There’s nothing I love more than good ol’ southern classics. By taking sweet potato pie and adding my own healthy flare, these Sweet Potato Pie Overnight Oats were born! Real mashed sweet potatoes (perfect for using leftovers) are mixed in with my classic overnight oats recipe alongside homemade Caramelized Pecans. This sweet and crunchy breakfast will satisfy your pie cravings with wholesome ingredients!
Happy Overnight Oats Week 2021! We continue this themed week with a dessert staple that screams southern charm. As you may know, I have been creating overnight oats recipes all week, many dedicated to my favorite desserts. By incorporating elements of the best desserts into oats, you can eat some of the most decadent sweets in oatmeal form. That means you can enjoy the flavors of desserts more often without guilt!
These overnight oats recipes, including Sweet Potato Pie Overnight Oats, have barely any added sugar content. Most receive their sweetness from a natural source like maple syrup or agave. Because sweet potato pie is such a delight, I decided to splurge on this recipe by adding homemade Caramelized Pecans. It is what really makes these oats extra special and decadent. I highly recommend it. Plus, the healthy sweet potato cancels out any added sugar from the pecans, right? Everyone deserves a treat for breakfast sometimes!
Plus, sweet potatoes are so good for you! They are a great source of beta carotene, potassium, and vitamin C. That’s quite a nutritional powerhouse to begin your day!
As written, these sweet potato pie oats are indeed vegan! I like to use vegan ingredient swaps such as almond milk, vegan butter, and coconut milk or cream. Both the Sweet Potato Pie Overnight Oats and the Caramelized Pecans are made with vegan ingredients, so my plant-based friends will love this recipe.
Not only are these oats vegan, but they are also gluten-free! I love to mindfully buy gluten-free oats because many folks find them easier to digest. Whole, less-processed rolled oats are the way to go, as they hold the most nutrition. For gluten-sensitive people, it is extremely important to still get servings of gluten-free whole grains for a healthy gut. Gluten-free overnight oats are the perfect breakfast to integrate into your routine!
To make the Overnight Oats:
Add all ingredients to a medium bowl, stirring until well combined.
Tightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours).
To make the Caramelized Pecans:
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add the butter and brown sugar, stirring until it begins to bubble. Add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut milk, and salt and whisk until well combined. Add in the toasted pecans and stir until pecans are fully coated. Once done, remove from heat and let cool (at room temperature) so that the sauce thickens, about 5-6 minutes.
To serve (hot or cold), add oats to a bowl or mason jar and top it with the caramelized pecans, and additional pure maple syrup, if desired.
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