Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Tis' the season for pumpkin pies. My soul loves them- my waist does not. So as much as I'm craving that extra slice with a giant dollop of freshly whipped cream- I have to use my willpower and say no. Well...really my uncle Jack had to take the rest of the pie home with him because I have zero willpower when it comes to desserts. 
So I debated making my own pie to hoard to myself- but I stayed strong and made a surprisingly really good substitution: pumpkin pie oatmeal. The kids loved it and I have zero guilt. Winner, winner...

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal 

1 cup milk 

3/4 cup water

1 cup quick cooking oats 
3/4 cup pumpkin purée
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 
1 1/2 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs maple syrup 
Pinch of salt 

Optional toppings: raisins, dried cranberries, pepitas, nuts- whatever you want

Medium pot (nonstick is easier to clean) 
Mixing spoon

Combine all the ingredients (except optional toppings) into the pot. Stir well and put onto a medium to low stovetop. Continue to stir every minute until the oatmeal begins to bubble slightly- then stir constantly while it cooks. I prefer my oatmeal a little al dente and so only cook mine for 2 minutes but usually it takes 3 to 5 for it to become creamy and thicken. 

If it becomes too thick- add some milk to thin it out. 

This is such a simple and delicious way to start the day! Add it to your repertoire! Enjoy! Xo

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