Happy first day of fall, y’all! This is worthy of celebration, so we decided to make a breakfast of our favorite fall flavor combination: pumpkin & chocolate.
pumpkin chocolate chip baked oatmeal
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup chopped walnuts, divided
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, divided
2-1/2 cups pumpkin puree
3 cups milk (soy, nut, or dairy)
2 teaspoons maple extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and butter a 9X13 inch baking dish.
In a large bowl, combine oats, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and 3/4 cup each of the walnuts and chocolate chips. Reserve the remaining quarter cup each of walnuts and chocolate chips to sprinkle on top at the end.
In another large bowl whisk the pumpkin, milk, eggs, and maple extract until combined. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mixture and fold until combined.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle the reserved nuts and chocolate chips over the top. Bake until golden on top and no longer jiggly, about 35-40 minutes.
Makes 9 generous servings. Serve warm (after cooling for 10-15 minutes) or reheat in the microwave with a little milk.
This is not quite dessert for breakfast, because it is really just sweet enough. It’s kind of like pumpkin pie and a healthy bowl of oatmeal had a baby, with the richness of chocolate and some walnuts for a little crunch. Levi was the first to try it this morning before school, and he dubbed it “really good” on a scale of good to really good. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, since he doesn’t often get chocolate for breakfast.
And how about a link list in honor of the first day of fall?
- I know a teenager who will be trying this new twist on apple cider
- Check out the bruleed marshmallow atop this butternut squash pie
- Whoa, sauteed apple galette on white cheddar crust!
- Clever caramel pears. Maybe easier on the ol’ teeth than the apple version
- DIY pumpkin spice latte
- A forest-themed diorama in a pumpkin
- Why not salted pumpkin caramels?