Friday, November 05, 2010

Warm Fuzzies

Maybe you're not an oatmeal person. Maybe you think it tastes like glue. Fine then. I'm not going to argue with you about the flavor possibilities, the amazing health benefits, or the warm fuzzies you get from eating it on a cold morning. This just isn't the recipe for you. 

But maybe you are an oatmeal person. Maybe, like, me, you think it's one of the easiest, most satisfying, and delicious breakfast items, second only to bacon. Then this is one of the best breakfasts you could ever eat on a cold, nasty fall day like today. It's rainy, windy, gray, and totally uninspiring outside of my window. Time for yummy pumpkin goodness. 

Pumpkin Pecan Pie Oatmeal

1 c. water
1/2 c. rolled oats
2 Tbls. ground flax
1/4 c. pureed pumpkin
dash of nutmeg
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
maple syrup to taste
dried cranberries

Bring water to a boil in a small pot. Add oats and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook about 4-5 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Stir in flax, pumpkin, spices, and maple syrup to taste. Cook until heated through, just about a minute. Stir in milk if desired, add pecans and cranberries and serve immediately.

* You can honestly ignore most of the measurements in the recipe, since it was just thrown together, but trust me, it's worth trying.

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Cookiebaker said...

This looks wonderful! I love oatmeal and pumpkin so am sure I would love this as well.

Melodie said...

What a fantastic idea to add pumpkin and spices to oatmeal. I never would have thought to do this but now it seems like a complete "doh!" moment. Of course this would taste delicious. Thanks so much for sharing it at Vegetarian Foodie Fridays!

Kathy said...

You can't go wrong with all of those ingredients. With it getting colder outside, oatmeal hits the spot. Thanks for a new twist on oatmeal

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

Yum! I don't generally crave oatmeal but I do love the flavor possibilities, especially the pumpkin pie flavoring! Thanks for linking up to Friday Potluck!

Danielle said...

I've gotten so lazy with oatmeal. I usually just opt for the instant maple and brown sugar. this sounds like such a great fall breakfast :)

Cheerful said...

sounds delicious and love the fact that its healthy...happy weekend! :)

Lisa said...

I've never eaten oatmeal with anything other than brown sugar and cinnamon on it. I think it's time I try this, especially considering my love of pumpkin.

Jennifer said...

Yum! I love oatmeal, but just cinnamon and sugar does get a bit boring after a while - I'll have to try a new spin on things with your recipe!

Paaka Shaale said...

I'm one of those who likes oats so I just loved the recipe. Great post Joanna :)

Esme said...

Thank you for this-I do not really like oatmeal-but I will eat it-I need it to be made in the microwave not on the stove top with lots and lots of fruit and cinnamon. Too bad I did not see this about an hour ago I was thinking of oatmeal for breakfast.