This time of year, I am one of those people that loves all things pumpkin! I especially love to make my own pumpkin puree (it’s easier than you think!) to mix into muffins, lattes, oatmeal and anything else I can think of.
I started making this Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with mashed banana, eggs, chia seeds, and lots of pumpkin pie spice as soon as we felt a chill in the air, and the girls (and myself!) devour it every single time.
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal is one of our favorite recipes this season, so I just had to share the recipe with you.
Ingredients in Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
Oats Oatmeal is a whole grain, and 1 cup of oats or oatmeal contains about 11 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and a good amount of iron. Oats are also rich in the fiber beta-glucan, which may be linked with a reduction in cholesterol.
Banana Bananas add a natural sweetness to this Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal as well as a dose of potassium, magnesium and many other nutrients.
Pumpkin Pumpkin puree gives this oatmeal a boost of beta-carotene and fiber.
Eggs Eggs are a great way to get protein and nutrients such as choline, lutein and zeaxanthin (linked with eye health), and so many other vitamins and minerals into your diet.
Chia Seeds Chia seeds contain a ton of fiber, which helps with digestive health. They are also a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which may help reduce inflammation.
Pumpkin Pie Spice This combination of spices adds wonderful warmth to Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal.
Vanilla Extract Vanilla adds creaminess, warmth and sweetness without adding extra sugar.
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
Use a medium sized pot on the stove. Start by bringing the water to a boil, then add in your oats and other ingredients (minus the vanilla extract and maple/coconut sugar if using). I like to stir and mix quickly until the oats thicken on the stove, and then turn down the heat. Next, mix in the vanilla extract and the maple syrup or coconut sugar if you are adding it in. Once you’ve adjusted the seasonings to your taste, you can serve the oatmeal and enjoy.
Tips for Making Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
You can use rolled oats or quick oats for this recipe. The oatmeal mixture will take a little bit longer to thicken when cooking with rolled oats versus quick oats. The more ripe the banana, the sweeter it will taste when you mix it into the oatmeal. You can use canned pumpkin puree or homemade pumpkin puree.
There is no added sugar in this recipe (the maple syrup and coconut sugar are optional), making it a great, seasonal option for little ones. Claire and Marie both love eating this oatmeal for breakfast. More information on Baby Led Weaning here.