Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Every now and then you stumble upon a recipe so simple, so delicious and reasonably healthy – yum. I ran across the recipe originally on http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-pumpkin-pie-oatmeal/. As always, I made a few modifications to suit my lifestyle , my pantry and my taste buds. The results were amazing. My breakfast guests have declared it to be a Favorite and since it takes no more than 15 – 20 minutes – I love making it. I am aware that I have added sugar and cream to my recipe to make it richer than intended. But, it is amazing with the added cream.
If I am making oatmeal of any sort, I am making it at least with milk and not water. I can always adjust my serving size. Once again, this suits my taste buds. And also probably why, I am constantly joining Weight Watchers – sigh. A tale for another day.
- 1 cup Dry Oats (I have used both old-fashioned rolled oats as well as quick rolled oats – it works well either way)
- Milk (use instead of water to cook the oatmeal)
- 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree or Pumpkin Pie Mix (The pumpkin pie mix gives it a darker color and of course, makes it sweeter)
- Salt (A couple of pinches of salt )
- 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie spice (if you use the Pumpkin Pie Mix you will not need to add this)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Cream for serving (optional)
- Pure Maple Syrup (please use the real and not the processed if you can 🙂
- Cook the oatmeal by following the recipe on the packaging for stove top cooking. For richer oatmeal, use milk instead of water. You will have to add a little more milk than water and adjust it based on what kind of consistency you like with your oatmeal
- It typically takes no more than 5-8 minutes for the oats to cook.
- Lower your heat to the lowest setting and gently fold in the pumpkin puree (or the Pumpkin Pie mix)
- Stir and make sure the pumpkin is evenly mixed in. Keep stirring so it does not get stuck to the bottom of the pot
- If you used the Pumpkin Puree, this is where you want to add a couple of tablespoons of Maple syrup and mix it in with the oatmeal to sweeten it