There’s something so comforting about a warm bowl of oatmeal on a cool morning.
I did not grow up eating oatmeal. In fact, the only time we ever had oatmeal in the our house was on Christmas morning. My dad would make a biiig pot of salted oatmeal because that’s what his grandmother always did. She would say they needed something wholesome before a day of sugar and indulgence. I’m pretty sure my parents were the only ones who actually ate the oatmeal every year and the rest would sit sad and lonesome on the stove until someone took mercy and set it to soak in the sink. We chose to have our breakfast of chocolate oranges, chocolate covered cherries, and whatever other treats were left in our stockings.
So, needless to say, I was skeptical about oatmeal most of my adult life….until I met my husband. He ate oatmeal every morning of college. His one oatmeal bowl was so stained from all the cinnamon it had a brown ring around the sides, even when scrubbed clean. He considers it the perfect combination of healthy and cheap. Win-win. When he made me oatmeal for the first time, it was love at first site. The oatmeal, that is. If I was willing to eat oatmeal, you know I was already in love with him. Somehow he had figured out the perfect combination of rolled oats, quick oats, honey, and cinnamon. It was the beginning of my new and improved relationship with the humble breakfast food.
These days I love to make different flavors and varieties of oatmeal. This pumpkin spice oatmeal is perfect when you wake up to a chilly house, slip on your house shoes and robe, and want something warm in your family’s stomachs. It’s easy and hands off, so you can easily work it into a busy morning or save it for a lazy Sunday.
It doesn’t have any sweetener, which is perfect for younger tastebuds in the house, but it’s also yummy with a splash of maple syrup or honey. Chopped banana or applesauce also sweetens up the mix, if you have those on hand.
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
1 1/3 c steel cut oats
2 2/3 c water
1/2 c pumpkin puree
2 tsp pumpkin spice blend
- Place oats and water in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
- Add pumpkin puree and spices. Let simmer for 5-10 more minutes, until oats are soft and most of water is absorbed.
- Serve with you favorite milk and chopped fruit.