Here’s a little-known fact about me: I love oatmeal.
I think it started when I was little and my mom would make me a bowl of the regular old oats, with sugar on top. It was such a treat. And I think it helped me develop an appreciation for plain oats as well – I even though I did enjoy the instant packets of raisins and spice, etc throughout the years, I don’t need the extra flavors and sugars. I prefer it plain.
Oatmeal is super ridiculously good for you, too. Not only is it a whole grain full of soluble fiber (which carries fat out of your body – BIG plus!) but it keeps a steady stream of carbohydrates going through your bloodstream rather than hitting you all at once and leaving you craving more carbs in a short period of time. I know I suffer from that quite often. And then all of a sudden I’m eating a massive bowl of pasta.
But that’s another story.
Anyways, I’ve been eating oatmeal just about every day lately, and while that’s all fine and good, in the back of my mind I was keeping a lookout for ways to jazz it up a bit. After all, plain oatmeal can get old after a while. And then I happened upon a recipe at Budget Bytes (terrific blog, by the way!) for banana bread oatmeal which, while it looks extremely amazing, I couldn’t bake because I don’t have any old bananas (or any bananas at all). But then I saw the link for pumpkin pie oatmeal and thought “Hey – that’s doable”.
So glad I thought that. So, so glad.
This is such an easy dish to whip up – just mix it all together, pour it into a greased pan and into the oven it goes. The hardest part is waiting for it to cool enough to eat – and then stopping yourself from eating the whole thing at once. Or maybe it’s just gluttonous me?
Oh, and in case you were wondering: A little bit of whipped cream on top does wondrous things. Hey – it was a serving suggestion. Don’t judge me. It’s great hot, cold, with milk or without, however you want to enjoy it.
This will be my breakfast all week long. I can hardly wait!
Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
From Budget Bytes
1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except oats until smooth.
Stir in oats and mix until totally combined.
Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 pan. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, then remove foil and bake for additional 15 minutes.
Makes 6-8 servings.
Do you like oatmeal? What’s your favorite way to eat it?
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