Today I got up frightfully early at about 5 AM. This isn't a normal occurrence in my household, so my body was a little shocked. Normally when I get up earlier than usual, I'm not hungry until my normal breakfast time. Food just doesn't sound good to me, and sometimes I neglect eating for an hour or so. However, I actually woke up starving. But knowing it was so early, I wanted a breakfast that was satisfying and that would stick with me until lunch time. Thankfully, I just pinned a recipe from Skinny Taste last night for Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal that was perfect for all my breakfast needs and my appetite for all things pumpkin! I also just got Trader Joe's seasonal Pumpkin Butter, so it was perfect. And if you've never had pumpkin butter - now is the time to start enjoying it! It's amazing if you love pumpkin.
Gina's recipe calls for regular oats, but all I had were steel cut oats. I find that the steel cut oats serving size is too small, so I usually up it to two servings, which changes the calories. Here's my take on the oatmeal:
Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal
1/2 cup steel cut oats
1/2 cup almond milk (must be vanilla unsweetened for calories to match up)
1/2 cup water
pumpkin pie spice to taste
cinnamon to taste
1 tbsp. Trader Joe's (or your fave) Pumpkin Butter
Boil the almond milk, water, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon together. When boiling, add oats and cook according to directions.
When done, put oat mixture in bowl and top with pumpkin butter and more cinnamon/pumpkin pie spice if desired. Enjoy!
I actually found this to be so filling that I didn't finish all of it! Gina's recipe is a little "skinnier" because she used regular oats versus steel cut, and she only used one serving size of it instead of two. I was thinking this wouldn't be that flavorful since there's really no fat in it besides a tad from the almond milk, but it was delicious just the way it was. I would definitely make this again, and I am not usually a big oatmeal fan. This made my 5 AM wake up call quite worth it after all :)
What are your favorite oatmeal variations?