Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Pumpkin overnight oats are a wholesome, nutritious breakfast packed with cozy fall flavors! You only need 5 minutes of prep time for the perfect grab-and-go meal prep breakfast option.
Ah, pumpkin season. The time of year when we pull out our coziest cardigans and enjoy pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin donuts, and pumpkin overnight oats.
Pumpkin overnight oats?! Well, they may not have been on your fall agenda before, but once you give them a try, you’re going to want to enjoy this autumnal breakfast on the daily. Like all overnight oats recipes, they’re ridiculously easy, super healthy, and this version tastes a little bit like pumpkin pie.
About this pumpkin overnight oats recipe
Overnight oats let you skip the cooking and enjoy a delicious oatmeal breakfast with practically no effort. As the oats sit in a jar with the milk, pumpkin puree, and yogurt, they soften up, just like they would when you cook them on the stovetop.
By the time morning rolls around, the oats are tender and ready to enjoy. Eat them straight out of the fridge, or pop them in the microwave to heat them up a bit if you like your pumpkin overnight oats warm and toasty. (Although we usually prefer overnight oats cold, this pumpkin version is especially good warmed up on a chilly fall morning with some pumpkin spice cocoa!)
What you need
- Old-fashioned oats – Also known as rolled oats. Don’t use quick oats or steel-cut oats!
- Milk – Use dairy milk or your favorite plant-based milk.
- Pumpkin purée – Be sure to buy the unsweetened kind, not pumpkin pie filling.
- Vanilla Greek yogurt – Plain works too! You may want to add a splash of vanilla extract, though.
- Maple syrup – Make sure to use pure maple syrup, not the artificial kind.
- Chia seeds – Feel free to omit these or substitute them with hemp seeds if you want to make this recipe without chia seeds. Flax seeds are also a great nutrition boost!
- Pumpkin spice – Use store-bought or homemade pumpkin pie spice!
Note: To make vegan pumpkin overnight oats, use additional plant milk to make the recipe with no yogurt, or simply swap in your favorite plant-based yogurt.
How to make them
Combine the ingredients. Place all of the ingredients in a mason jar.
Cover and shake to combine.
Tip: If you don’t have a mason jar, you can use any airtight container or stir the ingredients together in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate. Put the jar in the refrigerator and chill overnight.
Serve. Take the jar out of the fridge, give it a good stir, and serve with additional maple syrup, chopped pecans, or any other toppings you like.
While it depends on how you prepare your oats (I.e., how much sweetener you add!), overnight oats are generally considered a healthy breakfast, with protein, whole grains, and other nutritious ingredients. Oats have a number of health benefits, from supporting weight loss to lowering blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of heart disease.
No, canned pumpkin is already cooked, so there’s no need to cook it prior to adding it to these pumpkin overnight oats.
We like to use 16-ounce mason jars because it leaves room to shake them up and add lots of toppings.
How to make these pumpkin overnight oats your own
Here are some of our favorite ways to customize pumpkin overnight oats:
- Add protein. Use half a scoop of unflavored or vanilla protein powder for a protein boost.
- Stir in dried fruit. Raisins or dried cranberries are both a delicious addition to these overnight oats.
- Top them. In addition to maple syrup and nuts, you can top your pumpkin overnight oats with apple compote, vanilla yogurt, granola, or a drizzle of melted almond butter.
Make Ahead Ideas
You can store these overnight oats in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For even longer storage, freeze them for up to 3 months in a freezer bag, jar, or airtight container. Thaw the oats overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
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Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Overnight Oats
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup pumpkin purée
- ¼ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
- Place all your ingredients into a mason jar. Place the lid on the jar and shake to combine.
- Put the oats in the fridge and let them sit overnight.
- Serve with an extra drizzle of maple syrup or even some chopped pecans.
- You can store these overnight oats in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For even longer storage, freeze them for up to 3 months in a freezer bag, jar, or airtight container. Thaw the oats overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
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