Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

It's Thanksgiving week! This is the time of year I live, friends, food! If any of you were with me last year, you know I hosted my first Thanksgiving and loved every minute of it! This year, I am heading back to Michigan to spend Thanksgiving with family while my hubby hits the recruiting trail. I am so excited to be going home and spending some QT with the fam over some de-li-cious eats.

This month, the Recipe Redux challenged us to a Thanksgiving dessert. I am all about indulging when the occasion calls for it (i.e. Thanksgiving) but I also like my indulgences to not get super out of control. This is why I like to point out that Thanksgiving dinner is one meal and doesn't need to make or break a healthy lifestyle. The best way to make sure you stay on track for Thanksgiving (or the entire holiday season) is to start out with a nutrient-dense healthy breakfast that tastes like dessert! I like to think of creative ways to kick my healthy breakfast up a notch to make it seem like more than my standard oatmeal with cinnamon and walnuts in the morning. 

Enter my Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. The last thing anyone wants to do when they are shopping and prepping for Thanksgiving dinner, is throw more ingredients in the cart and in the fridge for breakfast. Luckily with this oatmeal, that's not needed. This Thanksgiving Leftovers Oatmeal contains all things you have in your fridge if you are making any of the typical Thanksgiving fare (pumpkin pie anyone??). 

This breakfast is the perfect start to your big day. It's healthy, packed with vitamins and minerals, full of fiber, and will keep you satisfied and fueled for the big day ahead. 

Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Makes 1 serving

1/3 cup fresh cranberries

1/3 cup water

2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/3 cup oats

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

1 teaspoon maple syrup, plus more to taste

1 tablespoon walnuts, optional

1. In a small pot, combine cranberries and water. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes until cranberries burst. 

2. Add remaining ingredients except walnuts and cook over medium heat until oats are softened and mixture thickens, about 7-10 minutes. Garnish with walnuts, if desired. 

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