Janice Krako/ November 15, 2016/ Breakfast, cranberries, easy recipe, fall recipe, healthy eating, pumpkin, quick recipe/ 0 comments

I think fall and I think what can I make with pumpkin

A hearty healthy breakfast in the fall needs some additional fall ingredients such as pumpkin.

Two of my favorite things about fall….the brilliant leaves against sunny gray skies….and the classic fall flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, the new fresh crop of apples, and cranberries.  Just makes me think cozy fires and hanging around with friends and family.

It’s fun for me just seeing what’s in the kitchen and experimenting with new flavor profiles.  This is one of those recipes with things always in the pantry but a new combo to please the palate.  Super simple, easy and quick…all things you love for a weekday morning recipe.

One of my prerequisites creating a new recipe is nutritional value.  If we fill with food lacking what our body needs, we will wind up eating more later because our body isn’t satisfied and that promotes overweight.  The addition of the pumpkin in this recipe boosted our daily intake of Vitamin A, C, iron, B6. and magnesium. Just one cup of pumpkin is 197% of the Vitamin A which we require daily but only 30 calories.   That’s a win-win food: tasty and healthy!

 

    Warm Hearty Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal Bowls

Warm Hearty Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal Bowls

4 servings
Ingredients
 
  • 1 cup old fashioned organic rolled oats
  • 4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix
  • 2 Tablespoons organic butter
  • 1/2 cup Real maple syrup (or brown sugar)
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup dried cranberries*

    Cinnamon sticks

Preparation
 
Pour water into a saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Add oats, spices, and maple syrup.
As the oatmeal is starting to thicken add the dried cranberries.
Cook for 3-5 minutes to desired thickness.
 
Serve
 
In individual bowls with a few dried cranberries on top.   If you want a sweeter oatmeal drizzle a bit more of the real maple syrup on top.  Drizzled a bit of milk on top optional.
 
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