One of my personal goals this fall is to incorporate pumpkin into as many foods as possible. Sure, I’ve tried pumpkin bread, coffee, and muffins and like them just as much as anyone. But pumpkin itself is very nutritious and I want to try to enhance its natural benefits, rather than mask them with butter and sugar. My first creation did not disappoint. This all-natural pumpkin oatmeal is the perfect start to your fall morning (or any other season for that matter!)
The first ingredient needed is, surprise, one 15 0z can of 100% pumpkin puree. All natural pumpkin actually contains 100 more milligrams of potassium than a banana and accounts for a large portion of your vitamin C daily requirement. In addition, pumpkin provides a large amount of fiber and comparatively few calories, aiding in weight loss and keeps you feeling full for hours.
Our next key ingredient is 2.5 cups of oats. Oats are vital in maintaining a healthy cholesterol level which protects your heart. In fact, research has found that eating 2 cups of oats a day can reduce high cholesterol to healthy levels in just 3 months! Oats are a great way to fuel your body with lasting energy for a busy day.
You will also need 1.5 cups of milk to provide the hearty oatmeal texture. In addition to its high levels of calcium which promote bone health, milk is a healthy source of protein and vitamin D. Try to use 1% or skim milk to reduce fat in this recipe!
Next up is 2 large eggs. Eggs have a very high nutritional bang for their buck: you can enjoy 13 essential vitamins and minerals at only 75 delicious calories! This common breakfast food helps improve your eyesight, maintain low blood pressure, and reduce your chances of dealing with heart disease.
Our final major ingredient is 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Yes, sugar is sugar, and I don’t think anyone would describe it as especially healthy. However, brown sugar is much less refined than its white counterpart and I don’t know about you, but I would much rather sweeten my oatmeal with natural brown sugar than the questionable chemical sweeteners in most instant oatmeal!
Pour the mixture into an 8×8 pan greased with olive oil. Cover the pan with tin foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 15. You can refrigerate the final product and heat it up as needed, or serve right away. Enjoy your fall and all the pumpkin-filled recipes that come with it!
- 1 can of 100% pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1.5 cups low fat milk
- 2.5 cups dry old fashioned oats
1. Combine all ingredients except for oats and mix. When consistent add in oats.
2. Pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish and cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and remove foil. Bake for another 15 minutes.
3. Allow to cool, then enjoy the best breakfast you’ll ever have.