Thanksgiving is almost here, which can only mean that Fall is in full swing.
Still in the 80s, still hot and humid. It was cool for a couple of days around Halloween… I guess that was it for Fall in South Florida!
If I can’t have Fall weather, I can still have Fall flavors in this breakfast. This Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal is warm, hearty and full of cinnamon-y, nutmeg-y, maple syrup goodness. It makes a huge batch and I plan on enjoying it all week.
This makes a very thick oatmeal, so if you want yours a little creamier/thinner just add some extra milk before serving. I happen to like really thick oatmeal, so I thought it was perfect.
Enjoy Fall, wherever you are!
Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal
1 cup steel cut oats
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
4 cups very hot water
2 medium bananas, sliced
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, lightly packed, divided
2 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
Dash ground cloves
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place the steel cut oats in a large bowl with 4 tablespoons of the butter. Pour the hot water over the oats and cover the bowl. Let stand for 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, make the caramelized bananas. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bananas, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and ¼ teaspoon of the cinnamon to the pan. Toss gently and cook briefly, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
4. After the steel cut oats have finished soaking, stir in the old fashioned oats, remaining ½ cup of brown sugar, maple syrup, salt, remaining 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
5. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the pumpkin, milk and vanilla. Stir the pumpkin mixture into the oat mixture.
6. Spread the bananas over the bottom of a lightly greased 2 quart-ish baking dish. Pour the oatmeal mixture on top of the bananas.
7. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.