Pumpkin Pie Oats

As September progresses, it's gradually getting colder, the trees are changing colour and different kinds of pumpkins are starting to pop up here and there in the grocery stores. My favourite winter squash is the butternut squash; sweet, creamy and incredibly versatile! I promise to share my best pumpkin soup recipe with you in the future, but for now these pumpkin pie oats will have to do. They're well worth a try!

Pumpkin Pie Oats

1/2 cup oats

1 cup almond milk

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

3 tbsp puréed pumpkin or butternut squash

3-4 small dates, mashed or chopped or 1 tbsp liquid sweetener of choice

A pinch of salt

How to:
1. Add oats, almond milk and a dash of salt to a small saucepan and bring to the boil. 
2. Let simmer on a low heat for a few minutes until it has thickened up a bit. 
3. Add the pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin purée and dates and stir until they have been well incorporated. 
4. Cook for a few more minutes or until you've reached your desired consistency. pour the porridge into a bowl and top with yummy fruit, nuts or nut butter!

Spiced Up Rawnola

I know I haven't been updating much as of late, but school has just started and is really keeping me busy as well as keeping me from blogging. I thought it'd be nice to get away from the schoolwork though (i. e. desperately looking for distractions) so yesterday I made a batch of -believe it or not- rawnola! Yup, you heard it right, this rawnola is in fact RAW, meaning it's packed with nutrients and vitamins otherwise lost when you bake your granola, meaning it's the perfect "healthier" alternative to your regular "ALL NATURAL SUPER-GOOD-FOR-YOU GRANOLA" (pff, they put so much crap in breakfast cereal nowadays I wouldn't know where to begin). If you really can't live without that extra crunchiness you get from baking the granola, I suggest you go check out this post instead. There I've shared my favourite granola recipe, one that is actually healthy for real, gluten-free AND refined sugar free. Either way you're in for a treat. Here we go.

Spiced Up Rawnola 

50g (1/2 cup) raw oats (most oats have been steamed for longer shelf life, the fully raw ones are almost impossible to find though, so any oats you have will work just fine for this recipe)

140g (about 1 cup packed) pitted medjool dates

40g (2 big) dried figs

20g (3 tbsp) whole flax seeds

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Or any spices/superfood powders you have at home!

Optional: A handful of shredded coconut/chopped nuts/cacao nibs

1. Place all ingredients except for the flax seeds (this is very important that you don't, flaxseed oil goes rancid very quickly!) and pulse until you have a chunky mixture that holds together in smaller clumps, like real granola does. Transfer to a jar or bowl, stir in the flax seeds (or incorporate them using your hands) and store in the fridge or freezer.