These Creamy Pumpkin Overnight Oats Take Literally 5 Minutes to Make

Nourishes body and soul.

By Camille Styles
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At yesterday’s editorial meeting, our team was bouncing around the recipes that we’re making right now, and two themes emerged: nourishment and ease. During these busy fall months, we want food that makes us happy and satisfied, but usually there’s no time for meals that require a lot of prep. And that’s especially true in the morning—I try to start my day with journaling / coffee / quiet time before my kids get up. Then it’s the mad dash to get everyone out the door and attempt to squeeze in a workout. Which leaves approximately zero time for cooking, so I rely on simple, make-ahead breakfasts, like these pumpkin overnight oats, to fuel my morning hours.

I think you’re going to love this breakfast recipe that’s gluten-free, vegan, and tastes like pumpkin pie. And all you have to do is combine the ingredients in a jar, shake it up, and then pop it in the fridge the night before.

easy pumpkin overnight oats recipe
easy pumpkin overnight oats recipe

Why overnight oats are the perfect breakfast for busy mornings


First things first: the main thing that makes overnight oats different than regular oatmeal is that you don’t have to cook them. The oats (and chia seeds, if you’re using them) get soaked in a liquid overnight that softens them to a delicious and easily-digestible consistency.

You might be wondering if you can eat overnight oats warm, and the answer is yes! Though you can totally eat them straight out of the fridge, I actually prefer my pumpkin overnight oats warmed up a bit. Just pop your jar or bowl into the microwave for about 45 seconds, add toppings and devour.


If you’re a Sunday meal prepper like I am, you’re going to be obsessed with having a few jars of these pumpkin overnight oats in your fridge for the week ahead. Sealed in an airtight container, they’ll keep well for 4 – 5 days. You can literally toss a jar in your purse and go (just make sure the lid’s on really well, lol.)

Easy to make in batches.

Double, triple, quadruple this recipe to your heart’s content. If you’re going to the trouble of getting all these ingredients out of your pantry, you might as well make multiple servings while you’re at it.

easy pumpkin overnight oats recipe

Ingredients in healthy pumpkin overnight oats

These overnight oats are super healthy and packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, thanks to these ingredients:

Rolled Oats

For overnight oats, you want to use oats labeled “rolled oats” or “old-fashioned oats.” Do not use steel cut oats (which won’t break down in the soaking liquid) or quick oats (which will become too mushy.)

Pumpkin Puree

Once the calendar reads “September,” I start stockpiling cans of pumpkin whenever I’m at the store. They’re good for so many things besides pumpkin pie, like adding to smoothies, blending with greek yogurt, and turning your boring oatmeal into a pumpkin pie overnight oats situation. I prefer to buy a high-quality organic pumpkin purée, as you can really taste the difference.

Milk of choice

The best liquid for overnight oats is anything with a bit of creaminess—so you’ve got options, depending on your dietary needs and personal preferences. Oat milk or almond milk keeps this recipe vegan but provides satisfying creaminess. Coconut milk infuses the recipe with a flavor that I find delightful (but may not be for everyone.) And yes, you can absolutely use regular milk if you’re not trying to keep this dairy-free.

Chia seeds

I love to add a tablespoon of chia seeds to thicken overnight oats and give them a satisfying texture. Chia seeds also add tons of health benefits including protein, omega fatty acids, and fiber.

Maple Syrup

A splash of maple syrup adds sweetness and that quintessential fall flavor.


For pumpkin pie vibes. Ground ginger is great, too.

Vanilla Extract

Optional, but a splash of vanilla, really elevates these flavors and makes it feel like a “treat” without adding loads of sugar.

easy pumpkin overnight oats recipe

Easy ingredient swaps and topping ideas

Swap chia for flax seeds

I like the texture that chia seeds provide, but for a similar health boost, a spoonful of flax seeds will provide a solid dose of Omega-3’s and fiber.

