Monday, October 29, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

It's fall, so you know what that means? It's time for pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING! I myself have not totally bought into all of the pumpkin hype, but I do admit that I enjoy a nice slice of orange circle about once a year. This recipe is amazing though because it's just like having pie for breakfastbut healthier! 

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
(Serves 6)

2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal + 3 1/2 cups water + dash of salt
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 cup milk (slightly warmed in microwave)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups raisons
chopped walnuts for topping

Cook old-fashioned oatmeal according to stovetop directions on box (with water and a pinch of salt), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in light brown sugar, pumpkin, warmed milk (just pop it into the microwave for about 45 seconds so it doesn't curdle once added to the hot oatmeal), cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract and raisons. Once mixed together, this scrumptious concoction can be enjoyed immediately in 1 cup servings or divided into individual plastic containers and refrigerated for up to three days, reheated in the microwave for 1 minute on high. You can also freeze it for even later consumption. Walnuts can be sprinkled on top for any extra added deliciousness.

I know, right? Yeah, you can thank me later. 

- Cathleen

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