This is an example of a creamy soup made without dairy products. The rich creaminess of the soup comes from the oatmeal and the nut butter. Tahini also works well.
The seasonings are kept to a bare minimum, because the main ‘seasoning’ comes from the slowly sauteed vegetables in the peanut oil.
Saute the ginger and onion in the oil over a low flame until onions are transparent. Add celery and saute another 3-4 minutes. Add carrots and parsnips and saute another few minutes. Add water, oats, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, reduce flame to low and simmer about 15 minutes. Stir in peanut butter, adjust salt and pepper if necessary and simmer another 2-3 minutes. Serve garnished with parsley if desired.