I’m a little obsessed with overnight oats. As much as I’d love to have the time to cook big, elaborate breakfasts, I just don’t have the time. That’s why overnight oats are the solution for me. I can whip them up in a few minutes, throw them in the fridge overnight, and they’re good to go in the morning. And, since I’ve been craving the flavors of fall lately (hello, pumpkin spice!), I decided to tweak my traditional recipe to create these Pumpkin Overnight Oats.
One of the big reasons why I love overnight oats is that they’re nutritious. Steel-cut oats have lots of iron in them (in case the “steel-cut” didn’t tell you). And, they’ve got lots of antioxidants and fiber, which are also good for you. Add in some pumpkin, which is also a total nutrient powerhouse (lots of vitamin A and fiber!), and you’ve got a breakfast that’s both nutritious and delicious.
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For even more nutrients, I topped my Pumpkin Overnight Oats with pumpkin seeds. I love that it’s getting easier to find pumpkin seeds in stores—they’re really good for you AND they’re delicious. If you can’t find any in your grocery store, you could always order some online, too. (Here’s my favorite pumpkin seeds, which you can get off of Amazon [affiliate link].)
I also love that it’s really easy to modify the Pumpkin Overnight Oats recipe to meet various dietary restrictions. Because they’re made with oats, they’ll never be paleo. But, you can easily make this recipe dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan by choosing your milk, oats, and protein powder carefully. I personally used almond milk and plant-based protein powder for mine. If you’ve never used plant-based protein before, it definitely tastes different than whey protein. But, I think it’s delicious!
So just how easy is it to make these Pumpkin Overnight Oats? Just grab the ingredients, pour them into a container, give ’em a quick mix, and put the container in the fridge. They’ll be ready for you in the morning. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Give these Pumpkin Overnight Oats a try! I think you’re really going to like them. If you’re not ready to make them yet, be sure to pin this recipe for later!
Pumpkin Overnight Oats
These easy Pumpkin Overnight Oats are the perfect healthy way to enjoy the flavors of fall!
- 3/4 cup steel-cut oats (use gluten-free if necessary)
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (dairy or non-dairy)
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
Mix all ingredients together until well-combined.
Leave in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 3-4 hours to give the oats time to soften.
Optional: top with pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts, or fruit.
The protein powder you use will affect the taste of the Pumpkin Overnight Oats. You may want to adjust the amount of maple syrup you add depending on whether your vanilla protein powder is sweetened or not.