It’s nearing the end of October and we haven’t felt the need to turn on the heat yet. It’s funny because I’ve always lived in apartments where the landlord is in control and if by September 15th the heat wasn’t on, there would be hell to pay. Now that we’re in charge of our heat, we like to postpone the inevitable. It’s almost like a game – how long can we wrap ourselves in blankets and wear double sweaters before we give in? However, a chilly morning certainly can be tempered with a good bowl of oatmeal. And when that oatmeal looks and tastes like autumn, then it’s a definite win-win.
I’ve heard of people putting chocolate chips or peanut butter into oatmeal and that just doesn’t sit right with me. But when someone told me that they put pumpkin into their morning oats, well, that caught my ear! After making pumpkin pie for thanksgiving, I had some pumpkin puree leftover. I swirled some into my pot of just cooked oats, along with some heady warm spices, and instantly the oatmeal took on a fall hue. A glug or two of maple syrup and I snuck a spoonful to taste – hello, autumn, you are so delicious! I topped my bowl with some of my favorite coconut yogurt and some lightly toasted pecans and my fall breakfast was ready.
So delay your heating bill for a little while longer if you can, and get toasty and warm with these steel cut oats. This hearty breakfast will hug you like your favourite wool sweater.
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pumpkin spice steel cut oatmeal
1 c steel cut oats
1/2 c pureed pumpkin
2 t cinnamon
1 large pinch nutmeg
1 pinch cloves
1/4 t cardamom
2 T maple syrup
yogurt & toasted pecans (optional but delicious)
In a medium pot, boil 3 cups of water. Add oats and turn down heat to a simmer, keeping the lid on. Give the mixture a stir once in a while and keep an eye on things so it doesn’t boil over. When the oats have been absorbed and are ready (about 20 minutes or so), add in the pumpkin, spices and maple syrup. Give everything a stir. Divide mixture into 2 bowls and top with yogurt and pecans, if desired.