Pumpkin Oatmeal - For Batch Cooking

Pumpkin Oatmeal

When the weather starts to get cooler and days darker, we turn to our favorite fall dishes to keep us warm and energized. Pumpkin oatmeal is one of our fall favorites! Pumpkin is a wonderful source for fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Combine this fruit (yes, pumpkin is technically a fruit) with rolled oats, chai seeds, and spices and you’re in for a cozy treat.

The recipe below is geared towards batch cooking. We make this on Sunday, divide it into 3 containers, put in the freezer and then eat during the week. Just remove from the freezer to your fridge the night before you want to eat it. In the morning pop it into your microwave for 2 minutes and you have a satisfying and delicious breakfast in no time!

Pumpkin Oatmeal

Yield: Serves 3

Total Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Oatmeal

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

3 cups almond milk

I can pumpkin puree

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Pinch of sea salt

Toppings:

Chopped pecans

Dash almond milk

Dash maple syrup

Dash butter or vegan butter

Pinch of cinnamon

Directions

1.      In a medium-large sized pot, heat the oats and almond milk over medium heat until it comes to a low boil.

2.      Stir in the pumpkin and chia seeds.

3.      Heat over low-medium for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

4.      Add in the spices and vanilla and heat for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

5.      Pour into 3 bowls and add toppings.

6.      If meal prepping, pour into 3 freezer containers, add toppings, and place in the freezer for up to 1 month. When ready to eat, defrost in fridge overnight and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes. This will also keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Recipe is adapted from Oh She Glows’ Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal.

Check out the resources below to learn more about the benefits of pumpkin. For more information about our health and wellness coaching services email us at info@takecarecoach.com. Enjoy!

Resources:

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (2019). The Nutrition Source: Winter Squash. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/winter-squash/

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (2019). The Nutrition Source: Oats. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/oats/

University of California (2018). 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Pumpkins. https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/10-things-did-not-know-pumpkins  

Oh She Glows (2010). Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal With All The Fixins. https://ohsheglows.com/2010/11/08/comforting-pumpkin-pie-oatmeal-with-all-the-fixins/

Megan Aronson