In an effort to switch over from cold smoothies to a more warm and fall type breakfast I decided to give overnight oats a try. I have eaten oatmeal in the past, it is usually my go to pre long run meal but it has always been from the instant packets.
I know that overnight oats are popular in the summer as a cold breakfast but I don't think I can eat oatmeal cold. I can barely eat oatmeal warm with some brown sugar or other toppings. Since my schedule is busy and doesn't allow for a long breakfast making process in the mornings, the overnight oats seemed like a good choice and I would just warm them up in the microwave.
Monday night I prepared the oats with almond milk and old fashioned oats and then set them in the fridge to marinate overnight! In the morning I was in a slight rush so I just grabbed the jar and headed into work. They actually turned out delicious and so I made this again this morning. The thing that makes the oats so good is the pumpkin butter I made over the weekend. It is just so delicious mixed in with the milk and oats. Plus when I heat up the jar, everything just mixes together perfectly and tastes oh so good!
1/2 cup almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
1/2 cup old fashioned oats (or rolled oats)
1 tbsp pumpkin butter
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Toppings - fruit, cinnamon and more pumpkin butter!
Combine oats and milk into a mason jar (or dish with a lid). Stir ingredients, then add in pumpkin butter (Stir again if desired, or let pumpkin butter sit on top for the next morning when you heat it up!) Place in refrigerator and let sit over night. In the morning, take out jar and let sit on counter for a while then heat in microwave for about a minute. Add toppings if desired and ENJOY! (Recipe adapted from Skinny Taste)
1 can (29 ounces) pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup apple cider
2 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional - I did not include)
Combine pumpkin, vanilla, sugar, apple cider, and spices together in saucepan, stir well and bring mixture to a boil. Be careful because this mixture kind of acts like marinara sauce when boiled and will pop all over. Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes (can go shorter or longer depending on how thick or thin you like). Add more spices to taste. Let cool, then pour into a container and store in the fridge. (Recipe taken from Skinny Taste)
If anything YOU have to make this PUMPKIN butter. Best thing ever. I have been not only enjoying it in my oatmeal but on toast and muffins and basically anything! It is just so good and it is especially delicious on a warm muffin or toast. So good.