I’ve been doing this thing for a week or two now where I don’t buy bananas so I can’t make Cardamom Fudge Oatmeal (my favorite). It’s amazing how that forces me to make different recipes, like this one.
This recipe might stick out to you compared to my usual repertoire because of the brown sugar. I think this is my first one with brown sugar, ever. Typically, when I want a brown sugar flavor, I just use a drop of molasses. However, I recently bought brown sugar to make (a veganized version of) Allison’s Chocolate Chip Cookies con mi novio. Since I have it, I’ve been playing around with it in my oatmeal.
I’m trying to stop using black-or-white thinking. If I’m willing to put maple syrup in my oatmeal, it’s somewhat hypocritical to take a stance against all other forms of sugar. Balance.
I have always cut my figs into cubes or quarters. I’ve never particularly enjoyed how that looked. Does anyone else find figs rather unattractive? To try something new, I sliced mine into rounds. I think I liked that better, and it also made it better to eat. Each bite is more focused on the juicy inside, not the outer skin.
I would have loved to drizzle this with maple syrup, but alas, I was out.
- [reads] my article “Is Veganism an Act of Feminism?” on Odyssey Online
- [tunes] Algo Me Gusta de Ti by Wisin & Yandel ft. Chris Brown and T-Pain
What you'll need:
- 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
- 1/3 cup quick cook steel cut oats
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon OR pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- fresh figs, for topping
How to make it:
- Bring milk (I use 1/2 c original almond milk and 1/4 c water) to a low boil, add oats, and reduce heat to a simmer. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now. I recommend flax.)
- Wait a minute or two, and then add pumpkin puree. Stir.
- Once more of the liquid has dissolved, add brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Stir.
- If desired, add a handful of raisins or dried cranberries.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, sliced or diced figs, and any other additional toppings. I recommend pecans or walnuts.
Just an FYI:
This works well with a variety of nut butters.