Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pumpkin Oatmeal

This was a Saturday morning breakfast, the only day where I feel semi-excited about whipping up a new recipe before 8 am. Must be the coffee I allow myself only on the weekends and the Saturday morning cartoons I turn on for my son that makes me feel adventurous in the kitchen.

I was excited to use up some of the leftover pureed pumpkin that had been hiding in the back of my frig, and even more oddball to use it up at breakfast!

Pumpkin Flavored Oatmeal
recipe adapted from Our Family Eats
serves 2

1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 3/4 cups water
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 - 4 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons pecans, chopped (optional)
2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

Boil water in a medium sauce pan.  Add oatmeal and salt.  Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat.  Stir in pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and brown sugar. Pour oatmeal into serving bowls.  Top with pecans and syrup.

The verdict?
I left out the pecans, and substituted some cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg for the pumpkin pie spice. It was mildly pumpkiny, and the spices made it seem much more pumpkin pie flavor than the pumpkin. It was great for a cool morning. The pumpkin taste definitely didn't smack you over the head.

I have made this a second time since then, and I put a lot more pumpkin in, (over a 1/4 cup!) and it was still only mildly pumpkiny. It was a hit both times, and I felt great getting another vegetable in my day! Also, a fun variation on the boring oatmeal we eat almost every other day.

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