Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

I only discovered pumpkin spice lattes last year (I don’t know if it’s the actual pumpkin spice that makes them so delicious or the layers of cream on top but I love them). This year I found the recipe for making homemade pumpkin spice (since I can’t seem to find it in any shops) and have been using it in everything I can think of including these overnight oats.

Apart from adding a delicious warmth to the oats, the mix of spices also has a range of health benefits. Cinnamon is said to be  a good anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent while also playing a role in blood sugar control.

I’ve topped mine with some warm pumpkin puree, which is optional but I happened to have some leftover from making my pumpkin pie. This was my first time actually eating pumpkin even though I’ve been carving it for years. I was always put off by the smell but it actually has a really mild flavour when you eat it. It has a very high water content, contains very little calories per serving and is very nutrient dense. It is an extremely good source of beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A in the body and plays a crucial in role in vision (in particular night vision). By adding some spices, coconut milk and maple syrup to give it some flavour an sweetness it makes a lovely topping.

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Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

Recipe:
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch each of ground ginger, nutmeg and all spice.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Mix all the ingredients together, cover and leave in the fridge overnight.

Pumpkin Puree Topping:
  • Approximately 1/4 cup roasted pumpkin (I had cooked a regular pumpkin the night before and had some leftover that I hadn’t pureed yet. If you have pumpkin puree or the canned version then I’m sure this would be fine too).
  • About 1 dessertspoon canned coconut milk (again I had this leftover from the night before when making my pumpkin pie so I’m sure any other type of milk would work too).
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • Pinch of vanilla bean powder or vanilla a few drops vanilla extract.

Blend all of the above until smooth and then heat in the microwave. Stir through your oats in the morning.