10.22.2012

Secret Recipe Club: Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

.  Before I get into this delicious, Fall-ey oatmeal.  I have to ask.

Have you entered my giveaway?  If you haven't, do it now.  If you have, then keep reading ☺


And now for the even better stuff: SRC.  Yep, it's that time again!

For October, I was matched with Debbie Does Dinner...Healthy & Low Calorie.

Uh oh...

As we know, LSM isn't exactly about cutting things out, particularly butter, sugar, you name it.  More is more in LSM terms.  Right?  Right!   But the moment I started browsing through Debbie's recipes, I knew there wouldn't be a problem.


To breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert, Debbie has it covered.  I had my eye on a few things, including [Slow Cooker] Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup, Cuban Quesadillas, and Pumpkin Sloppy Joes [because that just sounds interesting!].  Too bad I don't rarely cook!  I may have to try that slow cooker recipe though, even that can't be too difficult for me.

Anywho, after much debate, I settled upon this Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal because 1) I'm obsessed with anything pumpkin, 2) it's Fall, and 3) breakfast items = my faaaaavorite.  Even though I rarely eat breakfast.  Ironic.

I whipped this recipe up in a jif one morning before Robbie left town for work.  I figured he needed a good send off to the airport and we're both pumpkin lova's, so this was a no brainer.


The dish is rather hearty, with a texture somewhat similar to bread pudding.  And the spices, pumpkin, and oatmeal all marry together in a matter of minutes to create a wonderful morning treat.  From the reviews on Debbie's blog, everyone kept saying the pecans really made the dish. And lo' and behold, they really did!  That little crunchy nuttiness really brought everything together, so don't you dare leave them out.  Unless you have to.  Get me?

Thanks Debbie for the wonderful and healthy breakfast recipe!  Until December!  .

My Notes:
  • Unfortunately I couldn't find any small containers of apple cider [and I knew a big gallon of it would go to waste] so I ended up using apple juice instead.  However, as you'll notice by the ingredients list, this dish is more on the sweet side and so I think the apple juice added just a tad too much sugar.  I think the apple cider would have a much deeper note [if that makes sense], so if you can, stick with that!


Ingredients:
1 c. pumpkin puree
1 c. apple cider
2 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. honey
2 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. butter, melted
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-3/4 c. old fashioned oats
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. pecan halves

Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Grease an 8x8-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, apple cider, eggs, milk, honey, maple syrup, butter, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract until smooth.  Stir in oats, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.  
  3. Pour into prepared dish and sprinkle with pecan halves.  Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until set.  Serve with maple syrup or honey.
Yield: 9 servings

13 comments:

  1. Looks wonderful. I adore pumpkin (my post this month had pumpkin in it). Baked oatmeal makes mornings go so smoothly around out house, so I'm gonna pin for later.

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  2. That sounds so tasty! A perfect breakfast for a cold fall morning!

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  3. This looks perfect for a chilly fall morning! I love oatmeal but I haven't eaten much during the summer...I think it's time to change that! :)

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  4. I am so glad you liked this! I've been obsessed with pumpkin and am loving all the pumpkin recipes I've seen lately! Thanks again! Oh - and the pumpkin sloppy joes ARE interesting!!! :-)

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  5. I love pumpkin pie. We should enjoy it all year round.

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  6. Great morning recipe for fall! Sounds yummy!

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  7. I have been eating pumpkin A LOT lately...gotta add this to my breakfast rotation! Looks beautiful!

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  8. This looks delicious. Breakfasty desserts are always welcomed :)

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  9. I am in love with pumpkin and your dessert looks divine! Great SRC pick!

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  10. I love but hardly make (real) breakfasts, as well. Oatmeal that tastes like pumpkin pie? Yes, please!

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  11. Pumpkin, pumpkin, everywhere! I love it!

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  12. Just love this time of year and when all the pumpkin recipes re-surface.

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  13. Thank you for sharing your recipe at Cast Party Wednesday! Have a GREAT week! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

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