Sep 10, 2012

Skinny Pumpkin Overnight Oats in a Jar



Pumpkin spiced overnight oats with pumpkin butter, banana, chia and spice in a jar (no cooking required!) I know what I'll be eating for breakfast every morning for the next few weeks.

I've been eating overnight oats in a jar all summer, it's perfect to make the night before and eat on a busy weekday or even to bring to work. A few weeks ago someone emailed me about making a pumpkin version which I thought would be perfect for the Fall.

This weekend I whipped up a half batch up pumpkin butter (aka- pumpkin heaven on a spoon) and I stirred it into my oats along with chia, bananas and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and it was delightful! If you like your oats a little sweeter, you add a few drops of stevia, honey or maple, but for me it was just right.

Pumpkin season's back which prompted me to create a Pinterest board called Pumpkin Madness for all my pumpkin recipes. If you're pumpkin obsessed, you'll want to follow this board! I also have them all in the recipe index, which you can see here.



Skinny Pumpkin Overnight Oats in a Jar

Servings: 1 • Serving Size: 1 jar • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 227 • Fat: 9 g • Carbs: 34 g • Fiber: 7 g • Protein: 8 g • Sugar: 12 g
Sodium: 139 mg


Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup quick oats*
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin butter
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 sliced banana (freeze the rest for smoothies)

topping:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch pumpkin pie spice 
  • 1 tbsp raw hulled pepitas (or any nut)

Directions:

Combine the oats and 1/2 cup of the milk in a jar. Stir in the pumpkin butter, chia seeds and spices. Add banana, cover jar, shake and refrigerate overnight.


The next morning remove from the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter 30 minutes to take out the chill (or you can microwave a few seconds if you wish). Stir in the remaining milk, sprinkle with a little cinnamon and pumpkin spice and top with pepitas. Enjoy!



*For gluten-free be sure to use gluten free oats.

117 comments :

  1. I haven't tried the overnight oat deal. This compels me to try it now. It looks divine!

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  2. Yes please! I'm ready for pumpkin anything!

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  3. I absolutely LOVE the overnight oats recipe you posted this summer and have been eating it a couple times a week since, so I am excited for this fall version! Just a quick question - I'm guessing that you used 2 TB of your pumpkin butter in place of the 2 TB of puree?

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    1. Yes, thanks for catching that! Just fixed. Tried it with pumpkin puree last week and didn't love it. Pumpkin butter is the key!!

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    2. ok so what is pumpkin butter?

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    3. why do some people NOT see the hyperlinks and then be anonymous so cannot be informed?

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  4. I tried this recipe form another blog this past weekend and I took the ingredients list literally (Pumpkin Puree). Be aware that this is Pumpkin butter and not Pumpkin puree right out of the can.

    Raw pumpkin will cause this recipe to have a nasty taste.

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    1. You just caught my typo, thanks! Yes, I used pumpkin butter here and linked to the pumpkin butter recipe above.

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    2. I tried it with raw pumpkin puree and some maple syrup in place of the pumpkin butter, and it tasted just fine. So, I think you can use the raw puree, just make sure you sweeten it some to take the squashy edge off.

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  5. Any recommendations for using steel cut oats in a recipe like this?

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    1. Not sure, haven't tried it with steel cut oats.

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    2. I tried it with steel cut oats from my CSA, and the entire concoction tasted like glue. The oats themselves seemed moist enough, but it was just not very good. I'm guessing most people don't experience a glue-like taste, because everyone seems to love overnight oats, so maybe instant oats are the key? ...Kendra

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  6. Brilliant! Can't wait to try it. I've been eating your oats in a jar nearly every morning since you posted the original recipe. I sometimes mix cherry jam in mine if I'm out of frozen fruit. Love the stuff, and I will be doing this pumpkin one very soon (maybe tonight). Off to re-look at your mexican street corn recipe.

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  7. What Stephen said, can you change the pumpkin puree in your recipe to pumpkin butter.

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    1. I made it last week with pumpkin puree and yes, it worked but I thought this was far better. If you use pumpkin puree, you'll have to add brown sugar and more pumpkin spice to this.

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  8. What size jar are you using?

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  9. I'm excited! I've been doing the overnight oatmeal for about a month. Ready to try the pumpkin flavor! I don't think I'll ever cook oatmeal again!!

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  10. Can you use regular oats, or does it have to be quick oats?

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    1. I used steel-cut oats, because I never buy instant oats, and it had a gluey taste. That could be something else I did, but you might need instant oats. ...Kendra

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  11. Where does one find pumpkin puree or pumpkin butter?

