Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pumpkin, Apple, and Cranberry Oatmeal

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. :)

Pumpkin, Apple, & Cranberry Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Keywords: stove top
Ingredients (serves 2)
  • 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
  1. 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.)
  2. Add dates and dice apple into oatmeal immediately.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. Stir.
  4. 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.).
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  1. Hi Lauren,

    I wanted to mention my latest oatmeal concoction, chocolate-covered raisin. Well, not exactly chocolate-covered, but oatmeal with cocoa powder in it (1/2 Tablespoon) and a handful of raisins thrown in. Really good! I made a batch of chocolate (cocoa powder) steel-cut oats in the slow cooker so that's what I've been eating all week, chocolate + other stuff for my breakfasts. Chocolate + pear was good this morning, but raisin is where it's at... but only after chocolate + peanut butter. :)

  2. So glad I found your blog Lauren! I'm obsessed with oatmeal too and have to keep myself from eating it for lunch and dinner sometimes too. I've tried out a few of your recipes (some I've posted on my blog and you've given the inspiration to try my own. I've recently gone vegan and am feeling great. It is crazy how eggs and cheese just aren't appealing anymore. Anyways, thanks for sharing all your awesome recipes!

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