Nothing kicks off a meatless Monday quite like a warm bowl of oatmeal! Here is a great twist on the traditional favorite that is nutrient packed and delicious!
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal With Pumpkin Cream
1 cup steel cup oats
4 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 cup rolled oats (optional – I used to thicken up a bit)
Once oatmeal is cooked and fluffy, fold in:
1 cup pumpkin puree (if using canned, add this when oats are still simmering so that it melts easily)
1/2 cup apple sauce (helps to sweeten naturally – sub with mashed banana or fave sweetener)
1-3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1-3 Tbsp flax seeds
1/2 cup mixed nuts (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts..)
sweeten to taste (maple or agave syrup, organic sugar, your choice)
non-dairy milk to loosen oats (about 3/4 cup added for me)
vegan buttery spread (as desired)
Serving – Add over top:
1/2 cup Pumpkin Cream per bowl of oats (more/less)
1 Tbsp chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp flax seeds
1 tsp vegan omega oil blend
splash of soy or almond milk
1/2 tsp vegan buttery spread
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup soy or almond milk (add more based on how thick or thin you’d like it)
1 Tbsp vegan buttery spread or virgin coconut oil + pinch of salt
dash of pumpkin pie spice
sweeten to taste (1-2 Tbsp maple or agave syrup)
1. Bring your water to boiling in a large pot. Add in the steel cut oats, salt, spices and rolled oats. Bring to boiling and cover with lid. Reduce to a simmer and cook until tender – usually 35 minutes or so.
2. When oats are cooked, remove lid and stir in the fold in ingredients. Continue simmering on very low heat to make sure everything melts together nicely.
3. Blend your pumpkin cream in a blender. I advise you to sweeten and salt to taste. You want a rich buttery flavor, mildly sweet. Remember you can always drizzle more maple or agave syrup over top – or add some raw or organic brown sugar to sweeten.
4. To serve, scoop the oats in a bowl and carve a little donut hole in center. Pour a nice puddle of the pumpkin cream in the hole. The hole oats should warm the cream just enough. Add as much pumpkin cream as you like and garnish as desired as well.