Happy Friday everyone! I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend, maybe curl up on my couch and catch up on the TV shows that I missed this week. I will be very thankful that I have a nice, warm apartment with power and heat, and thinking of my friends and all those who are still feeling the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Weekends are a great time to make a delicious, hearty breakfast, but it's also important to eat a healthy and filling breakfast during the week. This maple pumpkin oatmeal is my latest breakfast obsession. I go through phases with my food, music, etc. where I get stuck on one thing for a while and then I get bored and switch to something new. During the summer and into fall, I was on a smoothie kick and now that the mornings are colder, I am moving back towards oatmeal - my winter breakfast staple. This oatmeal is so easy to make. It comes together in under 10 minutes and it is seriously delicious, which makes my mornings so stress free and leaves me feeling full and happy. The best part about the oatmeal is that it tastes like a pumpkin pie! The recipe makes a single serving, so just multiply if you're feeding a crowd.
Easy Maple Pumpkin OatmealMakes a single serving
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup water
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
Dash of Nutmeg
Dash of all-spice
2 heaping tablespoons pure pumpkin puree (you can add more depending on your preference)
1 teaspoon ground flax (optional)
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
Combine water, oats, salt, and spices in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until the oats are cooked (about 5 minutes).
Add pumpkin puree (and flax) and stir well to combine. Cook another 30 seconds, then add the maple syrup and brown sugar. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the pecans, then eat!