Oats mix with satisfying hemp and chia seeds, seasonal pumpkin, banana, and pumpkin pie spice for a Pumpkin Overnight Oats breakfast that is just what you need for fuel on busy mornings.
Today, I’m headed to Boston for FNCE and I am SOOO pumped. My bags are packed, my lists and schedule is printed, and I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything.
As I was packing my carry on bag for this trip, I was reminded of a funny story from earlier this year when Brian and I had an early flight to New Jersey for a wedding.
In true Tara fashion, I whipped up a breakfast the night before so Brian and I had something healthy and satisfying to nosh on while waiting to board our flight. That something?
Yeah…I totally didn’t even think about their thick, cookie-dough-like texture being mistaken for a liquid as we passed through security. So, as I came out of the security scan, I was pulled to the side and the security guard was checking through my bag. If you guessed that he pulled out my two containers of overnight oats then you are correct!
The security guard just held the containers in front of me and asked “What is this?” I could easily understand his confusion.
Masking the quick rhythm of my heart and the thoughts in my head thinking “Shoot…what’s plan B for breakfast? I don’t have a backup plan if he takes our overnight oats away!” I responded in a very calm manner: “Oatmeal.”
He then had to call on his radio for “backup” to see if this oatmeal was “ok” to pass through security. The verdict? The oatmeal made it through!!
Cue the HUGE sigh of relief and eye rolls from Brian 😉
Our flight is actually in the evening, so I won’t be carting around containers of overnight oats (although they do make a tasty snack!).
I’ve been enjoying these oats on mornings when I volunteer for Cooking Matters or before early morning hikes. They are just SO.DANG.EASY.
All you do is pop all the ingredients in a container (I prefer the kind with a lid) stir and put in the fridge overnight OR for a few hours.
The oats provide a good dose of fiber and carbohydrates, the chia and hemp seeds are full of essential fatty acids (think omega 3 and omega 6) as well as plant-based protein, the banana and almond milk help give the overnight oats a creamy texture and sweet taste, the pumpkin adds a boost of nutrients and makes them incredibly fit for fall, and the pumpkin spice makes them taste a bit like pumpkin pie!
*PRO TIP: They are wonderful when topped with a bit of nut butter and a few banana slices 🙂