Move over Starbucks, you can fill your pumpkin spice latte-craving with a bowl of creamy oats – caffeine included!
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve never jumped on the pumpkin spice latte wagon. Not to say that I don’t understand the obsession. I love the idea of putting on a pair of leggings, a white tee, and a Fall-colored scarf, heading down to my closest coffee shop, and spending the morning sipping on a pumpkin spice latte. However, I am disappointed every time by how syrupy and cloyingly sweet those drinks tend to be (and the “light” versions even more so). Instead, I have taken my desire to be part of the #PSL crowd into my own hands, specifically into my bowl of oats.
While cold overnight oats are still my go-to breakfast, with the weather getting colder and my mornings being a bit more relaxing lately I’ve been loving cuddling up on my couch with a warm bowl of pumpkin oatmeal while watching Gilmore Girls (re-watching all 7 seasons is essential before the new episodes are released in November! #152DaysofGilmore 😉 ).
I’ve tried adding pumpkin puree to oatmeal in the past and was never satisfied with the taste or texture. But that’s in the past now as I finally found not only the right combination of ingredients but also the right cooking method for making creamy, pumpkin-spiced oats. Thanks to a tip from Edible Perspective, I tried cooking the pumpkin first, which allowed for some of the moisture to reduce and added a slight caramelized flavor to the pumpkin.
Next, I added in a 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice. If you aren’t a big fan of clove, I would recommend just adding nutmeg and cinnamon instead. For the latte part of these oats I used both almond milk and strong-brewed coffee in place of water for the cooking liquid. I used 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of coffee, but if you want a stronger coffee flavor you could easily use 3/4 or even a whole cup of coffee instead. For some sweetness and to cut the bitterness of the pumpkin and clove, I added maple syrup. However, these are still not very sweet. I didn’t mind as I added peanut butter on top, but feel free to add another teaspoon or two of maple syrup if it’s too bitter.
As you can tell from the pictures, these oats are perfectly thick, but if you like your oats more liquid, simply remove them from the heat earlier or top with extra milk after cooking. In fact, for these truly to be like a latte, you could add frothed milk on top!
So here’s a toast to if finally and officially being Fall!
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Ooooooh this sounds amazing! I also steer clear of store-made pumpkin spice things (most of the time, that is), but I love making my own versions!