Veggie Packed Autumn Oatmeal

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If you are looking for a breakfast that screams “AUTUMN”, then this is it!  I took some of the “sweeter” autumn veggies (butternut squash, pumpkin, and carrots), and made a oatmeal breakfast that is surprisingly similar to pumpkin pie!  The only difference is that this stuff is SO good for you!  Check out the following pins explaining some of the health benefits that the veggies in this dish provide!

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On top of that, the other ingredients (oatmeal, almond butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.) are all great for you as well!  Trust me, you will love this stuff!  It makes for a perfect breakfast to start off your day!

AUTUMN OATMEAL

Ingredients (1 serving):

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup almond milk, plus a little extra for topping
  • 1-2 cups butternut squash chopped into small bite size pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, plus a little extra
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, plus a little exttra
  • 1/2 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp. almond butter
  • stevia, to taste

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 380 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a small bowl, toss the butternut squash and olive oil with a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and stevia.  Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the oven at 380 degrees for 25-30 minutes until the squash is tender.

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2.) Heat 2/3 almond milk over medium high heat.  When it begins to bubble, add the oats and carrots.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the oatmeal is at its desired consistency.  Add the pumpkin puree and the almond butter.  Stir to combine. Remove from heat, and then add the vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add stevia, to taste.

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3.) Add the roasted butternut squash and stir in.

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4.) Transfer to a bowl, and top with a bit of almond milk.

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Now get ready to have an explosion of autumn flavors in your mouth!  Enjoy! 🙂

Sweet Potato Oatmeal

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Alright, my favorite vegetable of the moment is SWEET POTATOES!  I am falling more and more in love with these guys!  Want a salty snack?  Whip up some sweet potato fries or sweet potato chips!  Want something sweet?  MAKE THIS OATMEAL!  There’s just so much you can do with this scrumptious veggie, so it is quickly becoming my favorite of the moment!  Not only is it super versatile in terms of what it lends itself to, it’s also ridiculously good for you!

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Seriously, you can’t go wrong with these yummy yams!  Alright, so let’s get to this oatmeal!  As everyone knows who has even visited my blog once, I am obsessed with cramming as many veggies into meals as humanly possible!!!  My newest way to sneak some veggies into a dish that you wouldn’t normally think about adding veggies to is this sweet potato oatmeal!  Oh my gosh, it is so good, and of course super good of you too!  It makes for an awesomely filling breakfast that is an absolute treat to start your day with!  Are you sold yet?  Trust me, you gotta try this stuff!

SWEET POTATO OATMEAL

Ingredients

  • 1 small/medium sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup plain almond milk
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • A dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • raisins and chopped pecans for topping

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Peel your sweet potato and cut into small pieces.  Place on the baking sheet and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes until tender.

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2.) When the potatoes have about 10-15 minutes left to bake, put your oatmeal and water in a sauce pan and simmer over low/medium heat for 5-10 minutes until the water is absorbed in the oats.  Remove from heat and add the chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey.

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3.) When the sweet potatoes are done baking, place them in a bowl and mash them up with a fork.

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4.) Add the sweet potatoes to the oatmeal and stir to combine all the ingredients.

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5.) Transfer to a bowl and pour the almond milk over the oatmeal mixture.  Top with pecans and raisins, if desired.

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Now get ready for an amazingly yummy and healthy breakfast that will definitely leave you satisfied!

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YUM!!!  Enjoy! 🙂

Almond Chocolate Oatmeal with Greens

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YES!!!!  Oatmeal that has veggies in it!  As anybody that follows my blog knows, I am ALWAYS looking for ways to add as many veggies into my recipes as possible.  Well, now I’ve done it with oatmeal…and don’t worry, you don’t notice they’re there!  I got the inspiration for this recipe from the following pin on Pinterest.

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I took it a step further and used zucchini AND spinach in my recipe.  I also made a lot of other changes in the ingredients, but I got the idea of using vegetables in oatmeal from this pin.

This oatmeal has TONS of great ingredients in it, so not only does it give you a few servings of veggies to start your day, but there are some great power foods in here as well to provide you with plenty of energy and healthy benefits!  Let’s face it though, I can talk about the health benefits of this dish all day, but what’s really important?  How does it taste???

Amazing.

That. Is. All.

Seriously, this stuff tastes SO good.  It’s got a sweet and salty flavor that is so satisfying!  You will love it!  So, let’s get to it!

ALMOND CHOCOLATE OATMEAL WITH GREENS

Ingredients: (makes 1 serving)

  • 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • sea salt
  • 1 small zucchini or 1/2 medium/large zucchini
  • 1 large handful of baby spinach
  • 1-2 Tbsp. raw cacao
  • 1/4 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • stevia, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter

Directions:

1.) In a saucepan, bring the almond milk, oats and a pinch of sea salt to a boil.  Reduce heat and cover.  Cook for 10-12 minutes until most of the almond milk is absorbed by the oats.

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2.) While the oatmeal is cooking, place the spinach and zucchini in a food processor.  Pulse until finely chopped.

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3.) Once the oats are cooked, add the greens to the oatmeal, and stir to combine completely.

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4.) Add the cacao to the oatmeal and greens.  Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes over medium heat.  After done cooking, add the vanilla and stevia to taste.

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5.) Transfer to a bowl, and top with the almond butter.  Allow the heat of the oatmeal to melt the almond butter a bit, then sprinkle with sea salt.

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That’s right, oatmeal with vegetables that tastes AMAZING!  YAY!

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Enjoy! 🙂