Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

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When you think of smells like warm oatmeal cookies, spicy gingerbread and pumpkin pie you think of a holiday table laden with tasty treats.

But what if I told you that you can put all those flavours into oatmeal?  It’s true!  I wouldn’t lie to you. It’s baked pumpkin oatmeal.  The perfect way to start 2012 and ease into those healthy resolutions that you may have made for yourself.

The recipe come from those fabulous minds over at The Kitchn where you will find all the directions and ingredients.  I came across the post a while ago and put it in my “To Make” folder.  I had planned to make this for our New Years breakfast but turns out New Years morning was a little more headachey and groggy than I had planned.  I ate chips for breakfast – it seemed appropriate.

But you can make this in advance (like regular steelcut oats) and reheat it in the morning.

First you toast the oats in butter.

If you’ve never done this with your  oatmeal I strongly encourage you to try it.  The smell of the oats toasting in butter is exactly like baked oatmeal cookies.  It’s rather lovely and instantly makes you smile.

Then you put in the pumpkin puree, sugar and spices.  BLAMMO! You’re in pumpkin pie town now baby! Well, just the smell anyway.

Then add the milk and water and stir until it’s all mixed up nicely.  I know it doesn’t look like much, but it smells so good!

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes and then you can either serve it or let it cool and pack it up for the week.  Oatmeal reheats really well and you can add in things you like such as milk, cream, raisins (if you’re one of those people), sliced bananas, apples, or nuts.

When it first came out of the oven I had to have a little taste.  It made the apartment smell so delicious – the cinnamon and ginger wafting from the oven was like heaven.  I’ve never been so excited for oatmeal!  It’s rather like a creamy, pumpkiny rice pudding.  It would have gone well with some vanilla ice cream but sadly there was none.  There’s enough sweetness and flavour from the brown sugar and spices  and the milk gives it a nice richness to make the whole dish a great treat.

You should really try this – it’s delicious!  May 2012 be the best year ever!

FREEZE FRAME HIGH FIVE EVERYONE!

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