I try to eat oatmeal for breakfast when I can. By no means is this everyday; it takes a bit of time to cook and some days a bowl of cereal just makes more sense. Or cornbread with honey. Or a brownie. Not all days can be healthy. When I’m feeling like I might not want to contribute to an expanding waistline, this is a great, fairly quick breakfast (even quicker if you use instant oats).
Regular old plain oatmeal makes me think I’m Ebenezer Scrooge. I don’t like eating gruel. It sounds gross and is fairly depressing as a meal. Pumpkin Ginger Oatmeal has a much nicer ring to it, and this is a great time of year for it.
Start with some oatmeal. You can go with instant oats (they’re easy I’m not blind to that) or if you have a bit more time some steel-cut oats really can be a nice treat. They get really nice and creamy and are a little special when you have the time. Follow the direction on your oats of choice. Mine calls for one cup of oats, 3 cups of water, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Get the water boiling, add salt, and then add your oats. Drop the heat down to a lowish setting and let the oats simmer. There is some flexibility here. Most oats are in the range of 10-20 minutes cook time, depending on how creamy and soft you like them. Give them a stir every once in a while – oats get lonely and stick the bottom of the pan if you don’t. About halfway through I toss in some pumpkin puree. You can go as much or as little as you like, I go with 1/2 a cup and that’s a good amount for me. When the pumpkin goes in I also add a bit of spice at this point, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon each ginger and cinnamon, or really whatever you like. You can just substitute pumpkin pie spice as well.
Once you’ve decided it’s time to take it off the stove, find your favorite bowl and ladle some in. I usually garnish it a little bit more at this point. You can toss some milk or cream on top. Brown sugar and cinnamon. Maybe some freshly ground nutmeg. Be a little creative, I tend to change it up a little bit each time. It’s always tasty, warm, and makes for a good morning.
- 1 Cup of Oats – Quick cooking or otherwise
- 3 Cups of Water (or follow the directions on your oats package)
- 1/4 Teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
- 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
- Maybe some fresh nutmeg grated on top
- 1 Teaspoon brown sugar and cinnamon