Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Recipe

In case you don’t have friends who have posted this all over Facebook/Twitter – The Pumpkin Spice Latte is officially back at Starbucks. While I don’t go gaga over this latte, I am absolutely in love with everything Fall. Growing up in New England, I feel like it’s in my blood to love fall. Apple Picking, Cider Donuts, Pumpkin Carving, Hay Rides, Colored Leaves, Vests and Sweaters, Halloween Costumes… I could go on and on.

Although it’s only September, I keep checking weather.com to see when the weather will start its slow change from brutally hot to crisp and amazing. So far, no such luck. But I couldn’t wait any longer, so I decided to do my equivalent of a fall rain dance and make some fall themed food. It’s not paleo but, as I’ve said before, not everything I eat is. It will make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside and tickle your tastebuds.

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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

2 Cups water

2 Cups Almond Milk

1 Can Pumpkin Puree (12-14 ounces) with NO added spices/sugars etc

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 cups oatmeal

3 tablesppons raisin

2 tablespoons flaxseeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

Maple Syrup to Taste

1. Add water, almond milk and pumpkin puree to a pot and bring to boil.

2. Add oatmeal and pumpkin spice, stir.

3. Lower heat to medium and cook until only a bit of liquid is left. Remove from heat and stir in raisins. Once you divide it into bowls, top it with pumpkin seeds, cover with maple syrup and enjoy!

 

What’s your favorite season?

What is your favorite thing about fall?

Fit Foodie Penpals – First Timer!

I am officially no longer a Foodie Penpal virgin. This month I decided to participate in the Fit Food Penpal exchange that The Lean Green Bean organizes every month. She pairs you with two fellow bloggers – one who sends you food and one who you send food to.

This month I got matched up with Emily from Watts For Desert. She emailed me, having looked at my blog, and asking if I only wanted Paleo Food or if I had other preferences. I told her that I wouldn’t make her try to find me Paleo only options, but that I would prefer Gluten Free.  I told her I liked citrus flavored things and that I had a sweet tooth. Emily was awesome and researched that Boulder will be getting a Trader Joes soon and, to prepare me for that arrival, she sent me some of her favorite Trader Joes items.

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The chocolate bars did not last long. Especially the caramel with sea salt. It was absolutely delicious! I ate the Salsa with some grilled chicken and it was also delicious. While I have sampled the lemon curd I have yet to put it on anything yet, but I know I will love it when I do. It’s creamy and sour and delicious.

If you are interested in participating in the Foodie Penpals you can sign up here for next months exchange!