Pumpkin Overnight Oats with Cinnamon Cashew Cream and cranberry nut topping! A vegan pumpkin overnight oats recipe perfect for those Fall breakfasts. I might have snuck in some extra pumpkin spice too! Gluten free, healthy, easy, and oh so nourishing! Bring on the pumpkin ya’ll!
Pumpkin Overnight oats, it’s like the equivalent of the Summer smoothie bowl obsession, but in Fall form. You know I’m right, right? But let’s back up a bit. Let’s talk about this week . Oh man. I’ve never been so excited. And again excited for the little things. We’re traveling to a place with the cooler weather to expand our careers. It’s the first week of fall. And I finally get some quality time with my husband. That is after I attend my workshop. I don’t know what it is about Fall, but to me, it feels like a renewal. The transition in seasons and a change in the air and colors around us.
Change; never in my life have I like change so much. Change that brings good. Change that brings creativity, nourishment, warmth, and in this case some mighty fine vegan cranberry pumpkin overnight oats with cinnamon cashew cream. I might have snuck in some pumpkin spice too. On top of the cranberry. That just fits, ya know? But really, changes in the air for a reason. Our bodies crave more than just salads, smoothies, and cold sandwiches. It needs extra ” cuddling, ” per se.
Don’t believe me? You should really read my other pumpkin bread post about how we need carbs during the Fall. It’s really true! We crave more warm and carb rich food because our circadian rhythm is adapting to the change in environment. Less sunlight means we need more Vitamin D. Vitamin D controls Serotonin production (source). Serotonin is the “feel good” neurotransmitter. Healthy Carbs, like gluten free oats and starchy vegetables (pumpkin) raise your insulin a bit, which then can help convert tryptophan into that feel-good neurotransmitter, serotonin. Phew, that makes sense right? Bottom line, our nutrient and macro nutrient needs adjust as the seasons adjust. Well, that and sweet cinnamon vegan cashew cream is amazing and a must for all Fall baking and breakfast oats/porridge. Plus it’s loaded with zinc and magnesium (power antioxidants)! Just sayin…
Now, just as our bodies are changing and adapting, so is our schedule, goals, etc. Am I right? Yes, life is like a bowl of pumpkin overnight oats with cashew cream. It’s filled to the brim with goodness, smells heavenly, and is just waiting for you to embrace it spoon and and bowl! Ha ha, see what I did there? Yes life is like that.
Apparently I’m extra corny during this transition into Fall as well. As I should be, my husband and I have been through a ton this past year and we’re realizing that as years go by, if we don’t adapt to the growing pains with each other, then years pass without any fruitfulness.Instead we just feel depleted and weathered . I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of that type of living. Which is why Fall is the perfect time to feed that body, mind, soul, and relationships.
So let’s welcome the pumpkin overnight oats with open arms. Let’s embrace all things cinnamon spice vegan cashew cream (trendy as it may be, there’s something about it). And let’s slow down and savor the first week of FALL ya’ll!!! Hey seasonal food that puts a smile on our face and energy in our body.
Ok enough mushy monday feel good talk. I’m ready to share the first PUMPKIN recipe of 2016. Just a few days shy of the official Fall equinox. Now you can feel good about face planting this gluten free bowl of goodness afterwards. OK.?
Nutrition for 2/3 cup oats 2-3 tbsp cup cashew cream.
Get ready for more Fall inspired recipes this week ya’ll. I’m feeling inspired, nourished, and ready for change. And I’ll discuss more on that topic later.
Ever made pumpkin overnight oats? How about a sweet version of cashew cream?
The two are made for each other. Like a LOT!