As it begins to get colder, I begin to stay in bed longer. Not because I really need the extra sleep, but because I want to stay warm and cozy in my bed, snuggling my cat. The thought of stepping out from underneath my thick layer of blankets and wandering around the ice castle that is my house sends shivers down my spine.
On these chilly autumn mornings, I also crave a comforting bowl of hot oats more than usual. Now I know that oatmeal can get boring, so I decided to (pumpkin) spice these oats up a bit! 😉
I’ve been too lazy to bake a vegan pumpkin pie at the moment, so for now, these pumpkin spice oats will have to suffice. And, to be fair, they do more than just suffice. They’re sweet and spicy and cozy and everything you need right now in the fall. This oatmeal is like a quick and easy vegan pumpkin pie in a bowl, and I hope you love it as much as I do.
Quick reminder about the health benefits of pumpkin:
- Pumpkins are packed with vitamin A which protects eye health
- Pumpkin seeds lower your blood pressure and help you sleep better
- Pumpkins are high in fibre and keep your heart healthy
1/2 cup oats
1 cup almond milk
1/2 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (optional; if not using, sub with 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract)
2 tbsp. pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (store-bought or make your own here)
1-2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
dash of cinnamon
1/2 banana, sliced (optional)
- Mix oats and almond milk together in a small pot and bring to boil.
- Add protein powder, pumpkin puree, and spices; cover and simmer on on low heat.
- Stirring occasionally, cook oatmeal according to type of oats you’re using (approx. 5-10 minutes).
- Add in 2 tbsp. of maple syrup and mix well until oats are done cooking.
- Pour oatmeal into a bowl and top with pecans, pumpkin seeds, sliced bananas and cinnamon.
- Drizzle with 1 tbsp. maple syrup or more if you prefer. Enjoy!