Enjoy all the comforting flavors of a sweet pumpkin pie with this easy overnight oats recipe you can prep ahead.
This Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats recipe combines so many of my loves:
- pumpkin pie
One of the greatest things about overnight oats is how many different flavors you can add. I mean…I love oatmeal and have a special place for a hot bowl of oatmeal with the family on a Sunday morning, but overnight oats are an amazing alternative to regular oatmeal because they can be modified in so many different ways. This means your morning breakfast never has to be the same!
If you love pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, and oatmeal, then you’re gonna love this overnight oats recipe. It combines all the pumpkin spicy flavors, but in a new, healthy way.
And if you happen to need some homemade pumpkin puree, go here. It’s the good stuff.
If you’ve never tried overnight oats before, let me answer the questions I get asked the most often. Hopefully, it will help answer any questions you may have.
How Long Can You Keep Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats are the perfect make-ahead breakfast because they last in the fridge for 4-5 days. Assuming you add your overnight oats to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge per the directions, you’ll be able to enjoy them for the whole week. Plus — since they’re so easy to make, you can make a week’s worth of overnight oats in less than 30 minutes.
Can You Make Overnight Oats with Quick Cooking Oats?
I recommend making overnight oats with rolled oats (also known as old fashioned oats). Compared to rolled oats, which are nice and thick, quick cooking oats are much more broken down and processed. Quick cooking oats are made to cook fast so they’ll turn to mush if left overnight or longer in liquid whereas rolled oats will hold up and absorb the liquid.
Alternately, steel cut oats don’t work well in overnight oats either because they are too thick so they won’t break down or absorb the liquid the same way as rolled oats.
Do You Cook Overnight Oats?
Nope, you don’t need to cook overnight oats. Allowing them to sit overnight in the fridge will give the oats time to absorb the liquids and flavors. You add raw oats, spices, and flavors in the beginning, but you’re left with an oatmeal texture in the morning. No need to cook at all!
Wondering if you need to heat them up when ready to eat? The answer is you don’t need to heat it up – you can enjoy them right out of the fridge if you’d like (or heat them, if you wish). To heat, just place in the microwave for about two minutes and you’re good to go!
How Long Do Overnight Oats Soak?
While overnight is an easy answer, it really just requires enough time for the oats to absorb the liquids. Usually, that means about 4-5 hours, ideally 7-8 hours.
What Size Mason Jar For Overnight Oats?
I like to store my overnight oats in mason jars, but any airtight container with a lid will work. The best size mason jar for one serving is 16 ounces as that will be pretty much filled to the top. Depending on your recipe, you may want to use a 1 quart mason jar so you have room for toppings, but that will for sure leave space at the top and a 4 ounce mason jar is typically way too small.
Okay, I think that just about covers all the questions I normally get (and had myself before I started making overnight oats for myself). But feel free to leave any questions in the comments below if I missed anything 🙂
More Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes
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- Fresh Peach Cobbler Overnight Oats
- Banana Nut Overnight Oats with Walnuts
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup organic pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- Toppings: chopped pecans, pepitas, and/or cinnamon
- Seal the container (mason jars work great) or cover with plastic wrap.
- Place in fridge for 4-6 hours, preferably overnight.
- Overnight oats can be eaten cold or reheated in microwave for 1-2 minutes if you prefer it heated.
- When you’re ready to eat, just top with crushed pecans and cinnamon.
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