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Porridge Stuffed Spiced Pumpkin Halloween special

Halloween is a great time of year to have fun with food, so why not give this devilishly fun Halloween recipe from Stoats a try this autumn?

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Putting their spin on the seasonal vegetable, Stoats has created the Porridge Stuffed Spiced Pumpkin, using their premium Scottish oats.

This easy and inexpensive recipe is definitely less trick and more treat. The pumpkin flavours and spices combine with the oats to create a mouth-watering autumnal dish that tastes just like pumpkin pie.

The spiced pumpkin can be made using any of Stoats’ porridge blends, but with its Halloween coloured costume the super scrummy Apricot and Sultana Porridge works perfectly with this dish.

PORRIDGE STUFFED SPICED PUMPKIN | Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 medium pumpkin
  • 200g Stoats Apricot and Sultana Porridge
  • 200ml milk
  • 200ml water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • a pinch of salt

Method

  • Carve out and remove a lid in the roof of your pumpkin and scoop out the inner seeds and stringy flesh
  • Fill the empty pumpkin with the oats, milk, water, spices, sugar and salt
  • Place the lidless pumpkin on a tray and bake for 30 minutes in a 180 degree oven
  • Slot the pumpkin lid back in its place and continue baking the whole thing for a further 30 minutes
  • Remove the pumpkin from the oven and stir the filling to introduce its soft inner flesh to the mixture
  • Serve up into bowls! Stoats recommend adding a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds at this point, or even a crumbled biscuit to really enhance the ‘pie-ness’ of this dish

Healthy gluten free porridge recipe

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Breakfast of champions! Gluten free porridge with rice milk and cinnamon topped with linseed, goji berries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds. Great way to start the day.

You can either soak your oats overnight in rice milk/any milk of your choosing or just use them dried.

Serves 4

225g (8oz) gluten free oats

700ml Rice milk

1 tsp cinnamon

Packet of cereal topping (we use crownfield) or you could make your own topping with nuts, seeds and berries.

Pop the oats and milk in a pan on a low heat, add the cinnamon and stir, keep the porridge on a low heat throughout and stir occasionally, after about 10 mins your porridge is ready, if you need to add a drop of milk to stop it being too gloopy, feel free. If you have soaked your oats overnight they will cook quicker.

After serving in bowls, sprinkle the seed/berry mix over the top.

Oats and goji berries are full of slow release energy and fibre, both contain nutrients to help support a healthy nervous system. They are also considered to be natural sedatives, helping to lift low moods and calm the nerves*.

The addition of cinnamon provides a warming quality, it is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium too. Cinnamon and linseeds lowers triglycerides (undesirable fats in the blood), reducing the risk of heart attack and strokes LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol and high blood pressure. 1/2 tsp daily of cinnamon reduces sugar levels in Diabetics within 2 weeks.

Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, great for promoting healthy fertility and preventing prostate problems. A good source of B vitamins, magnesium, iron and protein.

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, an antioxidant which helps maintain healthy skin and hair, protects cells from damage and has anti-cancer properties. Full of vitamin B too, especially folate.

Chia seeds are great for a healthy heart, they are high in omega-3 fatty acids. They are also high in calcium and magnesium, they promote a healthy gut and stabilize blood sugar.

Goji berries are rich in a combination of antioxidant nutrients that benefit cardiovascular health, muscle health and vision. They also contain a variety of carotenoids, including beta-carotene known to boost metabolic processes and promote good sleep and memory.*

NYR_Healing_Foods* I got this information from this excellent book. Healing foods from Neals Yard Remedies, it has the healing properties of more than 175 ingredients, explained in full detail how they can benefit your health and wellbeing. Also containing over 150 innovative, nutritious recipes designed to heal from within. Easy to uses indexes from illness to ingredients. Also featuring eating plans tailored to target specific health concerns.