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Skinny Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

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pumpkin-oatmeal

I love pumpkin and oatmeal. These two meet to create a very filling, healthy and super satisfying breakfast! Each serving has 200 calories, 3 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints.  In addition, it’s packed with 7 grams of fiber! Make it dairy-free by using light vanilla almond milk or soy milk. What a yummy way to start the day!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes


Ingredients for Oatmeal:

1 cup water

½ cup old-fashioned oats

¼ cup canned pumpkin

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup nonfat milk, light vanilla almond milk or light vanilla soy milk

1-2 packages Truvia, Stevia, Splenda or your favorite sugar substitute, to taste


Ingredients for Topping: Optional

Dash cinnamon

1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped (optional)

1 tablespoon raisins (optional)


Instructions

1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, oats, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to a soft boil and cook for 4 minutes. Stir often. Stir in milk and your favorite sugar substitute, to taste. Cook 1 more minute or until desired consistency. Pour into a bowl. Add a dash of cinnamon and raisins and/or walnuts, if desired .

Makes 1 serving


Healthy Benefits

Pumpkin, including canned, is great source of beta-carotene, the vegetable pigment that the body turns into vitamin A. Pumpkin also contains a hefty amount of fiber, ample amounts of iron and vitamin C.


Storage Tips

Transfer canned pumpkin from an opened can into a refrigerator-safe container that is not made of metal. Seal the container tightly either with its own lid or with plastic wrap. Store the container in the refrigerator. Use within five days. Discard any remaining leftover canned pumpkin after five days in the refrigerator.

You can freeze leftover canned pumpkin. Here’s a couple things to avoid freezer burn: Use zip-lock bags made for freezing. After filling the bag try to remove as much air as possible. If you use a container make sure to only fill it ¾ full and cover it with wax paper or plastic wrap before adding the lid. Pumpkin has much water so it will expand when frozen.


Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints
(not including optional toppings)
Weight Watchers SmartPoints
(not including optional toppings)
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5 (not including optional toppings)

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (not including optional toppings)
200 calories, 3g fat, 8g protein, 35g carbs, 7g fiber, 35mg sodium, 7g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
171 calories, 0g sat. fat, 7g protein, 4g sugar