Pumpkin. How can I make more pumpkin recipes? What else can be done with pumpkin? These are the questions I ask myself twice a day.What spices and herbs go well with pumpkin? What fruits pair well with pumpkin? What different forms of oatmeal have I not tried with pumpkin?!
The result of this never-ending search is today’s recipe. Seeing how well apples paired with sweet potatoes, I knew they’d be smashing with pumpkin. Of course, cranberries are my go-to dried fruit for autumn recipes, so I threw those in as well. Aaaand bam, cue the world’s coziest breakfast.
On another note, I just have to share that I’m becoming freakishly closer to vegan every day. I’ve gotten to the point that the smell of my roommate’s fried eggs makes me a little squeamish, and don’t even get me started on the sight of cheese. Just looking at cheese repulses me. I used to severely limit my dairy and egg intake, but I would occasionally have feta or goat cheese on a salad, or indulge in a dessert that obviously contained variations of cream, eggs, butter, etc. The last time I bit into a friend’s pastry, all I could taste was the butter, and I instantly wanted to spit it out and wash out my mouth. Seriously. I’m so ready to be a crazy vegan hippie. Mom, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry (except I’m not at all).
I love my morning porridge. So vegan. So healthy. So clean. So warm. So lovely.
Anyway, the recipe below makes two servings!!
I bolded and underlined that because I know it’s an abnormality on my blog and people might not realize they’re making a double serving. I did this to avoid only using half an apple because I know people hate it when I do that. 🙂
What you'll need:
- 2 cups milk of choice, or water
- 1 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 4 pitted, chopped dates
- 1 apple
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- pinch ginger
- pinch allspice
- pinch of salt
- handful dried cranberries
How to make it:
- Bring milk (I use 1 c almond milk and 1 c 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.)
- Add dates and dice apple into oatmeal immediately.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. Stir.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, stir in half of the cranberries, and then transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, the remaining cranberries, and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).