Sunday, October 7, 2012

All Things Orange #SundaySupper...Featuring Pumpkin-Maple Oatmeal

The perfect way to warm up on cool Fall mornings:
Pumpkin-Maple Oatmeal!
The theme for this week's #SundaySupper is All Things Orange, so we're celebrating Fall-inspired ingredients -- from breakfast, to main dishes, to desserts! Our hostess this week is Pam from The Meltaways blog. She challenged us to share a recipe that features any orange-colored ingredient. This could include pumpkin, butternut squash, oranges, etc. We're actually having our first big cool snap in Central Texas this weekend, so I wanted to make something with pumpkin to celebrate the cool breezes! I was looking around at the Food Network website a few days ago and stumbled across a fun recipe for pumpkin oatmeal. I played around with the recipe a bit, making a few additions and tweaks along the way.

I doubled the cinnamon of the original recipe and added a bit of cardamom and freshly grated nutmeg to up the spice quotient a bit. I also added maple syrup to the baking liquid, along with a bit of brown sugar for a touch of sweetness. Add in some golden raisins and chopped pecans for a bit of texture, and you've got a fantastic Fall breakfast on your hands! This hearty dish serves approximately six people.

Pumpkin-Maple Oatmeal
adapted from Food Network's website

Step 1: Combine the following ingredients in a 4-cup measuring cup: 2 cups vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, 1 tbs. vanilla, and 1.5 cups water. Pour into a large pot and place over high heat. Slowly whisk in a 14-ounce can of pure pumpkin (not pie filling!) and 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, until the pumpkin is fully incorporated and bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 2: Add 1/2 cup golden raisins, 1/3 cup chopped pecans and 2 tbs. butter; stir to combine. Add 2 cups quick-cook oats (not instant...), 1 tsp. Vietnamese high-oil cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom, and 5-6 grates of fresh nutmeg. Lower the heat to med-low and cook uncovered for about 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until the oatmeal is thickened and completely cooked.

Step 3: Let the oatmeal cool for about five minutes so it can continue to thicken a bit. Spoon the oatmeal into bowls. Top each serving with a pat of butter, some chopped glazed pecans, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Eat and enjoy!

This oatmeal is tastes like pumpkin pie, but it's much healthier! It's sweet -- but not TOO sweet -- homey, and satisfying. The recipe says leftovers refrigerate and reheat well. I can definitely see myself making up a batch of this on Sundays in the fall months and packing individual plastic containers to take to work for breakfast during the week. 

Make sure to join us for the All Things Orange tweet chat on Twitter this evening at 600 CST/700EST. In the meantime, make sure to go visit the rest of the #SundaySupper gang to see what Fall delights they have cooking in their kitchens this weekend!!

Sunrise  (Breakfast and Brunch)
Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes is bringing her Orange Ricotta Pancakes
Kris from In The Kitchen with Audrey and Maureen  is making her Sweet Potato Pancakes
Erin from Dinners Dishes and Desserts is baking up some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Heather from Girlichef is bringing Pumpkin Doughnuts with Spiced Buttermilk Glaze
Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes is making Pumpkin Donut Puffs
Patti from Comfy Cuisine is bringing Classic Orange Marmalade
Claire from The Realistic Nutritionist is baking up some Spiced Low-Fat Pumpkin Biscuits
Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is making Spice Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins with Craisins and Walnuts
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet is cooking up some Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal
Jamie from Mama Mommy Mom is bringing Butternut Squash Butter
Chelsea from Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence is bringing Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with Chai Icing

High Noon (Soups, Salads and Sandwiches)
Renee from Magnolia Days is serving up some Butternut Squash Soup
Beate from Galactopdx is bringing her Carrot Ginger Soup
Jen from Juanita’s Cocina is making some Sweet Potato Salad
Megan from I Run For Wine is making Roasted Butternut Squash and Italian Sausage Soup With Adult Grilled Cheese
Sarah from What Smells So Good is filling our bowls with some Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Alice from Hip Foodie Mom is coming with her Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Salad
Susan from The Wimpy Vegetarian is making Spiced Sweet Potato Cider Soup
Tora from Tora’s Real Food is bringing Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food is making Monty’s Pumpkin Soup
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry is bringing Pumpkin Coconut Soup
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is whipping up some Mandarin Chicken Salad

Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)
Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites  is bringing Rice and Fig Stuffed Mini Pumpkins
Sarah from Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends is offering up some Pumpkin Ravioli in Sage Butter Sauce
Pam from The Meltaways is making some Spooky Stuffed Peppers
Shelia from Pippis In The Kitchen Again is serving her Roasted Squash and Ricotta with Honey
Patsy from Famfriendsfood is bringing her Carrot Souffle
Elizabeth from The Hand That Rocks The Ladle is making Baked Sweet Potatoes with Maple Pecan Shallot Butter
Laura from Small Wallet Big Appetite is bringing Chicken and Sweet Potato Fritters
Mehereen from Chattering Kitchen is making Sichuan Orange Glazed Chicken with Toasted Sesame Seeds
Tammi from Momma’s Meals is making Hearty Pork Stew
Kristin from Kwistin’s Favorites is making Orange Chicken
Soni from Soni’s Food For Thought is cooking up some Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie is cooking up some Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Dara from Generation Y Foodie is bringing Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Brandie from Home Cooking Memories is sharing a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar

