Quick, Healthy, and Delicious Breakfast Recipe Kids Will Love!
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
This is a quick and nutritious meal for those rushed mornings or snowy winter days where you want to warm up with some comfort food. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal is a simple and delicious way to start your day off right. It is a quick and easy one pot breakfast that my kids love and always ask for more!
One morning, not too long after the holidays, I was craving pumpkin pie. Eating pumpkin pie the morning after Thanksgiving is a long held tradition in my family spanning 4 generations.
Maybe I was feeling nostalgic and hankering for some delicious pie? Maybe I told myself that the holiday season wasn't over yet and so neither were my eating festivities? Maybe I was tired of being in my breakfast rut and deep down never liked the "regular" oatmeal my kids always asked me to make? That morning a sense of adventure must have come over me and I thought I would try making a Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal! It seemed like the best solution to my need for breakfast and my craving for some delicious pumpkin pie. My only hope was that it didn't leave me feeling sick to my stomach like regular oatmeal always seemed to do.
So I crossed my fingers, grabbed my pot, filled it with water, and started it for boiling. As soon as it boiled I added the oats, a whole can of pumpkin, the milk, sugar, and spices. I let it simmer for 15-20 minutes and stirred occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom (which it tended to do closer to the end).
While the pot was simmering away the kids (and my husband!) were drawn to kitchen curious about the delicious smells. They were so excited when I told them we were having pumpkin pie oatmeal for breakfast! All of the kids set their own place (whoa!) and were very eager to try this new creation.
After it was all ready, I grabbed my toasted walnuts and whipped cream, and sat down with my family at the table. Now for the moment of truth. Would the kids like it or would it be rejected like so many other meals met with disgust? After all, it was NEW! Some of them wanted walnuts, but they all wanted whipped cream. To my delight they all loved the pumpkin pie oatmeal! Total Score! One point for the Mom! Yes!!
So there you have it. From my kitchen to yours, from my picky eaters to yours, another healthy meal. One thing I really look for in a recipe is it's ability to mask other nutritious things I might want to sneak in later. Example: flax seed oil, flax meal, protein powder, liquid vitamins, etc. This recipe scores a 5 in being able to mask those ever important, but not always well received, hidden health extras.
- 1 Cup Thick Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 1 can Pumpkin Puree
- Dash Salt
- 1.5 teaspoons Cinnamon, Plus Some to Dash on Top
- To taste (1/4-1/2 c.) Sugar or Chosen Sweetener
- 1 cup (or can) Chosen Milk (Dairy, Almond, Soy, Evaporated, etc.)
- 3 cups Water
- 1.5 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice (or equivalent homemade spice mix)
- Toasted Walnuts or Pecans
- Whipped Cream, (Or Cut the Crap Whipped Topping)