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Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 cups milk or milk alternative
  • 2 1/2 cups oats I use old fashioned
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 pan.
  • In a medium bowl, combine first 5 ingredients (pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, and spice) and whisk well.
  • Add milk and stir gently to combine.
  • Add oats and chia seeds. Mix.
  • Pour into 8x8 pan.
  • Bake for 55-65 minutes or until center is firm. (In a metal pan, mine took 65 minutes.)¬†Store in the refrigerator.

Notes

How-to-Use:
Athletes: A hunk of this oatmeal + Greek yogurt on top gives you all the protein and carbs you need to recover from your morning workout. Evening worker outers, still the best way to start your day and continue your recovery from the night before.
Healthy Eating: Full of complex carbohydrates, protein, and a little healthy fat this is a great breakfast to keep you full for the long haul. Add some protein to really balance it out - greek yogurt, eggs, cottage cheese, a glass of milk or high protein plant based milk.... whatever sounds good.
Kids: Call it cake and they will come. 
Other Thoughts:
  • No doubt this can be made vegan with a pea protein based milk <like Ripple> and flax eggs.
  • Keep it in the refrigerator - or freeze it if you don't think you'll crush it all within the week.
  • Get creative - top with whatever sounds good to you.
  • Play around with the amount of maple syrup if you need or want to do that. It's strictly there for the sweetness and flavor. If you don't want it very sweet, cut it back to 1/4 cup. If you like sweet oatmeal, increase to 1/2 cup.