Maple Chestnut Oatmeal

Truthfully, this recipe began as Chestnut Praline Oatmeal. I was going to use my beloved vegan caramel-flavored agave syrup. But then I looked up what praline actually was, and I backed down from that quest.

Maple Chesnut Oatmeal #vegan #OatmealArist

Since I like the flavor of maple syrup better, I decided to go in a different direction (but still inspired by chestnut praline). In other words, if you swap caramel sauce for the maple syrup, you will essentially have a cheater version of chestnut praline. But I recommend the maple version. 🙂

Maple Chesnut Oatmeal #OatmealArist

I promised a couple weeks ago that I was bringing you more chestnut recipes. This time, I made chestnut puree and stirred it into the oatmeal (as opposed to just using diced chestnut, like I used to). You can buy jars of chestnut puree, but for some reason, it costs a thousand dollars. It was cheaper for me to buy a bag of chestnuts from Trader Joe’s and blend it with some soy milk and vanilla extract. I saved at least $6. (Find the link for instructions to make chestnut puree in the recipe below.)

Maple Chesnut Oatmeal - Chestnut Puree

I certainly like this better than using diced chestnuts. It makes a creamier, thicker porridge. Plus, chunks of chestnut are a little strange. They have such an, errr, unique texture. Pureeing them really solves that problem.

Maple Chesnut Oatmeal by the #OatmealArist #vegan

And of course, this recipe also includes grated zucchini. This is optional, but I recommend it as it adds volume and creaminess to your oatmeal. You can easily replace it with other pureed/mashed fruits or vegetables, but they will all add a flavor.

Psst. . . this recipe is also good salted. 😉

Maple Chesnut Oatmeal #OatmealArist #vegan

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Maple Chestnut Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup (or more) grated zucchini or yellow squash (optional, but recommended)
  • 2 rounded tbsp chestnut puree (I made my own; it's way cheaper!)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or hazelnut)
  • pinch of allspice (optional)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
  • pinch of salt
  • pecans for topping (recommended)

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I used 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you’d like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Add grated zucchini/squash (I grate mine while the liquid is heating up). Stir occasionally.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add chestnut puree, vanilla extract, allspice, maple syrup or other sweetener, and salt. Stir until puree is evenly distributed.
  4. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with another splash of milk, a sprinkle of chopped pecans, and another drizzle of maple syrup or other sweetener.

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master’s degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

12 Responses to Maple Chestnut Oatmeal

  1. Lyndsey B says:

    Yum, I can’t wait to try this! I’m actually a huuuge fan of chestnut pieces in oatmeal (I like the texture (: ) but I will have to try this as well!

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  3. Jade says:

    Okay so this isn’t about the oatmeal, but I made the tacos in the recommendation and they were BOMB. My family loved them so much and didn’t even realize my secret – they were vegan. MWAHAHA

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  5. Kelsey says:

    Something about the chestnut taste in this reminds me (in the best way possible) of the old maple and brown sugar oatmeal packets I used to eat, but way better obviously! I also added persimmons which went really well with the maple flavor.

  6. Katherine Warlund says:

    Ooo, this recipe is good. It’s the first time I’ve added veg to my porridge. I have to admit to adding more like a half cup of my simple, homemade, unsweetened chestnut purée! 😉 I couldn’t resist! Thanks for your great blog. Your recipes are my work lunches!

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