Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pump-kin you up: Oatmeal With A Seasonal Spice

Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal

    I strayed from my shopping list by picking up a huge can of pumpkin. It was a little early to make pie and I was out of flour so muffins were out.  Could I put a teaspoon in my morning coffee to make a pumpkin spice latte?  I wasn't so sure how that would end up.  Then I spotted a recipe from Dr. Oz's newsletter for pumpkin maple oatmeal.
   I used old-fashioned oats, maple syrup, and a dash of cinnamon. I skipped the berries to get the full pumpkin flavor.  It wasn't as sweet as I expected so I would recommend keeping the berries or stirring in 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce.
Pumpkin maple oatmeal with berries is a nutritious treat. Cook 1/2 cup of quick or old-fashioned oats according to the directions. Add 2 tablespoons of 100% pure pumpkin, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and 1⁄2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries or blueberries. This makes 1 serving and has 198 calories and 3 grams of fat.


  1. Do you have coconut oil? I used to put that in my husband's oatmeal.


  2. I used to put coconut butter in smoothies. I have flaxseed oil now. What does the coconut oil taste like in oatmeal?

  3. That just made me laugh. What's one more bowl at the table?

  4. This is too funny that you wrote about this today. I just googled recipes for steel cut oats and pumpkin, because I had both in my pantry. After much searching I found a crock pot recipe that did not use milk which I plan to try tommorrow and share at a Mother's Meeting. I really wanted a milk free one for my friend you can't do miilk.

  5. Let me know how it turns out. The crock pot would make morning even easier! I just use water in my oatmeal.

  6. I like soy milk with my oatmeal... it packs a protein punch that you just can't get with milk or water - love the posts!

  7. I hadn't thought of soy (probably because I can't consume it). That's a great protein boost! Thanks for the comment Elana.