Overnight oats are a gloriously nourishing way to satisfying your morning sweet tooth—and this breakfast riff on pumpkin pie is no different! These healthy Pumpkin Overnight Oats have the comforting spiced and sweet flavor you expect from pumpkin pie, but in the form of a satisfying, nourishing bowl of oatmeal.
What are overnight oats?
Never heard of overnight oats before? Overnight oats are oatmeal that you make by letting them rest overnight (hence the name!) in the fridge instead of cooking on the stove. In the morning, you can eat it cold like a pudding, or you can heat it up if you prefer. If you’re new to making overnight oatmeal and want a full primer (plus lots of other easy-to-make recipes), check out our Overnight Oats 101 post.
What makes overnight oatmeal so special?
Overnight oats are in regular rotation in our house, and they frequently show up in my weekly meal prep session. Here’s why we’re such big fans of this no-cook oatmeal:
- Overnight oats are tailor-made for meal prep. Spend just a few minutes in the evening mixing up your oats, and you’ll have a grab-and-go breakfast in the morning!
- Overnight oats are easy to make in bulk. They are a staple of many meal prep menus for good reason—you can mix up an entire week’s worth of breakfast in just a few minutes.
- You can customize them to fit your dietary preferences. It’s easy to make these oats gluten-free, vegan, super healthy, or super decadent. Make them your own! We’re covering pumpkin overnight oats in this post, but once you get the idea of overnight oats down, you can go on to discover your own favorite combination.
- They can be as healthy (or as decadent) as you’d like. You are in control of how nutritious or rich (or both!) these oats become. Reduce the added sweeteners, mix in some protein powder or collagen peptides, or add in some superfoods like hemp seeds or chia seeds. The possibilities are endless!
- Overnight oats are just delicious! The oats soften up in the fridge to make a thick and sweet pudding that is totally yummy, decadent, and rich. Even my kid devours overnight oats!
Can you make substitutions to these overnight oats?
One of the glorious things about overnight oats is that they are super customizable! You can easily make swaps to suit your preferences. It’s simple to make these oats vegan, gluten-free, and low- or no-sugar. We cover all the substitutions you can make in our in-depth overnight oats post, but here are some specific swap ideas for these pumpkin spice overnight oats:
- Make it vegan: Use plant-based milk, plant-based yogurt, and maple syrup for sweetener.
- Make it sugar-free: Drop the sweetener and add 1/2 mashed ripe banana. Or use stevia or monk fruit sweetener in place of the maple syrup or honey if you prefer.
- Make it gluten-free: Make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
Do you eat overnight oats cold?
Most folks choose to eat them cold (that’s part of the grab-and-go appeal of them). If you’re not into cold oatmeal, just warm them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, stirring frequently, or in a small saucepan on the stove until heated to your liking.
Where can you find more overnight oats recipes?
We’ve got you covered when it comes to simple and easy overnight oats recipes! Here are some of the most well-loved recipes on Wholefully.