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! 🙂

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! 🙂