By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)
Carla from Chocolate Moosey is making Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin Butter Caramel Sauce
Heather from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks is offering up some Pumpkin Cake Truffles
Shelia from Cooking Underwriter is bringing Sweet Potato Bacon Beet Salsa
Anne from Webicurean  is making some Drunken Pumpkin Bread
Karen from In The Kitchen With KP is making Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Leslie La Cocina De Leslie is making Sweet Potato Atole
Seet Fei from My Trials in The Kitchen is bringing Sweet Potatoes Mini Balls
Bree from Bree’s Bites is bringing Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites
Tara from Noshing With The Nolands is bringing Oranges En Suprise
Susan from The Girl in The Red Kitchen is making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone with Pumpkin Glaze
Conni from Mrs. Mama Hen is making Orange Glazed Poundcake
Isabel from Family Foodie is baking up Moist Pumpkin Bread Reisipe
Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings is baking up a Vegan Pumpkin Orange Cake
Brenda from Meal Planning Magic is whipping up some Pumpkin Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
Laura from Family Spice is making some Gluten Free and Unprocessed Pumpkin Bread
Kathya from Basic and Delicious is baking up Butternut Squash and Carrot Bread
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is serving up Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
Stephanie from The Cookie A Day Challenge is whipping up some Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches
Katie from She Like Ruffles, He Likes Truffles is bringing Pumpkin Harvest Cookies
Nancy from Gotta Get Baked is baking up some Orange Macadamia Dark Chocolate Cookies
Angie from Big Bear’s Wife  is bringing Orange Soda Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Katy from Happy Baking Days is bringing Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze
Sandra from Midlife Road Trip is bringing Orange ya glad it’s fall! Hungarian Apricot/Walnut pastries


  1. Okay I have never heard of pumpkin oatmeal, very creative. Might have to give this a try with my daughter, I bet she would love it.

  2. This looks delicious - I am sure that my 5 year old would go ga ga over it! I am in love with your bowl, too! Thank you so much for joining in this week!

  3. Love your seasonal twist on Oatmeal!!!

  4. I LOVE this idea for oatmeal! Very creative!

  5. What a way to start a fall day. A warm hearty breakfast with the flavors of the season.

  6. Wow! This is like pumpkin pie for breakfast! Love it!

  7. I never thought of this combo sounds great, Wendy thanks for sharing!

  8. I love pumpkin and I love oatmeal - I just never thought of combining the two. Sounds amazing (and your pumpkin bowl is super cute)

  9. This is perfect for breakfast...oatmeal & pumpkin, great combination!

  10. Pumpkin and oatmeal together sounds like a wonderful breakfast to me! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Looks yummy as as long as you buy gluten free oats this is a great gluten free recipe.

  12. OMG. This sounds so comforting on this chilly day! I need a bowl!

  13. What a comforting, seasonal breakfast! It's perfect!

  14. I'm afraid if I try this, I'll want to eat it all the time!

  15. Now that would stick to your ribs for breakfast, what a great way to start your day!!

  16. I love the pumpkin bowl, Wendy! Glad to hear you guys finally got a cold snap.

    If you had overnight guests you could make this oatmeal in the crockpot overnight, but i would use steel cut oats!

    In the vein of orange food, I made a butternut squash soup with parmesan sage croutons and sausage "croutons" too. I will have to send you the recipe. it was really great! I have butternut squash coming out the wazoo right now, so I am looking for new things to do with it. I'll have to check out all the blogs you mention up there! :)

    Love you! Call me soon! xo

  17. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe - I love eating oatmeal and this would be a fantastic way to use up left-over pumpkin puree and give my boring ol' bowl a delicious twist. A healthy version of pumpkin pie filling? Yes please!

  18. I've done a peanut butter oatmeal, but I never would've guessed pumpkin! I may have to try this for work this week. People will think I'm crazy, but I'll just laugh as they eat their poor pathetic instant packets of plain oatmeal ;)

  19. I eat oatmeal most mornings and sometimes the girls join me. I bet if I made this recipe they would beg to have my breakfast!

  20. If I ate oatmeal (can't get over the texture) I'd bee all over this. The flavors are wonderful.

  21. I love oatmeal and this is a great recipe.

  22. What a perfect recipe for a cool fall morning!

  23. Mom is going to be all over this in the Fall I'm sure!

  24. I try to eat oatmeal every day so I'm always looking for exciting ways to dress it up. This is a winner!

  25. What a wonderful idea for a warm and filling fall breakfast!

  26. What a fabulous idea...I've never thought of making pumpkin oatmeal! That's all changed now, though - I'm SO making this. As in this week. I love the addition of cardamom, as well. Tasty!

  27. Oh Wendy, that oatmeal looks SO good!
    I love what you've done with this recipe, and that pumpkin bowl is ADORABLE!

  28. I've never been much of an oatmeal eater, but my kids love it. I think they'd like heloing me make this for them too.

    Jamie @

  29. I'm not sure I've ever had a pumpkin oatmeal, but considering how much I love pumpkin and I love oatmeal for breakfast, I've gotta try this!

  30. Ooh! I love the addition of cardamom - must smell & taste heavenly!

  31. Nothing better than a bowl of hot oatmeal on a cool day.

  32. Never would have thought!!! I'll have to give it a try! :-)

  33. I've added sweet potatoes to oatmeal before, but I'll bet pumpkin is even better!

  34. Yum, looks fabulous, I've never made an oatmeal like this before but will totally try it out. I love FALL!!

  35.'ve just made regular oatmeal into something extraordinary!!! And so fun in your pumpkin bowl!!!

  36. Love oatmeal & this one is so flavorful & healthy. I am making this maybe tonight :) Great presentation !

  37. I am not much of a fan of oatmeal, but this has so many of my favorite flavors in it, I might need to try it!

  38. I love this! So festive! Thanks for sharing!

  39. I'm not a huge oatmeal fan but I make myself eat it for my diet. However, I would gladly eat a big bowl of your pumpkin oatmeal. I love the flavor combinations and the textures!

  40. Amazing! I could really use a bowl of this right now!

  41. Pumpkin oatmeal sounds like an awesome Fall breakfast to me!


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