So, I’ve had a huge problem over the past year. A lack of pumpkin. I have a ridiculous obsession with pumpkin. So this has been a very hard year.
You see, there’s been this canned pumpkin shortage… maybe you’ve heard of it… but basically, bad weather ruined the pumpkin supply last year and the providers just ran out of it before the holidays. It was very sad. Grocery store shelves were bare of that canned orange goodness. I hardly purchase any canned products at all, but I love my pumpkin! I have literally been in mourning over this pumpkin shortage, checking store shelves weekly since early August Thankfully though, I have good news–the pumpkin shortage is over! Hallelujah!
A couple weeks ago, a trip to the store yielded 4 cans of pumpkin-y goodness. I wanted to buy more, but didn’t want to be selfish. So I’ve been adding pumpkin to anything I can find. Yogurt. Muffins. Tacos. And oatmeal.
The first time I made pumpkin oatmeal I just stirred a few spoonfuls into it while cooking. Then, I saw a recipe on Iowa Girl Eats for Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. I knew I had to try it. I ended up adapting the recipe slightly, but the original premise is the same: delicious pumpkin pie in oatmeal form. If you haven’t had baked oatmeal before, it’s almost like a cross between a creamy oatmeal cookie and a soft granola bar–thick, chewy, and delicious. We had it every week when I worked at Camp Tecumseh, and it was the best breakfast around! And this version is pumpkin-y, spicy, and sweet. It smells so good, and is so easy to whip up in the morning. Even my Quaker Oat only husband gobbled up this breakfast. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal [from Iowa Girl Eats]
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats [not quick cooking]
- 1 cup pumpkin
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch salt
- cooking spray
- brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 5 cup baking dish or the equivalent of smaller dishes.. I personally used two 1/2 quart baking dishes (1/2 quart=2 cups… had to look that up!) and one 1 cup baking dish, so my cooking time will be based on that number. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, pumpkin, milk, egg, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and salt. Stir together and then spoon into baking dishes. Bake for 15 minutes, remove and sprinkle with brown sugar (I used about 1 tablespoon–unpacked–per baking dish. Then turn oven up to 400 degrees and bake for 10-15 minutes or until set in the center.