This time of year I crave all things pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin chili, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin curry, pumpkin pancakes – sweet or savory, the options are endlessly mouthwatering. It is finally pumpkin season, and the reasons to celebrate are many.
Pumpkin is all that it is cracked up to be- and more. It’s quite magical really, and therefore it’s OK to be totally obsessed with this season’s superfood. Pumpkin will help you feel feel fuller, longer. It packs dietary fiber and is a low calorie food, keeping that waistline in check. It can boost vision, as one cup packs more than 200% of your daily Vitamin A. Pumpkins can help lower blood pressure, help you sleep better, promote a healthy heart, alleviate constipation and/or diarrhea (like I said, it’s magical), restore your body’s balance of electrolytes and boost your mood.
This recipe for pumpkin spice oats is simple and quick because it is prepared the night before and includes only five baseline ingredients; oats, pumpkin, yogurt, chia seeds and milk. Your body will reap the benefits of fiber (thank you, oats), healthy omega fats (thank you, chia seeds) and satisfying plant-nutrition (thank you, pumpkin and yogurt). Overnight, the oats and seeds are soaked into the pumpkin, yogurt and milk, which means that the oats become deliciously soft, creamy and easy to digest. The chia seeds expand and create a pudding type texture that will have you wanting it every day of the week.
3/4 cup gluten free oats
1/2 cup coconut or almond milk
1/3 cup dairy-free plain yogurt (I really like this coconut yogurt, but soy yogurt is also delicious and a bit easier to find)
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1/2 tsp of each, sprinkle in some cinnamon, nutmeg, ground clove
Are you ready for the easiest thing ever?
Place all of the base ingredients in a jar and stir them all together. Secure the lid and pop in the fridge to store overnight or for at least a few hours. The End. Really!
Extra cinnamon, pecans or raw pumpkin seeds are the perfect toppings for this pumpkin spice recipe. Feel free to experiment with what you like and what you have on hand: almond butter, sliced almonds, unsweetened coconut chips, or drizzle some honey or agave nectar. Make it a dessert with some carob or dark chocolate chips.
With all overnight oats, the toppings are endless, click here to see a Kilts+Kale post for a basic overnight oats recipe.
If you tolerate dairy, use your favorite yogurt and milk
If plain yogurt is not your favorite, try adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract or stevia to add more flavor
If your oats are a bit thicker than you would like in the morning, just add some milk and stir in until you find a consistency that you like
I hope you enjoy this fall treat and this first weekend of October!