Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal
If you read my last post then you know that 1) we should be eating pumpkin at all times because it is fall 2) I have two extremely full jars of pumpkin butter hangin out in my fridge. In an effort to figure out how to use said pumpkin butter, I searched the website where I got the recipe and found a recipe for Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal! Lately I’ve been on the lookout for quick, filling breakfast meals, so this was the perfect opportunity to try something new.
Backstory: everyone that knows me knows I am a procrastinator. I’m not just a procrastinator with the usual stuff (school work, packing, etc,) but with ALL things. Now that I am an “adult” with a job that I have to wake up for everyday, this procrastination issue is hitting me pretty hard. Example: most mornings I wait till the last possible moment to wake up and get ready. This is ROUGH, mainly because I don’t have time to eat breakfast. Not eating breakfast makes me feel like this:
What I’ve learned over the past few months is that life is not productive when you are lack-of-breakfast-hungry. Since eating cereal or making eggs in the morning takes time I clearly do not budget for, I decided to give oatmeal a try!
Read the recipe here: Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal
Reasons to try Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal:
– All the prep is done the night before. That means you can wake up and eat whenever you want.
– Overnight Oatmeal is made is a jar, meaning you can take it with you anywhere. (I found a set of 12 jars for $9 at my local grocery store.
– The recipe is customizable according to what you like! Dont like banana? Skip it! Love almonds? Add them!
– I don’t know too much about nutrition, but the blogger who wrote this recipe says raw oats helped drastically lower her brother’s cholesterol.
– This particular oatmeal is PUMPKIN FLAVORED. Nuff said.
Reasons to not try Pumpkin Overnight Oatmeal:
– You don’t like mushy things.
*Really though, if you don’t like mushy things, you probably don’t like oatmeal and aren’t even reading this blog post!
Friends, this oatmeal is super easy to make. I’ve made it for about two weeks now and it seriously takes 5 minutes of prep before I go to bed. All you do is layer, mix, and layer the following ingredients
– Quick oats – Chia Seeds (get jelly-like when they’re mixed w/ liquid)
– Pumpkin spice – Pepitas (those green pumpkin seeds)
– Cinnamon – Milk (I use almond milk!)
– Pumpkin Butter – Banana slices
As I said, the recipe is customizable and through trial and error I’ve learned to make it just the way I like it.
– Now I add about 1.5 tablespoons of a trail mix I have on hand with pepitas, craisins, almonds and sunflower seeds.
– I skip the banana slices since the flavor masks the pumpkin and just eat a banana before.
– Originally I added the honey but it’s not really necessary since the pumpkin butter is sweet!
– Instead of mixing in the recipe order, I just mix all dry ingredients, add the milk/pumpkin butter and mix again. #lazyyy
You can probably tell that Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeals have stolen my heart. I think once fall is over and I am sick of pumpkin, I’ll try some different flavors since it’s so versatile!
So, if you are a breakfast lover or simply someone who is trying to avoid being overwhelmingly hungry in the morning, give oatmeal a chance and make a great, filling breakfast of Pumpkin Overnight Oatmeal!
If you didn’t catch the link to the recipe above, here it is again: Skinnytaste’s Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal!
wishing you the best in your food adventures,