I LOVE oatmeal – especially Overnight Oatmeal, as evidenced by all of the delicious flavour combinations of my go-to breakfast. And I LOVE pumpkin pie. So, taking a page out of my Cinnamon Apple Pie Overnight Oatmeal, I made Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oatmeal. And just like all of my other overnight oatmeal, it’s also high in protein (and flavour) and in this case also low in fat. Here’s yet another way to “eat dessert first.”
I don’t know WHAT is up with me and fall (or “autumn,” if you prefer) flavour combinations lately (Simple Apple Cinnamon Roasted Squash Soup, anyone?), but I assure you that pumpkin is NOT just for fall. Not when you can get it in a can all year ’round, anyway. You could of course, you ambitious soul, you, get your hands on a perfectly ripe, in-season pumpkin and make your OWN homemade pumpkin purée for use in this recipe (and pumpkin pie and pumpkin muffins and pumpkin-whatever-your-heart-desires). And I’m sure that it would be absolutely delicious. But for the rest of us, canned pumpkin is a fast, easy, delicious and healthful substitute. And we’re (or at least I am) not willing to wait for the fall – I want my pumpkin in May, gosh darn it!
And yes, I mentioned “heathful.” Not just “healthy,” no I decided to go for “healthful.” It just sounded right, and of course, I had to look it up: in formal English (and you know I am all about the formal English), “healthful” is more commonly used to describe something that is conducive to health or will create good health, whereas “healthy” is an adjective applied to creates that are in a state of good health (word nerds go here). So healthful things make you healthy!
Now that our grammar lesson is over for the day, what is it about pumpkins that is so “healthful”? Well, their beautiful orange colour comes from the high levels of beta carotenes (which convert into Vitamin A in the body) and they also contain other natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds (say THAT three times fast) including lutein (also good for eyesight) and B-complex vitamins including folates, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin and pantothenic acid. Pumpkins are also a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus (get the smarts on pumpkins). In less scientific speak, pumpkins are also low in calories and high in fiber. I like to sneak them into Smoothies, Puddings and other desserts whenever I can.
Phew! I hope all that information made you pumped for pumpkins! Here we go:
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oatmeal (High-Protein)
Not just for Thanksgiving, let the warm flavour of pumpkin pie spice up your morning in this healthy make-ahead breakfast that is high in protein, low in fat and full of flavour.
Author: The Golden Graham Girl
1 cup (80g) rolled oats – make sure these are gluten-free, if you require
1 scoop (28g) protein powder of choice – I used Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder*
1 tsp (5g) cinnamon
1/2 tsp (2g) nutmeg
1/4 tsp (0.5g) ground ginger
1 cup (250mL or 240g) unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup (113g) plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1 cup (212g) canned pumpkin purée NOT pumpkin pie filling – I used Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin Purée* but any canned pumpkin will do
Optional sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, stevia) – depending on the sweetness of your protein powder and pumpkin, you may wish to add an additional sweetener, to taste
1. Stir the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
2. Add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. If using an additional sweetener, add now or drizzle on top (note that this will alter the nutritional information vs. what is presented below).
3. Divide the mixture into two wide-mouth Mason jars or containers and refrigerate overnight. Note the recipe easily halves for single servings or multiplies for more.
NUTRITION INFORMATION (without added sweetener)
Calories: 303 Fat: 4.6g Carbohydrates: 42.2g Sugar: 6.8g Fiber: 9.2g Protein: 23.5g
Enjoy straight out of the fridge – all you need is a spoon! – or microwave until heated through. The warm and inviting scents of cinnamon, nutmeg & ginger will make anyone else in the household (or office, or gym, or wherever your morning takes you) think you’ve just baked a warm pumpkin pie for breakfast.
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