I know it’s Sunday and I should be posting a pancake recipe to my ‘Short-stack Sunday’ series, but my new pancake recipe didn’t exactly turn out as planned. It’s all about trial and error…this time was definitely the latter. But I mean it comes with the territory of making recipes; like my mom says “they can’t all be winners.” And I can’t possibly be upset about my failed pancake attempt with weather like this.
Today feels like the first real day of Fall. HOORAY! If it could stay like this all through winter I would be one happy camper.
Too bad it actually gets cold. It is absolutely gorgeous outside. Crisp, cool air. Clear blue skies as far as the eye can see. Birds chirping. Light breeze blowing. Sun shining. Today’s weather is the kind of day I define as a ‘perfect weather’ day. I just want to lay in the grass (like that meadow from Twilight…yeah, I went there) all day long and do absolutely nothing.
With this weather comes my resurgence of pumpkin cravings.
I. need. pumpkin. now.
Pumpkin and fall go hand in hand, of course. Obviously a lot of other people agree because I went to the grocery store yesterday and there was pumpkin everywhere. Literally every direction I looked. It was insane…I was in heaven.
This morning I walked onto my balcony, to water my little herb plants, and felt that magnificent fall weather. I knew at that moment that it was time to break out the pumpkin and create a delicious breakfast for this delicious day. Good thing I always have huge 48 ounce cans of pumpkin tucked away.
Introducing the stupendous Pumpkin spice latte oatmeal.
Pumpkin + Coffee + Oatmeal = a mind-blowingly delicious breakfast
It’s definitely at the top of my ‘Favorite breakfast’ list…I have a lot of lists.
Pumpkin spice latte oatmeal
-1/3 cup quick oats
-1/2 banana, mashed
-heaping 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (plain)
-1/3 cup hot coffee
-1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
-Sprinkle of allspice, cloves, and ginger
-Flax meal, chia seeds
1) In a microwavable bowl, pour in the oats, almond milk, and hot coffee. Let it sit while you assemble your other ingredients.
2) Whisk in your mashed banana, pumpkin puree, and spices with a fork. Also, mix in the chia seeds and flax meal if you want it.
3) Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave again for 30 seconds.
4) You have yourself a nice, steaming hot bowl of Pumpkin spice latte oatmeal. Top with whatever you like!
I wanted to make sure the recipe was great and test out all the options, so I may have made 2 bowls this morning…it was delicious/fantastic/good/amazing (take your pick) both times.
Option #1: as above
Option #2: If you tend to like your coffee black, then go through exact same process as option #1 but omit the mashed banana.
It was so energizing and filling and cozy and delicious and nutritious and warm. You don’t taste the banana at all, just the coffee, pumpkin, and spices. It really gets you in the mood for fall weather and keeps you warm on your way to work/school/errands.
Way more filling (and healthier!) than any Pumpkin spice latte that Starbucks could make! 🙂
Here’s a nice close up so you can see how creamy and tasty it looks!
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Until next time,
“All food has a story to tell” the MonDay Chefs