If you're looking for an easy, healthy breakfast with a fall flavor that will keep you full all morning long, try these Pumpkin Dairy-Free Overnight Oats. It's a simple pumpkin purée recipe where the ingredients are mixed together in a jar and then just put in the fridge to soak overnight.
🧡 Why you will love it
- Effortless Prep: Seriously, you don't need to be a kitchen wizard for this one. Just mix your ingredients, let them chill overnight, and voila! Breakfast is served.
- Nutrient-Packed: We're talking fiber, protein, and essential vitamins, all in one bowl. Pumpkin is a seasonal superfood that's not just for lattes, you know. According to the USDA, a cup of cooked pumpkin provides more than 200% of your daily vitamin A needs.
- Vegan-Friendly: No dairy? No problem! We use plant milk and vegan yogurt to give you that creamy texture you crave. It's a win-win for your taste buds and Mother Earth.
- Customizable: Feel like a topping maestro? Go ahead, sprinkle some vegan chocolate chips, chia seeds, or a dollop of almond butter. Make it your own; we won't judge!
- Meal-Prep Dream: Make a big batch, and you've got breakfast sorted for the week. These oats store well in the fridge for up to 5 days, making your mornings a breeze.
This is one of our favorite fall treat pumpkin recipes because it is perfect for all of us pumpkin lovers out there looking for a pumpkin fix. It tastes like pumpkin pie, but better because it's healthy and won't make you feel guilty!
- Rolled Oats: They're the backbone of this dish, providing a hearty texture and fiber boost. Plus, they soak up all the flavors like a sponge, making every bite a delight.
- Plant Milk: It's the liquid gold that brings everything together. Opt for oat milk or almond milk to keep the recipe nutty and creamy.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix: This is where the magic happens! It's a one-stop-shop for all the fall flavors you crave—cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
- Chia Seeds: These tiny seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients and they help thicken the oatmeal, giving it a pudding-like consistency.
- Chopped Walnuts: Want crunch? You got it! Walnuts add a nutty bite and are packed with omega-3 fatty acids.
- Maple Syrup (or Agave Nectar, or Brown Sugar): Sweeten the deal with your choice of natural sweeteners. They bring out the pumpkin's natural sweetness and make the oats irresistibly good.
- Pumpkin Purée, or Leftover Pumpkin Puree: This is the star of the show, adding creaminess and a rich, earthy flavor. Plus, it's packed with vitamins A and C!
- Vanilla Extract: A dash of vanilla elevates the dish, adding a subtle aroma and depth of flavor that complements the pumpkin and spices.
Optional special topping
- Walnuts: Double down on the crunch factor! A sprinkle of walnuts on top adds an extra layer of nuttiness and a satisfying bite.
- Maple Syrup: Drizzle a little liquid gold to make your oats glisten and your taste buds dance. It's the finishing touch that screams "gourmet."
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: A final dusting of this spice blend amplifies the fall vibes. It's like putting the exclamation point on your culinary masterpiece!
- Almond or Vanilla Flavored Plant-Based Yogurt: Swirl in some plant-based yogurt for a creamy, tangy contrast. It's like adding a cloud of deliciousness on top of your oats.
- Coconut Flakes or Shredded Coconut: For a tropical twist, sprinkle some coconut on top. It adds a unique texture and a hint of natural sweetness.
Add soy or almond milk to a small mixing cup, pumpkin puree, seeds, sweetener of your choice, and pumpkin spice, and stir with a spoon to combine. Then, add the rolled oats last and stir.
Step 1: Add rolled oats, pumpkin puree, and chia seeds to a medium bowl.
Step 2: Then, add chopped walnuts, vanilla extract, and dairy-free milk.
Step 3: Combine well all the ingredients.
Step 4: Get two mason jars, fill halfway with oats, then seal or cover and store in the fridge for at least 5 hours to soak.
Optional Maple candied Walnuts
Step 5: Lightly toast roughly chopped pecans in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low and quickly mix in the maple syrup to cover the walnuts evenly.
Step 6: Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the pumpkin spice mix, and allow to cool completely.
