I am here to tell you I am unapologetically posting a pumpkin recipe on the first official day of autumn. Does this make me a sterotype? Probably, but I don’t care!! Ha!!
Man, it feels good to say that. I have been called “quirky” for most of my life. I’m not sure its always in a cute way. Sometimes it makes for awkwardness.. meaning I am super weird and people don’t always know what to do with me. When I was younger, say high school age, this made me very self conscious and I was never really comfortable with who I was.
But now I am almost 30. Which, let’s be honest here, was kinda hard to wrap my head around for a little while. Because I think I likely still have the maturity of a 16 year old, and I know I definitely still have the interests of a 16 year old. So naturally there is a disconnect with my mental view of my age and my actual on paper age.
I hear a lot of people saying that the older you get the better you feel. You are more comfortable in your own skin. I kinda thought they were lying. But for realsies, they were not. I love where I am at in my life, I take care of myself now in ways I just didn’t in my early 20s and before. And I am totally cool with letting my freak flag fly. It is glorious.
I am also exceptional at tangents. Because I meant to write all about how much I love pumpkin things, and all things fall… but I somehow was sidetracked into a discussion of getting older. Oops!! So how about I stop here and tell you that this oatmeal is heaven if you love pumpkin pie, and here is another reason why you should love pumpkin-flavored-everything..
Health highlight of pumpkin: Pumpkin, humble though it may seem, is actually a superfood. It is high in carotenoids (which are antioxidants), full of fiber, and low in calories. Pumpkin is a good source of potassium, and a very good source of iron, and vitamin c. Despite the natural sugars in pumpkin, it is a strongly anti-inflammatory food. Pumpkin can help protect your vision, regulate your blood sugar, and may even help prevent cancer. The best part is that you can get all these benefits by popping open a can!! Pretty sweet!!
- ¾ cup Pumpkin
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon Ginger (ground and dried)
- 2 cups Almond Milk
- ½ cup Steel Cut Oats
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Maple Syrup (to taste)
- In the bottom of a medium pot add the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger
- Cook on medium heat, stirring, until it gets bubbly and you can smell the spices
- Whisk in the almond milk, then the oats
- Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low, place a lid on the pot and set a timer for 25 minutes
- You may want to check in once or twice to give it a stir while it cooks, so it doesn’t stick and burn on the bottom
- After the 25 mins is up give it a good stir and check to see if the oats are to your liking (I like mine with some chew in them, if you like them softer keep cooking until you like the texture)
- Stir in the vanilla and maple syrup to your tastes
- Dish up and enjoy!! (Or store in an air tight container in the fridge until you are ready for it, it is fantastic leftover!)