Pumpkin Overnight Oats – This Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats recipe tastes like pumpkin pie and makes your mornings magical. (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
I’m allll about the overnight oats recipes around here.
We’ve got some well-stocked archives of overnight oats recipes (like, 9 more flavors to try!), and this pumpkin overnight oats recipe is our newest addition, just in time for fall.
I LOVE this cozy meal prep breakfast. It channels everything I love about pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie into one delicious breakfast I feel great about enjoying all season long.
You only need a few simple ingredients to get started on these healthy pumpkin overnight oats! Let’s take a look…
HERE’S WHAT GOES INTO MY PUMPKIN OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE:
We’re basing this recipe on my basic overnight oats recipe, with a few fall-inspired flavor twists. You’ll need…
- ROLLED OATS (GLUTEN-FREE, AS NEEDED). All my overnight oats recipes start with rolled oats. They soften overnight, but don’t turn into mush. (Gluten-free? See the FAQ!)
- CHIA SEEDS. Chia seeds add healthy fats, fiber, and plant-based protein. They’ll also thicken the oats into a more pudding-like consistency that I really prefer. If you don’t have them, or don’t tolerate them, you *can* skip them, just know your oats won’t be as creamy or thick.
- PUMPKIN PUREE. A little unsweetened pumpkin purée gives our oats the base of their pumpkin flavor. I love the pretty color! This is a great way to use up leftover pumpkin from other recipes, since you only need a little.
- MAPLE SYRUP + VANILLA. For sweetness, I add a little pure maple syrup and a splash of vanilla extract. I love that the vanilla adds the taste of sweetness while helping keep the sugar down!
- CINNAMON + NUTMEG + A PINCH OF SALT. To make my pumpkin overnight oats taste like pie, I add cinnamon and nutmeg. You can also swap out these two for a little pumpkin pie spice! A little pinch of salt wakes up and balances all ther other flavors (don’t worry–they won’t be salty!)
- ALMOND MILK. To finish up, I add almond milk. Feel free to use whatever milk you typically drink or enjoy, whether it’s dairy milk or dairy free–cashew, dairy, soy, oat, etc. If it’s what your family drinks, it’ll work for my pumpkin overnight oats!
- PECANS OR PUMPKIN SEEDS. And, because I can’t resist a little crunch, I like adding pumpkin seeds, toasted pecans, or a mix of both! I like adding some to the actual overnight oats, then adding a few more right before serving. So good!
MIX IT UP! TRY ONE OF THESE YUMMY WAYS TO SERVE PUMPKIN OVERNIGHT OATS:
- TRY DIFFERENT NUTS! You can totally swap out different nuts. I usually use pecans or pumpkin seeds for pumpkin overnight oats, but walnuts and hazelnuts are also delicious. Use what sounds good to you!
- MIX IN SOME DRIED CRANBERRIES. You can add another layer of fall flavor by adding 1-2 Tbsp. of dried cranberries to the mix. I love the subtle flavor they give! (PS – These are naturally sweetened! I get them at Sprouts.)
- TRY ADDING YOGURT. You can increase the protein by swapping out half the milk for yogurt. It’ll be thicker, add a bit of tang, and increase the protein in your pumpkin pie overnight oats!
- SPRINKLE WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS OR CACAO NIBS. If you love pumpkin and chocolate together (I totally do!), add just a few mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs to the top of your oats!
- ADD GRANOLA ON TOP. I really love adding something crunchy on top of creamy overnight oats. That’s usually nuts or seeds, but sometimes adding granola–like this pumpkin granola!–can be a great way to go.
- TRY DATES. Caramel-y and sweet, chopped dates can be another delicious addition to pumpkin overnight oats. (Don’t forget to remove the pits first!)
FAQ + TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE BEST PUMPKIN OVERNIGHT OATS:
DO YOU EAT PUMPKIN OVERNIGHT OATS WARM OR COLD? Typically, overnight oats are eaten cold, straight from the fridge like you would with chia pudding or muesli. If you’d prefer to warm them up, you can add them to a saucepan on the stove to heat through for 4-5 minutes, or you can microwave them for 1-2 minutes. You may want to add an extra drizzle of milk if you cook them. It’s up to you!
GLUTEN-FREE? READ THIS! Oats themselves don’t have wheat gluten, but they’re often farmed and processed in ways that can cause cross-contamination. If you’re gluten intolerant, be SURE you buy certified gluten-free oats. We like Trader Joe’s, One Degree, Bob’s Red Mill, and Thrive Market brands!
CAN I USE STEEL-CUT OATS INSTEAD? WHAT ABOUT QUICK-COOKING OATS? Honestly, this is mostly a texture preference thing. I do not like using steel-cut oats for overnight oats because they end up too chewy for my taste. Quick oats can get soggy/mushy since they’re thinner. I recommend rolled oats, but feel free to go another direction if you like.
HOW LONG WILL PUMPKIN OVERNIGHT OATS STAY FRESH? As a general rule, overnight oats last well 2-3 days in the refrigerator. If you plan to make them several days in advance, I recommend not adding the nuts until right before serving, so you can still enjoy a good crunch! Also know they’ll thicken up and soften over time, so you may want to add a little splash of milk before serving if it’s been a few days.
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- Pumpkin Pecan Granola
- Almond Flour Pumpkin Waffles
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