Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Happy October 1 everyone! Though weeks and months seem to be blowing past faster and faster, I'm happy to say a big hi! to October. October through December marks my favorite time of the year and this morning welcomed me with a cool breeze coming through the window, the sun shining and the opportunity to wear my leather jacket. 

Oh, and to eat some pumpkin pie oatmeal for breakfast. 

We can't forget about the food at times like these.

I have been waiting for the perfect time to break out the pumpkin-oatmeal combo for the season, and what better day than October 1?

This warm and hearty breakfast came together in a snap this morning. It was filled creamy, oaty, cinnamony goodness and I just adore the happy orange color. I topped it with a handful of sliced almonds for a bit of crunch.

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

(serves 1)

1 C milk of your choice

1/2 C old fashioned oats

pinch of salt

1/4 C pumpkin puree

pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon

sweetener of your choice (I used a little brown sugar)

Heat the milk and salt over medium-high heat. Once starting to boil, add the oats and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. While cooking, stir in the pumpkin puree. Stir frequently so the oats don't burn. Toward the end of cooking, stir in the pumpkin pie spice and sweetener. Top with sliced almonds. Enjoy immediately.


And I did :D

How are you kicking off October?

Cherry Almond Oatmeal To Go {Or To Stay}

Though it's about, oh, 100 degrees in New York today (I'm rocking the glistening face, freshly washed hair slicked back into a bun with limited make-up look), I'm sharing one of my favorite warm breakfasts.

Most days I simply don't have enough time to eat breakfast before running out of the house (and by don't have enough time, I mean I don't leave myself enough time, which could simply be rectified by waking up earlier). 

Instead, I usually pack something up and eat when I arrive in the office. Though my ideal breakfast to reheat in the office is scrambled eggs with a side of fresh fruit, sometimes most of the time, I am running around and don't have time to cook up the eggs and take them to go.

On those days, I choose a close second - oatmeal to go!

I really love this oatmeal. I can throw it together in about 2 minutes, pack it up, heat in the office microwave and voila! A simple, filling and hearty breakfast. Ok so I'm not exactly making this on a 100 degree day like today, but on most other days this suits me just fine!

Cherry Almond Oatmeal To Go
1/2 C old fashioned oats
1 C almond milk or fat free milk (or milk of your choice!)
1/4 C dried cherries
2-3 Tbsp sliced almonds
1/4 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
sweetener, to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a microwave-safe plastic container.

To Go: I cover tightly and load it up into my lunchbox. When I arrive at the office, I remove the lid and microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for 1 minute more. 

To Stay: Pop right into the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for 1 minute more.


So simple!

I adore the tart cherries mixed with a bit of cinnamon and love that the almonds add a bit of protein to keep me full for the morning hours.

So there you have it. A super simple, easy breakfast on the go. And as a bonus? The A-mazing aroma of cinnamon wafting through the office!

Questions of the Day:

What are your favorite breakfasts?

Do you eat first thing in the morning? Mid-morning? When you arrive at work?