When I was younger, I wasn't the biggest fan of oatmeal. That was when I had only tried the traditional type with raisins, milk, and cinnamon. However, once I was in high school, the wonderful world of oatmeal was revealed to me! I tried peaches and cream for the first time and I was forever hooked! In college I probably ate the cinnamon roll oatmeal every day for 2 years...absolutely amazing. There became a point when I realized that these oatmeal packets contained a ton of sugar (for what it was) and sometimes trans fat. That's when I began to make my own oatmeal! It's so fun because you can mix it up depending on your mood. Steel cut oats vs rolled oats...pumpkin...peanut butter...banana...there are endless flavor combinations! Because I made the pumpkin pancakes on Saturday, I've had about half a can of pumpkin leftover. So I figured the best way to use it up was to make pumpkin oatmeal! :)
-1/2 cup oats
-add milk or water to make it the consistency you like (I prefer unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
-a few tablespoons pumpkin (3 maybe...didn't measure it)
-douse the whole thing with pumpkin pie spice!
-add any other toppings (banana, almond butter, walnuts)
The key to making this sweet is using very ripe bananas. I hate the taste of ripe bananas, I usually throw them in the freezer the second they get a brown spot. So this is a perfect way for me to use them up! If it's still not sweet enough, add a little stevia or other sugar.
Have a great day! :)