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Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal

Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal

Good morning friends,

I love a warm breakfast on a cool morning and this one will make you feel like your indulging, but without any guilt.  The recipe is a slight variation of the Blueberry Baked Oatmeal I made on Saturday, this one is equally as good, especially if you like pumpkin! I really enjoyed it as did my kiddos and I think you will too :)

Dry Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup dried cranberries (could use regular or golden raisins if preferred)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 generous tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Wet Ingredients

1 1/2 cups skim milk

1/3 cup of applesauce

1/3 cup canned pumpkin

2 egg whites

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine dry ingredients.

3.  Add wet ingredients to dry, mix until combined.

4.  Pour into baking dish and baked for about 25-30 minutes or until set.

5. Serve warm with steamed milk and if desired a drizzle of maple syrup.  My kids also sprinkled with “Maple Sugar” from the Savory Spice Shop.

This recipe serves a 9 and is 3 Weight Watchers Points Plus if you’re counting :)

(The calculations are my personal calculations, not endorsed by Weight Watchers)

Bon Appetit!

Recipe adapted from  http://www.mintdesignblog.com

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Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

Baked Blueberry OatmealI love oatmeal, baked, boiled, overnight…you name it, I like it! I found a recipe that I adapted to make even healthier and it was so yummy, we polished off the pan very quickly. It almost tasted like a blueberry coffee cake, but for only 3 measly Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving you can easily indulge without guilt!

Ingredients

1 lemon, zested and juiced

2 cups skim milk

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 egg white

3 TBL Truvia (or 1/3 cup sugar)

2 cups blueberries, frozen or fresh

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Zest lemon and set aside.  Add lemon juice to the milk to form a “buttermilk”.

3. Wisk together oats, baking powder, salt, spices and lemon zest.

4. In another bowl, blend milk, egg and sugar.

5. Spread half the oat mixture into the baking dish, top with half of the blueberries. add remaining oat mixture and scatter remainder of blueberries on top. Pour the milk mixture on top.

6. Bake about 40 minutes and until top is slightly brown and mixture is “set”.

I served with a little steamed milk and topped with a  drizzle of maple syrup and sprinkled with powdered sugar. I cut the 8×8 pan into 9 servings to yield 3 WW PointsPlus. Next time I make it I will try to make ahead the night before and bake in the morning.

 Hope you enjoy another delicious way to eat your oatmeal :)

Recipe adapted from http://www.preventionrd.com/

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

It’s officially autumn and that means I’m baking a lot with one of my favorite ingredients…pumpkin! The house right now smells warm, inviting and full of pumpkin cinnamony yumminess! I’ve created a low-fat, healthy pumpkin bread recipe that I’ll share today, because after all recipes are meant to be shared aren’t they?!

In the picture below, you’ll see some great ceramic mini loaf pans I found at Michael’s for $1!!! Such a cute an inexpensive presentation for quick bread gift giving.

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

1 whole egg and 3 egg whites

1 regular can of pumpkin

1/3 cup of water

1 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (replaces oil)

1/3 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt (replaces oil)

1 cup of sugar

1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 generous tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

To add some extra yumminess, add mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, etc

Beat egg and egg whites, add pumpkin, water, applesauce, yogurt, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients together and add slowly. Spray pans with non-stick cooking spray, makes 2 large loaves. Bake large loaves for approximately one hour at 350 degrees or until there is no gooiness on the top of the loaf.

If you’re into counting “points” and you make 2 large loaves of this bread and cut each loaf into 12 pieces, each piece is worth 3 points (with no add-ins)! More on that later…

Enjoy!

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