It’s the last few days of summer! So what am I doing? Turning the clock ahead to Wednesday, of course, when FALL starts. The best season of all. The crisp fall air, the smell of leaves on the ground, and most of all, eating all of the pumpkin things! I cannot wait one moment longer.
I’m kicking off the season with this warming, hearty, and healthy Spiced Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal, which has no refined sugar, is a great way to eat both whole grains and vegetables for breakfast (pumpkin IS a vegetable, after all!), and has a secret ingredient added at the very end to make it extra decadent and tasty.
I’m just going to ignore the fact that I moved from New England to Texas this summer and am experiencing the fall in a completely different way. The thermometer may still say 100 degrees, and the air may not be exactly “crisp,” but in my book, mid-September means fall. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
And may I be so bold as to say that Oscar makes an excellent addition to the fall decor, being such a pretty shade of orange:
Aw. Cozy kitty in a sunbeam :-)
So. This oatmeal.
A mixture of canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and oats, boiled in water (or milk, if that’s your thing) and topped with crunchy earthy pecans, sprinkled with spicy cinnamon, and drizzled with maple syrup. Oh, and that secret ingredient I mentioned before?
Here it is…
Are you ready…?
Butter. Glorious, smooth, silky, preferably salted- butter.
Stir in the butter toward the end of cooking this, before drizzling with maple syrup/pecans, and in any other oatmeal you may cook. (Try it in apple cinnamon oatmeal as well! And for a vegan alternative, try coconut oil.)
Oh goodness. It is so, so good. And as long as you are using pastured, organic butter from grass-fed cows (like my favorite, Kerrygold), it is really not very bad for you. In addition to tasting approximately one MILLION times better than it’s conventional counterpart, pastured butter is high in omega-3s and vitamin K2, a vitamin that actually helps your arteries!
This is the best news I bet you’ve heard in a while. But before you run to the fridge to slather on a couple of tablespoons to whatever you happen to be eating right now thinking: BUTTER! I MUST SAVE MY ARTERIES!!!!- remember, everything in moderation, folks.
If you like this pumpkin oatmeal, you’ll love these healthy pumpkin pancakes!
Spiced Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
- Mix the pumpkin (1 cup), milk (2 cups), pumpkin pie spice (1 teaspoon), and a pinch of kosher salt together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil.
- Stir in the oats (1 cup) and simmer until oats are cooked.
- Stir in the butter (1 tablespoon) until melted.
- Serve oatmeal hot with chopped pecans, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and pure maple syrup drizzled on top.
- For a vegan alternative to butter, use coconut oil.
- The provided nutrition information does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. Feel free to calculate it yourself using this calculator or by adding the recipe to Yummly.