Pumpkin Overnight Oats
These creamy pumpkin overnight oats are a filling and delicious breakfast — and they’re so easy to make! This recipe is filled with healthy ingredients, but it tastes like dessert.
I love oatmeal for breakfast, but sometimes I don’t have time to prepare it before heading out the door. That’s why I love overnight oats! I can prepare them the night before and then in the morning, they’re ready to go! These oats would also be a great lunch to pack for work or school. You only need a few ingredients, and this recipe will keep you satisfied until lunchtime. Oats are a whole grain, which means they’re a good source of protein and fiber. The chia seeds also add fiber and healthy fats. So this recipe is healthy and filling!
How to Make Overnight Oats
Add the oats, milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and salt to a jar. Stir until well combined to ensure that the oats are completely submerged in the milk. Let the oats sit in the fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight. You can enjoy them cold or you can warm them in the microwave.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Rolled Oats– Rolled oats or old-fashioned oats work best in this recipe. Quick-cooking oats tend to break down too much when sitting overnight.
- Pumpkin– Be sure to use pumpkin purée, not pumpkin pie filling. This is a great way to use up a little extra pumpkin that you may have left over from other recipes.
- Milk– I used almond milk, but you can use dairy, coconut, or any type of milk you prefer.
- Maple Syrup– I used a little maple syrup for sweetness, but you could also use honey or stevia if you prefer.
- Vanilla– A little vanilla extract helps add sweetness.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice– This adds that classic pumpkin pie flavor! If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, see below for how to make your own! Or you can substitute it with cinnamon.
- Salt– A pinch of salt enhances the overall flavor.
- Pumpkin Seeds– If you like a crunchy topping, try adding pumpkin seeds or granola on top before enjoying.
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice
I often keep storebought pumpkin pie spice in my pantry, but if you don’t have any, you can make your own! To make your own, combine:
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
What are Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are tiny seeds that are packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats, calcium, manganese, and magnesium. When mixed with a liquid, they expand and thicken. They create a puddling-like texture in these overnight oats. You can typically find chia seeds in the organic section of the grocery store, but you can also order chia seeds on Amazon. If you don’t have chia seeds, don’t worry — you can still enjoy this recipe! The oats just won’t be quite as thick.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to let my oats sit overnight? No, the oats will be ready after just a few hours. But they can be soaked overnight, so you can make the oats in advance if you like.
- Can I eat these oats warm? Absolutely! If you like warm oats, simply pop them in the microwave for a minute or two to warm them up before enjoying.
- Can I make this without sugar? I recommend some sort of sweetener for the best flavor. I’ve made these oats with stevia and I like the taste. You could also use monk fruit or whatever alternative sweetener you like. I recommend adjusting the amount to taste as it doesn’t measure the same as maple syrup.
- What if I don’t have a jar? Any small container with a tight-fitting lid like a Pyrex container will work fine. You can also repurpose containers like glass yogurt or spaghetti sauce jars! I recommend using a container that is at least 16 ounces so you have room to stir the ingredients together.
- Can I double the recipe? You sure can! Feel free to make a double or even a triple batch of these overnight oats so you can enjoy them again and again.
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These creamy pumpkin overnight oats are a filling and delicious breakfast, and they’re so easy to make! This recipe is filled with healthy ingredients, but it tastes like dessert.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (uncooked)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Pinch of salt
- Pumpkin seeds or granola for topping (optional)
- Add the oats, milk, chia seeds, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and salt to a jar.
- Stir until combined.
- Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight.
- Top with pumpkin seeds or granola and enjoy.
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