Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats // Happy Food Healthy Life

Before anything, I’m really sorry for the crappy picture quality I have going on here. .No excuses.  It just is what it is.  I make my oats in the evening around 8, so this is just what worked for me. (edit… updated pictures were added October 2013.)

Overnight oats have definitely been a thing in our household.  Between rushing out the door in the morning and getting ready for work at the gym, we’re not left with a lot of time for breakfast.

I’m always trying to come up with some new ideas on flavor combinations, and I think this one is my favorite, with the Pina Colada variety a close second.  When I first decided to make a pumpkin chocolate chip flavored oatmeal, I did it purely for the taste.  My honey then reminded how healthy pumpkin is for you.  That’s something I tend to forget.  Obviously, once we add all the sugar, eggs, and pie crust to it during Thanksgiving time, it starts to lose it’s healthy attributes.

Pumpkin is full of a ton of vitamins such as:

  • Alpha-carotene
  • Beta-carotene
  • Fiber
  • Vitamins C and E
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Pantothenic acid

On top of all that, pumpkin offers protection from many things we worry about today.

Diabetes Protection

According to Livestrong.com , pumpkin contains a protein-bound polysaccharide that is reported to actually increase the level of  insulin in the bloodstream, which helps lower blood sugar.

Heart Protection

Located in pumpkin seeds and pumpkin oils are omega-3 fatty acids, , including alpha-linolenic acid or ALA, which support cardiac health.  ALA in pumpkin seeds and pumpkin reduces cardiac death by preventing  heart attacks

Cancer Protection

Pumpkins, along with other winter squash, contain compounds called  cucurbitacins. These compounds have proven to be effective at  slowing the development and growth of cancerous tumors of the breast, colon,  lung and central nervous system.

With all these welcome benefits, I think we can all agree that pumpkin is a tasty and healthy food that I think we should try to remember to incorporate into our regular diets.  In this particular recipe, I absolutely love the added crunch of the few chocolate chips I throw in there. Of course, you could use cocoa nibs or anything else that tickles your fancy.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats // Happy Food Healthy Life

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/3 cup pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • dash or two cinnamon
  • Tablespoon of chocolate chips or cocoa nibs
  • milk of your choice (low fat, soy, almond, coconut, etc) - enough to cover ingredients
  1. Combine oats, yogurt, protein powder, pumpkin, chia seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon and honey into a jar. Top with milk to cover ingredients and sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
  2. Leave in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Shake to combine all ingredients. Add more milk if desired.


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  1. T says

    I’m a huge pumpkin fan and I love these. Its a perfect healthy mix of all my faves, oatmeal, pumpkin pie, and pumpkins smoothies. So yum and so healthy. Perfect for my post workout breakfast. Between the oats, chia, pumpkin and greek yogurt this snack packs pretty close to 20g of protein.

  2. Jasmine says

    with the pure pumpkin can i just use a normal pumpkin? we dont have any pumpkin in a can here haha what are alternatives?

    • says

      Vanessa, I eat this directly from the fridge, which took a little getting used to. But I realized that especially in the summer time after a workout, it was really refreshing and better than cooked oatmeal.

  3. Madison says

    I tried this and it turned out amazing! Instead of cinnamon I added 1/4tsp of pumpkin pie spice, and the oats taste IDENTICAL to pumpkin pie. Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  4. Cassidy says

    I am a vegan but would loveeee to try this recipe. I tend not to buy vegan yogurt only because it can be a bit pricey. What would you recommend as an alternative? Or could the recipe go without it?

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Cassidy, the yogurt is what adds to the creaminess although the pumpkin does a great job stepping in on this one. I’m sure you could try and omit it, maybe adding a titch more water or milk (of your preference).

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Carol, I imagine you could. There are quite a few recipes out there for pumpkin oatmeal. I didn’t think I would like cold oatmeal either, but with all the different flavors you can add in, it’s more like a parfait than an oatmeal.

    • Holly Waterfall says

      oh, and I wouldn’t microwave with the yogurt. That would turn into a big mess and probably not taste that great!


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