Foodie Blog Roll 2

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

I love breakfast and eat it every morning. I know no one has a lot of time in the morning before work to make a gourmet meal, so I have also made a quick "weekday" version of this recipe along with the original one; you're welcome! :)
I am really excited to share these recipes with you and I really hope you will try them out.Canned pumpkin is such an easy way to get great flavor in a recipe, not to mention all the health benefits of in it. Make sure that you get plain, canned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. There is a big difference.

Weekend Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bake

Ingredients:
1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats, not quick cooking
1 Tbs ground flax seeds (optional)
2 1/2 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp butter, softened
3/4 c pumpkin puree (not Pumpkin Pie filling, just plain pumpkin)
3/4 c unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
Topping:
1/4 c pecans, chopped
1 tsp butter, softened
1 Tbsp brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 4 ramekins with non-stick spray and set aside. 
Combine the first 6 ingredients together in a bowl and stir. In another bowl combine the vanilla, butter, pumpkin and milk and whisk together. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the oats and stir to combine.
Divide the mixture into the ramekins evenly and place them on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. 
Meanwhile, combine the ingredients for the topping. After the oatmeal has baked for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and top with topping mixture. Bake for an additional 7 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.
*You may choose to leave out the butter and brown sugar from the topping if you are cutting calories, and just top the oatmeal with the pecans. 

In a word, heaven! :) Ok, now here is the quicker version:

Weekday Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Ingredients:
1 individual packet of oatmeal
1/3 c pumpkin puree (not Pumpkin Pie filling, just plain pumpkin)
1 tsp sugar, brown sugar or sweetener (optional*)
1 Tbs chopped pecans

Prepare the packet of oatmeal per the instructions. Add the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice and mix well.
Add the pecans to the top. 
*Note, I use the Quaker Oatmeal, Maple & Brown Sugar pack and I find that I do not need to add any sugar or sweetener to this recipe. If you choose to use plain oatmeal, you may want to add some.

The quick version is good, but the baked version is delicious! I paired it with my carrot cake coffee and seriously felt like I was in a little café somewhere. Ahhhhhhhh, bliss.

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