Nutrient Packed Pumpkin Overnight Oats with Tumeric and Ginger


By Danielle Staub, MS, RD, CDN
Digestive Disease Dietitian

Not sure how to use cancer fighting spices in your everyday cooking? Try this Overnight Oats with turmeric and ginger in honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month!

This recipe uses the anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting spices, turmeric and ginger. The pumpkin kicks it up a notch, making it feel rich and indulgent—perfect for a fall morning!  

Overnight oats is a great alternative to traditional oatmeal. Pumpkin is full of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. You can use canned, unsweetened pumpkin in this recipe.  Oats provide fiber, magnesium, protein, and potassium.  By simply soaking the oats in liquid you are essentially “cooking” the oats, making them more digestible and avoiding the need for the microwave altogether.

Bonus—this recipe takes all of 5 minutes to put together.  The end result is a super creamy, hearty and delicious breakfast! When you make this recipe, you will truly feel like you’re “kicking cancer in the kitchen!”.


Overnight Oats with Tumeric and Ginger

Recipe adapted from Siggis Dairy.


  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup milk of your choice (almond, coconut, or soy milk work well in this recipe)
  • 1/3 cup siggi’s plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger 
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. maple syrup


  • Combine all ingredients in a container.
  • Store in the refrigerator until the oats absorb all the liquid (at least four hours, ideally overnight).
  • Can be served cold or warm.

*Top with almond butter, crushed nuts, shredded coconut, or ground flaxseed for extra calories and protein. 

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 210, Protein: 13g, Total Fat: 4g, Total Carbohydrates: 30g, Sugars: 10g, Fiber: 5g.

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