Put down that bland oatmeal and try this Pumpkin Cream Oatmeal instead! Made with pumpkin puree, warm fall spices, and nutty pecans – This breakfast is not only satisfying – It’s truly delicious!
I am, without a doubt, in need of a TJ Maxx intervention. My addiction to TJ Maxx is greater than my addiction to sugar, if you can believe that. Now, I am reluctant to compare TJ Maxx to a crack house, even so – They must pump something in the vents to keep you in there long enough for days to pass.
My cart has been known to overflow with everything from potholders to an ottoman and I just.cant.leave.
TJ Maxx is not the type of store you enter with a full wallet or a credit card, unless you enjoy hovering right above the poverty line and shit. I have entered TJ Maxx with the purpose of buying one thing – ONE Thing – And my total has hovered in the $200 range.
I hope Mr. M.O.B. isn’t reading this.
TJ Maxx is the type of store you enter with a plan and $20 in your pocket.
I plan to hire someone to tackle or taze me should I reach for the shopping cart. Send me your resumes.
My name is Mrs. M.O.B. and I am addicted to TJ Maxx.
Now flow with me, let’s talk about this Pumpkin Cream Oatmeal. I know, not a great segue. Deal, friends.
As I’m sure you are aware, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets the tone for the day, keeps you from biting someone else’s head off (is that just me?), it keeps your body working at optimal levels. Yada, yada, yada.
But I get it, sometimes you ain’t got time for that. Life gets in the way. Instead of making breakfast you decided to pop in that load of laundry or took an extra ten minutes in the shower.
It’s cool, boo – I get it.
This pumpkin cream oatmeal, tho. You make the pumpkin cream ahead of time (double, triple, or quadruple this sumbitch). Pop it in the fridge. Take ten minutes out of your morning – Every morning – to make a wholesome pot of oatmeal. Grab this pumpkin cream, spoon and swirl into your oatmeal situation.
The pumpkin cream comes together in minutes. All you need is a food processor, pumpkin puree, and a few ingredients – mostly fall spices. You’re probably already stocked up on pumpkin puree and fall spices, I’m sure. For a bit of nutty crunch, pecans. I happen to love that bit of nuttiness, as it complements the spiced pumpkin perfectly. Plus this pumpkin cream lasts a while in your fridge.
Pumpkin Cream Oatmeal
- For the pumpkin cream
- Chopped pecans - 1/4 cup
- Pumpkin puree - 3/4 cup
- Ground cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
- Ground cloves - 1/4 teaspoon
- Ground ginger - 1/2 teaspoon
- Freshly grated nutmeg - 1/4 teaspoon
- Granulated sugar - 1/3 cup
- Heavy cream - 1/4 cup
- Unsalted butter, melted - 1 tablespoon
- Vanilla extract - 2 teaspoons
- For the oatmeal
- Whole milk - 3 cups
- 1/8 teaspoon - 1/8 teaspoon
- Ground cinnamon - 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon
- Vanilla powder - 1/4 teaspoon
- Unsalted butter - 1 tablespoon
- Granulated sugar (optional) - 2 1/2 tablespoons
- Old fashioned rolled oats (not instant or - 1 cup
- Pumpkin cream
- Toasted pecans (optional)
Make the pumpkin cream:
Combine pecans, pumpkin puree, spices, granulated sugar, heavy cream, butter, and vanilla extract in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer pumpkin cream to a container with a tight fitting lid and place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Pumpkin cream will last about a week, covered, in the refrigerator.
Make the oatmeal:
In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, salt, cinnamon, vanilla powder, butter, and granulated sugar (if using). Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the oats.
Simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally until the oats increase in girth and the mixture thickens, about 10-15 minutes. You can follow package directions, however, I find the oats don't cook enough at 5 minutes. I think it's a Latino thing.
Remove mixture from heat and stir in as much pumpkin cream as desired. As much as you like. 1 tablespoon, 1/4 cup. This is your breakfast. Stir in toasted pecans, if desired.
Oatmeal serves two Dominicans. Pumpkin Cream is enough for at least 4 bowls of oatmeal.
Adapted from: Always Order Dessert