love love love! I am definitely making this in the AM using my pressure cooker and with one small substitution… I’ll be replacing the maple syrup with organic blackstrap molasses. Can’t wait to try it.

      1. 5 stars
        These oats were awesome! And those spices? OMG …. SPOT ON! You are amazing ???????????????????? They were SO perfect! I made this FOUR TIMES this week already!

  20. Will this still be good if I make it the night before and store it in the fridge? And if so, how would I warm it up, or should it be eaten cold?

    1. Steph – Sure, You can make it the night before! If you don’t mind adding a little milk to keep things more fluid, you can just reheat in a pot on the stove. You can microwave it too if you prefer. Totally up to you.

  21. 5 stars
    Hi there. I just made this and followed your recipe exactly. I just wanted to check and see that you meant to put one whole teaspoon of clove. It is incredibly overpowering. Next time I make it I will go with 1/4 tsp. I just wanted to point it out to you in case it was in fact a typo.

  22. 5 stars
    This is like Christmas in a bowl! It is SOOOOO good.

  23. 5 stars
    Wonderful! I toasted my oats first, but the recipe is great!

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