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Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

I can smell Autumn dancing in the breeze.  The sweet chill of pumpkin and the crispffa602e059d5949abc07289a0e77c7d8 sunburnt leaves

Just as I mentioned last week, there are certain smells and tastes that we generally will associate with certain seasons.  Last week we talked about apples, this week, we turn to pumpkin!  I can pretty much guarantee that over the last few weeks you have witnessed the appearance of everything pumpkin… Pumpkin Spice coffee, pumpkin flavored cereals, snack foods, beverages, lip balm cookies, lotion… you name it, I can probably find you something pumpkin spice flavored!

Don’t get me wrong, I like pumpkin but some things pumpkin flavored are better than others!  We won’t even get into some of those “odd” ones! One thing that I have realized is that many of these items are more about the spice, than the actual pumpkin.  You taste more of the nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger etc that goes into this price blend.  I often feel that the spice overpowers the actual pumpkin flavor.

Today, it’s back to basics!  I came across this recipe on Facebook and had to give it a try!  (original recipe)  I did have to make a few modifications but nothing major this first time I made it!20161123_070928

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Makes 2 approx 1-cup servings

Time to embrace fall, cooler temps and delicious Pumpkin Pie – even for breakfast!

  • 2/3 Cups Old Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 Cup Milk
  • 2/3 Cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 TBS Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Toasted pecans (optional)
  • Brown Sugar (optional)

Combine oats and milk in saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until comes to a solf boil. (about 5-7 minutes) Lower heat to Meduim-low and add pumpkin puree.  Continue to cook for about 5 minutes.  Add spice and vanilla.  Remove from heat.

Top with toasted pecans if you wish!20161123_064756

My only modifications to the original?  Coconut milk.  I also did add the pecans.  For mine, I tossed and handful of pecans in some melted butter and a little salt and threw then in the oven while my oatmeal was cooking (stirring every few minutes so they didn’t burn.

I actually ended up with almost 3 servings out of this, but to be honest, I didn’t measure how much I was eating each time!

ENJOY!

Happy Thanksgiving all!  Enjoy your holiday weekend, be mindful of your eating, surround yourself with loved ones and create memories!

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