Given that it is the first day of fall, I figured I'd make a blog comeback with a delicious pumpkin recipe. I know there are some pumpkin haters out there, and I admit that the pumpkin pie spice trend has gone a little far. That said, it's a warm and comforting flavor that has a time and place, especially in a nourishing and delicious breakfast in the fall!
Let's not forget, too, that pumpkin (not the spice) is a nutritious fruit, high in beta carotene (a precursor to vitamin A), which is an antioxidant that may reduce our risk for cancer. Pumpkin is also a good source of fiber; one cup of mashed pumpkin puree has only 49 calories and 3 grams of fiber! It's a very versatile fruit and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.
Today, I managed to get some pumpkin in at breakfast with overnight oats. Overnight oats are the bombdotcom, especially if you are pressed for time in the morning (which I almost always am). Basically, you combine whole rolled oats (not steel cut or quick oats), with equalish parts liquid and whatever else you want, and let it sit in a container in the fridge overnight. Then you add your desired fixin's in the morning and you eat it. Super easy to make and clean up.
These are basically the things I combined last night in a mason jar to make the oats.
Then I shook it all up.
In the morning, I poured it into a bowl and added some of my favorite toppings.
Please see the full recipe below!
Pumpkin Spiced Overnight Oats
- 3/4 cup hemp milk (you can use almond, regular, rice, etc.)
- 1/2 cup whole rolled oats (I use these)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin purée (you can use canned, just make sure there are no other added ingredients or sugars, or you can make it yourself)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
- Topping ideas (optional): shredded coconut, sliced banana/other fruit, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, almond/nut butter, sunflower seeds, goji berries
- In a mason jar or other resealable glass container, combine hemp milk, oats, pumpkin purée, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup.
- Seal the jar/container and shake shake shake it up! Make sure you shake well so the chia seeds don't stick together.
- Store in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 3 hours).
- In the morning, add toppings of your choice and enjoy the delicious flavors of fall!