Pumpkin is often times associated with fall and the changing leaves along with that certain Starbucks PSL that apparently now contains pumpkin, although is still garbage IMO. But I want to break that notion that we only eat pumpkin in the fall, lets be rebels and enjoy it throughout the winter, if you really want to freak people out, maybe you even eat it in the spring (too far??). This pumpkin oatmeal with chocolate is unbelievably tasty and with the warming spices added, you are in absolute food heaven. Oh and you will also feel incredibly nourished from the inside out.
Pumpkin oatmeal is pure bliss:
In the spring and summer, I love noshing on overnight oats and/or chia seed puddings and I will even eat them throughout the winter too. But cozying up to a warm bowl of pumpkin oatmeal in the colder months is pure bliss because it is total soul food to me. Who’s with me?!
Seriously, how great are oats?!
Well oats are more than just comfort food to me, they are also a great source of fibre which helps you feel fuller longer and can also help to protect against cardiovascular disease due to their cholesterol lowering ability. By choosing to start your day with a bowl of warm oats (or soaked oats as in overnight oats), you are making a truly heart healthy decision. There are however, different types of oats you can consume and some are more nutritious than others. Steel cut oats and rolled oats are very similar, nutritionally speaking, however, steel cut oats are less processed and rate lower on the glycemic index than rolled oats. Personally, I tend to buy rolled oats more often and use them more often because they cook faster, hey, sometimes efficiency is more important. But, I just thought I would share that with you and you can feel free to use whatever is easier for you.
What type of oats should I buy?
I would recommend buying organic (as I do this with all grain/wheat products when I do eat them). The reason for this is because of the way in which modern wheat is farmed. I would rather spend a few extra dollars and know that the wheat I am buying was grown in a more ethical fashion, without pesticides, chemicals and fertilizers. In fact, this goes for why I buy organic when it comes to mostly anything. When buying organic wheat, you can rest easy knowing that organic farming methods (like crop rotation, green manure fertilizers, etc.) were used. This is better for the environment and the people who are producing and consuming the products.
So are you ready to dive face first into this luscious bowl of goodness, if so here is the recipe for some delicious pumpkin oatmeal!
Note: For the chocolate chips, I love using this brand as they are dairy free, soy free, nut free and gluten free.
- ½ cup oats
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baobab powder (optional)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Pinch of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves
- Small handful of mini chocolate chips
- Nuts/seeds of your choice (I used pecans and pumpkin seeds)
- Bring all of the above ingredients together in a small saucepan on the stove and whisk it together.
- Simmer on medium-low heat for about 10-12 minutes or so.
- Pour into your bowl and top with mini chocolate chips and nuts/seeds.