Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD

As a dietitian, home cook, and enthusiast of all-things-delicious, I'm often asked, "so what do YOU eat?" Here's a blog to answer that very question! My hope is that you'll find (even just a little) inspiration from some of my favorite recipes, restaurants, party-ideas and food musings for your own happy, healthy, food-loving lifestyle.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pumpkin Apple Spiced Oatmeal

Pumpkin and apple are a delicious and tasty autumnal pair. This morning, I made a batch of this hearty oatmeal. It not only made a great weekend breakfast, but it filled the air with the smell of fall! The recipe below serves 4, and whether you're serving 1 or more, I recommend making a hefty batch to re-heat and enjoy all week long. 

The Nutrition Rundown: A bowl of this well-rounded breakfast treat is full of  beta-carotene (aka vitamin A found in orange fruits and vegetables), and it boasts plenty of cholesterol-lowering, satisfying soluble fiber from apples, pumpkin, and oats. 



Pumpkin Apple Oatmeal
Serves 4

Ingredients
3 cups water
1 ½ cups rolled oats (or use steel cut and increase cooking time)
½ cup cooked or canned pumpkin puree
1 apple, chopped
¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 Tbs cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cloves
½ tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup raw almonds, chopped
¼ cup raisins
Honey (optional)

Direction
  1. Bring water to a boil. Add oats and reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, ~5 minutes or until oatmeal begins to thicken.
  2. Add pumpkin, apple slices, applesauce and spices. Turn heat to low and simmer another 10 minutes, stirring often.
  3. When oats are desired consistency and apples begin to soften, remove from heat. Stir in almonds and raisins.
  4. Nutrition Facts without added honey
  5. Serve warm as is or drizzled with honey.