What about starting your day with a spiced pumpkin oatmeal bake, delicately laced with maple syrup and served warm? I don’t know about you, but that would help brace me for the upcoming day.
Breakfast is commonly a haste-driven affair of cold cereal, pre-bought baked goods, or frozen waffles. But breakfast can both treat your body – and your wallet – better. We like to enjoy soaked oatmeal, quinoa porridge, and congee for breakfast, for example. I hosted an “Oatmeal Challenge” several years ago on this blog where my family ate oatmeal everyday for a week for breakfast to save us money!
I found that by starting our day with a very frugal food, we were able to save some needed money from our food budget. So for this week’s 52 tips for saving money on a healthy diet, consider your breakfast! When priced out, you just may be surprised at how well you can eat and how much you can save. And the following recipe is yet another example of a delicious, nourishing breakfast. -Kimi
My family loves a good baked oatmeal. It’s a frugal, hearty & nourishing way to start off our day… plus, the leftovers make great snacks, warm & cold. Baked oatmeal is awesome for making my mornings easy, especially on busy days or when I need a little extra sleep.
I typically like to prep it the night before and my hubby just pops it in the oven early in the morning (wondering how I plan ahead to accomplish that? Read my notes below in the recipe!). This is a great way for my husband to get the kids fed without needing to wake me up. Ahem, yeah, I’m not a morning person! To make this a truly nourishing breakfast… I always soak the rolled oats for 12-24 hours and use nuts or seeds that have been soaked & dehydrated. With everything properly prepared, we can start off our day feeling good instead of feeling like bricks are sitting in our tummies.
I like to make baked oatmeal at least once a week and have created a variety of flavors. Our favorites right now are Spiced Cranberry Apple and Strawberry Pineapple. Now, we are adding Pumpkin Maple onto the list of favorites! The comforting combination of fresh pumpkin, maple syrup, pumpkin seeds & cinnamon truly reflect the flavors of Autumn. You will find this baked oatmeal lightly sweet with a kick of cinnamon and vanilla along with a nice hint of pumpkin. …