Happy Halloween! May everyone gorge themselves with candy, as the American Halloween founding fathers (aka the candy industries) intended. I, for one, like the original intention of ‘All Hallows Eve’, which is to honor and remember those whom we loved, who have since passed.
Well, at least Halloween means pumpkins! Or… does it? I went through a lot to get this large can of pumpkin:
Want to hear the story? No? I’ll tell you anyway. My original intention was to buy an actual pumpkin from the grocery store, and cook it myself. That way I could skip the waste that comes along with buying the can. However, the first grocery store I biked to had no pumpkins (come on people, get with the season!). They did, though, have a big can of the above pumpkin for a discounted price. But instead of buying that, I rode my bike to the other grocery store in town. And there were still NO PUMPKINS, and worse was that their canned pumpkin was much more expensive that the other store. So alas, I bike across town again and bought the above can of pumpkin. Awww… the things I do for food.
This morning I broke it open (ok, not literally. I was a lady and used a can opener) to make this breakfast:
This basic recipe was in this post (Thanks Kiki!), but here is what I did:
Baked Pumpkin Oats
Gluten-free (if using GF oats) and vegan
1 cup water (or other liquid. I would try apple cider!)
1/2 cup GF rolled oats
1/4 cup purred pumpkin (canned or otherwise)
Stevia (or other sweetener) to taste
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F (although I think I may have accidentally set mine to 350 degrees F! Guess it doesn’t really matter). Combine all the ingredients in a baking dish and bake for approximately 20 minutes. If desired, powder the oats slightly in a dry blender or spice grinder– it gives the finished oats a custard-y effect while still having some chew.
Eat straight out of the dish, and go crazy with toppings! I used coconut butter, raisins, chopped apple, and date sugar. Super satisfying and very delicious! EDIT: If you are multiplying this recipe for a larger crowd, reduce the water a bit (otherwise you’ll end up with a gloopy mess. I know this from experience, unfortunately).
Well, I’m off to go watch a movie with my daddy! My mom and sister are with her friends and their mom trick-or-treating, but I am staying home this year. We hardly ever get more than two or three trick-or-treaters, so it should be some uninterrupted fun! My dad is making his famous guacamole and we bought some special (secret) potato chips to go with them.
What did you do for Halloween this year?