I’m so glad it finally feels like fall! It’s been too hot for too long. One day last week it was 97 degrees outside. I repeat 97 degrees. In October! Mother Nature, you crazy. But now it has finally cooled off, I’m loving it! Matt and I have started to take walks in the afternoon to enjoy the beautiful weather and to get some cardio in, which I haven’t done in a while.
Ok, moment of vulnerability. I have to admit something. I’ve been really bad lately about healthy eating and exercise. Like REAL bad. And I’ve actually started to gain back some of the weight that I lost. Not what I wanted! As a foodie, my struggle is willpower. I just love to eat delicious food! I know moderation is key. It’s just reminding myself of that sometimes. To help, I looked up some motivational quotes about willpower and came across one that was particularly motivational.
Now, I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I definitely don’t want to find out! I’ve waited and worked far too long to be sabotaging myself like that. An extra week for one day of splurging? No thanks! I love food, but I love myself and my body more. This revelation, plus the cooler temperatures, inspired me to come up with a healthy fall-themed breakfast.
I’ve seen a lot of recipes for overnight oats and tried a couple myself, and they are gooood. But y’all these pumpkin spice overnight oats are delicious! It’s like fall in an adorable mason jar. The maple syrup adds just a touch of sweetness to the creamy, pumpkin-ey goodness that are these oats. And the pecans on the top? YUM! It’s the perfect amount of crunch, and it’s a great boost of protein too. The best part is that these oats can be prepped in five minutes. Say what?! What could be better than that?
Makes four servings
What you will need:
- 1.5 cups of rolled oats (not instant)
- 1.25 cups of milk
- 1 cup of pumpkin puree
- 3 tbsp of chia seeds
- 2 tbsp of maple syrup
- 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
- Pecans for topping (optional)
Now for the fun part:
- Mix the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice together in a medium bowl.
- Add the oats, milk, and chia seeds. Mix until completely combined.
- Taste and add more maple syrup if needed.
- Refrigerate for at least eight hours, so the oats will get soft.
- Top your serving with pecans if desired.