5 Minute Cozy Bowl of Pumpkin Oats

September 21, 2016

5 Minute Cozy Bowl of Pumpkin Oats by Faring Well

All of your cozy drink submissions from last week’s giveaway had me jonesing for something comforting (thank you for your wonderful entries!). And with autumn debuting tomorrow, I felt as if a bowl of something warm and pumpkin-y would be the way to start it off right. I’ve been on an oatmeal kick all summer, teetering between stovetop oats and a simple overnight variation. My technique here utilizes both methods, the overnight and the stovetop, yielding a thick and rich oatmeal that cooks up in five minutes (or less) – can I get a hooray from those of us who have a difficult time operating a gas stove with one eye open first thing in the morning? Now you can be half asleep and nail and scrumptious breakfast too.

The tart yogurt and sweet, crisp apples finish this bowl off perfectly. I keep the oatmeal lightly sweetened and let the apples balance the creamy, spiced pumpkin oats. This is a breakfast that will keep you feeling full and balanced all morning. Simpler recipe ideas have been catching my attention lately, not wishing to spend too much time preparing a meal. I’ve been sketching out recipes during brainstorming sessions, coming up with ten to twenty ideas at a time, waiting for one to jump out at me to pursue in the kitchen. Each time it ends with me drinking another green smoothie and reorganizing a nook of our house. I just haven’t been “feeling it” and am letting this passion-lull run it’s course. I know it will end and I will hop-to-it, whipping up a recipe testing storm. But for now, I drink green smoothies, eat the same mixing-bowl-sized salad every day, and simmer pots of oatmeal in the morning.

Something that helps when it comes to “lulls” in any area of my life are having thing’s to look forward to, such as trips or traditions. Like going apple picking with Scott at a place nearby I discovered, and visiting Disneyland with it’s Halloween decorations in October. Then there is the corn maze I’m determined to find, the trip to the mountains to see the leaves changing colors, and plenty of warm sunsets on the beach still as we wait out the souther CA “Indian summer”. There are a few mini-series I want to try to do here throughout the fall season, and am hard-pressed to not have every recipe be something sweet *wink wink* (read: I need to stop watching re-runs of the Great British Baking Show). I’ve also recently taken up pilates classes to compliment my running (after ditching the weight training), and Scott and I are looking into a rock climbing gym membership! We also went kayaking in the back bay this past weekend and are planning on doing that more often too. In the midst of this lull something feels fresh and alive. Like things are changing and becoming new. How do you deal with the lulls in life? What are you most looking forward to this season? I hope you are well and enjoy your week, friends. Till next time – xx.

5 Minute Cozy Bowl of Pumpkin Oats by Faring Well 5 Minute Cozy Bowl of Pumpkin Oats by Faring Well 5 Minute Cozy Bowl of Pumpkin Oats by Faring Well 5 Minute Cozy Bowl of Pumpkin Oats by Faring Well 5 Minute Cozy Bowl of Pumpkin Oats by Faring Well

Makes 1 good sized, or 2 medium, servings.

night before
3/4 cup rolled oats (I use sprouted)
1 1/4 cup boiling water

morning of
1/4 cup nut milk
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon almond butter
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

optional toppings
few spoonfuls of plant based yogurt
diced apple

Place the oats in a heat proof glass jar. Pour the boiling water over, and lightly cover with a towel. Let sit until water is absorbed and the oats are plump. Secure with a lid, and place in the refrigerator over night.

In the morning, add your jar of precooked oats to a saucepan on the stove. Add the remaining ingredients and turn the burner on high. Stir with a wooden spoon until all of the ingredients have blended together. Continue stirring as the mixture comes to a simmer. Once thickened to your liking (for me, that is usually one minute of stirring once it has begun to simmer), transfer to a bowl (or two bowls) and top with a few dollops of plant based yogurt and diced apples. Serve warm.

