Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

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I’m on a pumpkinizing spree, and I can’t stop, won’t stop.

Pumpkin in the mornin’, pumpkin in the evenin’, pumpkin in the afternoon (#afternoondelight).

One of the things the Irish got right is steel-cut oats, named as such as they are produced by passing the oats through steel blades that cut them into thinner slices (but you could have guessed that).

Steel-cut oats are miles ahead of instant oatsΒ when it comes to nutrition. When talking oats, the less processed, the better, which is why unrefined steel-cut oats come out victorious. One cup of these oats has 6 grams of plant-based protein, 4 grams of fibre and has a relatively low glycemic index. Vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper and iron are all beneficial nutrients found within these oats.Β The cherry pumpkin on top is that steel cut oats contain beta-glucans, which A) reduce LDL cholesterol B) stabilize blood sugar and C) boost your immune system.

The idea for this recipe came to me from my sister-in-law. I was roadtripping to London (ahem, Ontario) for Thanksgiving weekend and being a picky eater (#acknowledgingitishalfthebattle), I find it hard to find food that pleases my picky palate at our usual pitstops. My oh-so-thoughtful sister-in-law made me some pumpkin oatmeal and brought it for me in a trusty ol’ Tupperware. Talk about paying it forward πŸ™‚ . I’ve taken her recipe, tweaked it here and there, and here is the resultingΒ recipe starring heaps of protein and fibre to start your day off right.

Some like it hot (or enjoy cold)!

Pumpkin, Apple, Vanilla and Cinnamon Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup of steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup of canned organic pumpkin
  • 2 apples, diced, with skin
  • 3 tbsp. almond butter (or any other nut butter that tickles your fancy)
  • 4 1/4 cup unsweetened soy beverage
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped Brazil nuts

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients (excluding the Brazil nuts) to a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Once you have brought to a boil, reduce heat and cook for another 20-30 minutes, or until oatmeal is thickened.
  3. Top with nuts, and serve.
  4. Take with you on a roadtrip to London, Ontario. πŸ˜‰

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