Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oatmeal—THM Friendly!

Hello, readers!  I am finally back with a new recipe!! Sorry that it’s been a while. September is usually a happy month because summer ends and autumn officially begins. I love autumn! I was rather melancholy this September because my Citadel grad was preparing to leave for active duty. He left yesterday, and my momma heart has been hurting. Letting him go off to college was hard, but wasn’t as bad because we knew he would be home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, summer  and weekends in between. This departure, though, is harder because we have no clue when he will be able to come home. He is farther away, so weekend visits are out of the question, and since he doesn’t know his schedule yet, we can’t hope for Thanksgiving/Christmas visits. However, he is very happy to finally begin his career, and that makes me happy for him.

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If you’ve been reading my posts any length of time, you will know that I love all things apple and pumpkin this time of year. Just plug “pumpkin” into the search bar and you will find quite a few recipes! Pumpkin spice anything is very popular in the fall. I am not a coffee drinker so pumpkin spice lattes don’t even tempt me. However, I do love the THM overnight oatmeal recipes that I’ve tried. Yummy! This morning I decided to make up my own using the pumpkin spice recipe that I shared here. I know, mixing it up this morning didn’t allow it to be an overnight recipe. Mixing it up in the morning, though, allows me to just zap it in the microwave and eat it quickly. I loved the way it turned out! If you enjoy pumpkin spice, too, give it a try for breakfast tomorrow!

1/3 c. old-fashioned oats

1-1/2 tsp truvia

1-1/2 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp. of pumpkin spice mix

pinch of salt

dash of vanilla

1/3 c. Greek yogurt

1/3 c. unsweetened almond milk

1-2 tbsp. pumpkin puree

Combine all the dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Stir in the wet ingredients.Taste just a bit to see if the spices are enough.You might want to adjust for flavor. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, just give it a stir and eat! Yields one serving.

Since I didn’t let mine sit overnight, I put it into the microwave for about 60-90 seconds, stirring every 30-45 seconds. You can also heat it after letting it sit overnight.

Strawberry Cheesecake Fat Bombs and Overnight Oatmeal

I haven’t felt very creative lately, so coming up with new recipes has not been high on the priority list. Maybe it is because I am feeling the summer slump (no road trip planning going on like last summer) or maybe it is because it is July. July has become a bittersweet month for me over the years. Many of my family members and friends have birthdays in July which make it a fun month, and my parents’ anniversary was July 3, 1956! I just love this picture of them!

Image (54)Back in July of 1972, my parents moved our family and our farm (about 15 goats, 2 horses, 3 dogs, and several rabbits!) from NJ to SC. We often say it was the best thing that they did for us!

July also has its sad memories for me including the death of my dad in 1989, and the loss of our 3rd child mid-pregnancy in 1992. I often find myself a wee bit melancholy during July. I am so very thankful to have the love of my God who does all things well. He is good all the time! All the time He is good.

Today I am sharing 2 recipes that I discovered over on the THM Face Book page. I’m telling you…the ladies on that page are amazing creators when it comes to on-plan recipes! I have a notebook full of recipes that I printed from that page!

The Strawberry Cheesecake Fat Bombs recipe comes from lowcarbsosimple.com. I made these last night and they were a big hit with everyone who tried them! The only change I made was that I used about 1-1/2 tbsp of Truvia as my sweetener instead of the erythritol or liquid stevia since I don’t have either of those ingredients. I also used the coconut oil option instead of the butter. I also used my mini muffin pan since I don’t have candy molds. You can find the recipe here. Give them a try! you will be glad you did!

The other recipe I’m sharing is also delicious! It is called Peaches and Cream Oatmeal and you can find it here. I made the recipe exactly as written except for switching out the peaches for diced strawberries. It is sooo good! I think that the strawberry version can do without the nutmeg, though. Next time I will leave that out.  I also gave mine about 65 seconds in the  microwave to warm it up a bit since I don’t like my oatmeal cold. If you are often rushed in the morning, you definitely want to give this a try! It is great making it up the night before so it is all set for breakfast in the morning!