Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

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! 

Beautiful pumpkins at the Grand Army Farmer's Market in Brooklyn.

Beautiful pumpkins at the Grand Army Farmer's Market in Brooklyn.

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.

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In the morning, I poured it into a bowl and added some of my favorite toppings.

Hemp seeds, sliced banana, almond butter, cacao nibs, shredded coconut.

Hemp seeds, sliced banana, almond butter, cacao nibs, shredded coconut.

Please see the full recipe below!

Pumpkin Spiced Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation

  1. In a mason jar or other resealable glass container, combine hemp milk, oats, pumpkin purée, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup.
  2. Seal the jar/container and shake shake shake it up! Make sure you shake well so the chia seeds don't stick together.
  3. Store in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 3 hours).
  4. In the morning, add toppings of your choice and enjoy the delicious flavors of fall!