Learn how to make Pumpkin Oatmeal with this simple and healthy recipe!
Fall wasn’t just a date on the calendar this year, it actually meant something. For the first time in years, it has actually felt like autumn in northern California. We’ve had rain (with more on the way!), the leaves have started changing color and I’ve been forced to pull out all our winter sweaters and jackets from the closet (or, in Octavian’s case, buy all brand new ones) before the month of January. That said, it wouldn’t be California without sunshine, and while rain is expected next week, today will be nice and warm and sunshiny.
Thankfully, however, with this visible shift from summer to autumn my attitude toward the changing seasons also shifted (although I will never love that it gets dark at 5pm).
Almost overnight, I went from dreading the end of summer and refusing to pick up a pumpkin or butternut squash to literally buying anything and everything pumpkin that I could get my hands on. Yep, just like that I was on the pumpkin train (fair warning, you guys).
It was early morning so I wanted to start with something easy; and, of course, something the whole family would love.
Yes, OATMEAL! Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast foods. No matter how you make it, it’s always a little piece of warm toasty comfort in a bowl. Pumpkin Pie Spice Oatmeal was going to blow oatmeal’s mind.
You guys, this was the best oatmeal I have EVER had. I’m not even kidding. Perfectly spiced (too much nutmeg is a no-no with me) and oh soooo creamy. I topped each bowl with chopped pecans and pepitas to help balance out the sweet and creamy and the result was reminiscent of pumpkin pecan pie (but healthier). I had pretty high expectations, but even this one blew me away a bit. And the husband? Well, let’s just say I have never seen him so excited over oatmeal before (he’s more of a berry and fruit guy).
- Chopped pecans and/or pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- Honey or maple syrup
- In a large saucepan over high heat combine the pumpkin puree, water, milk, raisins, and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk everything together until fully combined and bring to a low boil.
- Add the oatmeal and mix well. Reduce heat to low. Cook oatmeal over low heat for approximately 15-25 minutes (cooking time will vary depending on brand), stirring often, until desired consistency is reached.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately. Garnish with chopped pecans, pumpkin seeds, and honey.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)