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Pumpkin Chocolate Protein Oatmeal

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And then comes my favorite part which is to top it with some mini dark chocolate chips! They melt super fast and give the oatmeal a fun extra sweetness and richness.

I know, I know pumpkin season has come and gone… but has it really?!

I belong to the school of thought that pumpkin flavored yumminess should not have an expiration date.

Well, okay, we should be at least be able to enjoy it all winter long because pumpkin is both magical and comforting all at once. It also packs a pretty amazing nutritional punch as well, so it’s a great choice no matter when you want to indulge!

Whatever the season, this hearty pumpkin chocolate protein oatmeal is the perfect way to refuel your body after a workout or to give you energy that will last ALL morning long!

 

If you’ve never made creamy stovetop oats you’re in for a treat! By making them on the stovetop they come out the perfect luscious texture every time.

STEP 1: Making stove top protein oatmeal is really simple. It may take a bit longer than zapping it in the microwave but the extra time invested is worth it! You’ll add 2 parts liquid to 1 part oatmeal. I used 1/2 cup of dry old-fashioned oats to 1 cup unsweetened almond milk but you can use whatever milk you personally like. I would avoid using only water because you’ll miss the added creaminess.

STEP 2: Bring oats and liquid to a rolling boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes. Cook until oats become thick and creamy.

STEP 3: Once oatmeal reaches desired consistency add all other ingredients – the vanilla protein powder, pumpkin spice, sweetener of choice, vanilla, and all that beautiful orange pumpkin! 

STEP 4: Mix to incorporate all the lovely ingredients and when you’re done it should look super creamy and delicious! If it seems a little thick you can always thin it out with a little more almond milk.

And then comes my favorite part which is to top it with some mini dark chocolate chips! They melt super fast and give the oatmeal a fun extra sweetness and richness.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Protein Oatmeal

No matter the season this hearty pumpkin chocolate protein oatmeal - is the perfect way to refuel your body after a workout or to give you energy that will last ALL morning long! 

Servings 1
Calories 327 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Oatmeal
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Packets Stevia or Sweetener of choice
  • 1 tbsp mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Combine oatmeal and Almond milk in a pan 

  2. Bring oats to a boil 

  3. reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 12-15 minutes until a rich creamy texture is accomplished 

  4. remove from heat an add pumpkin, spice, vanilla, protein powder, and sweetener. 

  5. Top with mini dark chocolate chips! 

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Chocolate Protein Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 424mg18%
Potassium 316mg9%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 25g50%
Calcium 524mg52%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin A 7IU0%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Now comes the best part–digging in! Doesn’t that look like the perfect start to the day!

This oatmeal recipe can be adapted to whatever flavors inspire you!

Alternative Topping Ideas:

  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Peanut butter + honey
  • Peanut butter and dark chocolate chips
  • Apples
  • Heart-healthy nuts
  • Chia seeds

Did you know that there are some amazing health benefits to Pumpkin?

  • It’s very high in beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body turns into vitamin A.
  • Pumpkin contains antioxidants, such as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. These can neutralize free radicals, stopping them from damaging your cells.
  • Pumpkin is also high in vitamin C, which has been shown to increase white blood cell production, help immune cells work more effectively and make wounds heal faster.
  • Pumpkin is high in vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin that may protect your eyes against sight loss which becomes more common with age.
  • Pumpkin is packed with nutrients and yet has under 50 calories per cup (245 grams). This makes it a nutrient-dense food. It’s also a good source of fiber which may suppress your appetite. That my friends is always a win!
  • Pumpkin also contains carotenoids which function as antioxidants. These compounds are linked to lower risks of stomach, throat, pancreas and breast cancers.
  • Pumpkin is a good source of potassium, vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants, which have been linked to heart health.
  • Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene which acts as a natural sunblock. It also contains vitamins C and E, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin which can help keep your skin strong and healthy.

Source: Healthline 

See, so many amazing reasons to not kick pumpkin to the curb once fall is over!

Here are so more of my favorite pumpkin-flavored recipes!

6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for healthier breakfast options and this oatmeal looks so delicious! I’ll be making this tomorrow morning, thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I love the pumpkin chocolate combo! So delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    what a great healthy breakfast to start off the new year!!

  4. Beth Klosterboer says:

    5 stars
    This is a great way to start any day. I love the pumpkin and chocolate flavor combo.

  5. 5 stars
    This is what I want for breakfast everyday! It’s that good.

  6. I don’t see the pumpkin listed in the ingredients. How much do you add?

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