Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats is a delicious, healthy, make-ahead breakfast packed with flavor!
Made with real pumpkin puree, old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spices, optional vanilla protein powder, and a touch of sweetener, these oats are a creamy pumpkin dessert-like breakfast that is packed full of protein and fiber and is sure to be your go-to breakfast for busy fall mornings.
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
This recipe for pumpkin overnight oats is loaded with goodness and is so easy to modify and adapt for picky eaters. You’ll be amazed at the combinations you can create. Let the kids add their own toppings, that way, they are more likely to eat it.
What are overnight oats?
Overnight oats is an oatmeal dish that involves soaking oats in milk or yogurt for at least four hours (or overnight.) The oats plump up, soften and become very creamy. They are then typically topped with fruit, nuts, or seeds and served cold. (Although many people love to eat them warmed up too.)
Why you should make this recipe for Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- Quick and simple to prepare – 5 minutes of prep and you’ll have breakfast ready when you wake up.
- Tastes amazing – Pumpkin Overnight Oats Taste almost like pumpkin pie, only much healthier, and you can easily adapt the recipe to your taste preference.
- Healthy – Full of protein and fiber, they are a perfect healthy on-the-go breakfast
Overnight Oats have been a lifesaver for us. The preprepped, grab and go aspect of this breakfast really takes the stress out of getting everyone fed and out of the house on those busy mornings.
Pumpkin Overnight Oats Ingredients + Tips
(Ingredients at a glance, find the full recipe in the printable card at the bottom of the post.)
- Milk of choice | You can use any kind of milk; unsweetened almond milk, coconut, soy milk, or dairy milk for this recipe.
- Old-fashioned rolled oats | Old-fashioned rolled oats are the best, do not use steel cut. You could use quick cook oats, bu you may need to reduce the amount of liquid.
- Pumpkin puree | Make sure you buy pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling has sugar and spices already added.
- Sweetener of choice | Use whatever you have on hand; maple syrup, brown sugar, zero calorie sweetener, or even chopped dates will sweeten up these oats.
- Chia seeds | Chia seeds help thicken up the oats and add some texture. You can use ground chia seeds if you can’t find whole chia seeds. Black or white are both good. These seeds add fiber, protein, and some Omega 3s. They are real powerhouses!
- Pumpkin pie spice | Pumpkin pie spice adds warm fall flavors to the oats. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can make your own by using 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.
- Vanilla protein powder | Adding protein powder is optional but bumps up the amount of protein in the oats, which will help keep you fuller longer.
- Pinch of Salt | Salt brings out the subtle nutty flavor in oats.
- Optional toppings| pecans, pumpkin seeds, whipped cream, maple syrup, caramel sauce, chocolate chips – what ever you have on hand.
How To Make This Pumpkin Overnight Oats Recipe
1.Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl or mason jar. Stir well to combine. Taste for sweetness; adjust as needed.
2.Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 4 hours.
3.When ready to serve, the overnight oats can be eaten cold or warmed up in the microwave. Top with optional toppings, and enjoy!
- Keep a few mason jars on hand and portion the oats into individual servings. This makes it easier to grab a jar on the go if you have to rush out in the morning.
- Make a double batch so you have breakfast for a week.
- Make your Pumpkin Overnight Oats gluten-free by using gluten-free rolled oats.
- If the oatmeal is too thick in the morning, add a bit of milk before serving.
- You can freeze leftover pumpkin puree in the freezer.
Pumpkin overnight oats recipe variations
- The options are endless for changing up these oats! Any nuts or seeds will work well. Ground flax or hemp seeds can also be added.
- Use vanilla-flavored plant-based milk instead of unflavored.
- Add yogurt for extra creminess. (If you use plain, you may need to up your sweetener.
- Sprinkle extra cinnamon on top.
- Add fresh or dried fruit just before serving.
- Add a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter.
Place overnight oats in an airtight container in the fridge, they will keep for up to 4 to 5 days. I like to divide up my oats and store them in 8 oz mason jars; that way, they are ready for a grab-and-go breakfast.
Do you need to cook overnight oats?
No! Overnight oats do not need to be cooked. They soften up after a few hours as they soak up the moisture in the bowl or jar.
Are overnight oats healthy?
Yes, overnight oats can be part of a healthy diet. Oats are a good source of fiber and protein, so they will help fill you up. Adding nuts and adds more protein, fat, and fiber – go crazy with your toppings!
How long do overnight oats need to set?
It usually takes a few hours for the oats to soften up and absorb the moisture. You can always give the oat a taste test; if they are slightly chewy, then they need more time to soften.
How long can I keep overnight oats in the fridge?
Overnight oats will last for 4 to 5 in the fridge. I don’t recommend freezing them.
Can I add the nuts and seeds when I combine the oats and milk?
If you’d like your nuts and seeds to have some crunch, then it is best to add them just before you eat the oats. If they sit in the oat and milk mixture for a few hours, they will get soft.
Can I add fresh fruit to the oat and milk mixture?
I prefer to add fresh fruit just before I eat the oats. You can add the fruit to the oats and milk but again, they may get mushy if they are sitting in the jar or bowl for a few hours.
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Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats are made with oats, real pumpkin and protein powder! Packed with pumpkin pie flavors, fiber and protein for a healthy breakfast.
- 2.5 cups milk of choice (unsweetened almond milk, coconut, etc…)
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 2 tablespoons sweetener of choice (maple syrup, brown sugar, zero calorie sweetener)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1.5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- optional: scoop of vanilla protein powder
- optional toppings: pecans, pumpkin seeds, whipped cream, maple syrup, caramel sauce
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Stir well to combine. (Taste for sweetness, adjust as needed)
- Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight or at least for 4 hours.
- When ready to serve, oats can be eaten cold or warmed up in the microwave.
- Top with optional toppings, and enjoy!
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.