As we near Thanksgiving, one of the most widely loved flavors of the season, pumpkin, finds its way into just about every kind of food and beverage you can imagine from beer to bagels. A pumpkin pie inspired oatmeal bake is a good, healthy way to enjoy the seasonal flavor in a unique way.
Pumpkin is a terrific food for preserving skin and overall health. Pumpkin helps aging skin because it contains large amounts of beta-carotene, a pro-vitamin that converts to Vitamin A. Additionally, pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s), which increase cell turnover. Pumpkin also contains Vitamin C to help protect the skin and boost collagen production.
“Pumpkin Pie” Baked Oatmeal
- 2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 egg whites
- 1/3 cup ripe banana, mashed (from one medium-sized banana)
- 1/3 cup milk (unsweetened, vanilla almond milk works well)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a bowl, combine oats, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, egg whites, mashed banana, milk and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir together until everything is incorporated. Divide batter between 2, 16-ounce ramekins. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until center is set and not jiggly. Eat immediately or make ahead of time and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Incorporate this recipe, or your own variation of it, into your selection of seasonal treats.
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Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world-renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement.