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).
So while I was out shopping the other afternoon stocking up on pumpkin pie spice and enough canned pumpkin to get me through the year, I just so happened upon two pumpkin products I had to have- International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer AND (NEW) International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Iced Coffee.
The iced coffee was a given; I mean, it’s coffee and pumpkin pie spice together in one magical drink that I can leave in my refrigerator and pour a big glass of whenever I’m feeling tired or lazy or hot. It’s as if coffee and pumpkin pie spice had a baby and delivered the world a gift of instant energy. PLUS, I can have instant iced coffee anytime which sounds pretty perfect on confused autumn days like today.
And then there was the creamer.
You guys, this ID Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer is so much more than something to put in your coffee (although that is perfectly fine, too). This creamer is pure pumpkin magic that needs to pretty much replace anything that calls for regular creamer (okaaay, maybe don’t take it THAT far).
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
- ID Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer / Milk
- In a large saucepan over high heat combine the pumpkin puree, water, milk, ID Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer, 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, honey and ID Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer.