Monday, October 22, 2012

On My Hearth: Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Though the temps have dropped slightly, it's still nowhere near Sweater Weather here.  In an attempt to lure Autumn down south, I'm gonna keep cooking and posting fall-ish recipes until Mother Nature gets the hint!

This morning I whipped up a very tasty breakfast, Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal. The original recipe can be found at this adorable blog, Everybody Likes Sandwiches. I didn't have all of the spices called for so I did a little bit of tweaking. I also eliminated the yogurt option, but if you're not vegan, go for it!

Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oatmeal

1 cup steel cut oats
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Pinch or two of pumpkin pie spice, to taste
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Toasted pecans or other nuts, optional but delicious

In a medium pot, boil 3 cups of water. Add oats and turn down heat to a simmer, keeping the lid on. Give the mixture a stir once in a while and keep an eye on things so it doesn’t boil over. When the oats have been absorbed and are ready (about 20 minutes or so), add in the pumpkin, spices and maple syrup. Give everything a stir. Divide mixture into 2 bowls and top with nuts, if desired.

Yummy!  This was the perfect beginning to a chilly autumn day (ahem..are you listening, Mama Nature?). The spices complimented the oats so nicely and the maple syrup added just enough sweetness. The toasted nuts were a lovely topping, sooo good! This recipe will definitely be part of our family cookbook.

Have a beautiful day!


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