I wanted something decadent yesterday in the worst way! Something sweet and delicious, but all we had was crunchy peanut butter, so I ate some. With a spoon. Straight out of the jar. Ever done that? (you should!)
After that, I was still on a sugar hunt, so I decided to make some no bake, mason jar oatmeal for this morning. And then I decided that I wanted something different and I’d find something to bake, but I didn’t want it to be hard. Mornings have their own set of challenges, so who wants to make it more complicated, right? Here’s what I came up with and I think it turned out perfectly.
First, you’re going to start this the night before with these ingredients: (this process takes all of 5 minutes and I cook for six people, so this should work for almost anyone’s busy morning!)
Fill your mason jars about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full with old fashioned oats and place three or four heaping tablespoons of pumpkin pie puree on top. Then, press it down with a spoon. I used a canned version of pumpkin that had nothing else added. The ingredients literally say: 100% pumpkin puree and nothing else. Try to find that because we’re going to add all the good stuff and you don’t want extra things you can’t really pronounce, right?
Then, pour 1 or 2 tablespoon of maple syrup, 1 heaping teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and 1 or 2 drops of vanilla extract on top. Then, slowly pour some dairy-free milk into your jars while sliding a knife around the edge to get the milk all the way to the bottom and incorporated into the oatmeal very well.
If you look in the top left corner of that picture, you see a blue thing lying in the floor. That’s our Pug’s chewy toy. He sits in the kitchen while I cook because he thinks he’s human and all food is really made just for him. His name is Loki. Here’s a picture for you because I’d like to introduce you to my fur baby:
How cute is he?! …I digress…
When you’re finished, the entire jar of oatmeal and spices should be nicely covered in your milk, but not floating in it. Place caps on your jars and stick this in the fridge overnight. Too easy!!
In the morning, you’ll find that the milk has soaked into your oatmeal and it’s ready to go! Preheat your oven to 350 and then pour your oatmeal into an oven safe pan. I use a cast iron skillet.
It’s ugly, but it gets so much better:
Smooth your oatmeal out and top with pecans. Drizzle some more organic maple syrup and a tiny bit of organic brown sugar over the top and place your pan into a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve in individual bowls and top with cinnamon and more milk to taste. (I love cinnamon, so I used it pretty liberally and only used a splash of “cream”.)
When I woke up this morning, my sweet tooth and craving for something over the top had passed. It turns out that this was perfect! It wasn’t too sweet, but sweet enough that I was pleased with the results. You can add or take away depending on your own tastes to make it as sweet as you’d like. The warm oatmeal keeps this feeling like a really wonderful breakfast and the pumpkin flavor makes it feel like a special occasion. Always a good thing.