Overnight Pumpkin Proats

Full disclosure, I spent the beginning of October in my kitchen testing a multitude of pumpkin spice "recipes".  I'm no culinary goddess.  I don't use recipes or write things down so the word recipe & the word cooking are loose terms in my world.  Anyway, turns out I don't really like pumpkin spice. Does that mean I'm not basic?!? I dunno, but what I do know is I like pumpkin, I like cinnamon and I like things I can make ahead, put in a jar and grab & go.  Here's one of those things.


The players:

1/4-1/3 cup of thick cut gluten free oats (bob’s redmill is my pref)

2-3 tbsp of pure organic pumpkin purée

1 scoop of further foods marine collagen or 1/2 a scoop of a high quality protein powder

1 tbsp organic chia seeds

1 tbsp organic hemp hearts (manitoba harvest brand)

1 tsp of organic korintje cinnamon (whole foods 365 brand works well)

1 tsp of organic non-gmo vanilla bean powder (wild foods co brand is a personal favorite of mine) 

7-10 organic raisins  (more of sugar isn’t a concern for you)

1 handful of walnuts or pecans - either works well (whole vs. chopped work better) 

1 nice drizzle of high quality real maple syrup (more if sugar isn’t a concern) please note: if it comes in a plastic bottle it’s probably not high quality, it’s prob been cheated up with high fructose corn syrup, maple "flavor" & preservatives. Invest in a good one, you'll use less and your food will taste better.  

filtered water, unsweetened almond milk ( I make my own using my Ellie's Best nut milk bag, you can get one at elliesbest.com use code: jules10 for a discount) or any other milk - I’m not an advocate for dairy or soy but you do you. 

How to assemble the team:

Find a jar or storage container that has a lid and isn’t too deep (you need to be able to reach the bottom with your spoon). My preference would be glass. Recycle your glass nut butter jars, they work well for “o'night” oats.

Add all the ingredients (except the water or milk) to the jar/bowl. Give them several stirs with a spoon. Add just enough of the water or type of milk you’re using to cover the oat mixture about 3/4 of the way (don’t completely cover them as the pumpkin adds extra moisture). Give that a few stirs with your magic spoon. Put the lid on and refrigerate overnight.

When you’re ready to eat it, give it a check, if it seems too dry, add a bit more liquid (water/milk) & give it a few stirs  - stir it regardless of whether or not you've added more liquid. 

Eat as is or play around with adding some toppings.  Toppings as shown are: 

nut butter
cacao nibs
unsweetened coconut flakes

Or come up with your own topping creations.

Topping an already carb dense item (like o'night oats or a smoothie bowl) with chopped up nutrition bars & mountains of granola like you see on social media is unrealistic & will cause a major spike to your blood sugar - nobody is really eating that, at least not in one sitting. But hey, if that’s what you feel like doing go for it! 

Enjoy and please let me know what you think of it.

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