Pumpkin Spice! Pumpkin Spice is EVERYWHERE!
Pumpkin spice season is here, and with it comes a ton of grocery store finds and pumpkin recipes popping up everywhere. This year I have been so intrigued by the overnight oats train that everyone seems to be a part of, I wanted to combine the two and come up with some pumpkin oats that are Weight Watchers friendly.
After exploring some basic overnight oats recipes to understand things like the oats to liquid ratio and the general idea of how to build an overnight oats recipe, I finally came up with one that I love, and have made many times this year already. It has several ingredients for flavor: cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, stevia, and even sugar-free maple syrup (game changer). While it seems a tad elaborate, the flavor this mixture brings promises to start your brisk fall morning with a filling breakfast that screams “it’s fall! Hooray!!”
A few things to note:
- I tend to make this in batches, so I’ll fill 4 or 5 Mason Jars at a time. Even if they are sitting in the refrigerator for a few days, they still taste great. It just lets the flavors blend even more
- There’s no rule that says you have to eat them heated up. It’s just how I prefer to consume my oats.
- I use cinnamon crunch Quest protein powder, but you can use other flavors like vanilla or salted caramel.
- You can also use other brands of protein powder if you wish, but changing the brand might change the Smart Points value of your oats. Adjust your tracking accordingly.
That’s it! I hope you enjoy my recipe 🙂
- 1/2 C Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (0 sp)
- 1/2 C Old Fashioned Oats (4 sp)
- 1/2 C Canned Pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling) (0 sp)
- 1 Scoop Quest Protein Powder (I use Cinnamon Crunch, but I imagine vanilla or salted caramel would work well too)(1 sp)
- 1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (0 sp)
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon (0 sp)
- 1 0 Calorie Sweetener Packet (I use Stevia)(0 sp)
- 1 Tbsp Sugar Free Maple Syrup (0 sp) *This makes it a bit creamier and oh so good*
- Vanilla to taste (0 sp)
- A Mason Jar (or some other container to store it in)
- Mix everything together and put in container (It's really that easy)
- Let container sit in refrigerator overnight (Note: I actually make several jars at once, so some sit for a few days. It's totally fine.
- Remove lid and microwave oats until they reach your desired temperature, stirring occasionally (I typically microwave for a minute a time, stirring after each one. 3 minutes usually does the trick)
- Sit down with your cup of coffee or tea and enjoy a protein packed breakfast that brings fall to your table.
- Tip: While it really is as simple as mixing everything together, I have found it easiest to mix things outside the jar (in a bowl), starting with the almond milk and pumpkin first and adding the oats last. This makes sure the protein powder and spices are mixed thoroughly and evenly throughout.