Um… yeah… you actually did read that right. I said dark chocolate peanut butter pumpkin pie oatmeal.
Truth be told, I’m not a huge pumpkin lover which is odd because I love, love, LOVE all other types of squash it’s just that pumpkin ain’t one of ’em. And even odder, I actually really dislike pumpkin pie. Blech. Give me some apple pie at Thanksgiving over grody ol’ pumpkin pie any day. That being said, I kinda dig pumpkin in my oats and adding some dark chocolate peanut butter has made this something of a delectable breakfast. You can make this for your kids and they’d have absolutely no clue that you just made them eat squash! MUAW-HA-HA-HA-HA
Wanna learn how to make it? I thought you would…
- 1/4 cup steel cut oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup pure pumpkin (if buying canned, do not, I repeat: do NOT but pumpking pie filling or I’ll beat you over the head with its sugar content)
- 1 dash of ground nutmeg
- 1 dash of ground ginger
- 2 dashes of cinnamon
- 1tbsp Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter*
- 1tbsp each of ground flaxseed and chia seed (optional)
Because we’re using steel cut oats (feel free to use regular and make it the morning of), we don’t want to spend 40 minutes at the stove, am I right? So to make it easier on yourself, assemble this just before bed (this is a secret trick to cooking steel cut oats in only 10 minutes or so). Put the oats, milk and water into a pot on the stove and cover it. Leave it overnight.
Next morning, turn the burner on to medium until it bubbles, add the pumpkin and spices and cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring fairly often. If adding the flax and chia seeds (for added nutritional oomph including lots of Omega 3’s), add that about 8 minutes into cooking. Turn heat off and pour into a bowl over the one tablespoon of peanut butter and let it sit for a minute or two (this helps the p.b. to melt).
* If you can’t get your hands on
crack Dark Chocolate Dreams, you may try adding 1/2 tbsp of cocoa powder to the mixture and pour it over 1 tbsp of regular peanut butter.
**If, like me, you want to pump up the protein, add 1/4 of liquid egg whites when you add the pumpkin! It adds a ton of healthy proteins AND fluffs up your oats!
Calories: 281 Fat: 11g Sodium: 109g Carbs: 39g Fibre: 6g Sugar: 6g Protein: 9g