Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with Caramelized Pecans

There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.
— Ron Swanson

Pumpkin Oatmeal with Caramelized Pecans

Pumpkin everything!  It has been a wild ride October and now November!  Nothing screams fall or end of autumn like pumpkins.  I have been seeing pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake bars (Thanks Starbucks) and  decided to catch a ride on the hay wagon before it passed by.  

I am in the pumpkin love world as most of you are although there are a few of you haters who I am thinking are a teeny weeny itsy bitsy bit jealous, I am sure.  The ones whom I know are actually not true pumpkin haters in the real sense of the word, they just don't understand the whole cinnamon in dessert thing, aaah I am speaking to you my Frenchie friends.

Babies on the other hand have got it all.  They are allowed to eat mush for breakfast, lunch,and dinner.  Now however even us adults can have our mush with a little nutty texture and call it amped up breakfast cereal.😉

 Don't think of it as dessert for breakfast  either cause I would hate for any of you to have that whole guilt thing. 😉 Instead think of the healthy squash and oats you will be eating with a dash of nuts for protein.  This is morning comfort at it's best.  Warm, Sweet,  and Nutty. If you add in to your breakfast leisure a steaming cup of coffee, a fireplace, and a book by your side, you may not want to leave your home.  Can you say Hygge?

 It can be for a special Sunday morning but truly if you prepare just a little ahead you can eat it for that workday morning breakfast.  And now when your coworkers ask did you eat breakfast, you can honestly say yes!  In fact it was laden with

fiber and potassium, 

and pumped up with beta carotene and iron. 💪 You can thank me later😉

Until you do here is the recipe below to get you thinking about your weekly breakfast!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oatmeal cooked per containers instructions (preferably steel-cut)

 

  • 15 oz can puree pumpkin (no additives)
  • 2 cups  (16 0z ) mascarpone cheese 
  • 1  1/14 cup confectioner's sugar (aka powdered sugar)
  • 1 1/2  tsp pumpkin pie spice; see tips below

 

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • pinch of kosher salt or maldon sea salt
  • milk (optional)

Make Ahead

Pumpkin Blend:

Blend pumpkin puree, mascarpone cheese, pumpkin pie spice and confectioner's sugar in a bowl until thick and creamy. Place covered in refrigerator until ready to use the next day. 

Caramelized Pecans

Melt 1/4 cup sugar in a flat pan stirring as it begins to melt.  As it takes on a golden color add pecans and salt.  Stir all of the nuts in the sugar and remove from heat.  Allow to cool and then chop up to preferred size or leave whole and break by hand.  Place in container until breakfast time.

 

Step 1:

Make Oatmeal per instructions on container.  When Oats have finished and is still warm add pumpkin blend and top with nuts and milk if using.

Eat and enjoy!  Breakfast at it's best!

 

Tips:

  • Trader Joe's has a great deal on Mascarpone if you have one in your area
  • The pumpkin blend will last in the fridge for at least 2 days and the nuts even longer.
  • Homemade Pumpkin PIe Spice is so easy and so much better fresh!  Here is what you need to blend:
  •  1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  •  2 tsp ground ginger
  •  1/2 tsp ground cloves
  •  1/2 tsp ground allspice
  •  1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  •  1  1/2 star anise ground
  •  1/4 tsp ground cardamom

 

 

Chai Spice and Crystalized Ginger Oatmeal

I love sleep because it’s like a time machine to breakfast.
— Bill Murray

Oatmeal and Fall go together for me like chips and dip strawberries and nutella.  It breaks the boundaries of breakfast however when you eat oatmeal  plain.  It is just not meant to be.  

A few years back I was hanging out in Portland with my guy and we went out to breakfast at a cute little place that served chai tea oatmeal.  Did I fancy it?  Oh yeah.  In fact so much that I began experimenting on how to add it to my repertoire for breakfast.  It sounded easy just chai tea bags and oats right? Wrong.  

The chai tea bags were good but not what I was looking for in my oatmeal flavor.  Subtly can be good in many things however rich steel cut oats beg for flavor.  Steel cut oats have the texture going for them and the healthy fiber thing but it has to taste fantastic as well.  Then there is the process of cooking those steel cut babies.  40 minutes...even I lingering in my pajamas in the morning drinking my coffee don't have that kind of time for breakfast.  Okay maybe some days I do😉 but if so then I just want to eat pancakes.😋

Can't be healthy every day.😜

Had to find a way to make oatmeal faster and with that chai flavor that popped.  So I decided I needed...

  • overnight cooking
  • fresh chai spices
  • a little sweetener 
  • a bit of chewy crunch

and the chai spice oats with crystallized ginger was born.

  •  As a side note this has been tested backpacking🎒🌲 and got a vote of yum👍 from even non-oatmeal lovers. Woohoo!🎉

Time to get down to the nitty gritty how to cook and add the stuff.  What do you make for breakfast?  Is it healthy and fast?  Unusual and different?  Do you prefer savory or sweet in the morning?  How about while backpacking?  What do you make for breakfast?

 Fill me in on the details in a comment below!

Crystallized Ginger from Trader Joe's

Ingredients:

Serves: 2

 

 

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger sliced or diced
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 cups water depending on your method of choice below
  • 1-2 teaspoons ground chai spices- You can make your own or get it here  
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup or more if you like it sweeter
  • walnut or almond pieces (optional)
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup warm milk 

Instructions:

 

Step 1

If using a rice cooker the night before fill one cup of steel cut oats and place in bowl rinsing oats once or twice and then fill with 1 1/4 cups of water. Set timer for when rice will be done in morning and setting to porridge.  Don't forget to turn it on!

If using a small crock pot use 1 cup oats to 2 cups water and turn on before going to bed and let cook overnight. (You can find these small crock pots at Goodwill for very cheap)

If cooking in a pot in the morning buy Quick cooking steel cut oats that will cook in 5-7 minutes.

Step 2

Slice crystallized ginger and prep 2 teaspoons of ground chai spice the night before.

Add warm milk, chai spices, and dash of salt to cooked oats. Stir.

Top with crystallized ginger, maple syrup and nuts of choice.

Enjoy with your favorite cup of Dark Roast Coffee!

Tips

  • To cut the crystallized ginger spray oil onto knife before slicing in order to keep the knife from sticking to the ginger
  • Set your coffee and rice cooker on a timer for the same time the night before and you will have breakfast at exactly the hour you want!
  • No Trader Joe's watch this video on how to crystallize your own ginger.