Lately, I've been trying to make breakfast more of an event. I'm fully aware that once we have a second little one around this may not be possible, but a girl can dream, right? I've been getting up a little earlier than usual, spending time waking up, and then deciding what to make. This keeps me from just tossing anything and everything into a bowl and covering it with milk. Oatmeal is often the first thing that comes to my mind because I can dress it up to fit that day. Yesterday, for example, we woke up to cloudy, cold, rainy skies. Comfort food was all I think of and this time of year that means something pumpkin spiced. This pumpkin spice oatmeal was absolute perfection.
The pumpkin puree I posted the other day just melts into the oatmeal and creates a luxuriously creamy texture that is hard to resist. I sweetened things up with a little maple syrup and added that wonderful, warm cinnamon-spice flavor with a couple teaspoons of pumpkin spice seasoning. Topped with crunchy, protein-packed toasted walnuts, this made a super satisfying breakfast that could honestly pass as dessert. So awesome.
The 5 minutes of complete quiet that happened while I ate this bowl of perfection were sweet, too. And exactly what I needed in the midst of a couple really tricky days. Sometimes being a mom is hard. Not everyone tells you that but I'm guessing its not an easy thing to describe. At least the hard days sometimes begin with a delicious, healthy breakfast so you don't have a complete nervous breakdown, right?
Who knows? The way this week is going this just might end up being my dinner tonight. And that's totally fine with me.
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 1/3 cup toasted walnut halves
- Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the salt, then the oats, and stir. Lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Stir in the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup. Cook until heated through.
- Transfer to two serving bowls, top with the toasted walnuts, and serve as soon as humanly possible.