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welcome to September

I’m so sorry.

But I just had to do it.

I woke up chilled this morning + saw this can peaking out at me in the cupboard.

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Comfort In a Can, is what I like to call this.

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spiced, pumpkin oats.

Drowning in a pool of coconut butter + Peanut Butter Crunch Butter and a sprinkle of sucanat.  

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Basic Pumpkin Oats

  • 1/2c rolled oats
  • 3/4c unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4c water
  • 1/2 banana, sliced thinly
  • 1/3c pumpkin puree
  • 1/2t vanilla
  • 3/4t cinnamon
  • 1/8-1/4t ginger
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1t honey/sucanat/maple syrup [opt]
  1. In a pot, heat oats + milk + water over medium heat until a low boil.
  2. Stir + reduce heat to simmer, adding the sliced banana + spices.
  3. Cook for 6-10min, until thickened to your liking, stirring ever minute or so.
  4. In the last 1-2min of cooking, stir in pumpkin + vanilla. 
  5. Add toppings.

*Feel free to stir in a 1/2-1 serving of protein powder when you remove them from the heat.  Add more milk, if it thickens too much.

*No protein powder?  Whisk in 1 large egg, or 2 egg whites in the last 2-3min of cook time.  Let sit to cook + thicken then stir.

*Also feel free to sub in 1/3c steel cut oats, or 1/3c rolled + 2T Scottish oats instead.  Cook time will be longer, especially for the steel cut.

It happened.

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And I’m so glad it did.


Reader Comments (88)

Pumpkin is my favorite!! One question though - where is the pumpkin in your recipe? It's late, so I could be delirious, but I didn't see it...

Yay for fall!!

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather S

oh man, i am stoked for fall!

hahahahaa...oh goodness me

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

ahhh, there it is :)

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather S

If this is wrong, I don't want it to be right.

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I cannot wait for pumpkin oats! Just bough Pecan Pumpkin Butter from Williams Sonoma and cannot wait to crack it open!

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

It's pumpkin season already?! YAY! Now if only it weren't going to be 100 degrees tomorrow...

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

This makes my heart happy-- bring on fall! :)
PS, coconut and pumpkin is my favorite combo!

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNamaste Gurl

Yeah :) I love fall!! :)
This has fall season written all over it!!

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAri@ThE DiVa DiSh

i am avidly avoiding fall right now.... but i will be keeping this bookmarked. your corn & tomato pasta is on our menu for the day instead!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterem

It's so frustrating you can't find canned pumpkin puree in Belgium...
I'm pretty jealous about that, this looks so tasty...!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTine

I agree! I'm in Australia and I've never seen pumpkin puree here. Very disappointing. I think I'd love this recipe.

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie @ Chasing Sprouts

The only reason I look forward to fall is for the pumpkin. :)

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I don't want it to be fall yet. Waahhhh!

But your oats look amazing :)

I won't lie - I did this mid-august and it was oh so good.

Yay Fall!!! :-) This looks incredible. Fall breakfast at its best.

Yippe for September!! I had pumpkin oats this morning too! I have to try vanilla extract though, that would be killer good :)

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

ahh, i haven't busted out my last can of pumpkin from last fall yet! it's getting close to time though...!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah (sarah learns)

Pumpkin = my favorite reason for fall :) I've been dreaming about pumpkin all summer, and while I could have had it during summer, it just isn't the same!

And I made your confetti oat bake on Sunday (haven't got a chance to blog about it yet though - will let you know when I do if you'd like), and I was just even more wowed by the amazing-ness of your recipes! Seriously, the bake was absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! I never, ever wanted it to end, and although I don't think I've eever had real confetti cake, I'm pretty sure your bake takes the cake :D

<3 <3

I don't think I'm quite ready to start whipping out my fall ingredients but that does look lovely! :)

Abbbbsolutely beautiful! I busted out the pumpkin for my smoothie this morning... how I missed it!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Oh, I cannot wait to break into the tubs I have left over from last fall. I'm gonna turn orange. :)

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterally@girlVfood

Mmm pumpkin..I just checked to see if I had any in the cupboard as I have been craving it..unfortunately not... :( next grocery store trip!!

Have a great day!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

I love Fall but I am so not ready for it.

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolly @ The Runny Egg

I can't wait for this to happen to me! I'm fresh out of pumpkin from my stash last year but as soon as I have some, it's going right into my oats!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

ahahaha i did the same thing, i have 1/4 cup left in that lone can i bought. i couldn't wait!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Delicate Place

While I am completely ready to bust out the pumpkin, the reality is that it is still over 100 degrees in Texas. Pumpkin will have to wait, but we are still enjoying peaches and watermelon galore.

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle @weightsandmeasures

Hi Ashley - this oatmeal looks yummy!! I have 2 questions :)

1. You call for 3/4 cup water - is that just to add in to reach desired consistency? Or do you mix that with the oats + milk in the beginning?

2. I made your coconut butter this past weekend and while it tastes amazing it has turned into a sort of paste. I haven't refrigerated it. Does yours remain pour-able? Do you think I could scoop a little out and microwave it for a bit to get it drippy again?


September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

OH YES. Hip hip hooray for pumpkin!! It's September now and I'm definitely celebrating :D

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I'm trying to hold off buying pumpkin till fall officially starts. You are making it very difficult, I must say!! Looks so good!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I can't wait to get home from my Labor Day getaway and crack open a can of pumpkin! I don't want it to get old in the fridge over the weekend! lol :) Pumpkin oats=love in a bowl.

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ Abz 'n' Oats

Since it is officially September, pumpkin is totally acceptable!!!! I had my first pumpkin iced coffee this morning to mark the occassion!

I have 4 cans (the big ones) from last fall that I hoarded so the first morning I wake up chilled it's happening over here too ;)

There is no "season" for pumpkin. Love it and use it year-round, especially in chipotle pumpkin soup which I fix at least every other week.

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkaren

Ooooh, chipotle pumpkin soup sounds wonderful!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Niiice! Hoarding pumpkin is fun. :)

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oooh, pumpkin ICED coffee?? Never tried that!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

White pants out, pumpkin in! ;)

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Sorry about that! I just added "milk + water" to the directions....forgot the "water!" It goes in with the milk. Yes you can definitely heat the coconut butter, or if you're putting it on oats, it will melt in seconds, if you let it spin long enough in the food processor to where it was drippy. My stays pretty drippy in my pantry because it's still warm here, but it starts to harden slightly when inside temps are around the 70's. If you put it in the fridge it will completely harden, but you can scoop that out + melt it. Hope this helps!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yipes!! It's still pretty hot here during the day...upper 80's-90's but the mornings are nice + cool. I'm definitely still enjoying peaches!!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Time to stock up! Have a great day as well!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Pumpkin smoothies are amazing, bu have you ever tried it using cooked butternut squash??? Even creamier!!!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Aw, thank you so much Alex! Sooooooo glad that you liked it!!! Next time, make a few, let them cool...wrap tightly + freeze! :)

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hahahaha...pumpkin winner!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Awesome!! I need to make that again while things are still in season. I'm not trying to rush fall, but the mornings are so cool + lovely, that I couldn't help myself. :)

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Totally an amazing combo!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That sounds ridiculously amazing!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I had almost the exact same thing this morning :) Too bad it's supposed to be 100 degrees in CO today. Not so fall like.

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

oh!! I LOVE pumpkin season! It's always filled with excitement!!

It does feel like fall here today, doesn't it?! And I can't wait for pumpkin everything. Can.not.wait.

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

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