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April 25, 2012

Butterscotch Pumpkin Overnight Dessert Oats

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I can't believe this is healthy.  It tastes like pure sin.

One bite and you'll be hooked.

It'll feel like you're "cheating" on your diet, even though you're not straying one bit.

"This has got to be bad for me," you say.  But the little angel on your shoulder tells you otherwise...

... wait, that's not an angel, that's just the ingredient list!

Butterscotch Pumpkin Overnight Dessert Oats:  [low fat/sugar, high fiber/protein, GF, vegan]
(serves one very lucky person)
Step 1:
   1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin, canned
   1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
   1-5 packets Sweetener*
   1/2 tsp Cinnamon
   1/4 tsp Nutmeg
Step 2:
   3-4 tbs Unsweetened Almond Milk
   1-2 tsp Molasses (to taste, I use 2 tsp)
   1/8 tsp Butterscotch Extract
   1/2 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (GF if you like)
   1/4 cup Dried Cranberries (no sugar added)
   1 tbs Raw Pecans, chopped (optional)

*I used five stevia packets, and lemme tell ya, this was one sweet bowl of oats!  I definitely adore this breakfast/dessert, but if you're the type who likes mildly sweet foods, give it a taste in the morning and sweeten it from there.  Truvia, erythritol, sucanat or even maple sugar would be incredibly delicious here!

1.  In your serving bowl (I would say medium/large), mix together the pumpkin and protein powder (it's okay if there are clumps).  Add in the sweetener and spices and stir again.
2.  Add the Step 2 ingredients and stir again (you can add the cranberries and pecans later if you want).  Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge overnight.  Enjoy first thing the next morning!

This breakfast bowl is pretty big, so look forward to a whole bunch of spoonfuls that look like this!

I know what I'm making for breakfast all next week tomorrow  ;)


  1. You are on a roll lately, girl! (speaking of which... I bet a cinnamon roll cookie dough recipe would be awesome. Just saying ;)!!) Quick question: Where do you find butterscotch extract? Me want!

    1. PB&Jenny,
      So sorry, I forgot to give the link! This is the brand I absolutely love:

      Amazon also sells other amazing brands (and other extracts/flavorings) and it's usually cheaper online, as extracts can get expensive.

      PS: GREAT COOKIE DOUGH IDEA!! That sounds amazing, actually, MORE than amazing. I'll have to try that like, ASAP ;)

  2. This looks amazing! I keep seeing overnight oats everywhere but I've never tried it (unless you count Muesli). I may have to try this one!

    1. Thanks, it's surprisingly fun to make. You get to smell all the wonderful scents and flavors so you get excited to wake up the next morning. When I make overnight oats I NEVER press the snooze button ;)
      Hope you like it!

  3. This looks wonderful. I've been wanting to make some overnight oats for a while, but it's been so dreary and cold where I live that I've been sticking to warm. This will definitely be one of the first things I try when I finally take the plunge! Yummm.

    1. I guess it's easy for me to make overnight oats because it's in the 90s here in AZ!
      Hmmm... maybe wrap yourself in a cozy blanket and fuzzy slippers? (I think every morning should start like that)
      Hope you like it when you try it :)

  4. I'm SO impressed with this oatmeal - the color is phenomenal and the texture is just so creamy. The topping offers the perfect contrast for the pudding. So awesome... I am featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It's a pleasure to be following your creations…

    1. Thanks so much! I think this is the first dish where molasses tasted GOOD as a straight-up drizzle. I really appreciate the feature :)

  5. yep. making this. my boyfriend will swoon!

  6. This is nothing short of....AMAZING! It really rang in the fall for me! Thank you so much for sharing a healthy comfort food....within moments of eating it this morning, I had shot your link off to 5 friends!!! :)

    1. Aw thanks so much! Glad you liked it, I'm definitely making this for tomorrow now :)


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