Pumpkin is very nutritious. Rich in vitamins and fiber. And kids generally like it! My pumpkin oatmeal is less of a recipe, and more of a guide with easy steps that can be altered to your liking. Stirring some milk in each bowl at serving time makes the oatmeal even creamier and more delicious!
- 3 cups Old fashioned oats (not instant)
- 6 cups Water
- 1/2 can pumpkin (more or less depending on taste)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Cinnamon and Nutmeg to taste
- Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
- Add 3 cups oatmeal
- Reduce to simmar and allow to cook 6-8 minutes
- Remove from heat
- Add pumpkin, brown sugar, and seasonings
Get your kids involved.
No matter the age, kids can help with measuring and pouring. Keep children away from hot stoves! I transfer the cooked oatmeal into a large mixing bowl and my two toddlers help measure and pour the ingredients into the bowl. With supervision, they get to take turns stirring. They think it’s the greatest thing ever.
Maybe pumpkin is completely foreign to you. Start with small amounts, add some extra sugar….the important thing is to expand your child’s (and your) taste experience. Over time, add more pumpkin and decrease the amount of sugar.