Vegan overnight oats are an easy, nourishing breakfast. Adding pumpkin makes them perfect for fall! Make this pumpkin oatmeal recipe to celebrate the season. They’re naturally gluten free, and dairy free as well.
Pumpkin overnight oatmeal is like the equivalent of summer’s smoothie bowl obsession, but in pretty fall colors. You know I’m right, right?
Vegan overnight oats
There is so much to love about this breakfast, I’m just going list out the reasons for you to fall in love with the recipe, m’kay?
- Pumpkin flavor – The vegan oatmeal is creamy and delicious, and it has pumpkin puree in it, so the pumpkin flavor really shines.
- Delicious warm or cold – You can enjoy it warm in a bowl with cashew cream, or take it to work in a mason jar and eat it at room temperature with vegan condensed milk.
YES, you read that correctly. I now have a second sweetening option – homemade vegan condensed milk!
- Vegan condensed milk – Now, please don’t misunderstand, cashew cream is seriously delicious and it gives the oatmeal a nice, nutty flavor.
But, if you can’t have nuts, this is another creamy topping option. Oh, and if you want a low-sugar option, you can make it a sugar free condensed milk. What could be better than that?
Well, there is another amazing thing about this updated recipe…
- TWO recipe methods – Now you can make this creamy overnight oatmeal two ways; in a big batch to serve to a hungry crew, or meal prep it into jars for nourishing breakfasts all week. Hopefully, this will make the recipe more versatile for y’all.
This easy make-ahead vegan breakfast is one of my favorite foods to welcome in the season of fall. I mean, it’s important to choose a team, and the choices for fall foods are Team Pumpkin or Team Apple.
Although my apple coffee cake recipe makes a fantastic paleo breakfast treat, I’m still all in for Team Pumpkin.
But really, changes are in the air for a reason. Our bodies crave more than just salads, smoothies, and cold sandwiches. Our bodies need extra cuddling, per se.
Cold weather brings on carb cravings
Don’t believe me? You should really read my pumpkin bread pudding post, where I talk about how we need carbs during the fall. It’s really true! We crave more warm and carb-rich food because our circadian rhythm is adapting to the change in environment.
Less sunlight means we need more Vitamin D. Vitamin D controls Serotonin production (source).
Serotonin is the “feel good” neurotransmitter. Healthy carbs, like gluten-free oats and starchy vegetables (pumpkin), raise your insulin a bit.
In turn, it can help convert tryptophan into that feel-good neurotransmitter, serotonin.
That makes sense, right? Bottom line, our nutrient, and macronutrient needs adjust as the seasons adjust.
Now, just as our bodies are changing and adapting, so is our schedule, our goals, etc. Am I right?
One final nutritional note about this vegan overnight oats recipe:
Oats contain phytic acid, which impairs the absorption of iron, zinc, calcium, and more, and blocks the production of digestive enzymes.
Soaking them overnight helps to break down the phytic acid. That being said, oats need a little help from an acid.
So, a splash of lemon or apple cider vinegar in those oats will help. This is optional, but your stomach might thank you! Bonus – pumpkin puree is also GREAT for digestion. wink wink
Ingredients for pumpkin overnight oats
The key to creating vegan overnight oats is to use nut milk instead of yogurt.
For this recipe, there are two dairy free milk options.
- Cinnamon cashew cream – You’ll see the instructions to make it in the recipe card below.
- Vegan condensed milk
Or, as I mentioned earlier, you can make it with vegan condensed milk for a nut free version.
It adds creaminess, of course, Also, if you make the recipe for sweetened condensed milk rather than the sugar-free version, it serves double duty as a sweetener too.
Another option for sweetening the oatmeal is to use a touch of maple syrup.
MAKING THE PUMPKIN OATMEAL RECIPE
1. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl. Be sure to stir well so that all of the oats are covered with milk.
The oats and chia seeds will expand once they start soaking, so you will have more volume than what it looks like.
Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator overnight.
2. Soak the cashews (if you’re making cashew cream)
Be sure to also soak your cashews, using purified water. They will need to soak for for 2 – 24 hours. Discard the water after soaking.
3. Make the cashew cream.
After at least 2 hours, make the cashew cream.
To do this, place your soaked cashews in a food processor. Add in the cream and spices and blend until smooth. Then, add in the sugar and blend again. It should have a thick, cream-like texture, but a little grainy. Pour into a bowl or container to keep for when ready.
4. Transfer to serving bowls or jars
When the oats are ready, remove them from the fridge. Pour the oats into bowls. You should have enough to fill 2 bowls or 4 small jars.
5. Garnish and serve.
Place 2-3 tablespoons or more of cashew cream on top of oats. (You will have extra cashew cream so be sure to keep any extras in the fridge to use later.)
Top with banana, toasted or crushed nuts, and fresh cranberry or dried cranberries.
WATCH ME MAKE PUMPKIN OVERNIGHT OATS on Pinterest!
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Get ready for more cozy recipe! Fall is upon us! I’m feeling ready for a change. And I’m sure you’d agree.
Have you ever made vegan overnight oats? How about a sweet version of cashew cream?
The two are made for each other. Like a LOT!