Recipe Friday: A Cozy, Healthy Winter Breakfast

December 20, 2013

A good morning starts with pumpkin!

For many of us, the end of fall also means the end of pumpkin-flavored treats. But pumpkin, which is rich in beta-carotene, is a great addition to your family’s diet. Mix pumpkin puree with fiber-loaded oats, which can lower cholesterol and glucose, and you’ve got yourself a winning winter morning. (Plus, this uses up any leftover cans of pumpkin.) Use low-fat milk and less sugar on ordinary days, or splurge for a special holiday treat. 


Powered Up Pumpkin Oats (adapted from Pinch of Yum)

You’ll Need:

  •  ⅓ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  •  ⅓ cup fiber or bran cereal (i.e. Fiber One original)
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • pinch of salt
  •  ¼ cup egg whites, beaten
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • pumpkin pie spices to taste (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and allspice)

How to Make It:

1.  Combine oats, cereal, water or milk, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil until and stir until mixture starts to thicken slightly.
2.  With one hand, pour in the egg whites and stir continuously with the other hand (if you don’t, the egg whites will get scrambled).
3.  Mix in pumpkin, sugar, and seasoning and heat until warmed throughout. Serve immediately with desired toppings.

Thanks, Pinch of Yum, for sharing this recipe with us!