Pumpkin Pie Oats | Vegan + Refined Sugar Free

You know, although friendships fade and people move on with their lives, there some that were destined to reappear.

They remind you of a point in your life which (whether it be in a big or a small way) shaped the person you are today.

They bring back memories that might have been buried beneath the rubble of all the other chaos.

Last night I caught up with a couple of my friends from school. In case you don’t know me very well just yet – I put those days behind me about five years ago now.

One of these buddies I’ve known since primary school, and the other I was fortunate enough to meet just before I moved in grade 11.

It was so lovely to catch up with them and laugh about silly things I’d forgotten.

We ate sushi and ice cream, and I felt like nothing else mattered but being present and happy.

I’m sitting in a computer lab at my university right now, preparing for my last ever exam.

Last ever.

I’m thinking about every other assignment I’ve done until now and feeling kind of emotional about it.

There was stress, there was struggle, there was some incredible anxiety.

It could be all the PB I slathered over my breakfast this morning, but I’ve never felt so good about life as I do right now.

I’ve never felt so accomplished and so ready to pursue the life beyond university I’ve dreamed about for so long.

I know that it’s so hard to see the light while the shit is hitting the fan, but looking at it now I would not have wanted to experience this journey any other way.

Every little step has brought me to this chair; brought this smile to my face; brought these tears of joy.

I can’t wait to see what this new chapter of my life brings.

Here’s a recipe which came from a trying time, but it brings me so much happiness whenever I remember it exists.

I prepared it for breakfast this morning and today has been perfect.

You can call it a coincidence that the ingredient which this recipe shine is pumpkin, but..

.. I wouldn’t.


Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal {vegan + refined sugar free}
Makes 1 bibbidy-bobbidy-bowl of magic

Ingredients

pumpkin, chopped + boiled/steamed/roasted + mashed (and as much as your shimmering heart desires).

sprinkle of cinnamon

1/4 – 1/3 cup rolled oats

sprinkle of chia seeds

milk of choice (I like to use Vitasoy’s unsweetened coconut milk for this one)

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

Topping ideas

nut butter.
(PB is gorj, but y’know, a dollop of choc-nut or hazelnut spread never went astray. BONUS: majestic endorphins)

buckinis, pepitas, almonds or crushed walnuts for added crunch.

raisins or dates.

drizzle of maple syrup, for extra sweetness.
(just pretend your beautiful soul wasn’t sweet enough already)

Method

1. Put your oats, chia seeds and cinnamon into a saucepan. Bring out your inner Jamie Oliver and toss ’em around to mix them all up.

2. Add your milk of choice – enough to coat but not to drown your dry mix – and bring saucepan to a medium heat.

3. As the dry mix starts to soak in a bit of that milk and warm up, add a splash more milk so it looks hydrated.

4. Stir in your vanilla, pumpkin and salt sprinkling.

4. Make sure everything is well-combined but that it doesn’t dry out.
If your mixture starts to ‘bubble’,  reduce the heat and add a little more milk if you’d like.

5. Once desired consistency is reached, remove from the heat all together and allow to sit in the saucepan for a few moments while you prepare your toppings.

6. Lather on those toppings for that extra glow, retreat to your bed and enjoy.

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