We´re now almost halfway through October and I have to admit that the weather isn´t very fall-like here in Switzerland. 20C degrees and lots of sun means I´ve barely had to wear a jacket yet! It also means that the weather isn´t exactly screaming warming comfort food but nevertheless oatmeal remains my favorite breakfast. And when it includes both pumpkin and apple even more so! I just love that combination (as you´ll be able to tell from the next blog posts I have lined up as well).
Oatmeal just has it all – it´s healthy, it´s delicious, it´s filling and it´s quick to prepare. I also love how there are endless possible variations. When I´m in the kitchen I (almost) always keep in mind what´s good for my body. Which means trying to make my meals as nutrient dense as possible. This particular variation of oatmeal definitely fits that bill. For example, did you know that half a cup of pumpkin (as used in this recipe) contains over 300% of your daily vitamin A requirements? And almost 25% of your vitamin K requirements? Not to mention the ton of vitamin C you´ll get from the apple in there and the gingerol from the ginger which is packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. I could go on for quite a while about the health benefits of this hearty and soul warming breakfast but to keep this blog post relatively short, let´s just leave it at it´s really really good for you! 😉
Pumpkin Apple Oatmeal with ginger and turmeric
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh finely grated ginger
- Toppings as desired (I used almonds, hemp seeds, goji berries and a drizzle of honey)
- Combine oats, almond milk, water and salt in a medium size pot and cook over medium heat until the oatmeal has a consistency only a bit thinner than you like – about 10 minutes.
- Add the pumpkin puree and continue cooking a couple of minutes more until the oatmeal has your desired consistency and is heated all the way through
- Take off stove and stir in cinnamon, turmeric and ginger
- Serve immediately with your choice of toppings
- Feel free to add more/less turmeric and ginger to suit your taste
- You can also use fresh turmeric instead of ground (use 1/2 teaspoon fresh) and/or ground ginger instead of fresh (use 1/4 teaspoon ground). Normally I prefer to use fresh ingredients but I didn’t have any fresh turmeric on hand today.
I hope you guys enjoy this breakfast as much as I did. Thanks for being patient with me as I´m learning how to blog. I promise I´ll develop as I keep practicing 😉 Any tips and advice is well received!