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I used to think of oatmeal as the most boring breakfast known to man – then I figured it out. Oats aren’t boring, they’re just blank canvases in need of color. The oatmeal that I used to eat was gray, bland, lumpy and generally unsatisfying, but when I started to experiment with my canvas, I got excited because I could see that the possibilities were endless! This recipe is a new favorite combination. The pumpkin puree adds a nice color and a creamy texture and the nutmeg adds a little spice. Plus, it makes your kitchen smell good as it cooks.

For a lower glycemic alternative, use steel cut oats instead of old fashioned.

Here is a list of some optional toppings:

  • Nuts & seeds: pecans, walnuts, cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, etc.
  • Nut & seed butters: peanut, cashew, almond, soy, sunflower seed, etc.
  • Dried fruits: cranberries, raisins, golden raisins, freeze dried strawberries, apricots, freeze dried pineapple, mango, blueberries, dates, prunes,
  • Fresh fruits: apples, pears, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, mango, etc.
  • Sweeteners: brown sugar, honey, molasses, agave, Stevia, etc.
  • Milk(s): Cow’s milk, rice, almond, soy, coconut, hemp, Keifer, etc.
  • Other: wheat germ, cocoa powder, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, cardamom, etc.

 *Note: Nutrition Facts are calculated without the addition of optional toppings.

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  1. In a medium size sauce pan, combine oats, milk, pumpkin puree, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook oats on low heat, stirring continuously for 5-7 minutes until oats are thoroughly cooked and mixture begins to thicken.
  3. Serve warm and top with some, none, or all of the suggested toppings!

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  1. Azu

    I’ll try this oatmeal with agave syrup and dried cranberries

  2. Kristi

    I think I’m in love!!! The photo is adorable, and all of the food looks delicious! I’m heading into the kitchen right now to make pumpkin spiced oatmeal!

  3. Kristi

    Oh, confirmed. I AM in love. This is delicious!

  4. Vera

    I made this on Sunday- it’s so delicious, thank you! I topped mine with pecans and used almond milk instead of 1% milk. Ate some of the leftover oatmeal today- it’s 4 degrees with a wind chill of -15! Perfect food to warm me up on this freezing cold day!

  5. On the Wellness Today site this recipe is called Sweet Potato Oatmeal, but your ingredients call for Pumpkin puree – not a sweet potato in sight. Have you used sweet potatoes for this recipe? Thanks!

  6. @ Constance…actually it is pumpkin and I’m not sure why they called it sweet potato. It was always pumpkin puree. It would probably taste good with sweet potato too though. :)

  7. The pumpkin would have less carbs overall than sweet potatoe though right pal?

  8. Wow. I love all your recipes. Most of all I like that you are literally keeping it real. As cliché as it maybe I think it is important for people to do everything in moderation even moderation and your recipes are perfect for those that want to veg out and those that need a little self indulgence.

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