Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

PumpkinOatmeal

It’s time for another installation of Brianna’s Pumpkin Spice Recipe Adventures.  I am thoroughly convinced that pumpkin spice is acceptable at any time of the day, but one of my favorite times to enjoy this fall flavor is in the morning. With pumpkin spice coffee, creamers, english muffins, bagels and cream cheese, it is obvious that we love pumpkin spice mornings.  There is also pumpkin spice oatmeal that can be found by Quaker and Trader Joes, but I decided that they both lack something that I want to have in my pumpkin spice products when possible: REAL pumpkin. Therefore, I took to the kitchen and created my own pumpkin spice oatmeal.  Super easy, Weight Watchers friendly, and you can modify it to suit your needs as you see fit.

The recipe is really more of a guideline to help you create the pumpkin spice oatmeal of your dreams.  Many of the ingredients can be modified to fit the flavor you are looking for.  I am a big fan of bulking up my food and making it as flavorful as I can, so I use quite a bit of the non-oatmeal ingredients, but you can do with this what you will

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of Quaker Lower sugar Maple Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal
  • 4 Tbsp Canned Pure Pumpkin
  • 2 Tsp (modify as you see fit) Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • an extra dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 packet of Stevia sweetener

 

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Preparation is super easy:

  1. Make oatmeal as directed.  I used the smallest water setting on my Keurig.  You can use the hot water or microwave preparation.
  2. Stir oatmeal until blended
  3. Add pumpkin.  Stir until well mixed.  Your whole bowl will be a beautiful autumn looking orange color.
  4. Pumpkin Spice OatmealAdd pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and Stevia (all to taste) and stir again.
  5. *optional* Microwave your creation for 30 seconds or so to reheat it and thicken it a bit.
  6. Enjoy your delicious and healthy breakfast!

 

That’s it!  See, it’s really easy, just like my Pumpkin Spice Muffins.   Now a few things to note:

  • Pumpkin is an amazing way to bulk up your food for no extra Points.  I’m eating a vegetable as part of my breakfast! If you plug it into Recipe Builder, technically it adds 1 ppv when you add 4 Tbsp, but to be honest, I don’t count it because on it’s own in the tracker, a cup and a half still equals 0.  I choose to do it that way.  To each their own.
  • The oatmeal is really what determines the PPV of this meal.  If you want to use full sugar, or cooked oats, or whatever, be my guest.  I like to use the Quaker lower sugar or the Weight Watchers oatmeal (found in WW stores) because they’re only 3 Points plus and taste good.  Again, this comes down to personal preference
  • Don’t forget that you can add/subtract the pumpkin or any of the spices until the combination is to your liking.  It’s all about your flavor preferences.  This recipe happens to reflect mine.

There you have it my friends.  Now you have something else to look forward to when you wakeup in addition to your morning cup of coffee. 🙂  Enjoy!

 

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