There's no such thing as the perfect breakfast…
But, I truly believe that we can combine nourishing foods and get pretty darn close. 😉
This recipe — Cultured Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats — ticks just about all the Traditional Foodie boxes. (Are you a Traditional Foodie? Find out here!)
Soaked whole grains? Yep. (Find out why we soak our grains.)
High in protein? That too.
Probiotic goodness? Of course. 😉
Veggies for breakfast? Extra points!
All that, plus… this recipe is seasonally festive and requires ZERO cooking! (Repeat after me: “Extra 15 minutes of sleep.”)
Combining kefir and oats and letting them sit overnight is a big cheat… resulting in a cultured breakfast porridge that requires no cooking! The enzymes and friendly bacteria and yeasts in the kefir get to work on the oats — pre-digesting and softening them so that they don't even need to be heated.
Add in pumpkin, maple syrup, and spices — and let it all sit together overnight — and the flavors just get even better.
Cultured Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
Yield 2-3 servings
High in protein and probiotics, these Cultured Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats are a quick, no-cook, and nourishing breakfast for busy mornings!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1-3/4 cup kefir
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup + 1 tablespoon additional (or stevia + organic maple extract to taste)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons cultured cream cheese, softened (homemade or Nancy's brand)
Combine all ingredients, except cultured cream cheese and additional maple syrup, in a medium-size, glass bowl.
Mix to combine and thoroughly wet the oats.
Cover and place in the refrigerator for 8 hours, preferably overnight.
Then, combine the cultured cream cheese with additional maple syrup in small bowl.
Cover and place in the refrigerator.
To serve, layer pumpkin pie oats with extra kefir, maple syrup, and cinnamon or nutmeg for a lovely breakfast parfait!
Don't have kefir? Use plain, full-fat yogurt instead!
Trim Healthy Mama Option:
With a couple of adaptations, this can be your next Trim Healthy Mama E (Energizing) breakfast or dessert!
- Use skimmed, raw milk to make the kefir.
- Substitute stevia and organic maple extract to taste, in place of maple syrup.
Try these cultured oats another way…
Use pre-soaked and dehydrated oats for crunchy pumpkin pie oats! Simply mix together all the ingredients, except the oats. Layer the oats with the pumpkin-kefir mixture and enjoy a crunchy pumpkin pie parfait right away! No need to wait overnight!
Have you ever made overnight oats?
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