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Pumpkin Cocoa Overnight Oats

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I have a confession.  I do not like oatmeal.  I have tried it time and time again, but have experienced the same end result.  I just cannot get into it.  But do you know what I absolutely can get into?  And, in fact, have fallen in love with?  Overnight oats!  Overnight oats are kind of a “thing” in the blogging world.  It turns out that some people like their oats hot, while some people like them cold.  But I think what we can all agree on is that oats just taste down right good when they contain delicious ingredients like cocoa, pumpkin, and nut butters.  Seriously, can that combination get any better?  I think not!

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I am going to be honest with you.  I am by no means a professional photographer.  In fact, I am far from it!  However, I do have some food pictures that I am pretty proud of.  These pictures…not so much.  Some types of foods just simply refuse to photograph well for me (how rude, huh?), and overnight oats would be one of them.  As a result, you are just going to have to take my word on how absolutely delicious this breakfast treat is.  And yes, it truly does taste like a treat even though it is actually quite healthy.  You can’t beat that, my friends.

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Pumpkin Cocoa Overnight Oats

Servings: 1


2/3 cup whole rolled oats
1 TB chia seeds (I used the milled variety)
1 packet natural sweetener (I used Stevia)
1/2 TB cocoa powder
2 TB pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 1-2 TB

For toppings:

3/4 cup puffed kamut or brown rice cereal (I used the Arrowhead Mills brand)
1 heaping TB of raisins
2 TB peanut butter (I used peanut flour to make this)


1. Combine the oats, chia seeds, sweetener, cocoa powder, pumpkin, and 1/2 cup of almond milk in a bowl.  Stir until well-combined.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

2. In the morning your oats will be very thick so you will want to add in approximately 1-2 TB of almond milk and stir until it looks like this:

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3. Next, add the cereal and raisins:

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4. Finally, top it all off with the delicious goodness of peanut butter:

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I love using peanut flour for my overnight oats toppings because you can make it extra runny- perfect for mixing!  If you do not have peanut flour, then you could always melt your PB in the microwave for a few seconds.

5. Finally, stir it all up together:

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Are overnight oats pretty?  No, not really.  But then again, as I mentioned before, that might just be my photography skills (or lack thereof ;)).  This is definitely one of those instances where looks are very, VERY deceiving.  Overnight oats are where it’s at, especially when cocoa, pumpkin, AND peanut butter are involved.  This very well may be my new favorite Fall combo.

Now go make some amazingly delicious Pumpkin Cocoa Overnight Oats.  These will make you want to get out of bed in the morning.  They are that good…I promise!

