Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Everyone has heard the popular saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. Eating breakfast helps stabilize your blood sugar, improves focus and concentration, gives you energy and has been proven to help prevent weight gain. Not to mention, breakfast foods are delicious and full of nutrients!

Despite it’s benefits, many people continue to skip this important meal. Common excuses include not having enough time or not being hungry in the morning. Well, I’m here to tell you, breakfast doesn’t have to be an ornate and time-consuming production.

My favorite breakfast hands-down is oatmeal. It’s quick, easy, versatile, and tasty. Not to mention it keeps me full for hours and doesn’t leave me scrounging for a snack an hour later. Oats are loaded with soluble fiber, which is helps lower cholesterol and promotes heart health. This recipe is one of my favorites, especially come fall. It tastes just like pumpkin pie, but it’s a whole lot healthier for you. I often cut the recipe in half and eat it for dessert or snack as well!

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Serves 1

Ingredients

½ C old-fashioned oats

½ C milk

¼ C water (or milk)

¼ C canned pumpkin

½ T brown sugar

½ T pure maple syrup

¼ t. cinnamon

1/8 t. allspice

1/16 t nutmeg

optional dried fruit ( I like a combination of dried cherries and cranberries)

optional nuts or nut butter

Directions

Combine oats, milk, water, and pumpkin. Microwave for 2 minutes (or until liquid is fully absorbed). Mix in brown sugar, maple syrup, spices, and dried fruit. Top with nuts/nutbutter.

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