Pumpkin pie overnight oats are an easy, make-ahead breakfast with no cooking involved. This creamy oatmeal recipe includes pumpkin puree, fall spices, and maple syrup - flavors reminiscent of your favorite fall dessert!
So, what are overnight oats? Old fashioned oats are soaked in milk and yogurt overnight in the refrigerator. They're ready to enjoy first thing in the morning - no cooking needed!
Pumpkin overnight oats are perfect for fall. They're made with pumpkin puree for added fiber and nutrients, maple syrup, crunchy pecans, and cozy fall spices.
Enjoy your overnight oats cold, just like a bowl of cereal, topped with chopped pecans and fresh fruit.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Oats - Old fashioned oats have the best texture for overnight oats. Instant oats are too thin and powdery, getting mushy when allowed to sit overnight. Steel cut oats can work but need additional liquid and turn out a bit chewier.
- Canned pumpkin puree - You'll need plain canned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling for this recipe. Pumpkin pie filling has added sugar and spices that will make your oats too sweet and heavily spiced.
- Milk - Any type of milk works with this recipe, like whole milk, skim milk, or almond milk.
- Maple syrup - Can be substituted with honey, brown sugar, or granulated sugar. The sweetness can also easily be adjusted by adding more or less of your preferred sweetener.
- Yogurt - I used plain Greek yogurt for this recipe, but vanilla yogurt would also work.
- Pecans - Can be substituted with any type of nuts, like walnuts or sliced almonds. Top with vanilla granola for extra flavor and texture.
- Flavor - Vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg add flavor to your oats. Cinnamon and nutmeg can be substituted with an equal amount of pumpkin pie spice if you have it on hand.
Tips and tricks
- Use a tightly sealing container - For easy transportation on the go, use a small tupperware container or glass jar with a tightly sealing lid. I recommend a 16 ounce wide-mouth mason jar (like shown above), which allows extra space for toppings like fresh fruit.
- Use old fashioned oats for best texture - Instant oats are too thin and turn out mushy. Steel cut oats turn out chewier and will need about ¼ cup of extra milk.
- Add extras - Fresh fruit, nuts, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and shredded coconut add flavor, texture, and heartiness to your overnight oats.
- Make ahead - For best texture, allow your oats to refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
Frequently asked questions
No, canned pumpkin puree is already cooked. It is steamed and pureed before canning, therefore it is ready to eat straight from the can.
Overnight oats require no cooking and can be eaten cold. The ingredients are mixed together the night before, stored in the refrigerator, and can be enjoyed straight from the fridge in the morning.
Yes, overnight oats can be warmed up just like traditional oatmeal. Microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring frequently, until warmed to your desired temperature, or warm up on the stovetop over medium heat.
Yes, overnight oats will keep for about 5 days in the refrigerator, but the texture is best within the first 2 to 3 days.
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup, or more to taste
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
- In a 16 ounce mason jar or other container with a lid, add oats, milk, yogurt, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla, and spices. Stir until combined. Seal with a lid and refrigerate at least 8 hours, or overnight.
- Just before serving, top with chopped pecans. Oats can be enjoyed cold or microwaved until warmed through.
- Overnight oats will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator, but the texture is best within the first 2-3 days.
- Greek yogurt can be substituted with an additional ¼ cup of milk, plus a splash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
- Old fashioned oats are best for making overnight oats. Steel cut oats will remain very chewy and instant oats will get soggy.
- Cinnamon and nutmeg can be substituted with an equal amount of pumpkin pie spice.