"Holy Pie!" Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

This morning, as we were eating this, I meant to exclaim, “Holy crap, this really tastes like pumpkin pie!” but I accidentally said, “Holy pie!  Pumpkin pie!”.  True story.  It’s just that pie-y.
So let’s all rejoice and eat pumpkin with every meal for as long as autumn lasts.

Serves 3-4

2 cups soy milk (or water, but it’ll be less creamy)
3/4 cup pumpkin purée
2 cups rolled oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves

In a medium saucepan, heat the soy milk and pumpkin over medium-high heat.  Stir the pumpkin to dissolve. Once bubbles are just forming on the surface, add the oats, lower the heat and cook for 5 minutes, or until liquid is mostly absorbed.  Remove from heat and add the sugar, salt and spices.  Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup or a few walnut pieces if desired.

– Crystal

Overnight Oats

My new “thing” for breakfast is this overnight oat recipe.  I had tried a few different recipes which had different ratios, no yogurt, less yogurt, no chia, etc., and not loved them.  This one to me is perfect and keeps me going until lunchtime and beyond.

The recipe:

  • Equal parts old-fashioned oats, non-dairy milk, and non-dairy yogurt (I quite like Amande vanilla in this context) — I generally go for 1/3 cup each
  • ~1/2 tbsp chia seeds (optional, but it adds nutrition and a really nice texture)
  • A dash of cinnamon and a tiny dash of salt

At night before bed, get your bowl ready.  Mix it all up, pop it in the fridge, and in the morning you’ve got creamy, fluffy oatmeal that’s nice and cool, which is so nice in the summer.

It does well topped with some granola or a bit of crunchy cereal for a contrast of textures, and I always put a scoop of peanut butter (or any nut butter!  Healthy fats!) and usually a 1/2 a banana or some strawberries.  Local strawberries are amazing right now, like little juicy pieces of candy, so I’ve been loading up on those.

After a breakfast like that, you’ll be able to go forth and conquer pretty much anything.  Paired with the beet/apple/cucumber/grapefruit juice here, I am practically able to leap tall buildings and save babies from burning houses.

– Crystal