Healthy diet programs often get derailed when the dessert menu arrives at the table or when the Doritos Nacho Cheese Chips call us from the deep recesses of the pantry. Eating healthy doesn’t mean giving up desserts for the rest of your life. And trying to achieve that goal will likely result in binging on something like The Cheesecake Factory’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake, which will set you back a whopping 2,780 calories.

A healthy diet program can and should include frequent small indulgences. There are many creative ways to lighten up heavy, caloric desserts and make them part of a healthy eating plan.

Try this recipe for pumpkin pie oatmeal. It will satisfy your craving for something sweet, while giving you the benefit of whole grains and fiber to keep you feeling full longer.

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Ingredients (one serving)

• 1/3 cup rolled oats
• 1 cup milk of choice
• 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
• 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Pinch sea salt
• 1 tablespoon chopped pecans (optional)
• 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (optional)
• Pinch cinnamon (optional)


1. In a pot over medium heat, cook oats and milk until boiling.
2. Turn heat to medium-low and add pumpkin. Stir for 5 to 7 minutes.
3. Add spices and vanilla, and stir frequently for another 5 to 7 minutes.
4. Pour into a bowl and add toppings as desired.

Calories 304
Protein 12 g
Carbs 41 g
Fiber 6 g
Sugars 16 g
Fat 11 g

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