Fall is in the air this week for sure! I’m seeing more things cross my social media feeds with nature’s bounties in them (including our own book posts about pumpkins and autumn). In addition to these of course, are all of the fall food recipes, which got me to thinking how I could spice up our lives…the result is this pumpkin pie porridge with chia seeds.
A few days ago we received our September Degustabox and it contained two packets of chia seeds. Now what on earth could I do with chia seeds? I know they’re healthy and can be used in many ways….but how could I put them to good use in our home?
I’ve been tidying up our freezer this month as I’m adding several new freezer meals to it, and I came across a few bags of pumpkin puree we made last autumn. So I put the two together and made a Saturday morning Pumpkin Pie porridge with chia seeds for the family to start the day off on the right foot.
But before I share my recipe for this healthy and filling pumpkin pie porridge, let me share the other contents that arrived in this month’s Degustabox.
- Metcalfe’s Popcorn Thins (very delicious – my favourite product of this box!)
- Get Fruity Bar in Marvellous Mango flavour
- Say YES to No Bread Chips in Sour Cream and Onion flavour
- Emily Crisps Crunchy Banana (a great addition to the kids’ trail mix)
- Cape Drinks in Pineapple & Passion fruit and Peach & Lychee flavours (hubby and I enjoyed one for our date night, it was a nice treat)
- Teisseire Sirop in cranberry and raspberry flavour (we like a dash of it added to our water or 7Up)
- Cirio Borlotti Beans
- Mrs Crimble’s Fusilli
- Chia Bia Whole & Milled Chia Seed Sachets (both work in our pumpkin pie porridge recipe)
- Hartley’s No Added Sugar Jelly Pots
So far the children have enjoyed the Get Fruity Bar (Tristan drew a picture of it in an email attachment when reminding me to take it with us to the library). “I know what snack is. It is a Get Fruity Bar.”
The Crunchy Banana Crisps are a little different from the usual ones you will find in the shops. These would be great in a trail mix or with a fruit salad and yogurt. The Bread Chips, Jelly Pots, and Popcorn Thins are easy to transport and keep in the car or backpack to keep hungry tummies satisfied when an outing takes longer than expected.
Phil and I have shared a Cape Drink during our date night, and the Teisseire Sirop is a pleasing flavour – not too tart or too strong. The serving suggestion that was provided was exactly what I was thinking – serving it with sparkling water and a mixed fruit garnish.
Now on to our recipe…
Pumpkin Pie Porridge with Chia Seeds
- 2/3 Cup rolled oats
- 2 Cups of Coconut milk (we used the ‘drinking’ type of coconut milk that we have on hand due to a dairy allergy)
- 1/2 Cup Pumpkin puree (you can used tinned, but I used some I had frozen in the freezer from last year’s Jack-o-lantern)
- 1/2 Tablespoon Chia Seeds (about half a packet from the Degustabox)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon Ginger
- 1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- Put the rolled oats and coconut milk in a pot and bring it to a boil.
- Add the pumpkin puree and chia seeds.
- Turn the heat down and simmer for about 5-7 minutes, while stirring so it doesn’t burn.
- Add the remaining ingredients and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
I wonder what will arrive in our October Degustabox? There are always lots of new flavours and ideas. Because I like to shop with a list and stick to it, I don’t often pay attention to new items on the shelves. This box is a way for the whole family to try out products new to the market and discover new flavours.
If you’d like to try out Degustabox for yourself, you can get a £7.00 discount using the code BLDEG1S.
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