I woke up one morning this week, rolled out of bed only to be met by a cold hard floor and a chill in the air. As I rolled back into bed I realized that Autumn has officially arrived, cold dark mornings and all. So, to make mornings a little bit warmer, we’ve been enjoying this Healthy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal.
At our house, Autumn marks the beginning of all things pumpkin! I’ve been trying to put delicious pumpkin in just about everything this week, but this tasty oatmeal has been one of my biggest successes.
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal is as heart healthy and nutritious as an ordinary bowl of oatmeal, but when you dress it all up with pumpkin and spices, it doesn’t taste like an ordinary bowl of cereal any more. Pack it with protein by cooking the oatmeal in almond milk, then top it with chopped pecans. The whole grain oats are filling and the pumpkin adds a boost of flavor and vitamin A.
You can use canned pumpkin puree to make this Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal, it can certainly be a time saver first thing in the morning! You can also add a scoop of baked pumpkin instead. If you are making your own pumpkin puree, choose smaller pumpkin varieties like Sugar Pumpkins, which are sweeter and denser for cooking than the pumpkins used for Halloween decor.
Our favorite way to enjoy this yummy breakfast dish is with plenty of crunchy pecans, a sprinkle of chia seeds, and a spoonful of real maple syrup. It’s not exactly like a slice of homemade pumpkin pie, but on a cold Autumn morning, it really is the next best thing!
- 2/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups almond milk (or other milk)
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- pinch of nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
- real maple syrup and chopped pecans for the toppings
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk to a boil. Add the oats, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes or until oatmeal begins to thicken.
- Stir in the pumpkin, spices, and honey. Continue to simmer for an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until oats are soft and reach desired consistency.
- Serve warm with toppings. Add additional milk as desired. Serves 2 to 3.