Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal

by Rachel on November 5, 2012

We are smack-dab in the middle of pumpkin season so I can’t think of a better recipe to kick things off here at Two Healthy Plates.  Also, I may or may not have a stock pile of canned pumpkin from last year’s shortage.  Just saying…

Pumpkin is a nutrition power house – our bodies love this stuff.  It’s low in calories but high in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.  Pumpkin is recommended as one of the top foods for weight loss and lowering cholesterol.  The health rankings get even better when paired with a bowl full of whole grain oats.  Read more about the health benefits of pumpkin here.

This oatmeal is one of my favorite fall breakfasts.  The spiced oats are warm and cozy, perfect for chilly mornings.  The addition of pumpkin makes the dish super creamy and filling at just 6 PointsPlus.  You can even prepare the recipe ahead of time and warm it up on your way out the door.

Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal
 
WW Points:
Meal: Breakfast
Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk OR ½ cup skim milk + ½ cup water
  • ⅓ – ½ cup pumpkin (more pumpkin for creamier oats)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ – ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice, to taste
  • pinch of cinnamon, to taste
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp pecan pieces

Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan bring milk, oats, and salt to a soft boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and cook oats 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in pumpkin, vanilla, and spices. Cook 2 minutes more.
  4. Cover and remove from heat, let stand 2 minutes.
  5. Top oatmeal with 1 tbsp brown sugar or maple syrup and 1 tbsp pecan pieces.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes
You can easily double or triple the recipe to make more servings.

 What is your favorite seasonal pumpkin food?

 

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Katie @ from icecream to marathon November 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

Hi Rachel! I’m so glad you commented on my blog, and I was able to find yours! It’s nice to see another KY girl! That oatmeal looks absolutely delicious! Congrats on your recent weight loss, I can’t wait to look around your blog some more!

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Rachel November 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Thanks- Today is my first day up and running!

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cindy November 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

what a fun, fall-time breakfast!

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Mrs. Herb November 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

MMM! This will be perfect for these chilly fall mornings. I love pumpkin, pecans, and oatmeal! Thanks for sharing!

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Ed November 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Looks tasty to me—need to expand my breakfast options and this would be a great addition to the list

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Deanna @ Mirabelle Creations November 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm

This looks AMAZING! Oatmeal and pumpkin together — what a great idea! Thanks for stopping by Mirabelle Creations!

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Becky @ Olives n Wine December 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I’m glad I looked at your November Recap tonight! This is going to be breakfast tomorrow morning. I’m so excited :) I love pumpkin – My favorite seasonal pumpkin “food” has to be Dunn Bros (local Minnesota coffee shop) Pumpkin Spice Soy Lattes. They are a lot less sweet than Starbucks and are basically amazing!

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Rachel January 31, 2013 at 4:08 pm

That latte sounds great – I always ask for half the syrup because they are generally to sweet for me!

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Eleanor January 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm

this looks amazing and so does the pumpkin smoothie, being english i just wondered what pumpkin pie mix is, what spices are in it? Ill see if i can get hold of some. Also are you refering just to canned pumpkin? If fresh are you roasting and cooling it first? (more so for the smoothie i wanted to know) x

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Rachel January 31, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Yes, just canned pumpkin but you can certainly roast your own if you want. Pumpkin pie spice is just a mixture of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg (I think) – you can definitely find a recipe for pumpkin pie spice mix online if you look! Enjoy!

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