it’s the great pumpkin!

There was no rib cookout this weekend. There were however into the 90’s temperatures. It’s October. Did mother nature hear that? October. Even if it’s too hot to stand over a BBQ for 6 hours, I will boldly declare it’s fall through other means. I think this recipe will do…

Pumpkin Spice + Caramelized Banana Oatmeal
A perhaps unexpected match-made-in-heaven, the pumpkin and banana work wonderfully together in this oatmeal concoction. It’s like pumpkin spice bread meets bananas foster. Heavenly.
1. Make a big batch of pumpkin oatmeal

for a lot of servings
3 cups steel cut oats
1 can pumpkin (unsweetened)
~3 cups water (so oats + pumpkin are submerged in water)

I added all ingredients to my rice cooker and let it do it’s magic.

2. Caramelize banana

for one serving
1 banana broken into pieces
cinnamon + nutmeg + cloves + ginger + vanilla extract to taste (sorry to be so unspecific, but just add to your tolerance/spice enthusiasm)

In a pot on medium heat, add banana pieces and let cook down for ~5-7 min. Smash bananas half-way through so they can cook down easier + add spices.

3. Put it all together

Add your desired amount of cooked pumpkin oatmeal to banana/spice mixture with a dash of water if needed. Mix vigorously to get the banana + oats to combine. Enjoy!


So good.

And for those of you who aren’t too keen on pumpkin for breakfast, how about in your beverage?

Excuse the “beer mugs.”

This beer was AMAZING. I’m not too skilled in beer reviews, but what I got from this this rather uniquely light-copper/orange colored beer was – quite sweet, but not overly so; heavy caramel + pumpkin taste; not too syrupy, but a tad so; not hoppy, more malty. If you’re looking for a pumpkin beer that says PUMPKIN, you’ve hit your mark. It’s not watery like Shock Top’s pumpkin brew, and it packs a punch. Damn delicious.

It’s seriously the great Pumking Charlie Brown. And it’s about time I watched that movie again. Is there a better way to welcome October than with pumpkin? The answer is no.

Happy October!



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