I am the ultimate early bird. I enjoy waking up with the sun. I enjoy the quiet of the early morning hours. I enjoy slowly cooking breakfast for my family while they sleep snug in their beds while I leisurely sip a freshly brewed cup of coffee. This, guys, is my bliss. However, I am often reminded by my not-so-early-bird friends that this is not everyone’s bliss. On hectic work/school mornings, some people are barely awake enough to coordinate pouring coffee into their favorite mugs, much less awake enough to figure out a hot healthy breakfast to fuel their family for the busy day ahead. For those people, worry not! There is a way to get a delicious, nourishing breakfast ready on those “active” mornings while still hitting your snooze button a few extra times. Allow me to introduce you to slow cooker pumpkin pie oatmeal.
Slow cookers are often renowned for cooking pot roasts or beef stews to perfection. But my favorite kitchen appliance (sorry dishwasher) is also capable of making a delicious oatmeal while you are busy catching Z’s. Just pour the ingredients into your slow cooker before you head to bed, give it a stir, turn it on, and in the morning, you will wake to a healthy hot breakfast that is ready and waiting to be gobbled up by your hungry crew.
Pumpkin just might be the unofficial flavor of fall (and what a wonderful flavor it is). With fall creeping in (yay!), it only seemed appropriate to give this hearty breakfast an autumn twist. Plus, pumpkins are wonderful things to sneak into your diet wherever you can. Those beautiful seasonal fruits are rich in fiber, beta-carotene, and vitamins A and C. Combine the beautiful orange pulp of a pumpkin with a little nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and natural sweetener, and you have a healthy breakfast that tastes like dessert.
This Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe makes a pretty hefty batch, perfect for feeding a crowd (Thanksgiving morning, perhaps) or for making ahead and storing in individual containers in the fridge for quick breakfasts on the go. It even freezes nicely so that you can cook once and enjoy at your leisure for weeks to come.
Are you ready? Of course you are! Let’s get (slow) cooking!
Note: I used a 6-quart slow cooker when making this recipe. If your slow cooker is smaller, make a half batch to prevent overflow while cooking.
Taesha is a mother and teacher with a passion for healthy living. Through her site, The Natural Nurturer, Taesha aims to inspire parents and caregivers with ideas and easy wholesome recipes that are family friendly.