Let’s talk about this incredible Overnight Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal recipe! Yes, it has pumpkin and spice and yes, it is super good for you. However, my favorite part is that it sits and cooks all night and I wake up to a house that smells amazing and breakfast that is waiting for me. It is great on weekday mornings before school and Sunday mornings when we are hustling out the door for church. Just scoop it into bowls and top with your favorite oatmeal add-ins.
Speaking of pumpkin and spice, our family doesn’t ever really get tired of those flavors. The crisp air of autumn is a powerful thing, magically bringing infinity scarves, tall boots, and cinnamon out of the woodwork-seemingly overnight! But in our house, I make pumpkin muffins and breads year round. Pumpkin is incredibly good for you and pairs so well with other healthy ingredients like whole grain flours, nuts and seeds, and natural sweeteners like honey and pure maple syrup. Our local supermarket does not always carry a large supply of canned pumpkin throughout the rest of the year so when it goes on sale during the holidays, I stock up. Yes, I am the crazy lady with a cart full of forty cans of pumpkin that you see dashing across the parking lot, guarding my stash from strangers until I can get it safely tucked into my pantry. I do like to make my own pumpkin puree when I can. It is much easier than you might think and the taste is quite fabulous.
Ultimately, however you get your hands on some pumpkin, I highly recommend this overnight pumpkin spice oatmeal recipe. Just enough spice to set off the flavor, but not enough to overwhelm anyone! I use steel cut oats in this recipe because they cook perfectly overnight without becoming absolute mush. Healthy and nutty, they make this recipe really amazing and super hearty healthy. Feel free to adjust the recipe to suit your tastes. That is part of the fun of a hot steaming bowl of oatmeal, no matter what time of year it is!
And if I see you in the isles of the grocery store stocking up on cans of pumpkin, give me a fist bump. I’ll even help you load up your cart.
Overnight Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
Steel cut oats (also called pinhead, Irish, and sometimes Scotch oats) are not rolled or flattened like old fashioned oats are. The whole grain is just cut crosswise into pieces. They are just as nutritious but give a nuttier, chewier texture to your oatmeal. They take a VERY long time to cook, so the use of a crockpot is ideal here.
In the bowl of a standard, 3 quart (or larger) slow cooker, add:
1 c steel cut oats
1/2 c pearl barley, uncooked
1-14 oz can pumpkin
4 c water
1/2 c pure maple syrup, honey, or brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
raisins, cranberries, nuts or seeds
Mix gently until combined and cover. Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours overnight. Scoop into bowls and top with your favorite flavors! We love to drizzle it with just a bit more maple syrup and then top with pecans and cranberries, but feel free to add granola, chia seeds, milk, almonds, more cinnamon, or even a spoonful of apple butter! The combinations are endless! Enjoy!
Looking for more Fall recipes? Try these 20 EASY Apple Recipes.
The following was written by my guest blogger, Brittany from Brittanyspantry.com! I asked her to share a healthy Fall recipe for my blog. I LOVE pumpkin and can’t wait to try this. It would be perfect after a Fall run.