Mornings are hard. Especially now that fall is here. If you’re like me, dark and chilly mornings aren’t going to encourage you to leave your cocoon of warmth. Coax yourself out of bed by having breakfast waiting.
Planning ahead and having breakfast waiting means you’re less likely to reach for a delicious but not always healthy option like a doughnut or hitting a drive through.
This warm pumpkin pie spice oatmeal is healthy. And oh so delicious. It tastes indulgent without the calories of a slice of pie. Using a crockpot means it’s easy to make.
Using your crockpot for breakfast also means one less thing to think about in that pre-caffeine fog. Toss the ingredients into it before you go to bed. Wake up to enticing smells coming from your kitchen.
A crockpot eliminates standing at the stove watching a pot of oatmeal only to look away to refill your coffee cup and have the pot overflow into an oat-y mess. Not that I’ve ever done that of course.
Health Benefits of Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a great healthy choice. According to Healthline, oatmeal’s benefits include:
- Lowers blood sugar
- High in fiber
- Great source of grain based protein
- Lowers cholesterol
- Rich in antioxidants
- Loaded with vitamins and minerals
The instant packets are great in a pinch but using a crockpot gives you the chance to use healthier steel cut oats.
Indulge your love for pumpkin spice everything by adding pumpkin and warming fall spices to this oatmeal.
Pumpkin is rich in beta carotene which tastes even better when you add ginger, cinnamon, and cloves which all have healthy benefits too.
If like me, you can’t face eating breakfast right when you wake up, this oatmeal travels and reheats beautifully. Pack it up and take it to the office. Make your coworkers envious when they smell those warm spices.
- 1 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats
- 2 Cups milk or soy milk
- 1 Cup water
- 1 Cup Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin
- 1/4 Cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- pinch of kosher salt
- Optional ingredients:
- Pepitas/pumpkin seeds
- Chia seeds
- Toasted pecans
- Peanut butter powder
- Add all of the ingredients to your crockpot and mix until combined.
- Cook on low for 6 hours.
- For extra pumpkin-goodness, add pepitas to the top.
- For extra fiber/protein add in any or all of the optional ingredients.
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