Pumpkin Flax Overnight Oats [gluten & dairy free]

Pumpkin Breakfast

Wake up with this delicious pumpkin flax overnight oats recipe. Made gluten and dairy free and packed with pumpkin, each bite is creamy and spiced to perfection! Overnight pumpkin oatmeal will be your new favorite breakfast in the fall!

When the weather is still warm, but you’re starting to crave the deliciousness of pumpkin, it’s time to make these pumpkin overnight oats! Overnight oats are cold, easy to make and easy to take on-the-go. They essentially “cook” in your fridge overnight.

Pumpkin spice overnight oats make for such a good breakfast in the fall! Packed with nutrition from pumpkin, the oats themselves, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Fiber from each of these ingredients will get your morning off to a good start and help fuel you up for the day!

pumpkin spice overnight oats

Let’s talk about overnight oats!

What are overnight oats?

Overnight oats are regular oats (old fashioned) that have been soaked in liquid overnight, absorbing it, and getting nice and spongy in the refrigerator overnight. It’s looks a little like mush, but I promise they’re delicious!

When the oats soak up the liquid (any non dairy milk in this case) their texture becomes creamy and spongy. The added pumpkin puree also soaks into the oats, giving them a hearty texture and that pumpkin flavor that is is quintessential fall.

Pumpkin overnight oats are a great on-the-go breakfast that you can easily make in a jar or throw into a container and top with different fruit, nuts, seeds, and nut butters.

I like to get creative with different flavors and fruit that’s in season when I’m on an overnight oat kick to keep it fun. In the fall though, it’s all about pumpkin oats — hot, cold or baked! Fruit that would be really good on top of this overnight pumpkin oatmeal are:

  • banana slices
  • diced apples
  • blueberries
  • blackberries

I think you’ll also really like this pumpkin apple baked oatmeal recipe and these pumpkin cookie protein bites!

how to make pumpkin overnight oatmeal
pumpkin overnight oats recipe

Benefits of Adding Pumpkin Puree to Overnight Oats

Pumpkin puree enhances the texture and flavor of these overnight oats and adds nutrition to every bite! Pumpkin is a good source of vitamin A, C, E potassium and fiber. I recommend keeping a can or two in your pantry year round!

I mixed flax seeds in with the oats, pumpkin puree and almond milk because they add to the nice texture of these oats and are a good source of healthy fat, fiber and magnesium.

Sure it’s awesome in sweet treats and pumpkin spice lattes, but pumpkin puree can also be delicious in savory dishes like soups, chilis, and pastas. If you love everything pumpkin as much as I do be sure to check out my cookbook, The Great Big Pumpkin Cookbook too!

Ingredients for overnight pumpkin oatmeal

  • regular or gluten-free old fashioned oats
  • pumpkin puree
  • unsweetened non-dairy milk of your choice – I recommend unsweetened almond milk or oat milk
  • ground flax seeds
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • cinnamon
  • optional toppings: peanut butter, almond butter, pumpkin butter, pumpkin seeds, pecans, mini chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, hemp seeds, chia seeds, banana slices, fruit

equipment/ utensils:

  • mixing bowl
How to make pumpkin spice overnight oats

Pumpkin Flax Overnight Oats

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Wake up with these delicious pumpkin overnight oats! Creamy and spiced just right they "cook" overnight in your fridge just in time for you to wake up to a great fall breakfast.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 cup gluten-free old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or any non-dairy milk of your choice
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • optional toppings: banana slices blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, pumpkin seeds, pecans, walnuts, slivered almonds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, dried cranberries, mini chocolate chips, peanut butter, almond butter


  • In a medium bowl, mix the oats, almond milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla, salt and flax seeds together until well combined.  (add a little more almond milk if you feel like the oats are not coated in enough milk at that point) 
  • Separate into two jars or small bowls, cover and refrigerate overnight. 
  • In the morning top with your choices of toppings. I like banana slices, pumpkin seeds, almond butter and hemps seeds!

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