Breakfast Sunday with Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal
*New photo added on 3/22/15. All of the photos, below, are of the same recipe… my photography skills have improved a lot over the past year!
Good Sunday morning! What’s for breakfast? I’ve been craving oatmeal pretty much every weekend this month. There’s just something so right about a huge bowl of warm sweet oats when it’s freezing or feels like it’s freezing outside. This Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal is my go-to oatmeal and by adding all sorts of different toppings; I don’t think I could ever get bored with it. So before all of that Super Bowl snacking, you might want to start your day with fiber-rich oatmeal that will keep you full throughout the day.
I’ve posted my Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal made with steel-cut oats and while these are a great choice for pumpkin oats, lately I’ve been loving old fashioned rolled oats. I also really like the mixture of banana and pumpkin. If you use a ripe banana, it will really sweeten up your oats. I mash my banana on a plate with a fork, add the pumpkin puree and then mash it all up together. Adding the chia seeds and pumpkin banana mixture to the oats halfway through the cooking process, will leave you with a super fluffy bowl of oats.
Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free, if desired
- 1/4 of medium banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup organic pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling
- stevia packet or other sweetener, optional
- 1/2-1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, if you don't have this spice, add 1/4 teaspoon more of cinnamon
- Optional toppings; such as blueberries, chopped walnuts, dried fruit, unsweetened shredded coconut, and/or nut butter
- Bring water to a boil in a medium pot over high heat.
- Add oats and lower temperature to a simmer. Simmer oats for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When oats have cooked for about 5 minutes, stir in chia seeds, pumpkin puree, mashed banana, seasonings and a stevia packet (optional). With this method, you may need to stir a little more often during the last few minutes of cooking. Depending on the consistency that you prefer your oats, you also may want to add more water or almond milk.
- Transfer oats to bowl and add desired toppings.
If you’re an oatmeal fan like me, you really need to give my go-to Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal a try. You won’t be disappointed! And if you’re watching the Super Bowl today, have fun and enjoy…. oh and eat lots of yummy food too!
Something to think about…..
Are you an oatmeal lover? If so, what are your favorite ingredients to add to your oats?
Watching the Super Bowl today? As I mentioned Friday, Landen has a gymnastics meet in Houston, so I’ll be attending that and then making the 5 hour drive home. I am recording the game, though…. just for the halftime show. I’m a HUGE Bruno Mars fan!
If you’re going out, have fun and be safe! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!