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    1. I linked to the pumpkin butter recipe. It uses canned pumpkin.

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  12. Looks delish! and pumpkin and cinnamon are just the flavours for the cooling temps! 1 quick question, in the recipe you call for pumpkin purée, but in the description you use pumpkin butter. Are you using the two interchangeably?

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  13. Can I just leave the banana out of the overnight oatmeal recipe or is there a good substitute? Allergic...

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  14. Great, thanks Gina! I am excited since I love your pumpkin butter as well! (Along with your pumpkin pie dip, pumpkin cupcakes... :))

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  15. This looks so good! I am so excited for everything pumpkin! This looks so easy I will have to try it out!

    xo,
    Amy
    itwasloveat.blogspot.com

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  16. Overnight oats are such an awesomely easy go to breakfast. Love the use of pumpkin butter rather than pumpkin puree. I tried them a couple of weeks ago with the pumpkin puree and they were a bet plan.

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  17. Ahh I love overnight oats, I actually use them for lunch at work instead of breakfast cause I'd rather not buy lunch and this is perfecttt! fall season is here for cooking and baking and food yey

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  18. My grandma just gave me some homemade apple butter.. would that work instead of pumpkin? (I love pumpkin stuff but just thinking since I already have the apple butter..)

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    1. If you do this, do not add the pumpkin pie spice. You may need to add more cinnamon according to your taste. If your oats taste good you should share with Gina so everyone else can try it too. ^^

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    2. Apple oats with cinnamon would be wonderful, I would top it with walnuts or pecans.

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  19. Looks amazing!! I am so happy for it to be fall again so I can stuff myself with all things pumpkin without looking strange. Huzzah!

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  20. I'm addicted to overnight oats right now and pumpkin was going to be the next one I tried, thanks!! Cant wait

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  21. I love overnight oats, so easy and yummy!! Love your breakfast jar!!!

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  22. What size jar do you use for this?

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  23. What are Chia seeds and where would I get them?

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  24. what are chia seeds? Can you omit those?

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    1. Sure, omit or use flax seeds.

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    2. awesome! Thanks!! Definitely going to try this out...LOVE me some pumpkin butter!!

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  25. Gina, do you know what the pointsplus would be without the topping? Thanks! I'm looking forward to trying this!

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  26. Can you buy pumpkin butter anywhere? Thanks!

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    1. I make it, I linked to the recipe.

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    2. Trader Joes has a decent Pumpkin Butter if you're lazy.

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    3. I bought the Trader Joe's pumpkin butter for $2.29 a jar. The raw ingrediants to make the pumpking butter are $5-$10 plus your time. Better off just buying the TJ's jar.

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  27. I am so ready for pumpkin season! Love these oats!

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    1. Trader Joe's has pumpkin butter this time of year if you have one near you :)

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  28. How many nights can you keep this? I was thinking about making a few for the week on Sunday but was wondering if it will hold up over 2 or 3 nights. Thanks!!

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    1. I've only had it overnight, I suppose 2 nights would be ok.

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  29. I made the summer version of this and the texture came out really mushy. i don't know if I didn't something wrong or not. I can't eat Chia seed should i add more oats to thinken it up? Thanks.

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    1. Yes, add more oats if you want it thicker, or less milk.

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  30. When you first posted about overnight oats, I wondered about a pumkpkin one, hadn't gotten around to thinking up my own. I knew you would! I just had it this morning and it was sublime. My husband and I have been eating overnight oats pretty much every morning since you first posted. Delicious and so versatile! Next up, . . . apple cinnamon, cranberries . . . maybe??

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  31. I made the pumpkin butter and overnight pumpkin oats yesterday. I LOVED the pumpkin butter! The issue that I had with the oats is that it was pretty soupy this morning and tasted a little mushy. I was wondering if this the recipe is supposed to be like that or did I make a mistake? I was expecting more of an oatmeal consistency. Thanks!

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    1. I personally like it like that, if you want it thicker, use less milk.

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  32. Happy Tasty Tuesday! This wonderful recipe made the picks for Vegetarian Awareness Week on 4virtu.com! http://4virtu.com/2012/09/tasty-tuesday-veggie-recipes-for-vegetarian-awareness-week/ Thanks so much for a great recipe!

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  33. Ok, I have a crazy idea..... one of my go-to breakfasts in winter is a baked sweet potato with pumpkin butter. I'm wondering if in place of the banana, part of a left over baked sweet potato could be used. I'll probably try it that way.

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  34. can I make this with real milk? or is there something special about almond milk that works with the oats?

