I do enjoy pumpkins. I enjoy the annual visit to the patch, I enjoy watching Charlie Brown and Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin's arrival, and I enjoy the festive decorations using these lovely gourds. Along with many others, I greatly anticipate the first offering of Pumpkin Spice Lattes in coffee shops across the land. And I have used pumpkin in a variety of recipes: the quintessential pumpkin pie, frosted pumpkin cookies, and even turkey pumpkin chili. This morning however, I tried something new… but it will definitely become a staple this time of year: Pumpkin Oatmeal.
I probably pinned this recipe over a month ago, and I had great intentions of trying it immediately. But you know, life happens and the pin was forgotten. However there is nothing like a challenge and a deadline to motivate me to action. Since Trish's Pin It and Do It challenge ends this Thursday (and I have two more pins to complete), I decided that now is the time to try this unique breakfast item.
Peanut Butter and Peppers, and it is most assuredly a winner! I encourage any pumpkin devotee to add this to your fall recipe collection.
Pumpkin Oatmeal in a Crockpot
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 cups water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I used a rounded measurement)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (again, I used a rounded measurement)
- 1 teaspoon stevia, or to taste (I omitted)
- 1 pinch salt
- In a bowl that will fit inside your crockpot (this inner bowl makes clean-up a breeze and eliminates a crust forming on the top of the oatmeal)…. add all of the ingredients and stir to combine.
- Place bowl in the crockpot and then fill the crockpot with enough water to come up half-way on the inner bowl. Set crockpot on low for 6-8 hours
When ready to serve, I added a bit of brown sugar in the bottom of the bowl, ladled in the oatmeal, sprinkled a few walnuts on top and then drizzled with a bit of maple syrup. The result was a rich, decadent and filling dish that will keep hunger at bay all morning.
There are plenty of leftovers that I anticipate will make a quick microwave warm-up for easy breakfasts the rest of the week. Mmmmm…. quite satisfying….