Maple-turmeric oatmeal with homemade squash butter

Maple-turmeric oatmeal with homemade squash butter

Maple-turmeric oatmeal with homemade squash butter

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 to 2 servings
For many, oatmeal brings to mind childhood winter breakfasts. Indeed, there are few foods more comforting than a big, warm bowl of oatmeal to start the day! Taking the time to prepare a healthy breakfast is so important. With its 25-minute cooking time, mix of beautifully fragrant spices (turmeric, cardamom, and cinnamon), plus sweet maple syrup, this recipe is a far cry from the boring beige bowl you might expect. Smothered in homemade squash butter prepared ahead of time, this meal makes a memorable and easy breakfast. Even the squash butter is super easy - just simmer squash purée with sugar, lemon juice, spices and water, and you'll have a creamy and delicious topping for oatmeal, yogurt parfaits and desserts! It'll keep for a week in the fridge, and is a fantastic way to use up squash when it's been sitting around for a little too long.

Ingredients

Maple-turmeric Oatmeal

  • ½ cup oatmeal (or spelt or rice)
  • ¼ tsp organic ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp organic fair trade ground Ceylon true cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp maple or agave syrup
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup almond milk

Homemade Squash Butter

  • ½ cup squash purée of your choice (butternut, acorn, etc.)
  • ¼ cup PRANA organic fair trade cane sugar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ cup apple juice or water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp organic fair trade ground Ceylon true cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 pinches of nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of salt

Preparation

Maple-turmeric Oatmeal

  1. In a small saucepan, mix oatmeal with turmeric, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup and both milks. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until milks are absorbed and the mixture is still just a little bit liquid.
  2. Let set for 5 minutes, pour into a bowl and top with squash butter and your preferred toppings.

Homemade Squash Butter

  1. In a saucepan, mix squash purée with other ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce heat so that the mixture keeps bubbling for about 25 minutes. (You can use a lid to avoid a mess, but make sure the pot is not covered completely, using a wooden spoon, for example.)
  2. Once butter is thick and creamy, remove from heat, let cool, pour into a jar or container and keep in refrigerator.
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