My Pumpkin Oatmeal is a deliciously satisfying and nutritious breakfast that tastes like dessert! This recipe will make a lot and stay fresh in the refrigerator for several days. Each morning, simply scoop out a portion to reheat!
1 cup uncooked hot cereal (steel cut oats and nine-grain cereals are my favorites)
4 cups water
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
1 3/4 cup cooked pumpkin (~15oz. can of pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling)
1-2 cups frozen cranberries*
2-3 tsp blackstrap molasses or date syrup
Spices (amount based on taste preference – start with a teaspoon and keep adding until it is just right for you!):
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Optional toppings: pecans, walnuts; soy or almond yogurt
Bring the water (and salt, if using) to a boil and add the cereal. Cook, uncovered, at a low simmer for approximately 30 minutes, until tender. Take the cooked cereal off the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. If you’d like the cranberries softened a bit more, add them during the last 10 minutes of the oatmeal cooking time.
When ready to serve, stir in 1/4-1/2 cup of soy or almond yogurt (to boost the protein and/or make it creamier), and a tablespoon of walnuts/pecans and an extra sprinkle of your favorite spice blend!
Shop Smart Tip: While you can use dried cranberries, they are filled with sugar! Frozen cranberries can be purchased all year round and when fresh cranberries are available and on sale (around the holidays, buy extra bags and throw them right in the freezer! When you are ready to use them, take out the amount you need, give them a good rinse and they are ready to go! Cranberries are one of the most potent fruits against a whole host of cancers! Enjoy every bite!
For more ideas for flavoring oatmeal, check out my newspaper article and recipes for Pistachio-Kissed Blackberry Pear Oatmeal and Oatmeal for the Week. You will also find a fun Oatmeal Foodie Bar, which is part of my innovative cookbook – The Foodie Bar™ Way: One meal. Lots of options. Everyone’s happy. available at www.FoodieBars.coms