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  • Reply Sasha @ Eat Love Eat September 21, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Oh wow, this looks so incredibly good. Pumpkin purée isn’t something I’ve ever really used here in the UK, but I am going to have to hunt some down (do you always use the canned stuff or do you ever make your own?) to make this! It looks so cosy and comforting. Stunning photos as always Jessie! Oh and I totally get you about the lull – and I take great comfort in knowing that I’m not the only one. And like you said, it WILL end. :)

    • Reply Faring Well September 27, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you for your sweet and comforting words here Sasha, you are too kind! I appreciate it <3 and as for the puree, I do prefer to steam and puree fresh sugar pumpkin in the fall, but succumbed to my little box of pumpkin in the back of my cupboard for this one ;) either will do!

  • Reply Tori//Gringalicious September 21, 2016 at 6:25 am

    This sounds so warm and comforting right now, I totally need some!

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout September 21, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Mmm, Jessie! Such yum :) I actually made something kind of like this with my leftover pumpkin puree from muffins, but it was steel cut oats and I had to wait so much longer haha. This looks ideal for a bowl of morning cozy goodness!

    • Reply Faring Well September 27, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      Oh yum! Love steel cut oats too. Thank you for your sweet words here Maya, I hope you enjoy your cozy oats this week! xx

  • Reply Amanda | Pickles & Honey September 21, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Jessie! These photos are GORGEOUS. I want to dive face first into that pumpkin-y bowl of oats. I am feeling the lull too. September is always a bit of an angsty time for me (perhaps a nod to back-to-school days?) and I can’t help but start dreading the Boston winter. Fingers crossed though, we will be skipping this one again! Random question: where did you find that beautiful marble slab? I’ve been on the lookout but haven’t found “the one”. XO

    • Reply Faring Well September 27, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Amanda! You are too sweet friend! Big smiles over here. And I hope you get to skip out on a bit of this upcoming winter too if that’s in the plan for you two! You know you have a friend out here who would love to hang with ya ;). And as for the marble slab, I think I found it at Sur la Table a little over a year ago. But there was another gorgeous one at West Elm I spotted a short while back too! xo

  • Reply Rachel @ Baking Up Bliss September 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Perfect way to start autumn, I can’t wait to make this!

  • Reply lindsey September 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I’m right there with ya! Post-summer days continually leave me in a brainstorming rut. But I think you nailed it right on the head – getting out and about, letting those feelings take a backseat while you live in the moment are all things that naturally make those lull-like feelings less stifling. Love this cozy bowl so much, girl! I’ve been trying to nail down some quick, go-to breakfast recipes for when the babe comes, and this one sounds absolutely perfect! Hope you enjoy your adventures and find that corn maze :)

    • Reply Faring Well September 27, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you Lindsey, it helps to know others are experiencing it too! I hope this bowl (or a variation of sorts) makes for some easy breakfasts post-baby :) so so happy for you. And I’ll keep you posted on that corn maze ;).

  • Reply Lauren September 21, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Jessie, something about your recipes just makes me want to head directly to the store to buy the ingredients so I can make it as soon as I get home :) I’m leaving on vacation tomorrow so this one will have to wait until I get home but I will definitely be making it :)

    • Reply Faring Well September 27, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Lauren, you just made my day with your sweet comment – thank you! That is amazing and all I could hope for. Enjoy your vacation girl, I hope you have just THE best time <3.

  • Reply Abby @ Heart of a Baker September 21, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Oh man, this is a dreamy and creamy bunch of goodness! I’m kind of resisting fall, but this makes me want to jump in with both feet! xo

    • Reply Faring Well September 27, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      Thank you tons Abby! I feel you, I have one foot in and one foot out at all times right now ;) best of both worlds eh? Hope you are doing so well friend <3.

  • Reply June September 21, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Looks like a good one! Thx!

  • Reply Gena September 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Jessie, this is all things wonderful and autumn in a bowl. And the fact that it’s as simple as it is makes it so much better. Thanks for my new favorite fall breakfast. Hope you and Scott are feeling mighty restored after your time away!

