By now, we've all had at least thirteen different friends post on social media about how much they love autumn. Personally, my favorite season is spring, but I have a special place in my heart for autumn as well. Most people cite the pumpkin spiced drinks and sweaters and beautiful colors, but I like autumn for another reason: it's the time of year when everyone else finally joins me in my love of oatmeal.
I eat oatmeal 365 days a year. I will sweat over a stove when it's 90 degrees in August and eat my hot porridge in front of a fan because my love for oats has no exceptions. However, in autumn, my oatmeal habits are more socially acceptable, and the world joins me in my morning ritual.
The best part about eating oatmeal year round is experimenting with seasonal produce and flavors. Many of my best oatmeal recipes tend to come out in these autumn months, because what could possibly go better in oatmeal than the fall flavors of creamy pumpkins, sweet apples, juicy pears, and a loving drizzle of maple syrup?
Nothing, damnit. Nothing.
Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal with Maple Roasted Sweet Potato and Pear
Oddly enough, this recipe was inspired by an all-vegan Passover dinner I attended (how Brooklyn is that?). My favorite part of this experience was tasting all the veganized dishes that might traditionally appear on a Passover table, such as the matzo ball soup, jackfruit brisket, and flourless cake. What immediately won me over, however, was the tzimmes, which is essentially a sweet "stew" of root vegetables and dried fruits. This recipe was heavily inspired by that dish.
Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal
One of the most popular recipes on my blog is--unsurprisingly--my pumpkin pie porridges. I have baked, overnight, and stovetop variations, but this steel-cut version is my favorite. It's hearty, think, and flavorful, and it makes enough to nourish you every morning for a week.
Maple-Bacon Oatmeal with Figs
Who said vegans can't enjoy the great combo of bacon and figs? Fear not, this oatmeal uses tempeh bacon (or whatever your preferred veggie bacon is). This recipe is a great treat during the short fig season, which generally ends around October or November.
Autumn MuesliThis autumn-themed muesli incorporates dried fruits, pepitas, pecans, and the game-changing ingredient: a pinch of cinnamon.
Orange & Sweet Potato Oatmealbright and sunny recipe proves that cinnamon isn't the only way to eat your oats in the fall.
Salted Maple, Apple, & Pecan Oatmealthis fabulous recipe.
Apple & Veggie Sausage Oatmeal
You know when your breakfast sausage links (or bacon) soaks up a bit of the maple syrup that has escaped from the craters of your waffle? This recipe is a celebration of that magical phenomenon.
Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal with Persimmon
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