At the moment I am trying to improve my eating habits. The first thing I started with is my breakfast. With store bought cruesli and full fat yoghurt, it is just not that healthy. So I am looking at alternatives and this pumpkin pie baked oatmeal is the first thing I tried. And I love it. It is very easy to prepare (just prepare a whole pan, store in the fridge and scoop out what you need every day), it is healthy (not too fat, not too sweet, lots of fibres and it contains a vegetable) and…. it is very filling. I don’t like eating in the morning, so a dish that fills me up with only a small volume of food is fantastic. I serve this dish with low fat quark (much more healthy than full fat yoghurt) and a sprinkle of sugar on top (you can also use honey or maple syrup) to just make it a little sweeter.
I think it would be nice to make something like this, but then with apple or pear puree. Or with some nuts and seeds. Or with some coconut flakes. Or with different grains than oats… The possibilities are unlimited.
The only problem with this dish is that it contains pumpkin puree. And in the Netherlands they don’t sell pumpkin puree in cans (at least, I never saw it). So I had to make my own. It is very easy, but it takes a while. Buy a pumpkin (look around for cheap offers, I bought 2 small ones for 1,20 at the market while I pay 2,50 for 1 at the supermarket), cut it in big chunks, take out the seeds (don’t throw away!) and roast until tender. Then remove the skin and puree the flesh. You can clean the seeds, toss them with a little oil and some salt, and roast them too. Pumpkin seeds are a very tasty snack (or put them on a salad) and they are very healthy too.
Pumpkin pie baked oatmeal
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2 cups pumpkin puree (I only had 1 cup, still turned out great)
1/2 cup yoghurt (I used quark)
1/2 cup brown sugar (this makes the dish barely sweet, so if you like it sweeter, use more)
1 tsp pumpkin spice (in the Netherlands: speculaas kruiden)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 cup oats
Mix everything except the oats together. Then mix in the oats. Pour in an oven dish (mine was 20×30 cm). Bake for ~45 min at 175C. Serve hot or cold with milk, yoghurt or quark, some sugar or maple syrup or even whipped cream.