Did someone say pumpkin pie? FOR BREAKFAST?! Yep, this recipe for pumpkin pie protein overnight oats is as delicious as pumpkin pie and as nutritious as overnight oats. Plus it's high in fiber AND protein, so it's sure to keep you full for hours!
Did you know that pumpkin is technically a fruit?! Because it contains seeds, it's considered a fruit. Mind blown.
These pumpkin pie overnight oats have been a regular breakfast of mine this season because they are so good and creamy, it's unbelievable. And also because it's the season of pumpkin! My favorite season.
If we need another reason to love these oats, it's because pumpkins are so nutritious and good for you, you might as well consider them a superfood. If you're into labeling foods as superfoods. I'm picturing pumpkin wearing a cape and saving the world one nutritional benefit at a time! But I'm also cheesy as heck so don't mind me.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Pumpkins are very high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that our bodies convert to vitamin A. Butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots are other foods that are high in beta-carotene and vitamin A.
Vitamin A is essential for good eye health, immunity, and heart health. Plus its antioxidant properties protect you from the effects of free radicals and inflammation.
Pumpkins are high in vitamin C, another antioxidant that provides immune benefits as well. Also, they're a good source of potassium, which is heart-healthy and helps our bodies regulate blood pressure.
When we're talking about heart-health, I can't help but mention that pumpkins also provide fiber - about 3 grams of fiber per 1 cup of cooked pumpkin. Fiber is not only heart-healthy, but also promotes regular digestion, keeps your microbiome thriving, helps maintain good blood sugar control, and promotes satiety (aka you feel full longer).
Ingredients in Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is high in protein and adds to the creamy texture of these overnight oats.
- Pumpkin puree. It wouldn't be pumpkin pie overnight oats without the pumpkin, now would it?!
- Almond milk (or milk of choice). You can use whichever type of milk or alternative milk you prefer here.
- Maple syrup. The maple syrup is great for adding a little bit of sweetness without using refined sugar.
- Pumpkin pie spice. Many times when we're thinking of how delicious pumpkin is, alot of the time it's because of the unique pumpkin pie spice flavor.
- Rolled oats. Oats are so nutritious and good for you. You can read more about the benefits of oats and how to make overnight oats in this post.
- Chia seeds. These little seeds are high in fiber and omega-3's.
- Pecans. Pecans make such a great, crunchy topping plus they're a heart-healthy fat!
What is pumpkin puree?
Pumpkin puree is cooked pumpkin that has been blended to make pumpkin puree. This is not to be confused with 'pumpkin pie filling' or 'pumpkin pie mix,' which has added sugar and spices. To tell the difference, you can check the ingredients list and you should only see 'pumpkin' listed.
While you can buy pumpkin and roast/cook it yourself to make pumpkin puree, I prefer to use canned pumpkin puree simply because it's quicker and saves me time.
What's in pumpkin pie spice?
Pumpkin pie spice is a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and ginger.
Ali from Gimme Some Oven has a great tutorial for how to make pumpkin pie spice, but I feel like it's so much easier just to buy it from the store. That way, I'm not left with additional spices that I don't use. It's also more cost-effective for me for that reason.
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Pumpkin Pie Protein Overnight Oats
- ½ cup greek yogurt 2% or full fat
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- pecans, chopped for garnish
- Mix together greek yogurt, pumpkin puree, almond milk, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice in a jar. Stir in rolled oats and chia seeds. Mix well.
- Store in fridge overnight or for at least 2 hours.
- Enjoy! Feel free to garnish with pecans for an added crunch.
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