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Gingerbread Oatmeal

This gingerbread oatmeal is made on the stove-top using chewy steel oats, gingerbread spices and molasses for a true gingerbread taste! This creamy, cozy winter oatmeal is gluten-free and vegan.

This gingerbread oatmeal is made on the stove-top using chewy steel oats, gingerbread spices and molasses for a true gingerbread taste!

I don’t have a ton of gingerbread recipes on this site and you know why?

I didn’t always love the taste.

In the past, I equated gingerbread to the pathetic thin little cookie men everyone gets all crazy about every Christmas season.

I never understood the hype with those cookies. There’s just nothing about a thin, crunchy cookie that does it for me.

I want chewy, fudgy, thick or soft-baked. If a cookie isn’t at least one of those adjectives, I’m out.

But, then I made these chocolate chunk molasses gingerbread cookies and I saw the light with this whole gingerbread thing.

Soft and chewy gingerbread collagen cookies and gingerbread peanut butter came next and along with these gingerbread chocolate chip bites that I could snack on all month long in December, I’m now a convert.

I especially love when the classic gingerbread spices combine with molasses.

The two combined bring such depth to whatever it is you’re cooking or baking as opposed to just the spices.

Because of that, I knew molasses had to be a key ingredient in these creamy cozy gingerbread oats.

steel cut gingerbread oats made on the stove top with molasses and gingerbread spice mix.


This easy, winter themed breakfast is made right on the stove-top in just about 15 minutes. To make the gingerbread oats, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • steel cut oats
  • ground flax seed
  • almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • gingerbread spice mix (see below)
  • vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • molasses
  • maple syrup

To make the gingerbread spice mix combine the following:

  • 1 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

If you have a pre-made gingerbread spice on hand, feel free to use that instead! I like creating my own to control the ginger level which I enjoy a little spicy.

Combine the oats, flax and milk in a sauce pot on the stove top over medium heat.

Give it a stir and bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes.

As it starts to thicken, add the remaining ingredients and reduce the heat to medium-low.

Continue cooking for about another 10 minutes stirring frequently until the oatmeal reaches the desired consistency.

I like to remove it when the oats are still creamy and have a little bit of “chew” to them.

Serve in bowls with a splash of additional milk, some pecans and an extra drizzle of molasses or maple syrup.

Creamy, cozy gingerbread oats made in 15 minutes on the stove top.


STEEL CUT OATS – you can swap out rolled oats for steel cut if you prefer. Cooking time will be a little shorter but everything else should remain the same ingredient wise. You can even use oat bran if preferred.

Be sure to use gluten-free certified oats if that’s important to you.

MILK – Use whatever milk (dairy or non-dairy) you prefer in this recipe. I use homemade unsweetened almond milk in mine most of the time to keep the recipe vegan.

You can also choose to use part milk/part water in whatever ratio you like. The more milk, the creamier the gingerbread oatmeal will be.

MAPLE SYRUP – Feel free to use brown sugar in place of maple syrup if desired.


Protein powder or collagen peptides are always a nice addition to oatmeal to round out the macro nutrients a little more proportionally.

You can add a scoop of unflavored or vanilla protein powder (I use Nuzest) or collagen to this recipe without changing any of the ingredient quantities.

Hemp hearts are something I love to add to oatmeal and smoothies for a good vegan source of protein and healthy fats.

Pecans or walnuts are a nice garnish and go well with the gingerbread flavor of the oatmeal.

Nut butter is great dolloped on top before serving for some extra staying power and fat!

Gluten-free and vegan gingerbread oats made on the stove top in just 15 minutes.

I don’t know what you eat on Christmas morning, but if you’re looking for an easy breakfast that brings all the cozy winter vibes possible, I can’t recommend this festive gingerbread oatmeal or gingerbread waffles enough.

It’s creamy yet chewy at the same time, filled with warming spices and lots of deep molasses and maple syrup flavor. Each spoonful is a delight and almost like dessert for breakfast!

In fact, if you have gingerbread cookies on hand for the season, crumbling one on top would be a fun garnish!

Even if you have other plans for Christmas breakfast, these oats are perfect on any cold December day.

Spiced pear oatmeal is a great seasonal breakfast option too.

And if you ask me, a bowl of gingerbread oats is a million times better than any gingerbread man cookie, even the ones with cutesy icing!

The recipe is easily scaled up too so you can make a bigger batch for the whole week if you want!

Looking for something a little more special for Christmas morning? Try this cranberry mascarpone english muffin casserole or these Christmas morning muffins.

Gingerbread oatmeal is a cozy winter breakfast made in just 15 minutes with steel cut oats, gingerbread spice and molasses.


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Gingerbread Oatmeal

Gingerbread Oatmeal

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This gingerbread oatmeal is made on the stove-top using chewy steel oats, gingerbread spices and molasses for a true gingerbread taste!


  • 1 cup steel cut oats (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 2 cups almond milk (or any milk of choice, see note*)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses


  1. Combine the oats, flax and milk in a sauce pot over medium heat on the stove. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer stirring occasionally.
  2. After about 5 minutes when it starts to thicken, reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Continue cooking for about 10 more minutes, stirring frequently until desired thickness is reached. Oats will be chewy but cooked.
  4. Serve with a splash of additional almond milk, pecans and drizzle of molasses or maple syrup.


*You can also use a combination of milk and water in any ratio you prefer. The more milk that's used, the creamier the consistency.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 485Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 288mgCarbohydrates: 87gFiber: 11gSugar: 28gProtein: 13g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.


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Jersey Girl Cooks

Saturday 13th of November 2021

Perfect winter breakfast!


Saturday 13th of November 2021

This oatmeal is absolutely perfect! The "gingerbread" spices with the oatmeal is like comfort in a bowl. I love it!


Saturday 13th of November 2021

So delicious and festive! I could eat this every day until Christmas!


Saturday 13th of November 2021

Yummy! Gingerbread is one of my favorite flavors in the winter. To wake up and smell this deliciousness sounds perfect.


Saturday 13th of November 2021

Oh wow, this is brilliant. I made it with a scoop of vanilla protein and it was fantastic!

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