Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

So… Oatmeal is not low carb (which has been my goal lately), but it’s tasty and the baby (who’s now 10 months old with 5 teeth!) has decided he prefers his food warm, so it’s an easy breakfast when I don’t feel like making eggs. (Plus daddy always makes eggs for breakfast, so it’s a bit of a change.)

I wanted to see if I could make it less carb-heavy, so I opened the cabinet and found: walnuts! Turns out these babies (which are really good for your brain, btw) have 0 net carbs (total carbs – fiber). Sweet!
Pumpkin spice oatmeal:

  • 1/2 cup oats (27g net carbs)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped super-fine but not into powder (0 net carbs)
  • 1 cup water
  • Butter (if desired)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin (6g net carbs)
  • Pumpkin pie spice / sea salt (to taste)


  1. Put oats, walnuts, water, and butter into a small pot, stir. 
  2. Turn flame on high to start the water boiling, then (when boiling) reduce heat to low. Stir occasionally. 
  3. When texture looks good to you (depending on how mushy you like your oats), add pumpkin, and stir to combine (and heat the pumpkin).
  4. Add pumpkin pie spice and sea salt to taste. 
  5. Sweeten with banana nut jam (if you’re looking enough to have a friend who makes it and brings it to you when she comes to visit), or bananas, brown sugar, maple syrup, etc. to taste. 

Makes about 2 cups.

WITHOUT sweetener, 33g net carbs (8.25g net carbs per 1/2 cup)

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