Wake up to creamy, festive nutrient-packed Vegan Pumpkin Overnight Oats. This recipe is made ahead of time so you can enjoy a leisurely and healthy treat in the morning! It is brimming with amazing fall flavors and is ready in less than 10 minutes!
A jar or bowl of these delicious dairy-free overnight oats every morning will make you feel fuller and energized. They’re nutritious, flavorful, and one of the simplest breakfasts you’ll ever make. They are perfect for meal prepping and can easily be customized. So, you can jazz up your morning treat by adding fruits and other goodies.
It is a great pick-me-up meal to get your day started, especially on those frantic mornings. This can be made ahead, so all you need to do is enjoy this sweet and filling breakfast treat straight from the fridge. You’ve got oats, fruits, seeds, and milk with the lovely taste of pumpkin for a protein and fiber-rich breakfast or a delectable dessert.
Why Make Pumpkin Overnight Oats?
Weekday mornings can be quite hectic and making a balanced breakfast for your family can be a challenge with everything that you have to prepare. By allowing a few minutes of your time the night before to make these amazing treats, you save yourself from a stressful morning. Also, oatmeal is very nutritious, and soaking them overnight with pumpkin pie spices gives it a distinct taste and may offer even more benefits than their cooked version. It’s a versatile power food because it can be eaten in so many different ways and choices for toppings are endless. Whether it’s with your favorite fruits, nuts, or simply maple or vanilla on top will still give you a delicious breakfast.
This dish comes together using simple ingredients and a mason jar.
Plant-based milk – I always go for the unsweetened one. Cashew, almond, and soy work well.
Pumpkin puree – Either canned pumpkin or pumpkin puree made from scratch will work. If using store-bought, make sure to get canned pumpkin rather than pumpkin pie filling. Check the sugar content to ensure we’re not making it too sweet.
Maple syrup – Pure maple syrup is an excellent natural sweetener to use and combines well with the oat mixture. It also has a flavor that I enjoy. Feel free to use agave as an alternative.
Vanilla – This gives the oats a lovely depth of taste and aroma.
Pumpkin pie spice – For a pumpkin pie flavor, this is a must! You can make your own pumpkin pie spice blend or get one from the local supermarket.
Old-fashioned oats – Overnight oats are best made with rolled oats. Steel-cut oats and instant/quick oats aren’t the same as rolled oats because they don’t absorb liquid as well.
How to Make Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Just mix together oats, pumpkin puree, a blend of fall spices, fruits, and milk.
In a large mixing bowl, refrigerate the mixture. You may transfer the oats to the mason jars and prepare your servings once they’ve been set. Before breaking up the mixture, allow the oats to soak up all the liquid and form a more consistent texture. It’s also possible to prepare them directly on glass or mason jars.
Leave this mixture in the fridge overnight, and it’s ready in the morning.
Check out this video walk-through to really see how EASY it is!
How Long Do Overnight Oats Need to Soak?
Oats should be steeped overnight, as their name suggests. If you’re in a hurry, you can make them in as little as 2-4 hours. It takes some time for the liquid to be absorbed by the oat. For actual overnight oats, allow at least 8 hours. Because the oats were not given enough time to blossom, a quick soak may not yield the same effects as an overnight soak.
How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?
If stored properly, oats can last up to 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Oats grow softer as they rest longer, which I prefer on days 1-3. Days 4 and 5 are still safe to consume. They’re perfect for preparing meals, and one of my favorite things to do is to prepare them in mason jars. As a result, you can start working on a week’s worth of overnight oats on Sunday and not have to think about breakfast again until Saturday. How convenient!
Keep in mind that we’re starting with the overnight oatmeal as the base. With the additional ingredients, you may be as inventive as you’d like.
When it comes to fruits, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries are all excellent choices.
For a creamier flavor, try topping your oats with your favorite nut butter or plant-based yogurt. Greek yogurt is tasty, too!
Finally, feel free to add a textural element to this recipe. Some of our favorite toppings include shredded coconut, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and slivered almonds. Before you take your first taste, drizzle maple syrup or your favorite natural sweetener on top.
Tips and FAQ
Set aside some toppings to add in the morning for a crunchier, textured breakfast. Adding nuts to your breakfast in the morning, rather than soaking them the night before, adds extra crunch.
This treat works nicely with both fresh and dried fruits. Nuts, nut butter, granola, seeds like chia and hemp seeds, and spices like cinnamon will take this superfood breakfast to the next level. Get creative and have fun because the possibilities are endless! Any ingredient that has to be soaked ahead of time can be added to the oats for soaking.
Here are some flavorful combinations to help you get started:
Blueberries + pecans + maple syrup
Coconut flakes + almonds + lemon zest
Apples + cinnamon + maple syrup
Peanut butter + banana
Can I warm overnight oats?
Personally, I like the convenience of getting a jar of oats from the fridge and eating them cold. However, if you want to warm yours up, you’re welcome to do so. Stir with a bit more milk if necessary. Put the overnight oats in the microwave for a minute. It’s delicious, either way!
Can I freeze overnight oats?
No. Freezing is not a good idea. The oats’ texture will be different, and they will be overly watery.
Here are some other on-the-go meal prep meals that I’m sure you’ll enjoy, similar to the overnight oats.
Salted Caramel Overnight Oats – are you short on time but still crave a filling and delicious breakfast? These salted caramel overnight oats will rock your world! Try them!
Yogurt Parfait – this yogurt parfait is a perfect breakfast option that is so quick and easy to whip together and leaves you feeling satisfied for hours.
PB & J Smoothie – this PB & J Smoothie is delicious and packed with healthy fats.
Sweet Potato Toast – an easy and nutritious, versatile way to enjoy sweet potatoes in the morning.
Wake up to a creamy, festive nutrient-packed Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats. This recipe can be prepped ahead and is an easy, healthy breakfast treat waiting for you in the morning. With some of your favorite fall flavors, this makes for a yummy transition from summer to fall or your everyday morning meals ready in less than 10 minutes!
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