I’m late to the party when it comes to overnight oats, but I’ve fallen for them in a BIG WAY!
I’m trying to kick some of the horrible eating habits I’ve picked up since Dottie was born, most of which have developed because I’m hungry all the time and busy all the time!
While I used to be a breakfast dodger, I’ve eaten a proper breakfast for nearly two years now and from the moment I open my eyes in the morning, I’m looking forward to food 😀 That’s where the problems start. Whether it’s a pile of toast with lashings of butter, delicious sugary granola or pastries from the shop around the corner, I can’t wait to eat it. It isn’t just greed and impatience that make me so eager, I’m still breastfeeding so inevitably I’m hungry more often and I’m busy looking after Dottie, so I don’t have time to start making extravagant breakfasts from scratch. Sadly all the quick fixes seem to be unhealthy.
Discovering overnight oats was a real lightbulb moment for me! Now I just need to spend a couple of minutes preparing before bed and I can have a delicious, healthy, no hassle breakfast, first thing in the morning.
I’ve experimented with a few different flavours, but as it’s nearly Halloween, I thought I’d share with you, my spiced pumpkin recipe, sure to be loved by fans of the famous latte 🙂
You’ll need pumpkin puree to make this. Pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) is easy to find in the US, here in ol’ Blighty…not so much! So you’ll have to make some. It’s not a messy or difficult job, but it is a bit of a pain that you have to do it. I’ve made one batch and frozen the puree in portions. Here’s how to make pumpkin puree.
Another ingredients that’s hard to come by here is pumpkin spice mix! Don’t worry, you can make your own using equal parts of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon.
And here’s what to do with it!
You Will Need
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup wholemeal oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix
Almonds or pecans to scatter on top in the morning
optional – as a treat I added 1/2 teaspoon Biscoff spread. Nom!this obviously makes the dish a little less virtuous ?
This really couldn’t be simpler!
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients apart from the oats.
- Add the oats
- Spoon the mixture into a jar and fasten the lid
- Leave in the fridge overnight
This recipe is seriously delicious – creamy and spicy and just sweet enough to feel like a treat even though it’s really, really good for you!
Let me know if you try it.