A speedy seedy chocolate pumpkin oatmeal parfait that’s gluten-free and vegan. Healthy fats, cocoa, and whole grains make this the perfect comforting breakfast recipe to fuel and start your day with on a chilly morning!
Just a tad more pumpkin and I promise I’ll stop. But again, this was way over due to be shared, for 2 reasons. One being that I made this oatmeal on a chilly dark sad morning last year in my dorm room. The photos I shot for it were a horror, plain and simple, not fit for a food blog. So I ended up putting it off and waiting a year. Two, I and stunned, shocked, horrified, that I have never shared an actual “oatmeal” recipe on the blog!? I mean, this girl eats oatmeal multiple times week and it’s a staple to the breakfast rotation. Thankfully that is all about to change!
I think the reason I don’t have more “oatmeal” recipes is because my morning bowl is usually a random simple mix. Some oats, usually a quick Love Grown blend, MyOatmeal, or GF Harvest (or Trader Joe’s), mixed with Ancient Harvest quinoa flakes. I simple microwave that with some cinnamon, then remove and add a big cold scoop of nut butter and possibly a drizzle of chocolate stevia syrup. Done and delish! I don’t have time in the morning to make elaborate pancakes so a 3 minute, start to finish bowl is a good go. But if I do have the urge to make my oatmeal a little fancier that day, combos like this come to fruition.
What makes this oatmeal so special? First of all, it’s full of seeds! From chia to pumpkin. I’ve made this two ways. By adding all the different seeds myself, or taking the lazy route and using Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Ancient Grain & Super Seed Oatmeal. Either way you choose to do it, you’ll be getting a bunch of seedy goodness! Now obviously adding cocoa to things is a given in the yum-department, but how about layering it with pumpkin!
I mean, if you want a super creamy oatmeal, chia seeds + pumpkin, really does the trip. So yes, this has double the pumpkin. Pumpkin mixed in and pumpkin on the bottom and the top to make it a “parfait” 😉 Needless to say, it makes for some great spooning action. The comfort you feel with a warm bowl and spoon in your hands, diving into a lovely creamy bowl of chocolate pumpkin oatmeal. It’s a great thing and will automatically start your day off on a good note!
If I could I would eat oatmeals at every meal, every day. They really do satisfy and just taste so good! Of course, I would also miss more other breakfast staples, like buckwheat cereal, quinoa flakes, CEREAL, pancakes, doughnuts, etc. I diversify my breakfasts and am definitely not a person to eat the same thing each and every morning. There’s too many good things to go around! I do have one condition though, it has to sweet and carby. I can’t do a savory breakfast. I would feel so…empty the rest of the day. I need a subtle sweetness, chocolate, creamy, bready things!
I’ve always been like that though. Sorry, but the savory meals can wait until later in the day. See, I’m also pretty adamant about not making a “brinner” either. I wouldn’t pass up pancakes at dinnertime, but I also need my protein and savoriness then! So usually a no go. Just not appealing to me. So a traditionalist? I guess so. Except while I’m eating breakfast, I dream of eating it all day 😉 Such a complicated life, isn’t it!
Seedy Chocolate Pumpkin Oatmeal Parfait
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine all the ingredients except the extra 1.4 cup of pumpkin. Stir to combine.
- Microwave on high for 2 minutes (covered). Mix, and microwave for about 1 more minute (uncovered).
- Carefully remove and grab a pretty glass or other bowl.
- Layer the bottom with 2 tablespoons of the reserved pumpkin, then add the oatmeal, then top with the last 2 tablespoons of pumpkin and extra seeds if so inclined!
There you have it! Yummy in the tummy oatmeal! I absolutely love what chia seeds do to oatmeal and the thick creaminess it gives since chia seeds “gel”. You know, this is just a more appetizing and filling version of the infamous chia pudding. Still have not tried making any and don’t really plan to anytime soon. I guess chia pudding goes into to the category of savory breakfasts for me 😉
So tell me:
+ The big question…Sweet or savory?
+ What are you thoughts on chia pudding? How is that even appetizing!?
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