monster pumpkin oatmeal

Monster Pumpkin Oatmeal

Breakfast, Recipes, Seasonal

Looking for a fun and spooky way to celebrate Halloween with your kids? Why not try making some Monster Pumpkin Oatmeal together! 

This recipe is simple, quick, and sure to get everyone in the mood for trick-or-treating. All you need is a packet of instant oatmeal, pumpkin puree, and your choice of toppings. We recommend candy eyeballs for an extra touch of ghoulish goodness.

This recipe is a fantastic way to introduce kids to pumpkin. Many kids are hesitant to try new foods, but this oatmeal is so tasty and fun it’ll be hard to resist. 

Not only will they love the taste, but they’ll also get a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals from the pumpkin and they can customize their oatmeal however they like with toppings.  It’s a simple opportunity for kids to get involved in their meal that goes a long way to helping them feel more comfortable eating it. 


Why this Monster Pumpkin Oatmeal recipe is awesome for kids

My girls love making Monster Pumpkin Oatmeal for Halloween. It’s such a fun and easy recipe that they can do all by themselves. We like to top ours with candy eyeballs, but you can use any toppings you like. Some of our other favorites include coconut, chia seeds, chocolate chips, and sprinkles.  

I’ve learned that when the girls get to have a hand in their meal and treat it as their own little creation, they take pride in the end result and are much more likely to want to eat it. 

This recipe is a great way for them to try something new, get creative, and have a healthy and delicious breakfast all at the same time. 


Pro tips for making our Monster Pumpkin Oatmeal

When making Monster Pumpkin Oatmeal, feel free to use your milk of choice when making the instant oats for an extra nutrition boost. It also helps give the oatmeal a smooth and creamy texture. You can add a little more or less pumpkin puree, depending on how thick you want your oatmeal to be. 

If you’re using candy eyeballs, we recommend adding them right before serving so they don’t get too soggy. And have fun with it! The more festive and Halloween-y your oatmeal looks, the better.


monster pumpkin oatmeal


How to get your kids interested in pumpkin while cooking

Cooking is a great way to get kids interested in trying new foods. 

By inviting them to use their five senses to explore the ingredients, they’ll be more likely to take an interest in what they’re eating. You can also talk about where the food comes from, how it’s made, and any nutritional benefits it has. 

Don’t worry if your kids aren’t initially interested in trying pumpkin. It can be a little bit of a foreign flavor for some kids, but with a little encouragement, they might just come around. 

Cooking with kids can be a fun and rewarding experience, and it’s important to remember that not every meal is going to be a hit. That’s okay! Just try again next time with something new. There are endless possibilities when it comes to cooking with pumpkin, so don’t get discouraged if things don’t go perfectly the first time.


monster pumpkin oatmeal

Monster Pumpkin Oatmeal

Got leftover pumpkin or winter squash purée? Our Monster Pumpkin Oatmeal is a super easy and fun way to use up that delicious goodness!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 bowl


  • microwave safe bowl


  • 1 packet of instant oatmeal (brown sugar cinnamon is a great combo!)
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 2 candy googly eyes
  • toppings of choice, like chia seeds, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, or sprinkles


  • Prep your oatmeal per the packaging guidelines.
  • Swirl in the pumpkin puree.
  • Sprinkle on your toppings of choice.
  • Add the candy googly eyes and enjoy!

Interested in learning more about pumpkin and all kinds of winter squash?  Check out our Kid-Friendly Guide to Pumpkin and Winter Squash!

And be sure to drop your winning toppings combination in the comments!

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Hi there! I’m Dani.

Mama of three, pediatric dietitian, and founder of Kid Food Explorers, a resource hub and learning platform that empowers families on their journey to raising confident, adventurous eaters. We’re on a mission to make food fun, with interactive food play and STEAM activities that help kids learn about food in a playful, pressure-free way.

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