These pumpkin and orange overnight oats make for the perfect quick & healthy breakfast. Just combine everything the night before a busy day to get a creamy mixture of tasty and zesty oats ready to go in the morning.
Being in a hurry in the morning does not mean you have to skip on delicious breakfasts. Overnight oatmeals are amazing to start the day with a nourishing first meal while making your busy mornings easier and tastier.
And this recipe is right on time as I am looking for more recipes that taste just like fall.
These days I feel like cuddling on the couch with a warm cup of coffee plus this delicious sweet raw oats breakfast. Maybe while reading a book in front of our fireplace.
WELL, THAT SOUNDS LIKE A NICE DREAM.
I also live with a 3.5 and a 2 year old, so this won't actually happen. Actually, probably never for 10 more years. But, it is always nice to dream.
If you have busy mornings like in here, then you have to give this breakfast a try. It is like eating a slice of sweet pumpkin pie, but in a delicious bowl of raw oats. And no-prep or cooking in the morning, your breakfast is ready to grab-and-go and be enjoyed straight from the fridge.
What are overnight oats
Overnight oatmeal is simply a combination of rolled oats with liquid (vegan milk in this case). The mixture is stored in the fridge overnight to allow some time to the raw oats to soften as it soak up on the liquid. It creates a super creamy oatmeal that does not require any cooking and that's usually enjoyed cold (straight from the fridge).
Most overnight oats will also include lots of other additions like a sweetener, spices, fruits, seeds/nuts, yogurt, etc. You can really get creative and make your own flavors each time you prepare one.
Overnight oats are the perfect make ahead breakfast as they need some resting time to reach ideal texture. You can batch prepare a few jars of overnight oats, transfer to your fridge, and simply grab and eat when hungry. They can help you stay healthy, satisfy your sweet cravings in a nourishing way and save you tons of time if you are busy in the morning.
Ingredients to make these pumpkin and orange overnight oats?
This raw oatmeal contains all of the pumpkin flavors perfect for fall weather. The fresh orange cubes are bursting with sweet zesty juice and is so delicious when mixed in with the spices and creamy oats.
- Rolled oats
- Vegan milk
- Maple syrup
- Pumpkin purée
- Pumpkin seeds
- Pumpkin spices mix
How to make this pumpkin and orange overnight oats
Simply combine all the ingredients in a air-tight container and let sit in the fridge overnight.
It is best when prepared the day before you want to enjoy it, but I have made it the morning of and enjoyed two hours or so later. It was still really good!
If you plan on eating it in more than 24 hours, then I recommend you do not incorporate the cubes of orange right away in the mixture but instead keep the fruit on top.
Watch how to make it
What type of oats to use
Rolled oats (old fashioned) are best when making overnight oats. Quick cooking oats will get too soft and create a mushy texture. I love using the rolled oats from Bob's Red Mill. If you are following a gluten-free diet, then carefully choose oats that are certified gluten-free.
Which pumpkin purée to use
Canned pumpkin purée works great for this recipe. It is super convenient since you can keep it in your pantry and have some always ready to go. Make sure you do NOT use the pumpkin pie mix though. It should be a single ingredient pumpkin purée like this pumpkin purée from 365 that I used to make it.
You can also make your own pumpkin purée for this recipe. Store the leftover purée in the freezer to use for other recipes.
- If you don't have pumpkin pie spices mix, then you can swap for cinnamon with a dash of nutmeg. Also, check out this easy homemade pumpkin pie spice mix recipe if you want to make your own.
- Don't hesitate to add nut or seed butter (like this pumpkin seed butter) when making this overnight oats. It adds so much creaminess!
- If making this breakfast ahead of time (more than 24 hours before planning on eating it), then prepare the mixture leaving the orange out and simply top the cubes of orange on top of the creamy oats. Your breakfast will stay fresh longer that way.
- And, make vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with the leftover pumpkin purée!
How to eat this orange and pumpkin overnight oats
This is the perfect grab-and-go breakfast! You can simply eat it straight from the fridge. If you have a little extra time, then you can also pour it in a serving bowl and top it with more nuts, fruit, granola, vegan yogurt and spices.
This breakfast is meant to be eaten cold, but you can also warm it up if you prefer. Simply keep the orange out, warm up for 30-60 seconds in the microwave, then top with the fruits when serving.
If you love to meal-prep, then this recipe is for you! Make it ahead and let it sit in the fridge until ready to eat (store up to 5 days). Again, if preparing ahead, keep the orange aside until ready to eat.
Other overnight oats recipes you might like
- How to make overnights oats
- Strawberry overnight oats
- Mango overnight oats with almond butter swirl
- Protein overnight oats
I hope you will love this pumpkin overnight oatmeal as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below with a star rating and to let us know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
Also, don't forget to check out this Overnight oats complete guide to know more about how to make them, flavor them, personalize them, store them and much more!
Pumpkin Overnight Oats with Orange
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup vegan plain milk
- ¼ cup pumpkin purée (plain) - NOT pumpkin pie mix
- ½ fresh orange - diced
- 2 tbsp maple syrup - or to taste
- ¾ tsp pumpkin spice mix
- 1 ½ tbsp pumpkin seeds
- In a jar or a medium size bowl, combine all the ingredients. Cover and store in the fridge ideally overnight or at least for 2 hours. During that time, the oats will soften.
- Once the oats are ready, eat straight from the jar. Top with more diced orange and pumpkin seeds if desired.