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    1. Any milk is fine, I just like almond milk.

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  35. I use regular milk in the overnight oats all the time and it tastes great! I'm guessing the almond milk is probably lower in points?

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    1. Yes, it's lower but you can use whatever milk you like.

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  36. Can you use regular rolled oats instead of quick oats? Thanks

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  37. Are the directions supposed to be add 1/2 of the milk, and not 1/2 cup of the milk? You only call for 1/2 cup of almond milk in the ingredients list.

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    1. The additional milk is with the toppings.

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  38. I can't get pumpkin butter yet, is it ok to use apple butter

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  39. This is sooooo delicious!!! I am eating this right now and had to post a comment! I love your blog Gina, I make something from you're site almost every day.. Thank you so much for making eating right easy and fun!!!

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  40. I made this last night - the pumpkin butter and the overnight oats. I love it! I didn't add the extra milk or the pepitas this morning because I really like the texture without and I wanted to shave a point off if I could. Love them! Thanks Gina :)

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    1. Great, I tend to like my oatmeal thinner.

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  41. I made this last night with TJ's Apple Honey Butter (they aren't stocking pumpkin butter until the end of the month)and OMG it's delicious! I made one for my husband too and he called me in the car this morning to tell me how great it was. Thx

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  42. I am not a fan of cinammon. Any ideas on what I could use in place of cinammon for this recipe and for the pumpkin butter?

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    1. You can leave it out and use more pumpkin spice only, maybe some nutmeg!

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  43. Has anyone ever tried it with steel cut oats?

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    1. Yes, tried with Trader Joe's quick cooking steel cut oats - delicious.

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  44. Well was drooling over the Pumpkin overnight oatmeal recipe but.....no pumpkin butter so this afternoon made up 1/2 a batch of that (already shared some, might be sorry as it was mighty good)I used only 1/3 cup of brown sugar (for 1/2 a batch)very sweet still. I just made the overnight Pumpkin oatmeal using my homemade pumpkin butter now I am off to bed so I can get up early and try it can hardly wait for morning!

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  45. Just ate my second jar today! So yummy... I might leave off the topping tomorrow though 'cause this stuff is really filling!

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  46. Wow. I eat a lot of oatmeal. I have done the overnight oats thing before with my own blends. I was so curious about this one that:
    1) I ran out to buy a can of pumpkin
    2) I made the pumpkin butter
    3) I lovingly mixed up this recipe last night, deciding to skip the banana.

    This morning, it was lovely, not too sweet and smelled amazing. I nuked my for a minute and it got even thicker, which I LOVE. Truly the BEST oatmeal I have ever EVER had! Addiction begins here.

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  47. This is my new absolute favorite! First time trying overnight oats and already so excited about the possibilities...but boy do I love pumpkin. Yum! And, with going for more unprocessed foods in my diet, this fits perfectly! Thank you again Gina for making my life taste better!

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  48. How far in advance do you think these could be made? I was thinking of maybe making a few days worth of breakfast all at once, but not if they get gross after sitting in the fridge too long! Thanks!

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  49. I have everything to make this except for the pumpkin pie spice. Any suggestions to make this with another spice to be used for the butter?

    Thanks You're Awesome!!!

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  50. What's the difference (if any) between quick oats and regular rolled oats? All we have is rolled oats.

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  51. I made these last night (I almost feel guilty saying that because there was no work required!) and they turned out great. I've never been a big fan of oatmeal but this might just convert me. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  52. I love this pumpkin overnight oatmeal. The other overnight oatmeals I have made have been okay but I haven't really liked them...this one I love! I use skim milk instead of almond milk and I left out the banana and pumpkin seeds. Very yummy!!

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  53. This might be a silly question, I know they are called over night oats, but could I make a few batches at a time and have like a week's worth to turn to? some of my nights are crazier then others, and I'm not sure I would always prepare this every night.

    Thanks!!

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  54. Just wanted to know how long can I keep the pumpkin butter until it spoils? First time making it, just want to know so I can plan accordingly. Thanks

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  55. Tried this last night and loved it. I forgot the extras this morning and didn't miss them. I like my oatmeal on the thick side, plus I thought it tasted a little like cookie dough (yes I'm one of those people).

    I'm planning on making it for tomorrow and adding pumpkin seeds to it.

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  56. I will admit I was skeptical of the overnight oat concept when I stumbled across this recipe, but it is DELICIOUS! Thank you!

    Also I saw a couple people have asked... I doubled the recipe and left it in the fridge for 2 nights, eating half each morning, and it was just as good the second day. This is where being in the jar is important I think as the lack of air keeps it fresh (the banana didn't turn brown). :)

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  57. I have put old fashioned oats in my yogurt for breakfast. Is there a difference in preparing the oats overnight?

