Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

I love pumpkin! Apparently, I am in good company because since September I have seen pumpkin EVERYTHING online. This makes me happy! As far as I am concerned, I could eat pumpkin goodies year round. My favorite pumpkin recipe is pumpkin bread. I’ll post this recipe in the coming week. Today, I will share my oatmeal recipe I made this morning. It’s a very generous serving, and would possibly serve two people.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

In a small pot boil 1 1/2 cups water and add a dash of salt. The salt helps the water boil. I don’t know how, I’m not scientific, but it really works and helps with flavor. Next, add to the boiling water, 3/4 cup old fashioned oats. I don’t recommend instant. Turn heat down to medium and allow to cook for 5 min.

This is where it gets good, y’all. Add 1/4 cup pumpkin purée. Stir well. This is where you can get creative and flavor to taste. Here’s what I used:
2 tbls butter
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 tsp raw sugar
An extra dash of cinnamon
An extra dash of nutmeg

Once all the yummy spices are mixed in you can sit back and enjoy!

Caramel Chocolate Bars

This recipe is a compilation of several recipes I came across when I decided I needed to use the can of Dulce de Leche that was taunting me in my baking cabinet. I was reading The Pioneer Woman’s blog last week and she made these yummy bars. I immediately realized a can (or 5) of Dulce de Leche was going on my grocery list. I needed the perfect excuse to experiment. So, I turned to Pinterest. After carefully searching, I decided to add chocolate and this is the delicious result. There is oatmeal in the crust, so I say it’s completely appropriate to eat for breakfast. Hope you enjoy.

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Caramel Chocolate Bars

prep time: 15 min

cook time: 45 min

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup packed light brown sugar

dash of salt

1 cup butter, softened

1 can (13.4 oz) dulce de leche

3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet, but milk chocolate would be yummy)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350*.

In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. I don’t currently have a pastry blender, so I used two butter knives and cut in opposite directions. Save about 1/4 of the mixture, plus a handful, and press remaining crust into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 baking pan. Bake 10 minutes.

In a small saucepan, heat the dulce de leche over low heat for a few minutes, until caramel is soft. Be sure to stir frequently.

Spread the dulce de leche over crust. As it cools it will be harder to spread, so spread quickly. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the caramel and press slightly with a spatula. Then, sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over the top.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow bars to cool 15 minutes. Make sure bars are cooked completely before cutting.