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Cardamom Pumpkin Apple Oatmeal

Do you still have a carbohydrate hangover from the Thanksgiving holiday? I definitely enjoyed some of my favorite foods but I’m ready to get back on track with a healthy eating routine for the week. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day, probably because I’m a morning person and feel my best and most productive earlier in the day.

When it comes to finding a breakfast that will keep me full most of the morning, oatmeal has always been my go-to. I love loading it up with apples, a few raisins and delicious spices. This fall I’ve been adding a little pumpkin puree and a few extra spices to my oatmeal to give it a little something extra (taste and nutrition-wise). It’s fantastic with a cup of tea and a great way to start any day of the week.

Cardamom Pumpkin Apple Oatmeal

Oatmeal

Ingredients:

1 cup of water

½ cup rolled oats

½ cup pumpkin, puree

¼ cup apples, diced

1 tbsp raisins

1 tbsp pecans, chopped

½ tsp  ground cinnamon

½ tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp ground cardamom

1 tsp maple syrup (optional)

Ingredients Oatmeal

Directions:

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, stir in oats. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 1-minute.

Add pumpkin puree, diced apples, raisins, pecans and spices.

Cook for about 5 minutes over medium-heat, stirring occasionally. Add vanilla extract and maple syrup (optional).

Remove from heat and let stand for 30 seconds before serving.

Enjoy!

Looking for other great ways to improve your oatmeal? Checkout these ideas from Real Simple.

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