I LOVE oatmeal. Especially when it’s cold outside. There’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of oatmeal. Or buckwheat. Steal-cut oats. Millet. I like it all. But rolled oats are my favorite. There are so many ways you can make them from a simple bowl of oats with a little cinnamon and banana to a major bowl of decadence like this one here. YUM!
Pumpkin is another warming, comfort food. It’s seasonal for most people, but I love it year round. I always keep cans of organic pumpkin puree in my cupboard. I LOVE pumpkin porridge year round too. Even when it’s super hot outside. But it’s even better when it’s cold out. It adds a rich, creaminess without a lot of calories and yet some health promoting nutrients like beta-carotene and fiber.
This recipe is incredibly modifiable. You can add banana or not. You could swap out the dark cocoa powder for raw cacao powder or leave it out completely. And, of course you can top it with whatever you want. Experiment. Have fun. And enjoy!
CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN PORRIDGE
Serves: 1 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes
- 1 cup filtered water
- ½ cup (about 40g) gluten-free rolled oats
- 2 to 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
- Dash of vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder
- ½ (about 50g) ripe banana
- 4 or 5 drops organic liquid stevia
- Non-dairy milk as needed to reach desired consistency
- Desired toppings
- Add the water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in the rolled oats, pumpkin, and cinnamon and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every so often to ensure no oats stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the flaxseed, cocoa powder, vanilla, and espresso powder. Mash in the banana or stir in chopped banana if you prefer banana chunks.
- Taste the oats to see if you need to add the stevia. If desired, add the liquid stevia, a few drops at a time, being careful not to add too much – a little bit goes a long way and can ruin your oats! Add non-dairy milk until you get the desired consistency and stir well to combine.
- Top with desired toppings and enjoy!