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This quick and easy microwave pumpkin pie oatmeal cake is the perfect fall breakfast made with canned pumpkin, rolled oats, and banana for natural sweetness. Pumpkin lovers will also adore these chocolate chip pumpkin muffins and microwave pumpkin custard.
Pumpkin season is in full swing and what better way to start the day than a large bowl of pumpkin pie oatmeal that's ready in less than 5 minutes. Personally, I come and go when it comes to pumpkin. Sometimes I'm interested and sometimes I don't want to hear or see a pumpkin recipe again. I blame the internet. People have definitely gone crazy for pumpkin spices.
However, right now I am aboard the pumpkin train as the season is just beginning and I have been loving these oatmeal for breakfast. Made with a mashed banana for natural sweetness, this oatmeal is packed with hearty, good-for-you ingredients that will keep you full all morning.
One more thing about microwave oatmeal. I hope this recipe inspires you to start making your own oatmeal at home instead of buying small packages. Making yours is much healthier, it also tastes better! You can control the amount of sugar, use fresh, real ingredients, and decide how it tastes. It takes the same amount of time, but it tastes much better to make yours at home.
What can I add to pumpkin oatmeal?
There are so many options when it comes to adding additional ingredients to your oatmeal. It's one of the things I love about eating oatmeal: I can add anything and everything on top.
- I love the taste of a little vanilla yogurt in my oatmeal. Coconut yogurt is also a great option.
- Consider adding some dried cranberries for even more fall flavor.
- Add crisp with chopped nuts, walnuts, almonds, or pumpkin seeds.
- To add fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids, add a little ground flaxseed flour to your pumpkin oatmeal.
- If you want something sweet, try adding chocolate chips or peanut butter chips.
- For a little extra protein, add a little nut butter drizzled on top. I am in favor of almond butter and cashew butter, as it does not dominate the flavor of the pumpkin.
- Fresh fruit is another great option – try adding some blueberries or pomegranate seeds.
- If you're not a big fan of pumpkin pie spices, you can do this with just cinnamon.
- If you don't like bananas, skip the banana and use 1/2 cup of almond milk. Then add a touch of brown sugar or a little extra maple syrup.
Can I do this on the stove?
This recipe easily translates to the stove. Just add the mashed banana, pumpkin, almond milk, oatmeal, perhaps pumpkin pie syrup and spices in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to low. Cook 305 minutes until fully heated.
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Would this work for night oats?
Of course! This recipe also works great as an option for night oatmeal. Simply combine everything but the nuts in an airtight jar or container. Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight. Stir well and add nuts to serve. If you're making oatmeal overnight, consider making extra servings to get breakfast ready for the week.
What is the best pumpkin to buy?
Make sure you buy canned pumpkin (or you can make it homemade) that doesn't have anything added. It should be pure pumpkin puree without any addition of spices or sugar. In most stores, the other option is the pumpkin pie filling, this is not what you want.
If you're having trouble finding the pumpkin puree, any winter pumpkin puree works. Usually in our store I can find canned pumpkin puree or buy frozen pumpkin puree. It tastes almost the same once you add the spices.
Would this work with instant oatmeal? What about steel-cut oats?
This recipe works best when done with old-fashioned rolled oats. Instant oatmeal has been processed to cook more quickly. This means that they have less texture and will result in a very soft oatmeal. If you want to try and do this with instant oatmeal, I would recommend cooking the instant oatmeal in almond milk according to the package directions. Then add the mashed banana and pumpkin puree along with the maple syrup and pumpkin spices.
Steel-cut oatmeal cannot be microwaved and requires a different amount of cooking liquid. If you want to make steel-cut oatmeal with pumpkin, start by cooking steel-cut oats with almond milk. Then simply stir the pumpkin, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spices into the cooked oatmeal.
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Microwave Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
PREPARATION TIME: 3 minutes COOKING TIME: 2 minutes TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes
- 1/2 U of banana, mashed
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tablespoon of walnuts
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Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Mash the banana with a fork. Add all the remaining ingredients except the nuts.
Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes until the oatmeal is tender. and the liquid is absorbed. Stir and top with walnuts.
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