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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cardamom-laced Pumpkin Steel-Cut Oatmeal

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Silk. All opinions are 100% mine.
Cardamom-laced Pumpkin Steel-Cut Oatmeal + Silk® Cashewmilk #pumpkin #glutenfree #vegan
I've always been a milk-drinker. Growing up it was always dairy, and I don't think I even knew there was an alternative. I've even been a shareholder of a grass-fed organic dairy herd. I like dairy milk and I don't have any sensitivities to it. That being said, now that I'm "all grown up", I also keep alternative varieties on milk on hand at all times. One—because you never know when an intolerant person might drop by, and two—because I like using different types of milks for different applications.

I almost always have a can of coconut milk in my pantry. It's good for me to keep rice milk around because my mom can't have dairy, nuts, or soy. I use almond milk on a fairly regular basis, and soy milk from time to time. Often you hear about making nut milks at home, and while it's something I'll probably try making (because I like to try making everything myself—at least once), I know I wouldn't make it on a regular basis. I know a lot of vegans (and non-vegans) who use cashew cream, and it's always intrigued me, so when I saw that Silk® now makes cashew milk, I knew I wanted to try it.

I went for the unsweetened, because I like to control the end result (I knew I'd be using most of it as an ingredient). But of course, I had to drink some to give it the old college try before I went any further. The carton says "irresistibly creamy"...and it's right. The Silk Cashewmilk is creamy with an entirely natural and pleasant mouthfeel. Sorry, I know some people hate the word "mouthfeel", but it fits here. When you tilt your head back to take a gulp, the cashewmilk does not feel cloying or unnaturally thick. It has a mild, pleasant taste. And it BEGS to be used in oatmeal. Really, I heard it.

How new Silk® Original Cashewmilk compares with dairy milk*:
  • Original = 60 calories per serving (25% fewer calories than skim milk)
  • Unsweetened = 25 calories per serving (1/3 the calories of skim milk)
  • Both varieties contain 50% more calcium than dairy milk
More Silk® Cashewmilk highlights:
  • plant-based
  • no saturated fat
  • lactose-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free
  • cholesterol-free
  • no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or high-fructose corn syrup
  • verified by the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program
Cardamom-laced Pumpkin Steel-Cut Oatmeal + Silk® Cashewmilk #pumpkin #glutenfree #vegan
Since it's made with the creaminess of cashews, Silk® Original Cashewmilk  brings a super-creamy taste (creamier than skim milk, I might add). So what better way to start your day than to stir a splash into your coffee, pour yourself a tall glass, use it on your cereal, or make a bowl of comforting, creamy oatmeal. I recommend starting with this bowl of steel-cut oats, laced with pumpkin and the heady scent of cardamom, then studded with raisins and nuts.

Cardamom-laced Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal
This chewy, nutty steel-cut oatmeal is tinted orange by the addition of pumpkin, then laced with cardamom and other spices, and finished with plump golden raisins and toasty walnuts.
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Cardamom-laced Pumpkin Steel-Cut Oatmeal
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: simmer breakfast dairy-free soy-free vegan gluten-free American fall

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1-1/2 cups Silk® Unsweetened Cashewmilk
  • 1-1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla sea salt (or regular with a small splash of vanilla)
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • few grates of fresh nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup yellow raisins
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
Combine Cashewmilk, water, and vanilla salt in a medium sized pot and bring to a boil. Stir in the oats. Partially cover, reduce heat to low, and cook very gently for 15 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients and cook for 5 minutes longer.

Let sit for at least 5 minutes before serving; use extra of any of the ingredients to garnish, if you wish.
More breakfast recipes that would be delicious made with Silk® Cashewmilk (sub for almond, rice, soy, or dairy milk as written)...

Or try using it in one of these desserts—they'll seem indulgent, but they're actually fairly virtuous...

How would you use Silk® Cashewmilk? I'd love it if you'd leave suggestions, recipe ideas, or links to your ideas in the comments section below. If you'd like, click through to get a $1.00 off coupon for Silk Cashewmilk and get started now!

-Silk® Original Cashewmilk: 45% DV calcium and 60 cal/serv; skim dairy milk: 30% DV calcium and 80 cal/serv. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Data consistent with typical skim dairy milk.
-Silk® Unsweetened Cashewmilk: 45% DV calcium and 25 cal/serv; skim dairy milk: 30% DV calcium and 80 cal/serv. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Data consistent with typical skim dairy milk.
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