    • Reply Faring Well September 27, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you over and over Gena, your comments always make me feel like I just got a dose of sunshine <3. We really are, and I hope you are too now that summer has come to an end. Soak up all those gorgeous NY fall colors for me! xx

  • Reply Anya September 21, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    This looks and sounds so good, Jessie! What kind of pumpkin puree do you use?
    I usually just ride my ‘writer’s block’ out, all you can do is let it run its course and come out refreshed :)

    • Reply Faring Well September 27, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      Hi Anya! Goodness, thank you tons. Both for the compliment and encouragement! As for the puree, typically in-season I purchase and steam my own pumpkin flesh before pureeing it – however my antsy self used an organic boxed puree I found in the back of my cupboard ;).

  • Reply betty September 22, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Oh my gosh I need this. Whenever I need a dose of comfort, inspiration, and happy, I head to your page or instagram, and I never fail to be cheered up! With fall TODAY and temperatures still in the 80s (weird for Boston), I’m so so ready to dive into this bowl of pumpkin oats. Can you just come visit already to make me this???

    • Reply Faring Well September 27, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Betty! Get out. You are making me turn red! I do the same but to YOU <3. And I know right, cannot wait for this heat wave to pass so I don't look crazy eating my how oats and coffee by the window unit! ;) Wish I could beam myself to hang with you immediately - one day soon **crossing fingers**.

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine September 22, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I completely understand being in a lull- I feel like I’m going through a similar phase right now too. I’m feeling more a need to step back, to think about why I do what I do and what truly motivates me…. and it all results in less busyness in the kitchen. For now, I’m following more recipes and feeling less of need to be inventive. I want more simplicity and less of everything else. Your breakfast here is so wonderful. We made oatmeal this morning too, but I forgot to add your pumpkin and spices. Next time though. :) It all looks so warm and inviting, and just the thing to begin a cozy fall morning.

    • Reply Faring Well September 27, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      Ah yes, we are on the same page it seems Emily! Slower times in the kitchen following recipes, and being less inventive as you say. Aren’t cookbooks wonderful for this time of year when you need to be lead instead of lead? Hope you are enjoying this time friend, and enjoying your spiced oats this week too ;).

  • Reply Gabriella @ Putumayo Kitchen September 24, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Ahhh, this sounds amazing. Pumpkin oats are definitely the breakfast of dreams this time of year, especially as it’s suddenly gotten so much colder where I live! Looking forward to making this next week! Thank you <3

    • Reply Faring Well September 27, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Totally the breakfast of dreams! Love that saying ;)

  • Reply Melo September 26, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I’m officially in love with this: SO good and SO fast to prepare! I have to admit I saw the recipe three days ago, and have been eating it every morning since then… Thank you!!

    • Reply Faring Well September 27, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Melo! This made me smile, I am so glad this has found a place in your morning lineup! Isn’t how fast it is half of what makes it so amazing? So happy you are enjoying it! xx

  • Reply Rissa September 14, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Jessie! I’m pretty new to your blog but I wanted to say hi and let you know I love all your posts and your personality. Lots of things you say just really resonate with me and I’d like to think we’d be friends if we met 😊 Haha sooo anyway thanks for what you do and I’ll 100 percent have to give these pumpkin oats a try. I hazarded an attempt of my own pumpkin oats this morning and I doubt they were half as good as yours! Have a nice day 😋

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Aw Rissa you are so sweet! I’m sure we would be friends :) and am so sorry the first pumpkin oats try wasn’t up to snuff, hoping this version reinstates your faith in the dish ;) and if not – there is always pumpkin bread! Hehe.

  • Reply Gabby September 20, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Totally making these! Whenever I make oats I usually heat up almond milk and then add the oats but they get so dry so quickly. Do you have any recommendations? I have never tried cooking them in hot water first the night before and then reheating with almond milk . I should try that to see if I get creamier oats.

    • Reply Faring Well September 21, 2017 at 9:05 am

      I usually do hot water to cook them in, and only add nut milk at the end to “cream them out”. I hope this version yields the result you’re looking for Gabby! xo

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