Quick Ideas Day 3: Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait & Pumpkin Oatmeal

28 Sep

I have an obsession. An obsession with pumpkin. I love everything made with pumpkin. If it isn’t made with pumpkin, I’ll add it. (I’m exaggerating a bit, just a tinsy bit.) 

What I’m not obsessed with: eating pumpkin straight out of the can. Gross. I like my pumpkin sweet.

Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait

Quick steps:

  • Start with a few heaping spoonfuls of yogurt. Plain Greek yogurt for this gal.
  • Add one or two large spoonfuls of the star ingredient. Yes this would be the pumpkin.
  • Top with agave nectar or honey, cinnamon, and granola. One can never have too many toppings.
  • [Side note: If you’re feeling fancy, you can make multiple layers.]
  • Stir together and swoon.

Mmmm… good brain food!


Pumpkin Oatmeal

Quick steps:

  • Cook your favorite oatmeal. I’ve used quick-cooking oats and steel oats, but it’s amazing with Chai spice-flavored oatmeal.
  • Add a dash of milk. I like vanilla soy milk for extra flavor.
  • Add a large spoonful or two of canned pumpkin. You want more oatmeal than pumpkin.
  • Top with sweetener and spice of choice and sprinkle with a few nuts for good measure. I like Agave nectar or brown sugar, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, walnuts, and sometimes a dash of ground flaxseed.
  • Mix ingredients together and enjoy!

One can of pumpkin lasted me a little over a week, kept covered in the fridge. Only because I’m not tempted to eat it right out of the can, unlike some other things… but that’s for another post.

Question: Pumpkin — Love it or hate it? (Gasp, if it’s the latter). To what other everyday foods do you add canned pumpkin?

One Response to “Quick Ideas Day 3: Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait & Pumpkin Oatmeal”

  1. Emeline November 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM #

    Hi Leah!
    I’m friends with your brother Eddie and he just introduced me to your blog. I am also the biggest pumpkin fan and every fall (a.k.a. ‘pumpkin season’) try to see how many unique pumpkin dishes i can try! Can’t wait to add these to the list and to continue to follow!

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