Nov 21, 2010

Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Shake




A perfect breakfast on the go!

I've mentioned my daughter's love of Avena (mine too) which is a popular cold beverage in many Latin countries. Well this week I surprised her with a pumpkin version, yum! I love making oatmeal shakes because I know when she's running out the door for school in the morning, at least she's had a high fiber, nutritious breakfast. With all the college tours we've been going on this month, we've been waking up super early on weekends and jumping in the car, so these have been great.



Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Shake
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 Size: 1/4th Old Points: 3 pts Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 160.7 • Fat: 2.2g Protein: 5.8 g Carb: 34 g Fiber: 6.6 g

Ingredients: 
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup fat free milk (vegans use almond milk)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1-2 tsp cinammon
  • pumpkin pie spice to taste 
Directions:
Cook oats and water in a small pot for about a minute or two, stirring often until it becomes thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and let it cool a few minutes.

In a blender add milk, pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice. Add oats and ice. Blend on high until very smooth. Chill in refrigerator or pour in a glass over ice. Enjoy!!

91 comments :

  1. I love the idea of the oats in this..and pumpkin anything is a thumbs up in my book :-)

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  2. Gina, I love the idea of adding oats to this shake...Sounds really delish!

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  3. Thanks for posting. I'm not on WW but I've made several of your recipes in hopes of eating a bit healthier. So far everything I've made has been delicious. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try this one.

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  4. Sounds like the perfect breakfast! How long will it keep in the fridge?

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  5. This looks fantastic. We have been drinking pumpkin protein shakes around here lately, so I will have to give this a try for sure

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  6. You know, I don't do pumpkin in drinks, but this looks really good. I found your blog through my best friends' blog. Keep up the great work!

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  7. Thanks Momma!

    The pumpkin is pretty subtle here, it really depends on how much spice you add to it.

    This keeps in the fridge, 2-3 days, depending how fresh your milk is. I usually keep my cooked oatmeal (cooked in water) separate, then make individual ones in my magic bullet.

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  8. Rochelle, it's great having non dieters here too!

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  9. Ooh! I tried the oatmeal shake a couple weeks back and liked it. I'm going to have to try this version.

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  10. This is like identical to my pumpkin shake recipe!! I use yogurt instead of milk, and I leave out the water. Yum! It's also good with spinach and chocolate protein powder.

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  11. Gina, you rock, since I just posted yesterday that in the future I'd like to halve the Pumpkin Pie Dip recipe but didn't know what I'd with the other 1/2 can of pumpkin puree...and voila! I'd do this!

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  12. It is indeed breakfast on the go! I just love everything oatmeal!

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  13. Itiswhatitis- I thought of you when I posted this!!

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  14. This shake reminds me of one of my favorite snacks - oats in a jar - but in a more liquid form. Sounds yummy.

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  15. Looks like a good one for my magic bullet! You know, I used to give my daughter carnation instant breakfast, but this would have been so much healthier for her...I wish I had know about this recipe years ago! haha She is off at college now....maybe I need to get her a magic bullet and pass along the recipe to her1 :)

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  16. I'm sure this is delicious and pumpkin is very good for you but 3 tbsp of brown sugar is too much. Need to cut that down to 1 tbsp and add a little honey.

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  17. This looks great Gina. And I always love hearing about healthy ideas and snacks for kids on the go!

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  18. I've never heard of Avena. It sounds yummy. I love this pumpkin version.

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  19. i still have pumpkin butter left over i wounder if left out from the pumpkin puree down, it would be close to the same? joanna

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  20. joanna, I think you are asking if you can use pumpkin butter in this dring and the answer is yes, just don't add sugar.

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  21. I love pumpkin everything, especially this time of year!

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  22. I went directly to the market to get pumpkin so I can have this in the morning! I'll be using the splenda brown sugar blend, though. Hopefully it will turn out just as delicious.

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  23. I'm sure it will be just as good!

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  24. Wow i love shakes composition. Delicious!

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  25. what a great blog! here is so many inspirations!

    have a nice time,
    Paula

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  26. Sounds delicious but needs some getting used to for me as I normally take something hot for in the morning.

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  27. I made this today for breakfast. So yummy and healthy and easy to make.

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  28. I've never heard about Havena. So quick and easy, downright good:)

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  29. Gina,
    You said you keep your cooked oatmeal seperate and then just make individual drinks in your magic bullet. since these points are 1/4th of the recipe, if I am an making an individual drink can I just quarter all the measurements(besides the oatmeal) to get one drink. Is that what you were getting at?
    thx

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  30. Hi Gina - I put this recipe into the Points Plus Recipe Builder on my WW tracker this morning and it still says 3 points per serving. Just FYI - I'm not sure why we're coming up with different numbers.

