Saturday, September 15, 2012


When my kids were small, I only let them have cold cereal for breakfast in the summer.  During the school year I wanted them to have a hot breakfast to start their day.  They ate a lot of oatmeal....I mean a lot!  I never bought flavored oatmeal, but they had a lot of fun flavoring their plain oatmeal.  This was one of their fall favorites.
 It's fun and easy for kids to make, it's packed with all the good vitamins in pumpkin and it tastes delicious.  Not to mention you get the good feeling of sending them out the door with a hot, nutritious breakfast that will stick with them all morning!

Here's all you need to make it:
Just make a bowl of plain instant oatmeal. (You can do this with the old-fashioned cook kind too.)  Add a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin in, sprinkle with some pumpkin pie spice and stir it up.  My kids liked it with a little brown sugar on top, but you could sweeten it a little with maple syrup, apple sauce or plain sugar.  
However you make it, it's tough to get kids to eat oatmeal  sometimes, but if you're a little creative and if they can fix their own, you might be surprised at how much they like it.
I have to say I was blessed with kids who were willing to try just about every food.  They were physically healthy and for that I am grateful!  They were kind of cute when they were little too.  (Since they were adopted, I have someone else to thank for that!)
They're all grown up now and they still love oatmeal!

  Linking up:

Two Succulent Sisters


  1. Danni, what a great way to eat kids love pumpking everything so I'll have to give this a try! :D

  2. Danni,

    Am I still a no-reply blogger?

  3. Yum this looks delish! I love oatmeal and so does my little guy.. I can't wait to make this for us :) Today it was 47 degrees when I woke up.. A good morning for some hot oatmeal :) Pinning too!Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Danni,
    I think I finally have this fixed thanks to your amazing link! :)

  5. My kids enjoy oatmeal - I should have them try this!

  6. What a great idea to let the kids mix their own flavour in! I'll pass this on to my daughter. The kids are so cute! ~ Maureen

  7. Thank you for the recipe, Danni - and that vintage photo is so precious!

  8. oh yum!! I love oatmeal! thanks for sharing

  9. Yum, this sounds delicious. I will have to try it out, thanks for sharing! :) have a wonderful week!,

    - Kayla

  10. I love this recipe, I pinned it yesterday. What a great share! I just need to get the can of pumpkin spice!

  11. My oldest thinks oatmeal is about the worst thing ever...I am going to have to try this as pumpkin pie is her favorite thing ever. Thanks for this great tip!

  12. This recipe looks fabulous. Would love to have you come over and link this up to our Pumpkin Party going on right now for the next month. Hope you can make it. Linda