This post was sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
How is it almost the end of October? Since I apparently missed almost an entire month, I’m planning to squeeze every Halloween-themed activity into one weekend. Today was Maddux’s school party, tonight is Trunk-or-Treating, tomorrow we’re celebrating Ryne’s dad’s birthday, Saturday we’re heading to a local Halloween event, Sunday we’re hitting up the pumpkin patch, and we’ll wrap it all up Monday with Trick-or-Treating. What on earth was I thinking? It will be a miracle if we make it through in one piece and without overdosing on junk food and candy.
The one constant throughout the weekend will be quick and wholesome breakfasts. We’re going to need the energy, and I am totally not opposed to filling everyone up with some hidden fruits, veggies, and heart-healthy grains while we’re at it.
My secret weapon: oats. Since they are incredibly versatile, I reach for them when making much more than just oatmeal. They are definitely a staple in our house, and I know we aren’t alone. For over 100 years, families have been fueling up with the help of old fashioned oats, which is why Quaker is taking the whole month of October – or Oatober – to remind people just how awesome they can be.
One of my favorite ways to use them is as a base for pancakes. They add a punch of heart-healthy grains and serve as a base for almost any flavor combination you can create. My fall favorite? Pumpkin Spice, of course. (I know, I know. Sue me. And pass me my leggings, latte, and scarf while you’re at it.)
Every time I use this “recipe”, I just literally toss ingredients into the blender until I end up with something resembling pancake batter. That’s what I love about oat-based breakfasts. I swear they are the most forgiving things on the planet. You cannot go wrong.
The ingredients usually look a little something like this:
- 1 cup Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups milk (depending on desired consistency)
- 1 cup pureed pumpkin
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
I love that my entire family can and will eat these. That’s a rare combination these days, since some of us are just learning how to chew and others are becoming pickier by the day. Making one meal sure beats making four, y’all.
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