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  58. Finally got around to making this an I'm eating it right now. Yes, it is delicious. I've been eating the summer version a few times a week and couldn't wait to try this one. Didn't have the pumpkin seeds, so I used black walnuts. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and tips.

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  59. GINA!

    Yet again, another hit out of the park! I made these last night for breakfast for my husband and I this morning. Needless to say, there are more in the fridge for tomorrow! I've added a little more banana for tomorrow (we love bananas!), but just awesome! I love that he has started doing WW with me, and recipes like this make him love it even more. Hats off and keep it up!

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  60. My friend, Julie, and I were running and she was telling me about this recipe. I had never heard of overnight oats. She took me to the store to get the ingredients. I have been making it every morning since. I LOVE, LOVE IT!!! I am a pumpkin fanatic so this is perfect. It's also great because you make it the night before. Somehow my kids always get fed first thing in the morning, but I wasn't. No longer. Thank you!

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  61. As written, this was WAY too thin for me - I took it to work and nuked it on medium power for about 2 minutes and it turned out okay. Still thinner than I like it, but edible. But the taste (and the smell!) was great. Next time I'll just make it with half the milk :)

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  62. I've been eyeing your site and recipes for a few months ago and finally decided to try this one! I, too, like my oats a little thicker so I decided not to add the additional milk the next morning. I think I will try nuking it for a minute or two tomorrow. It smells and tastes heavenly. Even my husband loved it :)

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  63. I have been making something similiar. I use 1/2 cup old fashioned oats to 3/4 cup skim milk. I add 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree and then 1 tsp brown suger, 1 tsp cinnamon. Really good and not runny at all.

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  64. I have tried this recipe and it is delicious and so EASY. This is one of the recipes on this site that I've used and have not had to make any adjustments. I also like the suggestions and variations in the comments area.
    I also don't add the additional milk like others. I did it the first time and it was very watery. I like my oatmeal thick.
    Thanks for a great recipe!

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  65. Do you think it would still be good if I used regular milk instead of almond? THis sounds delicious!

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  66. Gina--what can I use the replace the chai seeds??? thanks

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  67. funny question.. can we could chia, flax, etc in our 'healthy checks' of 2 tsp of oil a day?

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  68. Gina, what would your palate recommend pairing with pear (get it?) in an overnight oats combo. I tried a whole bartlett pear, 1/2 banana, pinch of cinnamon and some walnuts - and it was just not awesome. As my husband said - it was edible but it definitely needed something. Suggestions?

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  69. LOVED IT! I kept it simple and only used milk, oatmeal and the pumpkin butter which has become a staple in my house! and it was more of an overnight oatmeal in a tupperware LOL, it was soooo good I'm making it again tonight but now for my son and husband as well ;) LOVE SKINNYTASTE!!!

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  70. I'll try anything at least once. Besides, judging from your praises, it almost sounds like this belongs on some corporate catering menu.

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  71. I LOVE THIS WEBSITE!!!!!!!

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  72. I love overnight oats, and was wondering if anyone has tried heating them up in the morning for a warm breakfast treat? I've been tempted to try popping my breakfast in the microwave the last few days but I'm a little worried I'll ruin it!?

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  73. Can this be eaten by people with diabetes? My dad is diagnosed having a kind of this disease and, I wanted to make this for him.

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    1. yes, this would be a wonderful dish for someone who is has diabetes by just substituting 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree, 1 tsp Splenda brown sugar & 1 tsp cinnamon for the pumpkin butter. Also, the cinnamon & chia seeds are known to help control blood sugar. Since you count your carbs intake instead of sugar, oatmeal only has 15 gr with both the unsweetened almond milk & splenda brown sugar with less than 1 gr of carbs. I would leave out the bananas since they are high in carbs & calories unless your Uncle is low on potassium.

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  74. I think pumpkin and oats will definitely taste good together. I've been doing this program for a week now: fast way to lose fat. And so far, I think it's safe to try this recipe. I love oats because they're high in fiber, and that's what weight loss programs usually advise. Thanks so much for this recipe! I've already printed two copies of this.

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  75. Hi Gina! I tried this with apples and peach, and they taste absolutely delicious! I didn't even have to use low-cal sweeteners! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  76. My children are all fussy eaters, but when I served this together with peaches and celery, they loved it! Thanks so much!

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  77. That is perfect for a breakfast! What a healthy and delicious recipe.

    Fernando Cross

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