The reality of spending a year in Alabama, including the 21 hour drive has not quite sunk in yet. I have already begun my search for a place to live, since I would like to avoid having to bring my entire bedroom contents down. So many happenings in so little time. I thought graduation was enough to handle! But life and the rest of my senior year continues.
This morning I tried a combination of 2 oatmeal recipes from Eating Bird Food. I had some leftover pumpkin, so I decided to make my favorite pumpkin pie overnight oats from her blog, but added in some extra fullness power with a scoop of vanilla protein powder. If you don't have protein powder, no biggie, I think I actually prefer it without, but it did fill me up a bit more. A little out of season, yes but I am such a big pumpkin fan that anytime of year is suitable for me!
Protein Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
adapted from Eating Bird Food
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 T chia seeds
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
2/3 cup milk
2 T canned pumpkin
Combine the oats, protein powder, chia seeds, and spices in a small bowl. Add the milk and pumpkin, and stir to combine. Let it sit overnight in the fridge, and enjoy in the morning!
I added a blob of homemade pumpkin butter to mine which enhanced the pumpkin pie feel. If you've never heard or seen chia seeds before, they are a newly found nutritional obsession. I see them on countless blogs and websites. They offer a lot of protein, fiber, and healthy fats, and have a "gel-like" capability when put in a liquid, which makes foods (like these oats!) thick and filling. And yes, they are in fact the same thing as the Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! Pets I think everyone had, or received as a yankee swap gag gift years ago. Do they still sell those? My favorite was the head with hair. Oh the wonder years...