Breakfast just got delicious with this recipe for Pumpkin Overnight Oats. The maple walnut crumble takes it to the next level!
Have you ever tried overnight oats?
I wasn’t sure I’d like them so resisted making them for a long time.
I mean, why mess with something that’s already so good?
Once the weather turns cooler, I love whipping up a big batch of my Apple Pie Oatmeal and eating it throughout the week.
But then I read about making overnight oats with nonfat Greek yogurt and I was intrigued.
I gave it a try and it almost reminded me of cheesecake!
So I decided to play around with flavors and this recipe for Pumpkin Overnight Oats is my favorite one so far.
The toasted oats and walnut crumble on top takes these oats to the next level.
It reminds me of one of my favorite pumpkin cheesecake recipes!
If you prefer your oatmeal warm, you can absolutely heat these pumpkin oats up.
Overnight oats are fantastic for meal prep.
Simply make a big batch and it’s ready to grab and go throughout the week.
Are Overnight Oats Healthier Than Regular Oatmeal?
Did you know that soaking oats actually makes this healthy meal even better for you?
The soaking takes the place of cooking your oats.
Soaking the oats overnight breaks down the starches and reduces the natural phytic acid in the oats.
Why does this matter?
The process makes it easier for your body to digest the oats and use their nutrients more efficiently!
Cold soaked oats also contain increased resistant starch, a healthy carb that has been shown to aid in weight loss and helps you feel fuller longer.
Resistant starch also helps reduce spikes in your insulin levels.
Pretty cool, right?
You’ll want the oats to soak for at least 8 hours, so whip up a batch before bed and they’ll be perfect in the morning.
What Makes Pumpkin Overnight Oats So Good for You?
If you follow the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating like AnnMarie and I do, these yummy overnight oats are an E meal.
I’ve found that I stay full longer when my E meals contain enough protein, so I like to make these soaked oats with nonfat Greek yogurt.
My favorite Greek yogurt is made by Fage.
Because Fage’s Greek yogurt is strained even more than other brands, it’s much thicker.
That thick texture helps this recipe to be similar to a soft cheesecake.
If you choose to use a different brand of Greek yogurt, you may want to reduce the amount of almond milk by a few Tablespoons to get a similar result.
Can I Add Walnuts to a THM E Meal?
If you follow the Trim Healthy Mama recommendations for E meals, the total fat in the meal shouldn’t exceed 5 grams.
The amount of walnuts used in this recipe keeps the fat content within those guidelines.
But that small amount of walnuts really make the flavor of these pumpkin overnight oats amazing!
Pumpkin is a Super Food
Superfoods are packed with nutrients and health benefits.
Take a look at some of the reasons why pumpkin is considered a superfood:
- Rich in beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A
- Includes vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, and iron which all strengthen your immune system
- Full of potassium which can help lower your blood pressure
- High in fiber and low in calories
Ways to Enjoy Your Pumpkin Overnight Oats
This delicious recipe can be enjoyed cold or warm.
Remember, if you warm up your overnight oats you do lose some of the benefits of the resistant starch.
But your oats will still have the starches broken down and be easier for your body to digest.
If you warm them up, wait to add the maple walnut crumble so it stays a little crunchy.
I like to pull my jar of oats out of the refrigerator as soon as I come downstairs in the morning.
Then it sits on the counter for about 30 minutes while I take care of some morning chores and make my hot tea or coffee.
I store the maple walnut crumble in a small jar and add it to the top of my pumpkin overnight oats just before eating it.
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