Perfect Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats
Pumpkin spice overnight oats, baby. Pumpkin. Spice. Overnight. Oats.
Okay, okay, fine. I’m probably a bit late to the pumpkin spice party. After all, autumn was about… four months ago. And thanks to Starbucks’ infamous pumpkin spice latte, the craze has been in full swing with teenagers everywhere since the turn of the century. I definitely got the memo, I just didn’t really bother reading it.
But I’m here now, and that’s the important thing. And hey, who’s to say that we can’t enjoy a cheeky autumn treat in the spring?! If you’re looking for the rule book, it’s in the bin.
Another thing I never really bothered with? Overnight oats. And yet, type ‘healthy breakfast’ into Pinterest and there’ll be more overnight oats recipes than you can possibly hope to eat in a lifetime. They’re everywhere! I’m a total sucker for lovely warm bowls of porridge (aka: one of life’s ultimate pleasures) so I never felt the need to try them. But I bought some pumpkin puree the other day and I just kinda fancied it. And boy am I glad about it- these are my new obsession! Since I now seem to be doing that adult thing of getting up early and into work for 9am, having my breakfast prepped and ready to go in the morning is a godsend. Andrew can vouch for this too (he’s also on the overnight oats hype).
The best thing about these overnight oats is that they’re SO FILLING. I’m a firm believer in the proverb: ‘eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper’ (ie. eat an absolute FEAST for breakfast, then gradually reduce the amount eaten at each meal as you go along the rest of the day.) One of the reasons I love this is because having a big breakfast ensures that I don’t run into that dreaded mid morning hunger. The ‘lunch is only about an hour away but MY GOD I’m so hungry, I can’t wait- I MUST EAT ALL THE SNACKS’ kind.
I was doubtful at first.
The second I started spooning the overnight oats mixture into the serving glass, my heart sank as I realised how measly a portion it looked when compared to exactly the same amount of oats in a steaming bowl of porridge. Dammit, I thought glumly as the prospect of a *gasp* small breakfast washed over me. I’ll have to eat it now I’ve made it.
Needless to say, I wasn’t expecting much when I opened the fridge the next morning. But as I spooned out my first bite and swallowed the deliciously sweet, creamy mixture, all apprehension about sustenance fell away as I felt myself falling into a foodgasm.
As I spooned out the last mouthful, I was devastated. I WANTED MOOOOORE! But then I realised- I was actually perfectly full. It was just the sheer deliciousness that had left me pining.
And when it came to lunchtime? STILL TOTALLY FULL. I couldn’t believe it. Seriously you guys, I have been known to (read: every day) eat an entire omelette with a protein smoothie on the side and still be hungry an hour later.
These overnight oats are a miracle.
How to make them? Literally just blend together your wet ingredients and stir into a bowl of uncooked porridge oats. Mix until combined, scoop into a serving vessel of choice and pop into the fridge. Open the fridge in the morning, grab your overnight oats, top with your favourite toppings, and enjoy your foodgasm. Easy!
- 50g oats
- 1 scoop pecan pie whey protein (I like My Protein) or a similar flavour, such as banana
- 50g banana
- 50g pumpkin puree
- 50ml milk (your favourite)
- 25g skyr yogurt, or a similar high protein and low fat yogurt
- 10g biscoff biscuit spread
- 1/2tsp cinnamon
- 1/2tsp ground ginger
- 1/8tsp cloves
- Weigh out your oats into a bowl and set aside.
- Whizz together your protein powder, banana, pumpkin puree, milk, yogurt, biscoff spread, cinnamon, ground ginger and ground cloves in a blender.
- Once blended, pour the combined mixture over the oats and mix together until thoroughly combined.
- Scoop the combined mixture into your chosen serving vessel. It may be quite runny, but don't worry- it will set in the fridge overnight.
- Place into the fridge, and leave overnight.
- Remove from the fridge in the morning and top with your chosen toppings. Some great options are a spoon of biscoff, a drizzle of honey, or a few slices of fresh banana. (Or if you're feeling naughty- all three!)
- Protein: 33g
- Carbohydrate: 53g
- Fat: 9g
- DISCLAIMER: All macronutrient totals are accurately calculated based on the specific products I used. These totals may vary slightly depending on what brand supplier you use in the case of packaged goods. Therefore, all macronutrients given here are provided as a guideline only.