Fancy trying your hand at a wholly seasonal low sugar breakfast? Pumpkin porridge is the way forward I promise you. Not only are you getting into the Halloween spirit first thing, you are packing in some serious tasty porridge goodness to kick off your day.
I know it might be a little heavy to lug from the supermarket, but pumpkin should be firmly on your shopping list right now. This orange fleshy root vegetable is astoundingly versatile and has a number of super health benefits. High in fibre and low in sugar you are filling yourself up on minimum calories and sugar. An excellent source of potassium, this is just as good as a banana for restoring the balance of electrolytes after that run, and the carotenoids fight free radicals to bust wrinkles and cancer. Convinced yet?
Roasting, mashing and the traditional pumpkin pie are probably the most likely uses you might think of, but in fact making your own pumpkin puree is practical and means you can use up in everything from bakes to sauces. A great puree method I follow is here on Simple Bites blog. Freezing in small portions is easy, so you can happily eat this through to Christmas!
This morning I whipped up a bowl of low sugar pumpkin porridge with the below recipe and I can safely say it’s really quite delicious. I am obviously gong to promote the lower sugar version but you may find you need to add some Stevia or something to sweeten. A dollop of peanut butter might do the trick! Have fun and enjoy something a bit different.
Pumpkin Porridge Recipe
- Small teaspoon of coconut oil or a little butter
- Desired amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice to taste (I used about half a teaspoon of each)
- 3 large tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup of porridge oats
- 2/3 cup of milk (I just used semi-skimmed)
- Tablespoon of flax powder
- Total Greek natural yoghurt
- Coconut flakes
- A little Stevia if you want to sweeten
- Additional spices
- Heat up the oil or butter in a pan and fry the spices to bring out all the flavour
- Add the pumpkin puree and stir in all the spice
- Add the oats and milk and let cook for 5 minutes on the hob, stirring regularly. You may want to add more milk depending on how you like the consistency as I tend to like mine quite thick
- Serve up and add desired toppings. Enjoy!
Do you think you will try pumpkin porridge? Any other topping suggestions you think might go well?