I have been trying to free up some space in my freezer lately and I have been coming across some amazing finds. My most recent discovery was some pureed pumpkin that I had frozen earlier in the winter when I had more than I had needed. I had also recently come across the steel cut oats in my cupboard and I thought that pumpkin pie oatmeal would be a nice treat for breakfast. You could easily make this with any kind of oatmeal but I prefer the steel cut oatmeal for its chewier texture. Steel cut oatmeal takes a bit of time to cook and I don’t really have the time to make in on weekday mornings but a rice cooker with a timer and a porridge setting is the perfect solution. Waking up to the smell of the cooking oatmeal in the morning and knowing that it will be ready by breakfast time is always nice. After the oatmeal was done cooking in the rice cooker I transferred it to a small pan and added the pumpkin, some brown sugar and pumpkin pie spices. The pumpkin pie oatmeal was great! It was just like eating a bowl of pumpkin pie for breakfast. I wonder what I will find in my freezer next…
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
- 1/4 cup oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 dash cinnamon
- 1 dash nutmeg
- 1 dash ginger
- 1 dash cloves
- 1 splash milk (optional)
- Cook the oatmeal as directed on package and when the oatmeal is finished cooking add the pumpkin puree, brown sugar and spices and cook to heat.
- Add a splash of milk to cool the oatmeal and to get it to the consistency that you prefer.
Pureed pumpkin in oats = BEYOND DIVINE!!!! Kevin, this is fabulous.
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Really delicious and unusual! Lovely!
This is my favourite way to eat oats in the winter – have it at least 2-3 times a week.
And it lends itself to a big batch, divided up in containers, cold from the fridge like a custard.
Treehouse Chef says
Okay this may be the most unique recipe I have ever read. I luvvv pumpkin and oatmeal, but together………hmmmm I will give it a try! I added you to my blogroll because people need to know about this unique recipe for sure. Way to go!
Awesome breakfast you have come up with here… they, this could even be served as a healthy dessert!
I put pumpkin in my oatmeal every morning. Along with a sliced banana, and some almond butter. It’s my favorite meal of the day!
Yum! I eat this exact oatmeal most mornings except I add some raisins. As usual, you know exactly what’s great, Kevin!
Now that’s my kind of oatmeal. I like steel cut oats too, oatmeal without texture isn’t anywhere near as good.
Looks and sounds delicious Kevin!
Will definitely give it a go some time soon!
I love to make oatmeal in my rice cooker, too. Pumpkin pie oatmeal sounds wonderful!
Christina Kim says
Oatmeal in the rice cooker, never even considered this! Brilliant! Kevin, this recipe is truly genius. you always have such great ideas!
You should try some baked oatmeal. You can make an entire pan and eat it throughout the week.
This recipe looks very nice and very differet from portuguese dishes.
Thats a very unusual combo for me Kevin..didnt think yet..looks delicious..
I eat this a few times a week, LOVE it!!! beautiful !!
that looks like pumpkin pie in a bowl–yum! i’m with you–i definitely prefer steel cut oatmeal. i recently made a version with cranberries, pecans and flax seeds myself!
btw, i just added you to my blogroll. love your recipes!
there is absolutely NOTHING better than a warm mega bowl of pumpkin oats. I enjoy steel-cut a lot more too, because of their gritty, chewy texture! I also love to sprinkle coconut on top, and stir in some raisins. also, a dollop of yogurt for a refreshing “frosting”
That is brilliant and I’ll bet it would make an amazing dessert as well!
Foodie with Little Thyme! says
This sounds so delicious. Better than the pancakes we had for breakfast today.
That looks fantastic! What a great way to start the day!
Anything with pumpkin is a great treat to me! This will be breakfast next week!
Totally creative Kevin!
Sounds delicious, Kevin.
This one seems a little sweet for my tastes, but I’ll give you 100 points for creativity and another 100 for daring.
I wish I was really good about putting stuff in my freezer instead of wasting it away in my trashcan. Do you have one of those seal the air out bags that you use to freeze your items in? I find my zip loc bags tend to get ice inside of them. How did you freeze pumpkin purée?
mmm, these would hit the spot on a rainy day like today! freezer finds are fantastic 🙂
mmmm. i eat this a lot in the fall. so yummy!
I’m not big on pumpkin, but I bet this is great, the pumpkin sweetening the oatmeal just so…and I LOVE the idea of waking up the scent of a wonderful breakfast cooking away, a breakfast I don’t have to get up to make!
Brilliant twist to a classic comfort food! And setting you rice timer to pre-cook it for you, well, that’s pure innovative genius!
Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says
Yum, I’ve made something like this from Deceptively Delicious and I was surprised at how nice it was! 🙂
Now that’s what I call genius! Very inventive way to use up freezer things!
Not Another Omnivore says
This looks awesome! Since I eat at least two bowls of oatmeal a day anyways…might as well give it a try soon!
Sweet Bird says
this is genius
Looks more like a dessert!!
my hubby will love this recipe – pumpkin is his favorite ingredient and he eats oatmeal every morning! Fab idea – thanks!
Love it like always!
Very interesting I must say but at the same time I am very intrigued by the sound and look of your dish!!
You can have the oatmeal ready to eat if you put the steal cut oats and water in a slow cooker prior to climbing into bed – setting: low. I don’t have a rice cooker with a timer so this has been my solution.
I notice you love pumpkin alots!! must try your recipe one day near Halloween..
Mrs Ergül says
what a fantastic freezer meal!
Debbie: I normally just use the ziplock bags and in this case I used the resealable hard plastic ziplock container. I get ice in the ziplock bags as well…
This is recipe after my own heart. Pumpkin and oatmeal make such a great pairing.
I have some pumpkin puree in the freezer too! Great idea Kevin. Will try this for sure.
You have to be my long lost brother because I just went into the mental anguish of what to do with the pureed pumpkin from last year.
I love pumpkin in oatmeal and all the spices give it great flavor.
wow! I love it! great idea! 🙂
Wow…unique combination! It looks good.
I’ve been cleaning out my freezer as well – I wish I had some beautiful pumpkin like this!
Yum delicious creation!
Well what can I say.. YUM!
[eatingclub] vancouver || js says
What a clever twist on the ol’ oatmeal!
Kevin, this stuff really hit the spot. I only had ‘sugar in the raw’ so it wasn’t quite as sweet as brown sugar but it was still very satisfying. That rice cooker recipe was a great tip. Nothing hurts more than being in a hurry in the morning and not being able to cook my steel-cut oatmeal.
I made Pumpkin Butter last fall using your recipe…a spoonful on my morning oatmeal in lieu of sugar is wonderful! Apple Butter works too, and Walnut Butter is devine!
Jenifer Harrod says
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