With fall upon us I had a strong inkling for pumpkin oatmeal. With that, I decided to whip up a pot of pumpkin oatmeal to have on hand for the week. I have seen pumpkin oatmeal recipes for the crock pot but they involved chunks of real pumpkin in it. Since canned pumpkin is readily available to me I decided to venture down a different path. I did google pumpkin oatmeal and I found a recipe by Aarti Sequeira from the Food Network. I used that as a stepping stone for my oatmeal and adapted it to the flavors I would like in my oatmeal as well as keeping an eye on the ingredients I used because I didn’t want my oatmeal to be astronomically high in points plus values.
I have to say the end result is pretty delicious. Its pumpkin flavored, but mildly sweet and I can have a variety of different serving sizes depending on my hunger at the time (1 1/4 cups = 6 points plus, 1 cup = 5 points plus or 1/2 cup = 2 points plus). The thing I like about the dish is that it can be adapted to how you like your oatmeal – whether you like it wetter or dryer, you can increase or decrease on the additional water I added at the end. The whole recipe made 5 cups of oatmeal.
Serves 5. Serving Size – 1 Cup. 5 Points Plus Values.
- 14 oz pumpkin puree
- 2/3 cup skim milk
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup water, plus 2/3 cup reserved
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar free maple syrup
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 ¼ tbsp honey
- 3 packets Equal (optional)
- 2 cups quick cooking oats
In a large pot add pumpkin, milk, almond milk, brown sugar, 1 cup water, cinnamon, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Turn flame on to medium heat and blend pumpkin together with the remaining contents until blended smooth and starting to bubble.
Once bubbling add in the quick cooking oats and stir to combine. When combined drizzle in the honey and stir to combine. Depending on the thickness, slowly add in some of the reserved 2/3 cup water and blend water into the oatmeal until absorbed.
Taste the flavor of the oatmeal and if not sweet enough for your liking, sprinkle in 3 packets of Equal and stir to combine. Allow the pot to simmer for 1-2 minutes before turning off the heat.