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Pumpkin Vanilla Oats

Pumpkin Vanilla Oats

Pumpkin Vanilla Oats – Clean & Delicious®

Ever notice how versatile pumpkin is?

Well, it’s that time of the year again when pumpkin starts pleading to be mixed into all sorts of dishes, sweet, savory, salty, spicy… you name it, pumpkin always seems to find a way to fit in!

So once I open my first can of pumpkin for the season, the creativity just starts flowing.  I’ve been playing around with ideas like pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin pasta, snack-size pumpkin cheesecake… lots of fun things, BUT my new partner in crime (doesn’t she just look guilty!)…

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doesn’t always feel like hanging out while I record and photograph my recipes.   So when I made these Pumpkin Oats during Katie’s nap time, I knew I’d better snap a picture QUICKLY so I could share it with you guys.

Now that the weather is getting a bit chilly (we even had rain here in So.Cal – which is a BIG deal around here!) oatmeal has found it’s way back on my morning menu.  Although, I must admit, I’ve traded in my steel cut oats for rolled oats that I can cook them in two minutes in the microwave.  Oh the sacrifices a Mom has to make ;)

Did I mention that I now type like this:

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Because my lap usually looks like this:

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And the view of my computer is often something like this:

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But I digress…

back to PUMPKIN VANILLA OATS.   Talk about a breakfast that just screams FALL!

This is like pumpkin bread turned into a bowl of oatmeal (don’t you just love how oatmeal creates a blank slate for so many different flavor combos?)  I added vanilla protein powder which is why I went with the vanilla theme, but these oats would be just as happy with a chocolate twist.  I’m thinking some cacao nibs or chocolate chips stirred in would be p-r-e-t-t-y tasty!

Oh!  And I almost forgot… I’m super excited to be doing some writing and recipe development for CookingVillage.com.  My first article is up so if you’re interested in a recipe for Individual Apple Crisp be sure to check it out.

Now I throw it back your way, what are some of your favorite ways to use pumpkin in the kitchen??  Do you prefer it in sweet dishes, or savory ones?

Pumpkin Vanilla Oats

If you are gluten-free make sure your oats are labeled gluten-free and not processed with any products that have gluten in them.

Yield: Serves 1

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp raisins, chopped up

Directions:

In a medium microwave-safe bowl combine the oats and water.  Pop them in the microwave for two minutes.

Remove oats from microwave and stir in the canned pumpkin, protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup.  Top with raisins and pecans.  Enjoy!

Serves 1.

Nutritional Analysis

Nutrients per recipe: Calories: 298; Total Fat: 9.4g; Saturated Fat: 1.2g; Cholesterol: 115mg; Sodium: 5mg; Carbohydrate: 41.9g; Dietary Fiber: 8.2g; Sugars: 11.6g; Protein: 16.2g

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8 Responses to “Pumpkin Vanilla Oats”

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    Melissa — October 15, 2009 @ 4:47 am

    Oh my gosh Katie is absolutely adorable(looks just like you!!). I love how your spending your time! ;)

    And those oats look amazing I need to give them a try!!

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    Devon — October 15, 2009 @ 6:00 am

    This pumpkin recipe looks great. I love using oatmeal for savory breakfasts (almost treating it as bread) and once read an article where Jada Pinkett Smith talked about eating chicken and oatmeal together for a fuel filled meal. I’d love to find ways to incorporate protein into my oatmeal breakfasts…

    Thanks Dani!

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    Jenny — October 15, 2009 @ 8:25 am

    This is my first time stopping by your blog and I think it’s fabulous!

    I’m always looking for new ways to “dress” oatmeal, I’m going to try this recipe- thank you! Your baby is SO adorable!!

    Take care!
    Jenny

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    Rose — October 16, 2009 @ 7:30 am

    Oh my! she is beautiful – I love her chunkiness, I remember when my kids were like that, I miss it.

    I have to try this oatmeal, I make oatmeal every morning and this will be a tasty change – thanks!

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    Marta — October 26, 2009 @ 8:27 am

    The pumpkin vanilla oats look delicious :) I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for posting a great recipe!

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    Carla — October 27, 2009 @ 8:50 am

    I had this recipe for breakfast this morning and it was wonderful and very filling. Thanks for the great idea on a different way to use pumpkin!

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    Alica — August 27, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    I was just told about your website from a friend and Oh my!! My husband and 8 month daughter will be loving you. ;) I am very excited to see that there are plenty of recipes that I feel suitable to use to start transitioning my baby girl to more solid foods.

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