It’s that time of year again, people. Fall. Fall in Chicago has got to be the greatest feeling of all! I’m SO into my morning walks in the 50 degree weather, wearing a light jacket, sipping coffee, listening to my true crime podcasts, thinking about… Halloween. Too soon? Oh well. I just freaking adore Fall.
With the glorious-ness that is Fall, comes Fall food. Which means cozy, comfort food. I used to be OBSESSED with a big, warm bowl of oatmeal, topped with cinnamon and apples. MMM! And then I always wondered, “why does my tum tum feel like complete poop after I devour oatmeal?!” I just do not tolerate oats in large doses like that, even gluten free oats. This saddened me to my core.
Then entered this culinary masterpiece: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Zoatmeal. This meal combines ALL of my favorite things: pumpkin, peanut butter, zucchini, and cauliflower. Did I mention it has a bunch of protein? And the filling cauliflower contains a chemical called DIM, short for diindolymethane, a compound that clings to estrogen and removes the excess from our bods. Cool huh?
Enough chit chat, let’s get to the recipe!
Paleo Pumpkin Peanut Butter Zoatmeal
- 1 cup frozen, riced cauliflower (you can usually find this in the frozen section of most grocery stores!)
- 1/2 cup shredded zucchini (I just use a food processor to shred)
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein)
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter powder (I use Crazy Richard’s)
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
- 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter (for topping)
- optional toppings: chocolate chips, cacao nibs, granola, pumpkin seeds- get creative!
- Place the frozen cauliflower into a large saucepan on medium heat with about 2 tablespoons of water. Stir and break up clumps of frozen cauliflower until it all starts to steam and break apart.
- Add in the shredded zucchini, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir to combine
- Once the cauliflower/zucchini mix is hot enough, turn the heat to low and stir in the protein powder, peanut butter powder, and coconut flour (if you like thicker oatmeal, use more coconut flour)
- You can turn the heat off and stir all of the ingredients together in the saucepan until everything is combined and there are no clumps left
- Pour the zoatmeal into a bowl and top with peanut butter and any other toppings you’d like- along with more pumpkin pie spice! I love topping mine with cacao nibs or Lily’s chocolate chips and homemade coconut yogurt! SO YUM!
Let me know how YOU”RE enjoying these healthier oats! Happy Fall!