I love the sights, smells, and flavors of fall. With the changing of the weather enters an opportunity to take some of my favorite fall flavors and create some fun mix-ins for fall oatmeal. Whether you're hosting family for the holidays, or you just want something fresh for breakfast, try these twists on a classic morning staple.
These blends don't have exact recipes because half of the fun is mixing your oatmeal to your liking. I typically make a large batch of oatmeal on the stove. It cooks just like rice - two parts water to one part oats. If you make a large batch plain, you can mix a new flavor every day and have endless fun spicing up your morning routine.
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Flavor #1: Chocolate Pumpkin Walnut
I pretty much love pumpkin anything. In oatmeal, pumpkin adds a creamy richness, and with some chocolate chips mixed in, it is delightful! I added a spoonful of pumpkin, sprinkled in some pumpkin spice, then added a touch of stevia and some chocolate chips. The heat of the oatmeal melts the chocolate and makes a creamy loveliness in your bowl. Chop a few walnuts and sprinkle on top! This is my favorite!
Flavor #2: Pear and Gingerbread
Pears are a wonderful fall fruit, and paired with gingerbread, they are delightful. For this blend I added ginger and truvia to taste (that is until I could actually taste them), then I added some molasses. This gives them the gingerbread twist. Next, I chopped up some pear and sprinkled them in. The pear adds a sweet coolness to the spiciness of the ginger. This was my middle daughter's favorite.
Flavor #3: Apple Crisp
Okay, so this is the easiest of the flavors, that is if you've got some left over apple crisp in the fridge. All I did was add a spoonful (or two) to my oatmeal and gave it a stir. Who wouldn't want apple crisp for breakfast?
Flavor #4: Cranberry Orange
I love cranberry orange bread, so this oatmeal flavor was a must. It's a simple blend of oranges and Craisins and then sweetened to taste.
Flavor #5: Chocolate Cranberry Pecan
I truly love chocolate in my oatmeal, and it's just fun to see what other flavors mix in to spice it up. I used craisins again with pecans, but if you had fresh cranberries, like leftovers from Thanksgiving, that would be amazing!
So what are some of your favorite fall flavors?
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Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.