A fall breakfast favorite is this Baked Pumpkin Raisin Oatmeal Squares. This breakfast is simple to prepare and filled with various nutrients. Cool mornings in the fall, call for cozy style breakfasts. Especially on the weekends.
One of the reasons I recommend this breakfast is because it is jammed packed with nutrients. Let’s breakdown the nutrients in this simple to prepare baked breakfast.
Oats, rolled or steel cut oats are rich with fiber. This fiber is a great way to start your day. Most Americans do not eat enough fiber. Fiber is a key to a healthy lifestyle. Fiber helps to reduce cholesterol, keep you fuller longer, and helps to reduce any blood sugar spike that can occur with carbohydrates.
I know that you have heard that carbohydrates are bad, and shouldn’t be a part of your diet. Well that isn’t true. A lot of my clients come to me saying, ” I don’t eat carbs because I want to lose weight.” Actually that is the exact reason they are not losing weight. Having a balanced plate is key to the body working properly. Eating carbohydrates like rolled or steel cut oats gives your body a big boost of essential nutrients.
Having rolled oats as a breakfast increases your fiber intake and helps to boost nutrients such as: manganese, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, copper, and magnesium. These trace minerals are very important for bone health and immune system. The foods you eat on a regular basis play a very important role on your health. The selenium found in rolled or steel cut oats works with your metabolism with your thyroid. This is very important for the regulation of your metabolic rate.
The addition of pumpkin puree to this recipe is a big immune boosting ingredient. Pumpkin is a rich source of zinc, vitamin C and vitamin A. All these nutrients found in this simple and delicious Baked Pumpkin Raisin Oatmeal Squares makes for a wonderfully nutritious breakfast.
I recommend this recipe for those that need a fiber boost, or are looking for a more varied balanced diet. I love to prepare this recipe on the weekend and have a quiet morning with a cup of coffee. Enjoying a nutritious breakfast like this makes for a great start to the day.
Baked Pumpkin Raisin Oatmeal Squares
- 2 cups Rolled Oats
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
- 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
- 1/2 cup Raisins
- 1 cup Milk or plant based milk of choice
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Apple sauce
- 1/3 cup Honey or Maple Syrup
- 2 TBLS Butter melted
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease an 8×8 baking pan.
- In a bowl mix together the oats, baking powder, sea salt cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl mix together the pumpkin puree, egg, apple sauce, honey, milk, and butter.
- Add the liquid mixture to the oat bowl. And mix together. Then fold in the raisins into the mixture.
- Pour the batter evenly into the baking dish. Pop the baking dish into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the center is fully cooked.
- Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!