Let’s be honest, having breakfast prepped and ready to go before you even go to bed sounds like a plan for over-achievers!
But it can be done with just a handful of healthy ingredients in five easy minutes. In the morning, you’ll be so glad you did!
Warming and nourishing, these scrumptious oats are loaded with fiber, clean protein, and healthy omega-3s. They can be quickly heated up or eaten cold on the run. I like to multiply this recipe and have breakfast ready to go for the whole family on busy weekday mornings. (Super over-achiever!)
The natural sweetness from the butternut squash and the buttery taste of pecans deliver a comforting and filling breakfast. Add spices like cinnamon and ginger, and it’s all the flavors of fall in a mason jar.
This recipe is simple, healthy, and endlessly versatile. Add a tablespoon of nut or seed butter to amp up the protein and healthy fats, or toss in coconut flakes or stevia-sweetened dark chocolate chips.
If organic squash is in season, try to get your hands on some to bake for this recipe. The easiest way is to slice the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, then place face down in a lightly oiled glass baking dish. Bake at 350F for about half an hour, or until tender, then scoop out the cooked flesh. (Whatever you don’t use for overnight oats will make a delicious addition to your next salad or as a side at dinner!)
If fresh isn’t available, then cubed, frozen organic butternut squash is a convenient and delicious alternative, too. Typically, it’s been partially cooked before freezing, so steaming/baking times are much less.
And if cooking either one from scratch feels like too much work, you can also find canned pureed organic butternut squash at your local health food grocery store or online. No matter which option you choose, it’s worth incorporating this delicious fall veggie into your menu.
One last note: these oats get an additional boost of protein, fiber, and healthy fats from JJ’s All-In-One Protein Shake powder. Remember, not all protein powders are created equal.
It’s essential to avoid the top offenders for food intolerances and weight gain. Choose a shake powder that sources clean protein, which means no dairy/whey or soy, and keep your eye on the carb content. Ideally, you’ll stay under 3 grams of sugar per serving of protein powder in order to maintain healthy blood glucose and insulin levels.
Butternut Pecan Overnight Oats
October 5, 2019
Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1 and 3
Sweet butternut squash and buttery pecans are a delicious duo in this gluten-free, dairy-free overnight oats recipe, with protein to power you up and filling fiber to keep you going.
- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 6 hrs
- Yields: 1 Serving
1In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the protein shake powder, coconut milk, yogurt, pureed butternut squash, cinnamon, and ginger until thoroughly mixed and smooth.
2Stir in the rolled oats, chopped pecans, and chia seeds until well combined.
3Spoon into a one-pint jar with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight, before eating.
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