26 September 2018

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

These pumpkin spice overnight oats are a quick and easy way to get a healthy breakfast.

I thought mornings would be easier since we aren't rushed to catch the school bus, but they are not much easier since we started homeschooling.  Mornings are rough for all moms, amiright?

I am not a morning person, but I function so much better if I can wake up before the kids so I can have my coffee in peace before I start my day.  

I use this time to check my email, browse Facebook and Instagram, and play my favorite game on my phone.  After I'm done with my coffee, I grab breakfast, start dinner prep, and then start teaching the kids.  

If I take time to make a healthy breakfast, that's less time I have for myself.  I don't like to sacrifice that time, but I want a healthy breakfast that's high in protein to keep me fueled.


Enter overnight oats.  I can prep these the night before when I have more time and the atmosphere is more relaxed in our home.  When I wake up, I have a healthy breakfast waiting on me.  

Since I'm all about pumpkin spice, of course I made a pumpkin spice overnight oats recipe.  Not only is this delicious, but it's also high in protein and doesn't have refined sugars.

Don't forget to make this skinny pumpkin spice coffee creamer recipe so you can have pumpkin spice coffee while eating your pumpkin spice overnight oats.  

PUMPKIN SPICE OVERNIGHT OATS


WHAT ARE OVERNIGHT OATS?


Overnight oats is kind of misleading because they are ready after sitting at least four hours, but they will be good for 4-5 days after you make them.  

So you can make these pumpkin spice overnight oats—or any other flavor—on Sunday and have a healthy breakfast until Thursday or Friday.

They aren't limited to just breakfast; I've been known to eat them as a snack or even a quick lunch.

If you don't like chia seed pudding, try these overnight oats.  I prefer them because they are creamier and more like a dessert than a pudding.

GREEK YOGURT


The base of this recipe is Greek yogurt.  I normally make my own in the Instant Pot without any sweetener, but I didn't make any this week.  I bought mine at Aldi.

Greek Yogurt has more protein and fewer carbs than regular yogurt.  You can use any yogurt, but watch the sugar content.  Some yogurt has a lot of sugar, and that negates eating healthy.

PUMPKIN PUREE AND SPICE


Use any pumpkin puree, but make sure you are using 100 percent pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling.

Pumpkin isn't just yummy; it has a lot of health benefits as well.

  • It's high in antioxidants.
  • It's high in potassium.
  • It's a great source of beta-carotene.
  • It's high in fiber.
  • It's high in vitamins A, C, E, and B-6.
I normally make my own pumpkin spice, but I use a ton of it, so I picked some up to use this year.  If you don't buy it, you can make your own with:
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

OATS


I used regular, plain oats.  I think steel cut would work, but I don't usually buy them.  My kids don't like the texture, and I'm just happy that they eat any oats.


CHIA SEEDS


Chia seeds are wonderful things.  They turn almost into a gel to thicken things naturally, so they are responsible for thinking these pumpkin spice overnight oats.  They help turn this into a creamy almost dessert instead of a yogurt.  

MAPLE SUGAR


I used maple sugar to sweeten.  Coconut sugar is usually my natural sweetener of choice, but it doesn't really dissolve in this recipe.  Maple complements the pumpkin well, so that's what I use.  

INGREDIENTS



DIRECTIONS


STEP #1  


Combine all ingredients in a pint sized mason jar or bowl.

I put the ingredients right in a mason jar.  You could also put them in a bowl and make a large batch.


STEP #2


Stir well.  Put a lid on your mason jar or cover in a bowl and put in the fridge. 

Let sit for 4 hours or up to 4-5 days.

You'll have about a cup of pumpkin leftover if you use a standard can of pumpkin puree.  I used the leftover to make healthy pumpkin muffins, but you can also use it for a pumpkin and clay mask or a pumpkin spice latte face mask recipe.

You can store leftover pumpkin puree in the fridge up to 5 days.  If you don't think you'll use it by then, spoon it into an ice cube tray (I use these silicone ice cube trays) and freeze it.  Remove it from the tray when frozen and store in your freezer in a freezer bag.  Each cube is about an ounce or a tablespoon.  Just get out what you need and let it thaw.

Pumpkin spice overnight oats are just one way to make overnight oats.  I'm sure I'll be making more recipes after Christmas, so keep checking back for more recipes.


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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.