This is a variation of our overnight oats base recipe. Overnight oats are great for breakfast and can make busy mornings a breeze. This pumpkin pie overnight oats recipe tastes like fall, but we’ll happily make it any time of year!
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Culinary Tips for Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
Want to make breakfast for the entire week or for the whole family? To speed up prep time, make a big batch in a bowl, then divide into individual servings.
Toast the peptias or purchase toasted peptias for best flavor.
- Oats: use old-fashioned or quick oats. Old-fashioned oats create a firm, chewy texture; quick oats create a soft, mushy texture. Do not use steel cut oats, as these have to be cooked for optimal digestion.
- Milk: use regular or dairy-free milk. Don’t have milk? You can also make overnight oats with water, but they won’t taste as creamy.
- Pumpkin: substitute canned or mashed sweet potato or butternut squash.
- Greek Yogurt: substitute regular plain yogurt. Choose a fat content that works with your overall diet. Choose sugar-free varieties and sweeten to your taste. Want to make your overnight oats vegan? Simply leave out the yogurt or substitute a plant-based yogurt.
- Maple Syrup: substitute any sweetener. You can also use jam, juice, or pureed fruit in place of sweetener.
- Cinnamon: substitute any variety of sweet spices – allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice.
- Pepitas: substitute sunflower seeds or toasted slivered almonds.
Feel free to add other mix-ins or toppings: fresh fruit, chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut flakes, cocoa powder, nut butter, flavor extracts, etc.
Need some overnight oats recipe inspiration?
Use our base recipe as a guide, or check out some of our favorite overnight oats variations!
Overnight Oats are a Healthy Breakfast
The first meal of the day can affect how you feel for the rest of the day. A balanced breakfast should contain complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. The featured ingredients in this healthy overnight oats recipe are oats, Greek yogurt, and pumpkin. This recipe also contains natural sweetener, but far less than many breakfast cereals.
Oats of any variety are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Complex carbohydrates are important for steady energy and focus. (1, 2)
Making overnight oats with Greek yogurt creates a creamy texture and taste. Plus, it adds a nutritional boost! Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, calcium, and gut-friendly probiotics.
Pumpkin puree is a great source of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals – important for digestion, steady energy, and metabolism.
Less Sugar than Breakfast Cereal
Overnight oats aren’t just for breakfast! They can also be a great snack or post-workout treat. Serve hot or cold.
How to Store Overnight Oats
Store overnight oats in the refrigerator. They’ll be ready to eat the next morning but can be stored for up to one week. The longer the oats are held in the refrigerator, the mushier they will become.
Want some more healthy breakfast recipes?
Check out these healthy base recipe breakfast ideas, then adjust to YOUR taste!
Overnight oats are great for breakfast and can make busy mornings a breeze. This pumpkin pie overnight oats recipe tastes like fall, but we will happily make it any time of year!
- ½ cup old fashioned or quick oats
- ½ cup milk or milk alternative
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon mini dark chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or to taste)
- Dash cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Mix oats, milk, pumpkin, yogurt, chocolate chips, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a bowl. Top with pepitas or add them in the morning.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Toast the pumpkin seeds for best flavor.
Substitute maple syrup with any sweetener of your choice and adjust flavor to taste.