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Pumpkin Porridge


Yes, it is that time of year again. I can’t believe it is already the third year that my father and I have put on ridiculous costumes, looked at each other and laughed hysterically, and then attempted to cook something together.

Given my great pumpkin harvest at the orchard a few weeks back, I had pumpkins galore to work with. This pumpkin pie porridge was something I had been thinking about making for a while. There is something so warming about the sweet scents of a pumpkin pie baking in the oven. The warmth of those fiery, tummy warming spices combined with a little sweetness just soothes you right down to soul and goodness knows we all needed a little of that around these parts.

Oats are a breakfast of champions. They have a phytonutrient in them that actually serves to feed the nervous system. Oat straw, same plant, different part, is often found in nervous system calming herbal remedies. We are loving our oats.

So combine that with the goodness of these spices and you have a winning combo.

There are so many recipes that call for Pumpkin Pie Spice that I thought it would rather helpful just to offer you the ratios so you mix up your own blend and have it on hand. You can add it to your favourite ice cream, tea, soup, warm smoothie, muffins, cakes, breads and of course your porridge and pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
2 parts cinnamon
1 part dried ginger
1 part nutmeg
1 part clove
1 part allspice (optional)

  • Grind all your spices down fine and store in a sealed glass jar in a cool, dark place.

And if you want to give this pumpkin porridge a try, the simplest version of the recipe follows. Know that you can add any toppings or sweetener of your choice or if you want, make it a Super Powered Oatmeal

Pumpkin Pie Porridge
(make 2 servings)
1 cup, whole rolled oats
2 cups water
1/2 cup grated pumpkin or pumpkin puree
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice mix
2-3 Tbs dried fruit of choice

  • Add all ingredients to a pot
  • Bring to a boil
  • Reduce to simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes until oats are soft.
  • Remove from heat, stir well and add your fave toppings such as coconut oil, maple syrup and pumpkin seeds.

Question Of The Day: What is your favourite pumpkin dish?


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22 responses to “Pumpkin Porridge”

  1. Jessica says:

    Hey Meghan,

    Thanks for this recipe! My husband and I love pumpkin-anything, and we just harvested 20 pie pumpkins (we call them squirrel pumpkins, because unlike the rest of our garden, a squirrel planted the seed that became our pumpkin patch! It grew in an area that has never had pumpkins before!). I have a question for you – you mention “grated pumpkin.” Would that be raw pumpkin that I grate like cheese?

    Thanks so much!

  2. jamie says:

    I am loving my new recipe for pumpkin pie muffins! They are made with coconut flour. They are the best!! Love the idea to make your own pumpkin pie spice. Thanks for sharing!

  3. jamie says:

    You and your dad are so cute. It is so nice that you do that together. You two seem really close. That is so beautiful!
    Hope he is doing well and becoming closer and closer to being cancer free!!!

  4. Vanessa says:

    Amazing! Love the video… you and Ron are hilarious. My favourite is when you’re trying to wave goodbye and he goes in for yet another ‘Reeeeer’. Looking forward to making this for brekkie instead of the usual toast or cereal!

  5. Clairerose C says:

    I LOVE pumpkin breads or muffins:-)cc

  6. Lauren says:

    This is adorable! I love the video.

  7. Odelia says:

    Perfect! I soaked oats for the first time last night to make them super duper digestible…going to try this dishy out in a minute. But thanks for posting the video of you and your Dad. Hope he’s finding strength and hope and reasons to laugh every day. You’re a cute daughter. Makes us all want to hug our loved ones a little tighter. Or at least call more :o)

  8. Jennifer R. says:

    that made my day — put a smile on my face :)
    love the out takes — and no mushy food? hopefully he’s liking your green smoothies :)

  9. Nicole says:

    I cant believe he tried the oatmeal after looking so super grossed out by the pureed pumpkin and amount of water you were adding to the oatmeal! You are both too cute :)

  10. devan says:

    Oh this post made my morning! You two are so adorable, I gotta get my dad in a costume and make him cook with me!

  11. Gail says:

    You two are just great together! I love it when you get together with your Dad to make a video. The recipes are wonderful and the video always makes me smile. My best to your dad and hope that he is feeling healthy every day!

  12. Alex says:

    Hahaha, this video is so hilarious! Your dad is a natural comedian. My favourite part:

    Meghan: And why do we like cinnamon?
    Ron: Because it’s a jungle out there.

    The recipe looks very delish and I also look forward to hearing more updates about your dad’s progress!

  13. Lindsay at Kitchen Operas says:

    It’s officially Hallowe’en when you and your Dad are doing cat videos — love it, and can’t wait to try this recipe tomorrow for breakfast!

  14. Katie says:

    Lately my favorite pumpkin dish is: Pumpkin Protein Pancake. 1 scoop whey protein, 1/2 c pumpkin, 1 whole egg, 1 egg white, splash of water, and cinnamon. Top with nut butter and one serving of fruit! DELISH!

  15. Sherry Tompkins says:

    Purchased the Lemon Grass Essential Oil recently…and LOVE it!! I have been adding it to my water and find that I am getting addicted to it!!! Tastes great when adding organic lemon juice too!! Very refreshing…you HAVE to try it!!!

  16. Sherry Tompkins says:

    Sorry forgot to mention that adding lemongrass and lemon to your daily routine is a great way of helping your start the detoxing process!

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