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Embrace Fall Mornings with Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Oats

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As the leaves turn vibrant shades of red and gold, and the air takes on a crisp chill, there’s no better way to start your day than with a warm and satisfying breakfast that captures the essence of autumn. Our Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Oats recipe is here to elevate your morning routine, infusing it with the delightful flavors of pumpkin, spice, and everything nice. Whether you’re a seasoned home chef or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is a perfect choice to celebrate the fall season.

 

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Who Is This Recipe For?

This Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Oats recipe is tailored for those who appreciate the simple joys of fall, from cozy sweaters to the earthy flavors of the season. It’s for busy individuals who want a nutritious breakfast that can be prepared quickly without sacrificing taste. Whether you’re a pumpkin aficionado or simply looking for a wholesome breakfast, this recipe is designed to satisfy your cravings and provide lasting energy to kickstart your day.

The Magic of Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Oats

Before we dive into the cooking process, let’s take a moment to appreciate why this recipe is a fall favorite. Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Oats combine the goodness of oat bran, the creaminess of unsweetened cashew milk, and the warmth of pumpkin and spices. Here’s what makes it special:

Oat Bran – A Nutritional Powerhouse

Oat bran serves as the heart of this recipe. It’s a rich source of soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol levels and keep you feeling full for longer. Additionally, it provides a dose of essential vitamins and minerals, making it a nutritious choice to start your day.

Creamy Cashew Milk

Instead of regular milk, we use unsweetened cashew milk to add creaminess without unnecessary sugars. This dairy-free alternative works wonderfully in this recipe, providing a smooth texture and a mild, nutty flavor. You can take it a step further and make your own Cashew milk using Almond Cow Not Milk Machine!

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Pumpkin Perfection

Pumpkin puree is the star ingredient here. Not only does it bring a distinct pumpkin flavor, but it also adds moisture and a lovely orange hue to the oats. Plus, pumpkin is packed with vitamins, particularly vitamin A, which is great for your vision and immune system.

Spice and Everything Nice

A dash of pumpkin spice elevates the dish with its aromatic blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. This combination of spices warms your palate and beautifully complements the earthy pumpkin notes.

Sea Salt for Balance

A pinch of sea salt may seem like a small detail, but it is crucial in enhancing the overall flavor profile. It balances the sweetness and enhances the other flavors in the dish.

Kitchen Equipment You’ll Need

Before we start cooking, let’s make sure you have the necessary kitchen equipment on hand:

  • Lidded saucepan
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Serving bowls

Now that you’re all set, let’s get cooking!

Directions for Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Oats

  1. Combine Your Ingredients: In your lidded saucepan, mix 1/3 cup of oat bran, 1 cup of unsweetened cashew milk, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree, ¼ teaspoon of pumpkin spice, and a pinch of sea salt.
  2. Bring to a Boil: Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle boil.
  3. Simmer and Cook: Once it’s boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the saucepan with a lid, and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes. This will ensure that the oats absorb the flavors and become delightfully creamy.
  4. Serve with Toppings: Pour the cooked oats into a bowl and get ready to add some texture and flavor. Top it with ½ tablespoon of coconut shavings, ½ tablespoon of pumpkin seeds, and 2 crushed pecans. These toppings provide a delightful crunch and an extra layer of taste that perfectly complements the creamy oats.

Recipe Shortcuts and Variations

Quick and Easy:

If you’re in a rush, you can prepare and refrigerate the oat mixture the night before. In the morning, reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave, add your toppings, and enjoy a warm and cozy breakfast in minutes.

Dietary Swaps:

  • For a vegan version, use maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Experiment with different types of milk, like almond, soy, or oat milk, based on your preferences.
  • Feel free to adjust the sweetness level by adding more or less honey.

FAQ

Can I use steel-cut oats instead of oat bran?

While you can use steel-cut oats, keep in mind that they will take longer to cook and may require more liquid. Adjust the cooking time and liquid accordingly to achieve your desired consistency.

How can I store leftovers?

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave or stovetop, and add fresh toppings before serving.

What are some beverage pairings?

To complete your fall breakfast experience, consider pairing your Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Oats with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee, a spiced chai latte, warm golden milk, or even a glass of apple cider.

Final Bite: Savor Each Spoonful of these Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Oats

As you savor each spoonful of these Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Oats, you’ll be transported to a cozy autumn morning, surrounded by the beauty of fall. This recipe encapsulates the season’s essence, offering a hearty, nutritious, and utterly delicious breakfast option. So, why not share this delightful recipe with your friends and family and make every fall morning a little more special? Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for more culinary inspiration and seasonal delights. Happy cooking, and may your fall be filled with warmth and flavor!

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Published in October 2016 and updated by our editors in September 2023

Hi, I’m Valerie!

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