Pumpkin Protein Oatmeal

// The Casual Classic

I love having oatmeal for breakfast, but lately I've been really trying to incorporate some more protein into my morning meals. If I'm not having my usual shake or eggs, I find it hard to make sure I'm getting enough! This recipe is delicious, quick, and warming - perfect for these chilly winter days we're having, plus it is packed with nutritious ingredients and a good amount of protein. Better yet, it only takes about 10 minutes to make!

You can play around with toppings for this, but I went with cinnamon (which is a wonderful, warming spice in the winter, plus it balances blood sugar), cacao nibs for a little crunch (these little guys are loaded with iron, magnesium, fiber and so much more!)., and a little maple syrup for sweetener!

// The Casual Classic

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 ripe banana sliced
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 egg whites (remove the yokes)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or you can do a mixture of ground cloves, cinnamon, & nutmeg)
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • cinnamon & cacao nibs for topping

Directions

  • In a sauce pan, combine the milk, water, banana slices, pumpkin puree, spices and salt over medium to high heat. Bring to a boil.
  • Once the mixture is boiling, add the oatmeal and bring down to a simmer. Cook until almost all the liquid is absorbed and the oats are soft.
  • Pour in the egg whites and stir constantly so that they mix well (otherwise you'll get chunks of egg whites in the oatmeal). Cook for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Place into a bowl and add your favorite toppings! You could do the toppings I chose, or something like an almond butter drizzle with pumpkin seeds, fruit or pretty much anything your heart desires!

*Recipe adapted from Eating Bird Food