Pumpkin Oatmeal with Cranberries

I know. This title seems oddly familiar to my last blog post. But I just can’t help but be inspired by Thanksgiving’s sweetest ingredients. Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. Partially because it centers around my two favorite things…food and family. But I also love this holiday of gluttony because it always signifies the kickoff to the holiday season. I try not to listen to Christmas music or watch Christmas movies until after Thanksgiving…however I’m not always successful. Some Christmas CDs may have snuck their way into my CD player on my ride to work the last few mornings…but that doesn’t mean I’m going to forget about the joys of Thanksgiving. Like starting the morning off with The Annual Turkey Trot in Downtown Detroit. I remember watching the parade when I was little and hearing about those “Turkey Trotters” and thinking they were crazy to be running during the early morning of Thanksgiving…but for the last few years I have been one of those crazies. And I love every minute. And then of course you get to enjoy the undeniably home-y smell of the turkey roasting in the oven all day long. This year I’ll be joining Eric’s family for a morning brunch, so I know by the time we walk into my house for my family’s nighttime festivities, that classic holiday smell will be in full force. And later, my family always ends the night with our first viewing of Home Alone of the holiday season. I can hardly wait til tomorrow…but until then I’ll be enjoying the sweetest parts of Thanksgiving in my breakfast. Pumpkin Oatmeal with dried cranberries. This breakfast is ridiculously easy to prepare and incredibly delicious. It tastes like pumpkin pie in a bowl. And it’s healthy. Perfect.

Ingredients: 1 large serving

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2-3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon pecan peices


  1. Mix water, oats & pumpkin in a bowl and microwave for 2 1/2 minutes
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients

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