This week it's pumpkin spice.
Love it? Hate it? Or, so over it?
I must admit, until last year I avoided all things labeled "pumpkin spice".
Did my palate suddenly change? Or was I simply a victim of brainwashing?
I believe the 'powers that be' in the flavor-enhancing world, toned down the impact of the spices.
How do I know this? Because when I make pumpkin pie from scratch, I do not use the container of pumpkin spice from the market to season my pie filling. I have individual spices purchased in individual containers so that I may adjust to my taste.
This is also why my pumpkin pie vs. purchased pre-made pumpkin pie doesn't have me reaching for Tums.
If you read yesterday's blog post, you read a large (1 + chapters) teaser from my Halloween romance, "Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow".
So before I share a few recipes, I thought we could share a bit of humor at the season of "Pumpkin Spice"! 🎃
If you don"t already follow "Hungry Girl" for healthy, tasty, and low-cal recipes, here is a link to her website to try her Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe
Overnight Oatmeal: Warm, comforting overnight pumpkin pie oatmeal, is like eating pie for breakfast.
1/4 cup pumpkin pie filling
1/2 cup whole milk (or any milk of your choice or Greek yogurt)
2 teaspoons maple syrup
3/4 cup regular old fashioned oats
Optional: 1 tablespoon of raisins, 1/4 cup of shredded coconut (I prefer diced apple), 1 tablespoon of protein powder.
Steps to Make It
Whisk together the pie filling (I prefer pureed pumpkin), whole milk, and maple syrup in a medium-sized bowl until smooth and completely combined. Make sure there aren't any lumps of the pie filling.
Stir the oats and any of the optional ingredients into the pumpkin pie mixture. Cover the bowl or put the oatmeal in small glass jars with lids. Place them in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 4 hours to soften the oats.
After it has sat overnight heat in the microwave if you wish, or just eat cold. Oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days.
If you are in a hurry and just need a Pumpkin Spice pick-me-up, I recommend having a serving of good-old-fashioned Cheerios cold cereal, limited edition. It's the only flavored cereal I have liked (children requested me to try other brands).
Where do you stand on Pumpkin Spice Latte or Pumpkin Spice anything?
Post your opinion in the comments section. Smiles and frowns are emojis allowed.