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Got Leftover Pumpkin Puree? Make This Tasty Fall Breakfast

Canned organic pumpkin puree in glass jar with fresh pumpkin, cinnamon and anise on light background.
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Pumpkin is one of the essential and most beloved flavors of fall. The return of pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice lattes, and the like are often a cause for great rejoicing among many come autumn.

If you’re someone who can’t get enough pumpkin in your diet, consider adding it to your morning oatmeal as well by adding some pumpkin puree.

Oatmeal is a popular breakfast food for a reason—it’s cost-effective, filling, healthy, easy to make ahead of time, and can be savory or sweet, depending on the oatmeal recipe you use. Mixing in some leftover or canned pumpkin puree is a great way to make it even healthier– not to mention tastier.

CRYSTALIA Breakfast On the Go Cups

These cups and their color-coded, matching spoons are perfect for bringing your pumpkin oatmeal (plus yogurt and cereal) on the go during busy mornings.

Pumpkin is not only low in calories but rich in fiber, vitamins A and K, and several other key vitamins and nutrients. It’ll also make your oatmeal richer and creamer, with a subtle warm, sweet taste.

You’ll want to add roughly half a cup of pumpkin puree for every cup of oats you use, though you can always experiment with more or less until you find a ratio to your liking.

Whether you’ve got some leftover pumpkin puree from your fall baking that needs to be used up or you want to experiment with the canned version already in your pantry, you may find it becoming a regular ingredient in your breakfast oatmeal.

Meghan Herlihy Meghan Herlihy
Meghan Herlihy is a full-time writer for LifeSavvy and How-To Geek and has written across a wide variety of topics, genres, and formats, including radio talk shows, local sports journalism, and creative original fiction. She received her bachelor's degree in communications from Ithaca College and a master's in writing from Johns Hopkins University. When she's not writing, you're most likely to find her reading a book, petting every dog within eyesight, and indulging in her love of travel. Read Full Bio »
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