As you know from this post I have a very chubby cat that eats pumpkin to curb her appetite. As a result I am left with a surplus of pumpkin! I baked with it, cooked with it and frankly am getting a little sick of the stuff. My lovely friend and Registered Dietician, Alex (check her out she is awesome) suggested I try incorporating pumpkin into my breakfast. I have been very happy with the results and I can only imagine that all the fiber in the pumpkin is doing its work to keep me feeling fuller longer as it is for my cat.
Like all delicious baked goods I love pumpkin pie. Of course I cannot eat it regularly because I would be as chubby as my kitty but this oatmeal has all the same flavors without the fat and sugar. Hope you enjoy (ps pumpkin is also great in greek or plain yogurt with spices too!)
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal:
1/4 cup Steel Cut Oats
1 cup water
1 tablespoon pumpkin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
tiny pinch of ground cloves
(brown sugar or pure maple syrup if you like your oatmeal sweet)
I like to make my oatmeal the night before so its good and fluffy and cooks quickly the next morning. I start by boiling a cup of water and dropping the oatmeal in as soon as its boiling. Cover the pot and turn off the water immediately let the oats soak overnight.
In the morning turn the water on low heat and bring to a simmer. Let the oats simmer for about ten minutes until most of the water is evaporated (I usually let this happen while I am getting ready). Transfer to a bowl once the oatmeal is the consistency you like and add in the spices. I also like to add a sliced banana and some raisins to make my oatmeal a little heartier.