The Blergh Lunchbox: Pumpkin Oatmeal

If you think oatmeal is just for breakfast, you've clearly never tried this pumpkin oatmeal. I would gladly have it for any meal of the day. Plus, it goes together fast and easy for a school lunch!


A few years ago, my brother studied abroad in Hong Kong. He brought me back this lil Rilakkuma lunchbox. I use it sparingly because I want to keep it clean and soft.


This week, I packed it with pumpkin oatmeal, nuts and banana chips for oatmeal toppings, and these little homemade energy bite thingies. They're a slightly different version of a Savoy Truffle recipe that I will be posting on here and on YouTube next week.
Of course, I use reusable containers and utensils whenever humanly possible.


Honestly, this recipe is so simple that y'all can probably figure it out yourself. But it's my blog and I do what I want and posting recipes makes me feel useful.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Recipe
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup plant milk (recently, I've started using soy and I really like it)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree (I usually get mine from a can, but when I roasted a pumpkin last year, I pureed the insides and used that and it was really tasty.)
generous pinch cinnamon
generous pinch ginger
generous pinch clove
a lil allspice
a lil nutmeg if you're into that kind of thing. Sometimes I am, sometimes I'm not.
a sprinkle of cardamom if you're feeling exotic

For overnight oats, stir all these ingredients around in a jar until combined, then let it sit at least three hours before eating.

For hot oats, combine all ingredients and cook per the instructions on the oatmeal container. I usually microwave it, but I don't see why the stovetop method would be any less effective.

When I make this to eat at home, my favorite way to top it is with tahini and pear slices. Tahini has the same consistency as peanut butter, but it has a milder taste so it doesn't clash with the spiced pumpkin-y flavors.



If was originally going to leave these as overnight oats, but when I put everything in a jar the orange color made it look like I was carrying around a big jar of puke. That's cute.
It worked out well that I cooked it, though, because I had my first ever singing test in AP Music Theory and the warm lunch soothed my throat so I could sing better. I also brought hot chamomile tea to get my voice ready.



Let me know in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Instagram if you try this recipe!
If you're looking for recipes that are more relevant to the Valentine's season, I've got plenty of those, too.
Also, this morning my dad told me he had been looking through some of my older posts. By the way, telling me you were reading The Blergh is one of the fastest ways to make my day. Anywho, he mentioned that he thought my surf wax post from like a million years ago was cute. So go read it.

World peace and love (and a Happy Valentine's Day),

Heather

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