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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with all the toppings!

Serves 4

Fresh pumpkin makes his extra special. Roast a peanut pumpkin, Speckled Hound, Long Island Cheese or Hubbard. Or open up a can. Just make sure there’s real pumpkin. Substitute a gingerbread or pumpkin pie spice blend for all of the spices to save time.

For oatmeal:

  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 3 tbs maple or brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground all spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups water

For toppings:

  • 1/4 cup pepitas, toasted
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves, toasted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped, candied ginger
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Make cider reduction: Boil cider over med-high heat until reduced to 1/2 cup. Stir in vinegar.

Make topping: stir together pepitas, walnuts and ginger. If the ginger is sticking in clumps, break it apart and mix into nuts with your fingers.

Make oatmeal. Mix together all ingredients in a 2-3 quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over med-high heat and cook until beginning to thicken, about 4-5 minutes total. Reduce heat to low and thicken to desired consistency.

Serve oatmeal topped with nuts and ginger and drizzled with syrup.

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