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  • Jackie October 24, 2013, 7:42 am
    I love anything with peanut butter! I can't wait to try this! Jackie recently posted...My first WIAW!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 24, 2013, 4:02 pm
      You and me both!! :)
  • Meredith October 24, 2013, 8:06 am
    Yum these sound amazing!! Peanut butter on my oats is a necessity, so I can imagine cocoa and pumpkin make it out of this world good! Meredith recently posted...Appreciating the momentsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 24, 2013, 4:04 pm
      It is a super tasty combo! You should definitely give it a try.
  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog October 24, 2013, 10:26 am
    I'm not an overnight oats eater just for the fact that I can't imagine eating oats cold, but maybe if I start looking at it as just cereal, that'd be okay. This combo sounds delicious and perfect for fall! Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog recently posted...WIAW #52: Can’t Do EverythingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 24, 2013, 4:05 pm
      Yes, the oats are definitely more crunchy than soft so it makes it seem more like cereal. You should give them a try!
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies` October 24, 2013, 11:15 am
    You might not believe me in a a week of all oatmeal posts, but I'm not the hugest fan of oatmeal either. In fact, I've never even tried overnight oats (*gasp*! Bad blogger, bad!). I don't really like the texture somewhere between solid and pudding that oatmeal has, which is why I prefer steel cut oats -- where does overnight oats fall in the spectrum?
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 24, 2013, 4:06 pm
      I actually really don't like hot oatmeal, but LOVE the overnight oats. I think it is because the oats definitely have more of a crunchy/cereal-like texture when they are made in the form of overnight oats, whereas they are mushy when they are hot oats. You should definitely give overnight oats a try. You might be surprised!
  • Lucie@FitSwissChick October 24, 2013, 1:06 pm
    I love love looove overnight oats! And pumpkin with chocolate is such a perfect combo. I just wait for my peanut flour delivery and then I am going to make this!! Lucie@FitSwissChick recently posted...Throwback Thursday – the past in picturesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 24, 2013, 4:06 pm
      Awesome!! Let me know what you think when you try them! :)
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes October 24, 2013, 1:19 pm
    I don't like oatmeal either - only in cookies!! ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 24, 2013, 4:07 pm
      Oatmeal in cookies is definitely the BEST way to eat it!! ;)
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 24, 2013, 2:33 pm
    Confession: I love oatmeal, but I"m not a fan of overnight oats. That being said I've always made mine with yogurt and I hear it might be better with chia seeds -- definitely going to try it out.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 24, 2013, 4:07 pm
      Do it and let me know what you think! It is funny because it seems like people either love oatmeal or hate it, and either love overnight oats or hate them. There doesn't seem to be much in between.
  • Em @ Love A Latte October 24, 2013, 2:47 pm
    Of course this looks amazing! Looks like quite a happy way to wake up and eat that breakfast! Thanks for sharing. I'm not a professional photographer either haha :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 24, 2013, 4:08 pm
      I am glad to hear that I am not the only one ;). My photography skills pail in comparison to most!
  • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen October 24, 2013, 3:57 pm
    Peanut flour? Never heard of that! I need to invest bc I love pb oats! Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen recently posted...Getting Enough ProteinMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 24, 2013, 4:09 pm
      Oh you really MUST try it!! It is absolutely amazing. You can find it in most stores and a lot of people order it online.
  • sarah k @ the pajama chef October 24, 2013, 4:22 pm
    i really like overnight oats--what a fun flavor! sarah k @ the pajama chef recently posted...Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal CookiesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 24, 2013, 7:35 pm
      Me too! I am sad that it took me so long to try them. I just recently started eating them over the past few months. Silly me!
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness October 24, 2013, 9:58 pm
    I usually think of overnight oats as a summer food but these sound perfect for fall. I love the addition of pumpkin and cocoa. Pumpkin and chocolate is pure perfection. Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted...radio ramblingsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 25, 2013, 11:45 am
      Isn't it a great combo? I have been loving it lately. I am obsessed with overnight oats and will probably continue to eat them through the cold Winter months.
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats October 25, 2013, 1:33 am
    nom nom nom!!! This looks delicious ;) Now I just need Australia to start selling canned pumpkin! Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted...Friday FavouritesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 25, 2013, 11:46 am
      I still can't believe they don't sell it!! That is just wrong! :(
  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 25, 2013, 8:59 am
    My favorite version of an overnight oat is mixing COOKED oatmeal (either steel cut, old fashioned or a mix of both) with greek yogurt and berries all mixed together with peanut butter. Love love love. Favorite meal ever. It is my favorite post run meal and I often it for lunch too! meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Weekend Time – Needing a Break From RoutineMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 25, 2013, 11:47 am
      Adding PB into overnight oats is the best thing everrr!
  • GiGi Eats Celebrities October 25, 2013, 8:17 pm
    Looks like you get to enjoy a little piece of Thanksgiving dessert until the big day! You're prepping yourself ;) GiGi Eats Celebrities recently posted...The Deck of DeathMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 25, 2013, 9:15 pm
      I sure am!! I can never get in enough pumpkin! ;)
  • Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change October 26, 2013, 6:01 am
    I think I'm going to make these for tomorrow - sounds so good! Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change recently posted...When School Ate My Life.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 27, 2013, 11:36 am
      Please let me know if you did and how they turned out!
      • Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change November 1, 2013, 9:19 am
        It turned out really good - it was really different than any other ONO recipe I tried but was great! I add some blueberry flax granola (Wild Harvest) to it and it was delicious. Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change recently posted...When School Ate My Life.My Profile
        • ClnEatingVegGrl November 1, 2013, 9:57 am
          That sounds like a tasty addition! I am glad you liked it! :)

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