I kind of feel hypocritical posting this recipe, after I railed against pumpkin over at Blisstree. Although I do think people are WAY TOO caught up in pumpkin frenzy during the fall, that doesn't take away the fact that I actually do enjoy it. I bought a few cans the other week and made a crustless pumpkin pie (consumed solely by me, as R does not like pumpkin). Then I made gluten-free pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, and then I made this baked oatmeal. Two cans of pumpkin, three recipes, and I'll be good on pumpkin until Thanksgiving. Pumpkin pie filling will probably be about the only thing I'll be able to eat on Thanksgiving, anyway, as I am getting my wisdom teeth out two days before! WAHOO!
I based this pumpkin apple baked oatmeal recipe off of my original baked oatmeal recipe on HelloGiggles. It's warm, filling, and perfect for cold mornings. Plus it has that which is apparently the DEFINITIVE flavor of fall, the almighty pumpkin.
This would be a great meal to serve your relatives for breakfast when they're staying for Thanksgiving: I bet you could even use leftover pumpkin pie filling instead of plain old canned pumpkin. If you want to go even further into fall flavor overload, you might stir some dried cranberries into the mixture before baking.
Pumpkin Apple Baked Oatmeal
total time: 50-60 minutes
total hands on time: less than 10 minutes
What you’ll need:
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cup plain gluten-free oats
1/4 cup sugar
hefty dash of cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of apple sauce
3/4 cup milk
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 apple, sliced
optional: small handful of chia seeds
What you'll do:
1. Preheat oven to 325.
2. Grease a baking dish (9x9 or similar size, I used a round Pyrex) with oil of your choice; I used coconut.
3. Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl.
4. Beat egg and milk together in another bowl, then stir in applesauce and pumpkin.
5. Slowly stir dry ingredients into wet ones, then pour the whole mixture into pan. Slice apple and arrange on top.
6. Bake at 325 for about 45 minutes, or until edges are slightly brown.
You can also put bananas on the bottom, as I did in my original recipe, or try some thinly sliced apples. I didn't put any apples on the bottom this time, but I think that would make the baked oatmeal just a bit more moist and a lot more delicious.