Caramel Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

I imagine by this point you have already made your first foray into pumpkin-something or squash-one-thing-or-another. And if you haven’t Thanksgiving is around the corner and you probably will. So this is a recipe to kill that extra half can of pumpkin puree that did not make it into the pie or perhaps you bought some butternut squash, spent 27 minutes chopping and de-seeding that huge monster and then realized oh god there is SO MUCH of it I will have to eat butternut squash for the rest of my lifeeeee.

The latter may or may not have happened to me. And after eating roasted miso-honey squash, making squash crème brûlée (I’m gonna say that was only moderately successful) and some persimmon and fig squash cake I thought to myself WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO THIS THING IT NEVER ENDS I THINK ITS MULTIPLYING INSIDE MY FRIDGE.

 

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

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Caramel Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

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Additionally I went on a little natural foods shopping spree with the gift card I won to Jimbo’s…Naturally from a giveaway on Kitchen Konfidence. So I had many interesting new things I wanted to use like a flax, rice + hemp milk and these really small really adorable apples.

 

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

Really small apples.

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

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I’m sure there is a proper name for them but I have no idea what it is. I don’t think they are crab apples because those aren’t edible right? They were just the most darling little things and I had to buy them and use them in something.

 

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

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Caramel Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

 

RECIPE:

CARAMEL APPLE PUMPKIN OATMEAL
Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS:

PUMPKIN OATMEAL:

  • 1/2 cup of kamut, cooked. Other unseasoned cooked grains like amaranth, quinoa, or more oatmeal would do too!
  • 1 cup of rice/flax/hemp/regular milk
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin or squash puree
  • 1/4 cup of oatmeal or oat bran
  • 1-3 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 regular apple or 5 adorable mini apples

CARAMEL

  • 1/4 cup of coconut or brown sugar
  • 1 tsbp coconut milk or regular milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cook the kamut or grains according to instructions. This can be done the day before (or even a couple days before).
  2. Chop apple into small cubes.
  3. Heat pan over medium-low, add coconut sugar and coconut milk for the caramel.
  4. When it begins to bubble and gets sticky, toss in cubes of apple.
  5. Make sure apple pieces are coated in caramel. Cook more if you want the apple pieces very soft, I like them to still have some crunch. Set aside.
  6. Add 1/2 cup of cooked kamut to the milk, coconut oil, oatmeal (or oat bran) and pumpkin/squash in a pan.
  7. Add maple syrup or honey, cook over low heat until thickened. Taste and add more sweetener if necessary.
  8. Top oatmeal with caramel apples and eat!

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

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This is also a great recipe to use leftover grains for! I usually make a batch of quinoa or kamut and then add it to salads/overnight oatmeal type dishes during the week. You can also just use more oatmeal! If your grain is already cooked this is super fast to whip up as well.

 

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

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Caramel Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

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Caramel Apple Pumpkin Oatmeal

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So hopefully that takes care of some leftover issues. Everyone knows you can stuff nearly everything else in between two slices of bread and make a Thanksgiving sandwich but after all that cooking you might not want to bake another thing with pumpkin. It doesn’t get much easier than just mixing it into some oatmeal. I would give you recipes to make for Thanksgiving but to be honest all I’m making is my Caramelized White Chocolate and Pumpkin Cheesecake I always make and these amazing Stuffing Rolls (!!!!).

 

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Have a good Thanksgiving!!!

 

Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

It’s been a while since I posted a smoothie recipe so here is a short and sweet one that is guaranteed to wake you up in the morning and keep you going. This is an especially great one for people who do not love coffee or who will only drink coffee with tons and cream and sugar (guilty).

 

Rise and Shine Smoothie

Rise and Shine Smoothie

 

At my office, everyone seems to be a hardcore coffee lover, a small parade was held when they bought us a real espresso maker and most people take their coffee black with no sweetener either. Meanwhile I drink it either the crappy vanilla creamer stuff (at least two) or tons of almond milk plus maple syrup. Because honey doesn’t melt in it. And maple syrup is delicious.
 
In this smoothie however, the coffee is minimal! And its aided by the instant energy comes from the honey/agave and the more long term pep comes from the banana, maca powder and coconut oil. Maca powder is made from a root that is native to the Andes in Peru and it supposed to have both energy-boosting and hormone regulating properties. People also claim it can make you uhhh…a little more rowdy but there is no scientific evidence to support this claim (unless you are a rat in which case go get ‘em). Although two people I know who started taking maca swear this was a side effect. Personally I did not really see this as a side effect but I do think its energy boosting claims might be more substantiated both scientifically (it contains energy-boosting branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), taurine and zinc 1) and empirically (my morning doing actual work to mindlessly internet-browsing ratio greatly decreases when I add it to my breakfast smoothie).

 

Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

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Three important things to note: Start off with a very small amount of the stuff (1/4 tsp) as it can cause some gastrointestinal discomfort in people who are not used to it. I have a particularly not sensitive stomach so this was never really an issue for me. If you are buying it remember maca powder is really maca flour, and is a very inexpensive Peruvian diet staple. So don’t pay a ridiculous amount of money for a tiny little bag of the stuff. And as I am sure you know the supplement industry can be super shady so buy from well-reviewed suppliers! The link in the ingredients list is a) an affiliate link and b) the maca I buy and I quite like it.

 

Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

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RECIPE:
 
RISE AND SHINE MACA SMOOTHIE
Serves 1
 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1/4 – 2 tsp of maca powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave or honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil, melted
  • 2-3 tablespoons of cold-brew coffee or 1 tsp of instant coffee powder (ya whatever I use that stuff)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Blend everything until smooth.
  2. Taste. Add more sweetener or coffee if you want.
  3. Drink!

 

Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

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Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

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Fun fact I bought this huge bag of grapefruits thinking how cute it would be to have my little banana smoothies and a bruleed grapefruit with coconut sugar for breakfast. And then I tasted the grapefruit and was like no, nope, still hate them. I remember once in college we had people drinking at our house and we ran out of chaser so the only two options were soy milk or my roommate’s beloved grapefruit juice. After one round of using the grapefruit juice everyone decided maybe the soy milk was better. One individual immediately chased his grapefruit chaser with another shot of vodka because he said the grapefruit was just that bad.

 

Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

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Now knowing what to do with this bag of bitterness I then proceeded to comb through the internet trying to find out what to do with the bag of huge beautifully coral-colored awful-tasting fruits. The answer was Palomas or Greyhounds. Basically anything with alcohol. I think the strong bite of the alcohol competes with the bitterness of grapefruit and somehow instead of making each other even worse they kind of cancel each other out and its actually quite lovely.

 

In short, banana coffee maca smoothies YES, grapefruits by themselves maybe NOT, grapefruits in cocktails okay YES again.

 

Rise and Shine Maca Smoothie

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