My workouts usually take place in the morning on weekdays. With that said, there is usually one day a week that opt to be lazy before work, moving my workout to the afternoon.
Today was that morning. A luckily for me, inspiration struck while I was laying in bed. Inspiration in the form of pumpkin oatmeal.
Wait! Don’t leave yet! I know you are probably sick of oatmeal recipes, especially ones involving pumpkin. But just stick around for a minute more. I promise you won’t be sorry.
I recently picked up some sun-dried mulberries at a local health food store. I’ve never had them and I’m a sucker for trying “superfoods.” I do my research first though. Mulberries have a whole array of appealing characteristics:
- Mulberries have a lot of protein for a fruit – 3 grams per oz.
- A good source of calcium, iron, vitamin C, and fiber
- Contain high concentration of resveratrol, the same antioxidant found in grapes, that helps prevent cancer and good for heart health (Three cheers for Feb and heart health month!)
- A texture similar to figs, which crunch of their seeds
- Chinese medicine believes it is a great cleanser for liver and kidney’s
- AND last but certainly not least – many cultures believe it helps protect against premature gray hair.
I don’t know about the last two, but all the other health benefits sound great. Plus, it just sounds like an extraordinary and glamourous ingredient.
The other special ingredient is cardamom. Cardamom is one of my favorite spices. It is found in a lot of Middle Eastern and Indian cooking It is on the pricier side, but completely worth it. It has a really complex flavor that is kind of subtly sweet and spicy, but a little goes a long way.
Basically, with these two ingredients, this is probably the sexiest oatmeal you will ever eat.
Cardamom and Mulberry Pumpkin Oatmeal
Cardamom and Mulberry Pumpkin Oatmeal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (1 serving)
- 1/3 cup of old fashion rolled oats
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk of choice – I used Silk Almond Unsweetened Plain
- dash of salt
- 1 large dried plum chopped (preferably unsweetened, unsulfured)
- 6-7 dried mulberries
- 1 T ground flax
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
- Sprinkle of diced almonds or toppings of choice
Bring 1/2 milk/water mixture and salt to a boil(or all milk/ all water, however you prefer to cook your oats). You may need to add more liquid through out cooking depending on your desired consistency.
Add oats, stir, and turn down heat to med-low
After oats cook for a couple minutes add chopped dried fruit
After a few more minutes add flax, ~1/4 c pumpkin puree, vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom and stir everything together
Let cook for a couple more minutes until everything is warmed through. I usually aim for about 10-15 total cooking time.
Add toppings and enjoy your most exotic oatmeal creation
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. I was pretty pumped about it all day.
I’m pretty wiped this Thursday evening. This is a short post. Work was crazy. I was doing a new experiment I’ve never done plus training a new volunteer at the same time. Then I had to get to the gym to bust out Live Fit Day 31 – Arms and Abs plus a spin class. I did cut out 2 of the arm exercises, because of time. tsk tsk, I know. So, I didn’t sit down and eat dinner until almost 9 pm tonight. But before I leave you for the evening I would like to share some things to read around the web:
5 Essentials for Better Fitness Training - Tina Reale
Sweet Potato Falafel - The Lean Green Bean
Work It All Kettebell Workout - Running Around Normal (I love kettlebells!)
8 Foods That Help Build Muscle - Fitbie
Night all! I’m so excited tomorrow is Friday – I’m ready for this week to be over.
What is the most exotic ingredient you have ever added to oatmeal, or just used in general? I’ve never cooked with saffron, but I really would like to soon.