Satisfy your pumpkin pie cravings on Autumn mornings with a jar of healthy pumpkin pie overnight oats. With only 5 minutes of prep time, its easy to whip up a whole week’s worth of healthy breakfast for your family!
I’m not one of those moms who can serve up a continental breakfast every morning. Its either we eat a hot breakfast, or we get out the door by 8:00 AM. My husband leaves for work before we wake up, so lets just say, I’ll take all the help I can get to make the mornings go smoothly so that we can get off to school on time!
Having breakfasts prepped ahead of time has been a life saver for me. There are a handful of healthy make ahead breakfast recipes my kids LOVE to eat in the mornings and I pretty much make them on repeat week after week. Overnight oats is one of them. (and probably their favorite!)
I mean, what kid wouldn’t want pumpkin pie for breakfast, right? This recipe is thick and creamy and loaded with pumpkin spice flavor.
There are so many different ways to make overnight oats. (this chocolate version is a big hit at our house) Almost all of the recipes I’ve seen call for chia seeds. I really didn’t want to include chia seeds in mine since they give my kids tummy aches. So I tried making some without and after a bit (or maybe a lot) of tweaking I ended up with this yummy recipe that is easy on sensitive little digestive systems!
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What are overnight oats?
As the name suggests, overnight oats are oats that are soaked in milk or some other liquid overnight. The oats soak up the milk making them soft enough to eat uncooked.
Overnight oats have a very different texture from regular oatmeal. The consistency is something like pudding or a mousse. Unlike regular oatmeal, overnight oats are almost always eaten cold but you can warm them up in the microwave if you aren’t a fan of cold oatmeal.
Are overnight oats a healthy breakfast for kids?
Just like regular oatmeal, this overnight version is a good source of protein and fiber. Also high in antioxidants! Using Greek yogurt there is the added benefit of live probiotics that support a gut health. Pumpkin pie overnight oats may taste like a treat but they are a healthy breakfast for your kids as well!
Try my recipe for Homemade Greek Yogurt in the Instant Pot to make this recipe even more budget friendly!
how to make pumpkin pie overnight oats:
- Oats – Rolled old fashioned oats. You could use gluten free oats if you want.
- Honey – Raw honey for sweetness and flavor.
- Maple Syrup – Maple syrup adds an extra Fall time flavor to these pumpkin pie overnight oats.
- Greek Yogurt – Plain is what I recommend, but vanilla or honey would work just fine! I use my homemade greek yogurt
- Milk – Any kind of milk works in this recipe: whole, 2%, skim, almond milk, coconut milk, or even whey left over from making yogurt.
- Vanilla Extract – Because everything is better with vanilla! I use my homemade vanilla extract.
- Canned Pumpkin Puree – for flavor, texture and moisture. The canned kind where the only ingredient is pumpkin. No added spices or sugar.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – Those wonderful Fall flavors all mixed together. Nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, all spice…yum yum! If you don’t have premade pumpkin pie spice on hand, don’t worry! There is an easy way to make your own included in the recipe below.
can you make overnight oats without chia seeds?
Yes! I used to make them with chia seeds, a common ingredient in overnight oats. But they were giving my kids tummy aches. That is why this recipe doesn’t call for chia seeds. The texture is a bit different but, still nice and thick and creamy!
can you use non-dairy milk in overnight oats
Yes. I have made this recipe with almond milk and it tastes great! (Maybe even better)
Can Overnight Oats Be Gluten Free?
Yes! Just use gluten free oats in place of the rolled oats in this recipe.
topping ideas for pumpkin pie overnight oats
- homemade honey whipped cream
- a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice
- chopped walnuts or pecans
- a drizzle of maple syrup
how to make pumpkin pie overnight oats
Stir – Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir well to combine.
Refrigerate – Refrigerate the overnight oats for at least 4 hours to let the oats soak and thicken before eating.
Pumpkin – Use a good quality canned pumpkin puree. Canned pumpkin varies a lot by brand. I like to use Libby’s brand since it has the best flavor of any kinds that I have tried.
To Serve – Enjoy these overnight oats plain or topped with homemade whipped cream for the full pumpkin pie effect. Add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and chopped pecans to top it off.
Prepare in Small Single Serving Containers – or jars to help the mixture to set up faster and to make eating easier in the morning.
Warm Them Up – in the microwave if you prefer warm oatmeal.
Store – in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Variations – Use non-dairy milk in this recipe in place of the milk or gluten-free oats in place of the rolled oats.
More healthy Breakfast recipes on the blog
If you liked this recipe, I think you’ll really enjoy these other healthy breakfasts on the blog!
- Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Chunky Date and Pecan Granola
- Chocolate Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal
- Healthy Jumbo Banana Muffins
I hope you love this recipe for healthy pumpkin pie overnight oats! If you make them, I’d love for you to come back and leave a comment and rating so that I know how you like them!
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