• Breakfast

  • Difficulty: Simple

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Creamy Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Porridge

This recipe by Zanna was our favourite recipe challenge dish for October 2019. She said of her recipe: "I bought a 5kg pumpkin and made all kinds of dishes with it from curries to preserves. For the very last piece I decided to make an epic porridge since I've made more porridge in my life than any other dish."

  • Serves 4

  • Preparation 15 mins

  • Cooking 20 mins

Cooking time may vary due to the method chosen on step 2.

Creamy Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Porridge
  • Dairy-Free

  • Egg-Free

  • Vegan

  • Wheat-Free


  • 4 tsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp cashew nuts, broken
  • 2 tbsp walnuts, broken
  • 4 tbsp raisins or sultanas
  • 750g pumpkin flesh, roughly chopped
  • 3 sweet apples
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 350g rolled oats
  • 1 green cardamom, well crushed seeds only
  • 1 clove, crushed well
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 600ml almond milk


  1. Fry the cashews, walnuts and raisins in coconut oil and set aside.
  2. Pressure cook the pumpkin and half of the apple (roughly chopped) in 125ml of water for 1 whistle. If you do not have a pressure cooker, just stew the pumpkin and apple in a little water for 5-10 minutes, or even bake them, until they are mashably soft.
  3. Meanwhile grate remaining apple and mix with lemon juice. This tastes delicious and prevents the apple from discolouring. Set aside.
  4. Mash up the pumpkin a bit by stirring and add oats, spices and non-dairy milk. Cook until you like the consistency. The more you stir, the creamier it will get.
  5. Lightly mix in the grated apple and transfer to bowls. Garnish with the fried nuts and raisins.

    This dish was our favourite Recipe Challenge entry for "Favourite Autumn Recipes" and was submitted by Zanna.

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