OLD FASHIONED PUMPKIN PIE OR HOLIDAY EGGNOG OATMEAL

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

OLD FASHIONED PUMPKIN PIE OATMEAL
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Serves: 7 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cup unsweetened almond or 1% milk
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 1 TB ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup raisins
  • Garnishes: chopped walnuts or pecans, brown sugar or honey to sweeten
Instructions
  1. Place all of the above ingredients, except for the garnishes in a 3-1/2 quart slow cooker. Stir well to combine ingredients. Cook on low heat for approximately 3 hours or longer until the oats are cooked and softened. Spoon the oatmeal in bowls and add the chopped nuts. If desired, sweeten with brown sugar, molasses, honey or Stevia.
  2. HOLIDAY OLD FASHIONED EGGNOG OATMEAL: Omit pumpkin, maple syrup and cinnamon and substitute eggnog in place of the milk in the recipe Use the regular or "lite" egg nog in your recipe.. Add ½ tsp almond extract to the recipe also. Serve with chopped nuts and sweeten as needed by adding honey, sugar or Stevia.
Notes
If desired, substitute 1 tsp maple flavoring or almond extract in place of the maple syrup. This will reduce the calorie and carbohydrate content.Calories per ¾ cup serving are 153 and carbohydrate content is 28 grams.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¾ cup Calories: 183 Fat: 0 grams Trans fat: 0 grams Carbohydrates: 36 grams Sodium: 65 mg Fiber: 4.5 grams Protein: 5 grams Cholesterol: 0 mg

We experienced our first official snowstorm here in Minnesota. It is right on time, four days after Thanksgiving. This is the time of year that I enjoy waking up to a piping hot bowl of old fashioned pumpkin pie oatmeal prepared in advance in my crock pot. I woke up very early to place the recipe ingredients in the crock pot, gave it a quick stir and went back to bed for a few more hours, awakening to the sweet aroma of this favorite fall breakfast. It sure warms you up on those cold Minnesota winter mornings too.  I love pumpkin treats like pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin bread and of course pumpkin pie oatmeal this time of year. It is so easy to prepare and my husband loves it too so this recipe is definitely a keeper!

Serve Old Fashioned Eggnog or Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal at your Holiday brunch

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