If you're like me, you like a breakfast that's ready when you are. There's mornings I really need to hit the ground running and when it's darker earlier this time of year, having something that's quick and easy, prepared ahead of time really makes those early starts much more doable!
Try this! It's an easy little recipe and with a touch of preparation the night before, it makes for a great grab-and-go breakfast or a super snack when you need something fast. The pumpkin, maple and pumpkin spice make it super seasonal and where it makes one large batch, you can pop it into individual containers, such as a mason jar if you want to have it on the go!
Now this recipe gets a little "cheffy" but don't let that intimidate you. I say that because it probably has a few more ingredients than necessary, heck to make any overnight oats, all you really need to use is oats and milk of some kind. So yes, I've dazzled it up with a few more ingredients to make it seasonally special, but in addition to that, there's ingredients which are also "functional" and that leads me to the chia seeds!
Chia seeds are hot! They've gained attention as an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid and are an excellent source of dietary fiber at 10 grams per ounce (about 2 tablespoons). Additionally, they contain protein and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. So if you have them on hand, use them! If not, that's ok too! Just omit that part of the recipe!
So without further ado, here's the details!
1 c. vanilla Greek yogurt
2 c. milk
1 c. pumpkin puree, canned (not pumpkin pie filling)
3 T. maple syrup
1 t. vanilla extract
2 c. rolled oats (not quick cooking)
2 T. chia seeds
2 t. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 t. salt
Garnish: chopped pecans, walnuts and pumpkin spice
In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, pumpkin, maple syrup and vanilla. Fold in the oats, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice. Cover and chill 8 hour or overnight. Garnish with an additional spoon of yogurt and maple syrup, or chopped nuts and a dusting of pumpkin spice if desired. Makes 4-6 servings. Enjoy!
Adapted from: suburbansoapbox