Raise your hand if you’re guilty of eating oatmeal almost every morning.
My hand definitely just shot up high in the air.
I’m the first to admit - when it comes to breakfast, I like easy. Actually, I like easy when it comes to practically everything. But a 6am on a busy weekday morning? No way am I going to stand in the kitchen for longer than absolutely necessary.
That’s probably the reason why we’re in a bit of a plain oatmeal rut. My toddler loves it, it keeps me full and gives me energy and I can basically make it while still sleeping. Sort of.
But since it does get kind of boring, I decided I need to make more of an effort. So I’ve been on a quest to find still-quick-and-simple-but-more-interesting-than-virtually-nothing oatmeal additions that make our breakfasts exciting again.
Since pumpkin breakfasts are pretty much a staple in our home on weekends during fall (as I can prove with my super-popular pumpkin waffles or this amazing pumpkin stuffed french toast), adding pumpkin puree to our oatmeal has quickly become a new favorite.
It’s really just my basic oatmeal recipe, with a few extras thrown in. And thrown on top, because there is nothing better than a mountain of delicious toppings on a bed of warm oats!
Here are a few suggestions to take your cranberry pumpkin oatmeal to the next level:
Make it a little less easy and use homemade pumpkin puree. I mean, nothing against the convenient canned stuff. But I love steaming a small pumpkin fresh from the farm and blending it to use in all my favorite pumpkin recipes. This is super handy if you have a baby starting solids, by the way!
If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice mix, just use whatever fall-inspired spices you do have. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves… Or make your own pumpkin pie spice!
For the milk, use whatever you have on hand or what you like best! I used organic whole milk.
If you don’t like cranberries, use raisins. Or use nothing at all, your call. And instead of pecans, walnuts work really well, too. I leave out the nuts and extra cranberries for my toddler though.
Please note that the recipe is written to serve 2! I chose this so it would be super easy and convenient to half it if you’re making it just for yourself, or to multiply it for a larger family.
If you want to spice up your routine oatmeal for fall, I definitely recommend you give this delicious almost-like-pumpkin-pie version a try! Bonus points because you’ll be feeding your family vegetables at breakfast already :)
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- pinch of salt
- 4 tablespoons pumpkin puree
To Serve (optional):
- dried cranberries
- pure maple syrup
- Bring the milk to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the oats, dried cranberries, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and salt and reduce the heat to medium-low.
- Keep stirring the oatmeal for the next 4-5 minutes, or until it has thickened enough to your liking. Stir in the pumpkin puree and heat through.
- Serve immediately with pecans, extra cranberries and maple syrup if you like.