Mornings are hectic while you’re trying to get ready for work and for school. You can save a lot of time by making breakfast ahead of time the night before, and still have something healthy. And in the fall, what would be more appropriate than pumpkin overnight oats? I have three variations for you to check out today. Which one sounds best to you?
How to Make Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are so easy to make! Gather one jar for each serving that you plan to make. You literally just add about 3/4 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of oats and then whatever sweeteners and/or toppings you want. Close the jar and place it in the refrigerator overnight (or typically at least six hours). And then voila, first thing in the morning, you have a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
Rolled oats tend to work best. Instant oats get very soft and steel cut oats can stay crunchy. Some people like to use yogurt as part of the liquid/milk portion for something a little different.
Traditional Pumpkin Overnight Oats
For a basic pumpkin overnight oats breakfast, you’ll want to add some pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice to the oats and milk. Almond milk will also help to bring out the flavor. Sweeten it with honey or maple syrup if you want. Further enhance flavor with a little vanilla extract.
Pecan Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Start with your basic traditional pumpkin overnight oats recipe. Change it up by using just cinnamon if you don’t want all of the pumpkin pie spice in there. And then add in a tablespoon of chopped up pecans. Sprinkle a few more on top if you want even more nuttiness!
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Have you ever had pumpkin bread with chocolate chips in it? It’s one of my favorite fall desserts. This satisfies the sweet tooth, but keeps things a little healthier. Use the basic traditional pumpkin overnight oats recipe and add in a little almond butter. And then to top it all off, put in those dark chocolate chips. Adjust to your taste. It’s so good!
If you use your imagination, you can come up with some other combinations. What will you add to your pumpkin overnight oats?