    By the way, your site has been a godsend for me! Thanks for all the delicious recipes!

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  31. Thanks Jaclyn! I like your numbers better, I'll adjust it :)

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  32. I tried this yesterday and mine was a bit in the runny side. Is it supposed to runny or is it supposed to be thicker more like a milkshake?
    Also gina, how do you work out the measurements if you are only making one at a time like you mentioned on your nov 21st posting?
    thx

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  33. I guess it's to your liking but you should be able to drink it with a straw. I usually make the oatmeal, then throw 1/4 of it in the blender with ice and milk. I save the rest in the fridge.

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  34. I made this on Saturday and had the last bit this morning. It's delish, filling, and will definitely make it again. My WW tracker says that it's actually only 2 P+ per serving (I subbed the 3 Tbsp. brown sugar with 1.5 Tbsp. brown sugar Splenda). How did you calculate it?

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  35. I'm buying a blender just so I can make this. It looks amazingly yummy!

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  36. Yum! Just made this for a snack and it is so filling and delicious. I plan on having it tomorrow for a pre-work-out breakfast, and I'm quite certain will be amazing with some iced coffee added!

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  37. Hi lady! This looks AMAZING! I'm going to try this tomorrow :) Miss u girl!!!

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  38. I think I'm gonna try it with sweet potato. Looks yummy!

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  39. ohmigod

    I am making this asap!!!!

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  40. Made this for breakfast this morning. Delicious!

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  41. Just made this and it is amazing. This will be a lovely snack for my crappy midnight shift too!

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  42. made this for breakfast today! its so good! Thanks so much for the great recipes. I was dreading going on a much needed diet, but these recipes are so delicious I won't feel like I'm missing out.

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  43. I made this today and it was wonderfully filling! How much pumpkin pie spice do you typically use? I thought it was a bit bland and I'm wondering if I used way to little. Thanks!

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  44. Add enough to suit your taste!

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  45. This was my first Skinnytaste recipe, and I have another one planned for dinner tonight. (SO happy I discovered you!) This was great -- only one problem. I halved the recipe, and then drank the whole thing :( Is that 8 points +?

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  46. The calculator says 9 pts for 2 servings :(

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  47. I guess you really liked it! At least it's oatmeal and calcium, so don't feel too bad about it.

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  48. I just made and it is delicious! It's like liquid form pumpkin pie and I couldn't be happier.

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  49. I made this yesterday and it was delicious! It still had some texture to it, despite a long whirl in the blender. Do you think maybe I didn't cook the oats long enough? or blend it more? It was tasty despite the oat-y texture.

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  50. It does have a little texture, but cooking it longer would make it smoother.

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  51. Thanks, I'll try again cooking a little longer, otherwise that's probably just how it's supposed to be! Our microwave is broken at work so this might become my work breakfast for awhile thanks to a 28oz can of pumpkin!

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  52. Well that's not exactly a bad thing!!

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  53. Any idea how long this will keep in the fridge after it's made? I love that you have so many skinny recipes, btw! I just discovered your blog this week.

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  54. Sorry for the repeat question about how long it keeps in the fridge, I just saw that you answered it above. Can't wait to make it for breakfast in a few days! :)

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  55. Making this tonight to share with my 14 month old for breakfast! I'm cutting it in half though since I don't trust myself with leftovers and my husband hates pumpkin. (Which should be ground for divorce!)

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  56. This looks yummy! Can you use canned pumpkin ? And I'm Michelle not tim:) using hubby's iPad :)

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  57. Can I use Old Fashioned Quaker Oats (not quick oats)? Thanks, Jenny C.

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  58. Sure Michelle, you may have to adjust the sugar to taste.

    Jenny, yes that would work!

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  59. I just found your site through Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers. All your recipes look amazing, I can't wait to try some. I just tried this though and it's so good! I usually am not a shake or smoothie person either so I was pleasantly surprised. :) I used honey to make it healthier but I bet the brown sugar would have been even better. :)

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  60. Can you do the quick oats ahead of time and store or how would they work? Also...any substitute for pumpkin pie spice? just cloves/cinnamon/nutmeg?
    Stumbled across your site and LOVING all your recipes?

