My friend and I were talking about our weight (I know popular women talk) and how we are wanting to keep it under control, well, for me loose a few pounds. She said she started eating her oats and yogurt together, mixing it then letting it sit overnight. My friend said it tasted good and filled her up and she was able to grab and go with it. I thought why not give it a try, it’s always nice when a friend you trust tries something first right? It wasn’t the first time I’d heard about eating oats and yogurt together but I just thought it was a strange combo but now I was eager to try it. The Better Homes and Gardens Magazine suggested a basic recipe of mixing a quarter cup fruit and oats with six ounces of yogurt. Since we are into all things pumpkin right now, I wondered how good would pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie spices be. I mixed the pumpkin pie breakfast oats together and crossed my fingers it would taste good. Surprise, it was really good for eating healthy food, I mean of course I would love to add a bunch of sugar and make it unhealthy but that wasn’t the point here. Letting the oats sit in the yogurt overnight expanded the oats and the texture changed, it reminds me of eating granola in yogurt. minus the crunch. If you are not crazy about texture you may not like it but I really like it. If you’re not into pumpkin pie then you really wouldn’t be reading this but what I wanted to say is change up the basic recipe by adding any fruit in the place of the pumpkin puree, and toss out the spice too. I just made a strawberry one and it tasted so good too, the sky’s the limit on how creative you could get. I hope you enjoy this recipe and make eating during the holidays more healthy.
Healthy Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Oats
3/4 cup vanilla unsweetened Chobani Greek yogurt
1/4 cup pureed pumpkin fresh or canned
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup whole oats (old fashion)
1 T. honey (more if you have a sweet tooth)
Step 1: Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate covered overnight. I used a little half pint jar to put mine in. Enjoy in the morning or as a snack anytime of the day.