I love the seasonal flavors of fall. Pumpkin, cinnamon, orange an cranberry together make me feel happy and all warm inside. Maybe because fall is my favorite season, it’s the perfect time to cook something warm and hearty. Most comfort food isn’t so healthy but this pumpkin cranberry oatmeal is definitely comforting and oh so good for you!
Oatmeal is one of my favorite go to breakfasts, especially on days when I know I’m going to need a little extra energy and may not get to eat again for a while. The versatility of oatmeal makes it the perfect base for so many added flavors. Bananas, apples, apricots, blueberries, peanut butter, chocolate… they’ve all made their way into my oatmeal!
I don’t consider this a food blog but I do share my favorite recipes and creations here from time to time. I usually create things on a whim and rarely measure unless I’m baking. Most of my proportions are just based on taste and what sounds good at the time! Feel free to experiment with your own style and flavors. If you love cinnamon – add more, if you don’t like cranberries – use raisons or dried blueberries or whatever you have around the house.
In this particular recipe I debated on whether I should use almonds, walnuts or pecans and settled on walnuts because that’s what I had the most of, but I’m sure any of them would work just fine. If you’re going to use almonds just make sure they are slivered or sliced since they’re a little harder than pecans or walnuts.
Ok – ready to get started?
- Almond Milk (or regular milk or any milk substitute)
- Orange Extract Flavoring
- Pumpkin Puree
- Dried Cranberries (or any dried fruit)
- Walnuts (or any other nut)
- Brown Sugar, Agave or Honey (optional)
- Vanilla Protein Powder (optional)
- Add equal amounts of water and milk to a small sauce pan on medium high heat.
- Add cinnamon, nutmeg, salt & orange extract
- Add a few scoops of oats once the water, milk & seasoning comes to a boil and a small amount of plain or vanilla protein powder if you want
- Cook the oats until most of the water has been absorbed – you’ll start to smell the orange and cinnamon coming together. If it’s too thick at more liquid, too thin add more oats. Just remember, the oats will continue to take up the liquid so thin at this stage is good.
- Once the oats are cooked, add the pumpkin puree and dried cranberries
- Heat through then transfer to a bowl and add the nuts
- You can also add brown sugar, agave or honey
Yum – warm, sweet, hearty and healthy!
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