Healthy Oatmeal

A quick and easy breakfast doesn’t have to be boring or unhealthy. Make this oatmeal with nutritious pumpkin or butternut squash puree. Pro tip: You can make your own butternut squash puree. Peel, trim and cut up butternut squash. Steam in a steamer basket or microwave. Drain in a colander and puree in a food processor until creamy.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup nonfat (skim) milk
  • ¼ cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin or butternut squash puree
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • Dried fruit and nuts (optional)
  • Pure maple syrup, for serving
  • Total Time: 13 Minutes

    Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

    Cooking Time: 3 Minutes

    Recipe Serves: 2 people

    Directions

    1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and spice.
    2. Bring to a gentle boil and stir in the oatmeal.
    3. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, until the oatmeal is soft and creamy.
    4. Spoon the oatmeal into bowls, sprinkle with dried fruit and nuts, if you like, and serve warm with maple syrup.

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