I’m sorry but this time of year I cannot help but be obsessed with the flavor of pumpkin. It is much like my secret candy corn affliction that happens every October and promptly ends November first. There is just something about the pumpkin that takes over my culinary taste buds and makes my body crave everything pumpkin flavored. I max out around mid December,but gluttony allows for that last bite of pie on Christmas. Personally I have never been a big fan of cereals in the morning,my body thinking oatmeal is just a carb coma waiting to happen. But in the wake of dreary cold mornings,and the fact that pumpkin can be added;I am game for a new breakfast treat.
Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oatmeal
1 c steel cut oats
1/2 c pureed pumpkin
2 t cinnamon
1 large pinch nutmeg
1 pinch cloves
1/4 t cardamom
2 T maple syrup
yogurt &toasted pecans (optional but delicious)
In a medium pot,boil 3 cups of water. Add oats and turn down heat to a simmer,keeping the lid on. Give the mixture a stir once in a while and keep an eye on things so it doesn’t boil over. When the oats have been absorbed and are ready (about 20 minutes or so),add in the pumpkin,spices and maple syrup. Give everything a stir. Divide mixture into 2 bowls and top with yogurt and pecans,if desired.
It was a great pumpkin Charlie Brown!!!