Step 7: Next day, top your oats with dairy-free yogurt or whipped cream.
Step 8: Top with the caramelized walnuts and enjoy!
Check out this cinnamon-spiced candied nuts recipe to make brown sugar candied walnuts super creasy as a snack.
- Nuts: you can use any nuts; walnuts, pecans, and almonds are our favorite for this breakfast treat.
- Non-dairy milk: any milk will work. The most neutral ones are soy, almond, and oat milk, which I highly recommend making at home, but any store-bought milk works. On the other hand, coconut milk provides an extra layer of flavor, which combines well with the spice mix, and the result is also worth trying.
- Seeds and healthy fats: you can replace chia seeds with flax meal or poppy seeds; they work perfectly and provide similar nutritional value.
- Sweetener: you can also use nectar agave with a low glycemic index. Brown sugar can also be used, but we avoid adding sugar or condensed milk in our pumpkin recipes, as pumpkins are naturally sweet and silky. Sometimes, we even make our leftover pumpkin with oats, milk, and spices and skip sweeteners altogether.
- Our favorite toppings: you can go crazy here; you can use chocolate chips, extra maple syrup, etc. If you want to keep it WFPB compliant and avoid extra unneeded calories, it is better to go easy with the toppings.
- Vegan yogurt: you can also substitute it with coconut whipped cream topping. If you are vegetarian, Greek yogurt also pairs well with puréed pumpkin.
- Make it a morning bowl: just treat your morning oats exactly the same, but instead, pour everything into a small bowl. Don't forget to cover it with a plate while setting it overnight to prevent drying.
- Skinny version: you can make a lighter version of this breakfast, omitting the plant-based yogurt and the caramelized walnuts topping.
- Rich version: on top of the suggested ingredients, while you mix the oats and pumpkin purée mix, you can add either peanut butter or almond butter to make it super decadent. Cashew butter is also an excellent addition.
- Oats - besides the easy, quick oats and steel-cut oats, obvious replacements... Yes, oats also have an easy replacement. Use farro (spelt); they behave exactly the same and can be used interchangeably. Remember to use Gluten-Free oats if you are celiac or following a gluten-free diet.
- Sweet potatoes: this root can be used almost the same way as pumpkin, as you can make an equally sweet purée and achieve very similar results! We also like using acorn squash since it has a nutty flavor that foes well on this recipe.
💡 Top tips
- Stir the pumpkin pie and oats thoroughly: If you don't mix all the ingredients together before placing the mason jars in the fridge, chia seeds may stick together with the liquid, thus not mixing well with the ingredients causing small clumps of hard textures.
- Covering the oats: during the time in the fridge, the top of the mixture can become dry; that is why it is better to cover it with a lid to retain the moisture of the mixture while they are in the refrigerator, which tends to dry everything out.
In the Fridge: Store your pumpkin overnight oats in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you've added any special toppings, keep those separate to maintain their texture.
📚 More oatmeal recipes
If you love vegan overnight oats recipes, you will probably love our berries chia pudding, lemon blueberry overnight oats, 3-ingredient oat milk chia pudding, and chocolate chia pudding recipe as well!
Also, try our quick brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal ! It's made with wholesome ingredients and is super easy to make. Plus, it's vegan, so everyone can enjoy it!
Another great oatmeal-based snack that is super easy to make is these chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars.
⭐ If you try this recipe, let us know! 💬 Leave a comment, rate it, and don't forget to tag us @ourplantbasedworld on Instagram. Cheers!
Pumpkin Dairy-Free Overnight Oats
- Place oats in a glass.
- Add in plant milk, chia seeds, pumpkin puree, chopped walnuts, pumpkin spice mix, and sweetener. Optionally add vanilla extract.
- Stir the mixture to combine using the spoon.
- Taste the mixture and add additional sweetener if needed.
- Secure with a lid and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
- After 4 hours or next day, add toppings. We used plant-based yogurt (we used vanilla or almond flavored), coconut flakes, and the special topping described below.
- Toast the walnuts on low heat.
- Pour the maple syrup and stir.
- Add the pumpkin pie mix.
- Cool down, and reserve.
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