Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

This wasn't the recipe I intended to post today, but I'd say it makes a pretty good back-up, don't you think?


I was poking around my sister's kitchen when I discovered the most glorious thing: a jar of pumpkin butter. Half of me was overjoyed, yet the other half of me was peeved. I knew exactly when and where she got that jar...because I bought one, too. We were at a glorious souvenir shop in Estes Park, Colorado. It was a little over a YEAR ago. I finished mine within a couple of months.

...Hers is still nearly full.


I was appalled! However, I opened it up, stirred it a little, and sniffed it. It seemed perfectly fine still, despite being over a year old. It needed some love, though (after being ignored for so long), so I made the recipe that I used to make last summer when I had my own jar...but I made it even better by adding some chocolate chips. :)


The awesome thing about pumpkin butter is that it's already seasoned and very flavorful. It tastes like pumpkin pie in a jar! That makes it a great candidate for "5 ingredients or less" recipes. However, if you can't get a hand on any pumpkin butter, you could recreate it by using pumpkin pie filling OR regular pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie spices.

Pumpkin & Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin butter
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c original almond milk and 1/2 c water water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. I also add a spoonful of milled flax at the same time as my oats.
  2. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add the pumpkin butter and salt. Stir.
  3. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, raisins, sunflower seeds), do so now.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of your milk of choice and chocolate chips. I also topped with sliced banana.
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