It fun for me just seeing what's in the kitchen and experimenting with new flavor profiles. This is one of those recipes with things always in the pantry but a new combo to please the palate. Super simple, easy and quick...all things you love for a weekday morning recipe.
One of my prerequisites creating a new recipe is nutritional value. If we fill with food lacking what our body needs, we will wind up eating more later because our body isn't satisfied and that promotes overweight. The addition of the pumpkin in this recipe boosted our daily intake of Vitamin A, C, iron, B6. and magnesium. Just one cup of pumpkin is 197% of the Vitamin A which we require daily but only 30 calories. That's a win-win food: tasty and healthy!
Warm Hearty Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal Bowls
1 cup old fashioned organic rolled oats
4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 teaspoons cinnamon (or more to taste)
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix
2 Tablespoons organic butter
1/2 cup Real maple syrup (or brown sugar)
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup dried cranberries*
Pour water into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add oats, spices, and maple syrup. As the oatmeal is starting to thicken add the dried cranberries.
Cook for 3-5 minutes to desired thickness.
In individual bowls with a few dried cranberries on top. If you want a sweeter oatmeal drizzle a bit more of the real maple syrup on top. Shown here I drizzled a bit of milk on top.