Have pumpkin pie for breakfast with this healthy pumpkin pie overnight oats recipe. It’s fast, easy, vegan, gluten-free and delicious!
I know most people enjoy overnight oats during the summer months and start back on warm oats in the fall, but I simply had to make a pumpkin overnight oats recipe. And you know what, it’s actually perfect for those early fall days when it’s still pretty hot outside, but you’re already starting to crave all things pumpkin.
This particular overnight oat combo is one of my absolute favorites! I basically wait all year for it. Pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spices and almond milk give the oats a creamy texture and fall flavor that I love.
If I’m craving more protein I’ll add a little protein powder or Greek yogurt to the mix but I don’t always find it necessary — especially if I’m adding pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds) and hemp seeds as a topping.
The add ins and toppings are totally customizable so feel free to experiment with what works for you!
Ingredients Needed for Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
old fashioned rolled oats – rolled oats are the best for overnight oats. Instant/quick oats and steel cut oats don’t work the same because they don’t absorb liquid the same way rolled oats do.
almond milk – I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but any type of milk will work.
maple syrup – pure maple syrup is the perfect natural sweetener to use because it’s liquid so it blends in nicely with the oat mixture and I personally love the flavor. Honey or another natural liquid sweetener will work here. If you want to reduce the sugar in this recipe, feel free to use a sugar alternative like stevia or monk fruit.
chia seeds – these little seeds add a bit of fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids and they help absorb some of the liquid which gives the oats a thicker consistency.
sea salt – a pinch of sea salt is the perfect flavor enhancer and brings out the nutty flavor of the oats.
hemp seeds and pepitas – for some crunchy toppings, but these are totally customizable feel free to get creative!
How Long Do Overnight Oats Need to Soak?
Given the name, you’d assume overnight oats need to soak overnight, but you can actually make them in 2-4 hours if you’re in a rush. While it does take some time for the oats to absorb the liquid, they don’t necessarily have to be soaked overnight.
I recommend at least 8 hours for true overnight oats, but there have been mornings where I decide I want overnight oats for breakfast even though I didn’t prep them the night before. When this happens I’ll make them the morning of and let the oats soak for just 2-4 hours. With this quick soak, they’re not as soft as overnight oats that have soaked longer and they’re a bit more liquidy, but they’re still delicious.
How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?
When stored in an airtight container in the fridge overnight oats should last for up to 5 days. They will soften more the longer they sit so I find they’re best on days 1-3, but they’re still safe to eat on days 4 and 5. With this said, overnight oats are great for meal prep. Feel free to make a whole batch for the week on Sunday. I like prepping them in wide mouth 16 oz mason jars.