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  61. This recipe was excellent! I've never had Avena before and I've never had oatmeal in a drink but it was delicious. I cut down the servings to just 1 and everything came out perfectly. I added ice to mine for a few minutes to cool it down and then took it out so it wouldn't water it down. It's not a huge portion but with the oatmeal I found it filling with an apple to munch on the side. I will DEFINITELY be making this again!

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  62. wait, are you saying this entire recipe has 642.8 kcals? because 1/2 cup oats (150) + 1 cup ff milk (90) + 1/2 cup pumpkin (50) + 3 tbsp brown sugar (160) = 450 kcals.

    am I missing something?

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  63. Heather - yes, that's right - her nutrition stats above are for one serving: 1/4 of the recipe. So the entire thing would be approx 620 calories.

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  64. Love all your recipes! I use them at least 4 times a week love to get a new recipe everyday in my email!!have been telling everyone in my weight watchers group.thanx so much!!

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  65. JellyBeanzMama1/31/12, 10:27 PM

    I have to say, I LOVE your blog!! A friend turned me on to it and I've pointed more than a handful your way since. :-)

    This shake is AMAZING! AND filling!! I had it for breakfast this morning and I wasn't even hungry at lunch!! Thank you so much!!

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  66. Anyone used steel cut oats in this?

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  67. Can you freeze this?

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  68. If you dry blend the oats before adding in the wet ingredients they become fine enough that you don't need to cook them first. I do this with all of my breakfast smoothies and they turn out very smooth (and very filling!)

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  69. I made this today. Yummy breakfast for summertime.

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  70. I've never thought of using oats in a smoothie so I'll have to save this one and give it a try, perhaps this could be the beginning of something special :).

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  71. Sounds great! Will try with some protein powder added to help keep the hunger away!

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  72. This looks so wonderfully yummy:-)

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  73. Could you do this with non quick cooking oats? Regular rolled oats that are cooked ahead of time?

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  74. I have some cake batter flavored protein powder that want to add to this shake, has anyone added protein powder to this? If so, how much did you use so that it did not mess up the consistency?

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  75. Drinking this for breakfast right now, so delicious! Feels like I'm drinking pumpkin pie :)

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  76. Iluv , luv luv pumpkin. Made the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies yesterday and now know how I will use up my leftover pumpkin purée. Didn't see this question, I hate dragging out a blender every morning and don't want to beat up my stick blender chopping ice. Thought I'd try freezing pumpkin in ice cube trays to get the consistency of a smoothie and skip ice. Has anyone else tried this and if so did you have to make any other tweaks ?

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  77. Oh my gosh! I love love pumpkin and I really love this...delicious!

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  78. Love your website and all the great recipes, just wondering why the grams of sugar are never listed in the nutrition facts?

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  79. Made this today. I actually preferred it without the ice. It is cold out so it was nice to have a warm smoothie. I preferred the texture before the ice too. Good flavor and will be making it again. Thanks!

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  80. followed the recipe to the T and my shake was very bland...added some agave nectar and BAM! made a 180 and it turned out awesome!

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  81. I entered this into WW recipe builder using almond milk and sucanat for brown sugar. Gave me a points plus value of 2 per serving. Others have mentioned the points might be off, I think they may be right. And if they are less than expected, that will be great for everyone :)

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  82. I love love love the oatmeal shakes. I work overnight (7p to 7a) at a hospital and it is so quick and easy in the morning to throw together when I get home for myself, as well as for my fiance so he can drink it on the way to work; it gives me just enough energy to complete some morning chores and then I can easily go to sleep afterwards.
    This pumpkin recipe is great; I omit the pumpkin puree and just use a little extra pumpkin pie spice simply because I only add it in for the wonderful benefits of cinnamon and nutmeg anyway. It also saves on some calories/carbs as I count calories and not ww points. I am aware already that there aren't many calories, but every little calorie counts when you are an avid calorie counter.

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  83. I'm sure this has been asked, but: can I use "old fashioned oats?" That is all I have. Also did people putting protein powder in work well for hunger?

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  84. This shake turned out better than I thought!!! This is my new fav breakfast shake. Thanks for sharing!

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  85. I'm going to try this today. Looks yummy, always looking for something for the kids to have in the morning when they're getting ready for school. Thanks for posting.

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  86. tried this yesterday. Amahhzing breakfast shake that I am making again this morning. YUM!

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  87. tried this yesterday. Amahhzing breakfast shake that I am making again this morning. YUM!

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  88. tried this yesterday. Amahhzing breakfast shake that I am making again this morning. YUM!

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  89. This was delicious this morning! Tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass!

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