Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats – Slow Cooker Style

pumpkin spice oatmeal breakfast healthyTomorrow is the first day of fall, y’all! Last week Mil shared a great pumpkin recipe round-up, so this week I thought I’d share the latest pumpkin recipe I’ve been whipping up at home. I know it’s a little early to overload people with pumpkin, so I promise that I’ll share a non-pumpkin recipe soon. I’m probably going apple picking with my in-laws this weekend, so my mother-in-law’s famed apple pie recipe may make an appearance on the blog.

As the season shifts, I always start to gravitate away from smoothies for breakfast and towards warm comforting foods. Growing up we ate a lot of instant oatmeal and farina, which I loaded up with brown sugar and raisins (obviously). Now that I’m an adult, I still love oatmeal. It may not be glamorous or Instagram sexy, but with a few grown-up tweaks it’s a simple yet satisfying way to start my day.

Steel cut oats are the secret to grown-up oatmeal. They retain their integrity better than rolled oats, keeping your morning meal form turning into mush. They do however take longer to cook so I almost always cook them in the crockpot. My other grown-up tweak is the use of interesting flavors and add-ins. This recipe takes everyone’s favorite pumpkin pie flavors and transfers them into a healthy morning treat. Pumpkin pie for breakfast? Yes, please!
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Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats
Serves: 4

Ingredients
1 cup steel cut oats
3-1/2 cups water or milk of your choice
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
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Directions: Throw everything into your slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. I always stir mine a few times, but it’s not necessary. I like to cook the oats in water and then add milk when I reheat them. Typically I start the slow cook process on Sunday morning, so that night I can portion my oats out into containers to eat all week.
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pumpkin spice oatmeal breakfast healthy

I was eating this for breakfast at work and one of my co-workers actually started asking who was eating pie for breakfast. I’ll accept that as a win!
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What do you reach for on chilly fall mornings? Hot mug of coffee? Warm bowl of oatmeal like me?

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XOXO,
Jules

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8 Recipes for Pumpkin Lovers

My friends, the time has come. The time for sweet pumpkin deliciousness to permeate every single area of our lives. Are you ready? We’re so ready. Jules and I have our pumpkin scented candles burning (I’m partial to this one), our pumpkin spice lattes in hand, and a long list of pumpkin recipes all queued up on Pinterest. It’s pumpkin season, baby!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And let’s not forget these delicious pumpkin muffins that Jules and her friend Abby whipped up last year! Yummm. Are you on the pumpkin bandwagon with us? What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?

♥ Mil

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