Delicious Fiber-full Halloween Fun!

posted Oct 25, 2017


Delicious Fiber-full Halloween Fun!

By Kathy Hester, HealthySlowCooking.com

Hello Squatty Potty Peeps! I’m thrilled to introduce you to one of my favorite oatmeals that just happens to be purple, loves to be dressed up for Halloween, and tastes as good as a sweet potato pie.

Oatmeal is my go-to breakfast because it keeps you feeling full all morning. My Spiced Purple Potato Baked Oatmeal can be made ahead of time and warmed up when you’re ready to eat. You can even double or triple this recipe and freeze in individual serving sizes for later.

Why talk about oatmeal here? Squatty Potty is invested in you having your best poop. And much like the saying “what goes up must come down”, what goes in definitely has an effect on what comes out.

So just take a deep breath, read a little about the goodness of different kinds of fiber, and expand your brain. Learn a little about why oatmeal can help you have a happier poop.

Soluble fiber has many benefits, including making you feel fuller when you eat it. The oat bran in rolled oats is thought to help keep things moving, and oats absorb water to keep things smooth. Eating some oatmeal everyday, while drinking enough water, will help improve your poops.

If you have any kind of gluten-intolerance, especially celiac disease, please make sure that the oats you buy are clearly marked gluten-free. Why? While oats do not contain gluten themselves, they are often cross contaminated with gluten-containing grains during harvest or processing.

Purple sweet potatoes are chock-full of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Plus, they are full of insoluble fiber. This type of fiber also makes you feel fuller. Finally, something that’s good for you that tastes amazing too!

Why does insoluble fiber help you poop better? Insoluble fiber binds with liquids, like water, as it moves through your digestive system. This makes your stool softer and adds bulk. That makes it easier for you to poop and insures that you don’t get constipated. Trust me, you don’t want to ever be constipated if you can avoid it!

You don’t have to tell your family this is good for them, but this is a Halloween treat that will make them scream with delight!

Spiced Purple Potato Baked Oatmeal

Recipe by Kathy Hester, author of The Ghoulish Gourmet: A Bewitching Collection of Vegan Halloween Recipes (You can read it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited!)

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vegan sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • large pinch ground cloves

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups purple sweet potato puree (can substitute orange sweet potato puree)
  • 1 1/2 cups nondairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Oil 4 to 5 (1-cup) individual casserole baking dishes or line with parchment paper to make this oil-free.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Next, add the wet ingredients to a small mixing bowl and combine well. Finally, add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.

Pour the mixture into the individual casserole baking dishes. Bake uncovered for 25 to 35 minutes.

You can decorate these before you bake them. I use marshmallows, chocolate chips, coconut, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and more!

Prep Time 15 mins  

Cook Time 30 mins

Serves 4 to 5  

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