Swap cinnamon for pumpkin pie spice

Transform these into more of a pumpkin pie overnight oats vibe by adding pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon. This classic spice blend usually includes cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.

Add greek yogurt for protein

A lot of overnight oats recipes on the internet include greek yogurt. I’ll be honest, I prefer the taste and texture of these without the yogurt. However, if you’re looking to bump up the protein content, just add 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt when you’re adding your other ingredients and see how you like it.

Swap maple syrup monkfruit or stevia

If you’d rather nix the maple syrup, you can try some stevia or monkfruit, which are natural sweeteners that don’t add extra calories from sugar. Just remember, a little goes a long way, so use whatever amount is listed on the package as a single serving.

Topping ideas:

These pumpkin overnight oats are plenty delish on their own, but to make them a real feast for the senses, try adding any of these topping ideas:

Toasted pecans.

Sliced banana.

A drizzle of nut butter.

A splash of cream (or coconut cream.)

easy pumpkin overnight oats recipe

How to make pumpkin overnight oats

I’ve made some overnight oats recipes in the past that were, quite frankly, underwhelming. The secret to making truly delicious overnight oats is all about the ratio of oats to liquid and making sure it gets fully combined.

That said, the recipe really couldn’t be simpler. We are talking 5 minutes, start to finish. You combine all the ingredients in a mason jar, shake it up really well, and then store in the refrigerator overnight. You can also make this in a bowl—just stir it super thoroughly so that none of your chia seeds or oats stick to the bottom. Cover before putting in the fridge.

easy pumpkin overnight oats recipe

More pumpkin recipes you’ll love

‘Tis the season! Here are some great ideas for your fall baking this week:

Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

The Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe on the Internet

Banana Pumpkin Muffins (gluten-free and vegan)

Pumpkin Channa Masala

Scroll on for the recipe for these pumpkin overnight oats, and if you make them, be sure to leave a rating, review, and tag us on Instagram!

Pumpkin Overnight Oats

Serves 1

These Creamy Pumpkin Overnight Oats are a 5-minute recipe that's perfect for busy mornings. Just combine, shake, and pop in the fridge.

By Camille Styles

5 minutes



  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice (oat, almond, regular dairy—take your pick!)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (keep leftover pumpkin in the fridge for up to a week)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • topping ideas: toasted pecans, sliced banana, coconut flakes, a splash of cream—or nothing!


  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. Shake to combine really thoroughly.
  3. Place in the fridge overnight, or for up to 4-5 days.
  4. Add toppings if desired. Enjoy cold, or warm up in the microwave for 45 seconds. Eat!

Comments (10)

  1. Kate says:

    Does the recipe call for 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree or 1/4 can?

    1. Isabelle Eyman says:

      1/4 cup of pumpkin puree. Enjoy!

  2. Annamarie Reza says:

    At the end of the recipe, it is written “warm up in the microwave for 45 minutes”….vs 45 seconds.
    The recipe does sound wonderful, easy and delicious.

  3. Lisa says:

    Hey, just wanted to let ya know that #4 in the instructions mentions popping it in the microwave for 45 minutes. I’d like to believe that people would realize that should probably be seconds, lol, but just in case… 🙂 The recipe sounds delicious though!

  4. Colleen says:

    On my way to the kitchen to gather my supplies for breakfast tomorrow! Perfect for a Fall morning!

  5. Dave says:

    Gonna try this recipe tonight but I think you may have meant to say heat in a microwave for 45 seconds not minutes. LOL

    1. Isabelle Eyman says:

      Thanks, Dave! We’ve updated the recipe—enjoy!

  6. Tricia says:

    So simple, nutritious, and tasty! Thanks for a great recipe

  7. Audrey says:

    Where did the recipe go? I don’t see it on here anymore.

    1. Casey McKee says:

      Our apologies—we just launched a new site and were working through a few technical issues. I’m happy to report that the recipe card is back in place! Happy cooking!

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