Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal

I lift weights and/or do CrossFit most weekday mornings. I like to get some nourishing carbohydrates into my belly before I head to the gym: I just love this recipe for Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal.

Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal | Healthy Green Kitchen

This oatmeal is a wonderful autumn breakfast no matter what your morning routine is like; it comes from my friend Shelley Alexander‘s book Deliciously Holistic.

Shelley is a holistic chef. She specializes in preparing healthy foods that nourish, strengthen, and energize, and her cookbook contains more than 150 recipes that are as yummy as they are good for you. I have an extra copy of the book to give away…more details on that at the end of this post.

Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal | Healthy Green Kitchen

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Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal | Healthy Green Kitchen

Shelley provided me with an extra copy of her book to give away to one of my readers. Please leave a comment below and you will be entered to win the book. This giveaway is only open to readers in the US and it will close on Thursday October 3rd, 2013 at midnight EST. Thanks and good luck!

And to stay on top of other Deliciously Holistic giveaways and promotions, be sure to like Shelley’s Facebook Page!

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Oats are high in nutrients including B-vitamins but they contain naturally occurring compounds (phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors) that may make them difficult to digest and bind up some of their nutrients (this is the case with most, if not all, grains). For this reason, it's a good idea to soak the oats in a mildly acidic liquid (such as water mixed with a little lemon juice) before cooking in order to maximize their "digestibility" and to make sure you derive the benefits of the nutrients they contain. I don't always remember to soak my oats in lemon water, but it's a good practice to get into, especially if you eat oats frequently.
To soak the oats for this recipe, place oats in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and cover with water by an inch or two. Stir the oats and the liquid together and cover the bowl with a cloth or a piece of plastic wrap. Allow to stand overnight. In the morning, drain the lemon water and proceed with the rest of the recipe.
Servings: 2 servings


  • *1 cup water
  • *1 cup coconut milk plus 2 tablespoons for topping oatmeal
  • *2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • *1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • *1 chai tea bag Shelly recommends Zhena; I used Tazo
  • *3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • *3/4 cup cooked pumpkin puree I used canned organic pumpkin
  • *1 cup rolled oats soaked overnight in lemon water, then drained
  • *1/4 cup mulberries or raisins
  • *1/4 cup chopped sprouted or raw walnuts- optional
  • *Cinnamon to taste


  • 1. In a medium saucepan, mix together water, coconut milk, vanilla, and sea salt. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Once coconut water is hot but not boiling, place the tea bag in and steep for about 5 minutes. Remove tea bag and stir in maple syrup, pumpkin, and drained rolled oats.
  • 2. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy. Remove from heat and spoon the oatmeal into serving bowls. Top with additional coconut milk, mulberries or raisins, walnuts if using, and cinnamon. Taste and drizzle with more maple syrup if you prefer your oatmeal sweeter.

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  2. Just got back from an all-inclusive vacation in Jamaica and was served a different flavored oatmeal or porridge each day. All were scrumptious. This particular recipe is unique and differs from any previous oatmeal recipe I have ever encountered. I wonder though if steel cut oats could be used in place of rolled oats. Think I will follow the recipe as it stands for starters. After that I am going to experiment using steel cut oats. Steel cut oats have a lower glycemic index, other than that rolled oats are equal in nutritional value. As we age the pancreas begins showing signs of slowing down. I try to do whatever possible to extend the life of my pancreas and delay the onset of diabetes. Just in case I don’t win the book, I have already added it to my Amazon wish list. Since discovering 101 Cookbooks I covet more and more cookbooks. Why stop at one hundred and one!

  3. I find this recipe absolutely fascinating. I have the hardest time digesting oats. I am thinking your soaking technique may be the ticket for me. Do I do it on the counter or in the fridge?

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  5. This looks lovely! Do you think it would keep well for a couple days? Could I make a batch over the weekend for weekday breakfasts?

  6. Yes you are right. I read chai tea and tazo but missed the bag part. If you use a bag then it should be safe.
    I was super sad when I figured out chai tea at starbucks is off limits. Now that I realize there is a chai tea bag I will make this for sure. Thanks.

  7. Chai is almost never vegan – it sounds amazing but if you are looking for a recipe for your vegan friend double check the chai before you dish it up.

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  9. This sounds absolutely delicious, and this cookbook sounds like what I’ve been looking for to help me find healthier foods that don’t clash with my medical condition. Giveaways are great for a poor graduate student like me, too. Thanks for sharing the recipe, thanks for you blog, and that’s for the chance to win!

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  12. This looks great. Can’t wait to try it.
    Can you answer a question, though? Is the coconut milk the creamy stuff in a can, or is this like coconut milk beverage in a carton similar to almond milk?

    • Hi Charles, I recommend coconut milk in (BPA-free) cans. The coconut milk beverages are generally sweetened/more processed…I don’t use those.

  13. I love to add this book to my arsenal. And this one looks pretty kid friendly.. I’ll do roobios instead of chai though.. thanks!

  14. I have lived all my life (since age 3) with rheumatoid arthritis. treatments have always focused on medications but over the past several years I’ve been looking more closely at the relationship between food and my health.
    This book looks like the perfect addition to my “library”.
    Have to try this oatmeal!

  15. Sounds wonderful. I wonder about the chai however. Is it just for the taste or the caffeine or both? Thanks for sharing.

  16. This looks so amazing! We LOVE Oatmeal and a new twist on this is so inviting. I would love to win your new cookbook too:)

  17. It’s almost oatmeal time again – this sounds wonderful! I did not know the thing about soaking the oats – always learning from you Winnie! Plus crossfit makes you a badass :-)

  18. My daughter and I are constantly looking for more holistic ways to tackle her chronic fatigue and resultant weight loss. This recipe certainly ticks the boxes – can’t wait to try it.

  19. I would love to tryout this recipe on myself & hopefully my 4 young kiddos would give it a go also =) It would be awesome to win the cookbook & add more healthy recipes to our lives.

  20. Holistic recipes?! Sign me up! I am always on the hunt for healthy recipes and ones that help energize and increase immunity sound fab!

  21. This sounds amazing. I, for.some reason, even with soaking, cannot eat oats. I may try soaked brown rice instead. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Isn’t it funny how life works. I have Shelly’s book but haven’t had a chance to look through it…but here I am, new to your blog, and saving this recipe to use tonight for the AM! I could use another copy of the book for my daughter for Christmas so please don’t pass me by.

  23. This is my first visit to your blog and this recipe has definitely convinced me that I need to do more exploring on your site, plus check out Shelley’s book! I’m a sucker for fall recipes and this sounds so delicious.

  24. What a blessing <3 Is there a good alternative to oats for a person trying to avoid grains? Really would think to be good breakfast for Toby's and I. Thank you friend

  25. This oatmeal recipe looks delicious and is definitely a breakfast treat that I would love to make for my family. Oatmeal is both nutritious and nourishing. Thank you very much for this amazing giveaway!! I truly aprpeciate it!

    Have a wonderful day!

  26. Sounds delicious, I will try it this weekend. I eat oats (organic whole) every morning and usually soak mine the night before just in the almond milk that I eat with it…can’t wait to see the difference the lemon water soak makes. Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win that awesome book! Elizabeth