Easy Pumpkin Oats

The mornings have been chilly here in Tucson and considering I’m not much of a morning person AND I’m not crazy about cold weather, I needed something warm and delicious to get me out of bed this AM. I thought, “why not keep up the pumpkin recipes with some stick to your ribs pumpkin oatmeal?” Actually, in my bleary-eyed state I just pulled a bunch of things out of the fridge and this combination was the easiest to make for breakfast. With my warm bowl of oats in hand, I curled up on the couch under a blanket to watch the morning news with my favorite golden retriever.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal

1 cup precooked oatmeal (I like steel cut oats best, but you can use any type of oatmeal you prefer)

3 tablespoons canned pureed pumpkin (I think using organic pumpkin makes a huge difference in taste)

¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons toasted pepitas

Stir precooked oats, pumpkin and spices together in microwave proof bowl. Microwave 1 min 30 sec. Meanwhile, toast pepitas on the stove top in a dry frying pan (about 1 minute). Top oatmeal with pepitas and drizzle with maple syrup.

What get’s you out of bed in the morning?