My favorite season of the year is finally here…FALL! The cooler weather, sweaters, and beautiful leaves are some of the things I look forward to all year long. But the thing I’m most excited about is all the pumpkin I get to eat 🙂
I could pretty much eat pumpkin every meal (well, maybe not for dinner…), and especially love it at breakfast. But with the kids leaving early in the morning for school, I can’t take a lot of time to make a homemade pumpkin breakfast most days. Thankfully, however, this new Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal recipe is super quick and easy to make, full of healthy ingredients, and nice and warm on a chilly fall morning.
Despite giving my kids a nutrition boost with all the potassium, vitamins A, B1 and C, and fiber, this oatmeal just tastes good! It also helps them get through a long morning at school without a sugar crash, like they get from sweetened cereal.
The oatmeal cooks in just a few minutes on the stove top, or you can pop it into the microwave for even faster results 🙂
How to make Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal
The ingredients for this recipe are: old-fashioned oats, water (or milk/cream), pureed pumpkin, cinnamon and pure maple syrup. If you want to eliminate sugar altogether in this recipe, substitute the maple syrup for maple extract and an alternative sweetener, like Trim Healthy Mama’s (THM) Gentle Sweet or stevia.
Place all the ingredients into a medium saucepan, and stir over low heat until the oatmeal is to the desired consistency. In the microwave, this process should take between 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
I like to get the oatmeal started cooking while I finish packing lunches for the day. The kids come down to eat after they make their beds and get dressed, then we all enjoy a bowl of this yummy oatmeal together.
In order to get more protein with my breakfast, I will have some nonfat Greek yogurt sweetened with Gentle Sweet, or a glass of almond milk with THM’s Chocolate Protein Powder (available on their website). The kids have some pre-cooked bacon or regular milk with the protein powder.
Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal
- 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 2/3 cup Water can use milk or cream
- 1/2 cup pureed Pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
Combine all ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan.
Stir over a low heat on the stove until the oatmeal is the desired consistency.
Remove from heat, optional toppings include extra cinnamon, additional maple syrup, and cream. Serve warm.
This healthy breakfast is sure to become a hit with your family, just as it has with mine…just don’t tell the kids how good it is for them 😉
Hope this Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal helps you enjoy Fall a little more this year!