My Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal has all of the flavors of pumpkin pie in a comforting and guilt-free breakfast dish.
Even though we don’t really get traditional changes in season in South Florida (it’s still in the mid-80s here!), I still crave traditional fall comfort foods when this time of year rolls around. And whether you’re a fan or not of pumpkin spice, once it starts showing up in stores and on menus everywhere, it definitely means that fall has arrived!
Now you can have pumpkin pie for breakfast and it’s guilt-free! My Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal has all of the flavors of pumpkin pie but in a hearty and nutritious breakfast dish. Heart-healthy, whole grain oats are a good source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They have many health benefits including keeping things moving smoothly in your intestinal tract, helping to lower your cholesterol, regulating blood sugar levels, and keeping you feeling full. Having a bowl of oatmeal in the morning can fill you up and give you the energy you need to get through the morning.
I love how easy this recipe is! After whisking the ingredients together in a saucepan, I simply toss in the oats and simmer it for 10-15 minutes. That’s it! As the oatmeal cooks, it will make your kitchen smell divine! I actually just bought a container of pumpkin pie spice for the first time recently because I plan on doing a lot of baking over the upcoming weeks. But if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can make your own by mixing ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
The finishing touch on my delicious bowl of Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal? A handful of pecans for some crunch and a drizzle of maple syrup for a bit of sweetness. The toppings take this oatmeal to a whole new level!
I would suggest making a large batch of this oatmeal because you’re going to want more once you try it! And although it doesn’t take long to make this dish, if your mornings are hectic like mine, it’s nice to be able to just heat something up quickly while you’re getting ready. When reheating it, just stir in a little milk first to loosen it up.
Warm pumpkin spice-infused oatmeal topped with crunchy pecans and rich, sweet maple syrup… who said you can’t have dessert for breakfast?
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
- 2 cups milk, any type (I used nonfat milk)
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup canned 100% pure pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup pecan halves
- maple syrup (optional)
- Whisk the milk, water, pumpkin, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt together in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat to medium low and stir in the oats. Simmer 10-15 minutes until oats are cooked. Divide the oatmeal between four bowls and top with pecans and more maple syrup, if desired.
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