That time of year is finally here! It is pumpkin season and this is my first pumpkin recipe of the year and I think you will agree it’s a good one. All the delicious comforting flavours of a sweet pumpkin pie, but in some breakfast oats. Pumpkin Pie Porridge is also a great way to sneak some extra fruit (yes, pumpkin is a fruit) into your diet.
I have been waiting weeks, months even, to share my first pumpkin recipe with you, but I wanted to wait until October before I got carried away. I really did get carried away too! This weekend we were knee deep (not literally) in pumpkin in our kitchen creating some delicious new recipes – so look out for a healthy pumpkin overload on the blog this month! October is unofficially pumpkin month on HHH.
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We celebrated the beginning of the best month of the year (in our opinion) the best way possible and that was with a long walk looking for cripsy leaves. The weather was perfect this weekend – a cool, fresh morning with bright blue skies. So, the hats, scarfs and coats came out and we went to the local tree lined park to watch the leaves falling and picking up the best ones. Don’t they add a nice extra touch of autumn to the photos?
Here in the UK, we are only recently getting on board with the whole pumpkin craze, but you guys the other side of the pond have been pumpkin mad forever, right? Because we are just pumpkin lovers, rather than pumpkin obsessed, it’s hard to find cans of pumpkin puree here. Yes, yes, I know you can just puree pumpkin and of course we do that too, but it’s nice to have some cans on hand to make something quick, like this breakfast. So, you can imagine my delight when we were shopping in Tesco the other day and we found some. No crazy additives, just pure pumpkin puree in a can. YES! Hence why we had a pumpkin obsessed weekend. How many times do you think I can say the word pumpkin in this post?
The benefits of pumpkin are huge! They keep your eyesight sharp, they can protect your skin and boost your mood- so it’s a superfood in itself I think. But, that isn’t the only superfood going on in this breakfast, as we have teamed up with Love Arctic to to showcase their “clean arctic superfoods”, which you can see sprinkled over this porridge. Their products come from one of the cleanest places on earth, the arctic nature and their product range includes berry products, crushed flaxseed mixes and herbal nettle tea. They all are prepared by the best local producers and perfect for example as an addition to a healthy breakfast. We went with the Sunrise mixture, which is Ground Milled Flaxseed and Lingonberry, and we sprinkled it over this porridge for a superfood boost.
“Sprinkling our roasted ground milled flaxseed mixed with handpicked lingonberries on your morning cereals is like experiencing the arctic #sunrise every morning! Thanks to the midnight sun and the extra amount of light that plants get during summer, our flaxseed contains 10-15% more omega-3 than other flaxseed. You will taste a mixture of a fantastic nutty flavour of the flaxseed – our producer Linseed Oy gets it with a secret special roast – mixed with the crisp of Northern Finland’s lingonberries. You can look forward to your personal sunrise every morning!” Omega-3 contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels. Head over to the Love Arctic website and stock up on some arctic superfoods. We have some more delicious recipes coming that use their products.
You might have guessed that we are in full on porridge for breakfast mode at the moment. To be honest, I have probably only had eggs about 3 times in the last 4 weeks. For me that is shocking! But when porridge looks and tastes like this, can you blame us? Pecans were of course a must on this and we added some dried cranberries for a pop of colour and also because we are just as excited for cranberry season as we are pumpkin season.
Pumpkin Pie Porridge Ingredients – Serves 2:
– 60g oats/ 0.6 Cup (I use rolled oats)
– 350ml/ 1.5 Cup skimmed milk
– 3 tbsp pumpkin puree
– A sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger (to taste)
– 2 tbsp Love Arctic Sunrise blend
– 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
– Pecans and dried cranberries for serving (optional)
1) Firstly, put the oats and milk in a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for around 4 minutes, until starting to thicken.
2) Next, add the pumpkin puree and spices and mix well. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.
3) Finally, divide between bowls and drizzle over maple syrup and top with Love Arctic flaxseed blend, pecans and dried cranberries
Nutritional Information – Per Person:
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 10
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**This Pumpkin Pie Porridge recipe was commissioned by Love Arctic, however, all opinions are my own**