Pumpkin Oatmeal & Gerson Halloween Treats

The heart of breakfast on the Gerson Therapy is a large bowl of oatmeal. Dr. Gerson said that oatmeal “can be used freely”, meaning consumption of oatmeal is not limited. Oatmeal is consumed every morning by those following the Gerson Therapy, and oftentimes it can be had throughout the day and evening as a snack as well. Just so long as it doesn’t take the place of any of the other meals, juices and necessary foods.

Health Benefits

Oats are well-known for their cholesterol-lowering benefits. Oats are also a rich source of the trace mineral manganese, as well as phosphorus, copper, B-vitamins, iron, selenium, magnesium and zinc. They are also an excellent source of antioxidants. The main starch in oats is resistant starch, which improves gut health by feeding the friendly gut bacteria. Oats are also a good source of fiber.

With National Oatmeal Day (October 29) falling just before Halloween, we figured it was fitting to share a fall oatmeal recipe and some fun, healthy, Gerson Halloween treats – so good it’s scary!



  • 1 sugar/pie pumpkin, cut in half length-wise, seeds removed
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 1/2 cups purified water
  • 1 tablespoon raisins (optional, for making spiders)
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1-2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses, or any permitted sweetener

Directions | Pumpkin Puree

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Place pumpkin halves face down in a baking dish with enough purified water to cover the bottom of the dish. Bake for 60 minutes, or until outside skin begins to brown and can be easily pierced. Additional purified water may be added if all liquid has evaporated from the dish before the pumpkin has fully cooked.
  3. Carefully remove from the oven. Scoop pumpkin meat away from the skin.
  4. Add pumpkin meat to a food processor fitted with the S-shaped blade and puree.

Directions | Oatmeal & Spooky Spiders

  1. Place oats and purified water in a small pot. Cover partially and bring to a boil.
  2. Stir in pumpkin puree (about 1 cups worth) and allspice.
  3. Cover fully and reduce to a low simmer for 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  4. While oatmeal is cooking, take 1 large, plump raisin to use as the body for a raisin spider. Press slightly smaller raisin (the spider head), firmly to the body. Press several small raisins flat and cut into thin strips. Connect these strips to the spider body as legs. Repeat until you have as many spiders as you’d like.
  5. Once done cooking, transfer the oatmeal to a serving bowl. Drizzle molasses (or stir in permitted sweetener of your choice) over the pumpkin oatmeal in the shape of a spider web. The raisin spiders are fragile, so use a small spatula to scoop them up and drop them onto the molasses web.



  • Tangerines or Cuties, peeled
  • Celery, cut into small sticks
  • Bananas, peeled and cut in half
  • Raisins


  • Stick celery sticks to the tops of tangerines
  • Stick raisins onto bananas
  • Sink your teeth in and enjoy (muahahaha)!

Recipe from Flo & Grace (modified for Gerson)


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