These pumpkin overnight oats are an easy no-cook breakfast that tastes like a healthy pumpkin pie filling. The oats are flavored with pumpkin and fall spices and take about 10 minutes to prep. Make them ahead for an easy breakfast during the week.
If you turned a pumpkin pie into a healthy breakfast you would get these pumpkin overnight oats. These overnight oats are so easy to make and are a perfect grab-and-go breakfast during the week. Ever since I shared my chocolate overnight oats, we’ve been making overnight oats quite often.
We’ll usually prep all the dry ingredients into the jars on Sunday night and then add the wet ingredients the night before we want to have them for breakfast. I’ve shared strawberries and cream overnight oats, too, and I wanted something for fall so now we have these pumpkin overnight oats.
I’m a little surprised Mr. K hasn’t gotten sick of having oats for breakfast nearly every morning but I am happy that it means he’s starting his day off with something healthy. I’ve been making a lot of pumpkin recipes lately and these overnight oats are a great way to use up leftover pumpkin puree.
What are overnight oats?
If you’ve ever cooked rolled oats you know they can take a while to cook and soften, which doesn’t make them a quick and easy breakfast for weekdays. Overnight oats solve that problem because when you soak the oats in liquid and let them sit in the refrigerator overnight, they soften by the time you are ready to eat them the next morning! Overnight oats are very versatile and you can flavor them so many ways.
Do you eat pumpkin overnight oats cold or warm?
Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold from the refrigerator. Because the oats soak in milk (or milk substitute) they are nice and soft after sitting in the fridge overnight and there’s no need to further cook them in the morning.
Some people don’t like the idea of cold oatmeal, so you can warm them up in the microwave the next morning. You may need to add a bit more milk since a lot of the liquid gets absorbed overnight.
How long do overnight oats last?
If you mix the oats with the milk and keep it in the refrigerator, overnight oats will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. After three days, the oats will start to get soggy.
I like to just mix the dry ingredients together ahead of time and store them in a cool, dry place. The next before I want to eat them, I just add the wet ingredients, mix it all up and keep it in the fridge overnight. Doing it this way means I prep the dry ingredients for a whole week ahead of time.
Can I use quick oats to make pumpkin overnight oats?
Well, you can but they don’t need to sit overnight. Quick oats will absorb the liquid faster so you can make them about 30 minutes before you want to eat them. If the quick oats sit overnight in the liquid, they will be very soggy the next morning.
What kind of milk should I use for overnight oats?
I like to use skim milk, but you can use any kind of milk you like 2% and whole milk work great. You can also use almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, and cashew milk.
The recipe I’m sharing for pumpkin overnight oats makes one serving, but you can easily scale it up to make a big batch for your weekly breakfast prep. This easy breakfast is perfect for fall and I like to have mine along with a pumpkin spice latte for an extra pumpkin kick.
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/16 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- Add all ingredients into a glass jar (I use 8 oz mason jars. You can use even bigger jars but do not use smaller than 8 oz because the oats will expand . Mix with a spoon until evenly combined. Taste and adjust honey or spices if needed.
- Seal jar and refrigerate overnight. Consume within 2 days. To add a little texture, garnish with pumpkin seeds right before serving.
- This recipe is for a single serving. You can also make several ahead of time for weekly meal prep. I recommend you only add dry ingredients into the jars and store them sealed in a cool, dry space. The night before you plan on eating one, add the liquid ingredients, mix and then refrigerate.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.