We’re diving into the delicious realm of Pumpkin Spiced Overnight Oats, a breakfast that screams autumn comfort. But we’re not just sharing the recipe – we’re here to help you avoid the 10 most common mistakes people make with overnight oats!
Overnight oats are a no-cook, make-ahead breakfast made by combining rolled oats with liquid (typically milk) and sweeteners. This mixture is refrigerated overnight or for several hours until the oats absorb the liquid and soften.
The result is a cold and creamy breakfast that can be customized with toppings like fruits, nuts, or spices. Making overnight oats is a breeze, and you can even prepare several at one time, which adds to their convenience. That’s why they’re a go-to option for those looking for a quick and healthy breakfast in the morning.
What’s The difference between overnight oats and stove top?
You know, something that might surprise folks when they try overnight oats for the first time is the texture. They are made using regular rolled oats, but the key difference is in how they are prepared and served. The texture changes significantly compared to traditional cooked oats:
- Texture: Stovetop-cooked oats are soft, creamy, and somewhat similar to the texture of rice pudding or a hot cereal. They are warm and comforting, with a porridge-like consistency.
- Texture: The texture of overnight oats is different from stovetop-cooked oats. They become plumper and much softer but retain a slight chewiness, similar to the texture of a pudding or thick oatmeal. They are served cold or at room temperature, not hot.
What do overnight oats taste like?
- Flavor: Imagine the taste of sweet, spiced pumpkin pie. It’s the comforting blend of earthy pumpkin with a touch of sweetness and warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Texture: These oats have a creamy and smooth texture, almost like a pudding but with a little chewiness from the oats.
- Consistency: It strikes a satisfying balance—not too thick, not too thin. Many folks appreciate its grab-and-go convenience, making it a practical choice for busy mornings.
Ok, so now that you know WHAT overnight oats are, here are the most common complaints among novice oat makers:
MOST COMMON MISTAKES:
- Using the Wrong Oats: Using steel-cut oats instead of rolled oats. Steel-cut oats require more time to soften and are best for stovetop cooking, not overnight oats.
- Not Balancing Liquid: Too little liquid can result in dry oats, while too much liquid can make the oats too runny. 1:1 is a good starting point, adding more with additional ingredients.
- Overloading with Sweeteners: It’s easy to go overboard with honey, maple syrup, or sugar, which can make your oats excessively sweet. Start with a small amount and adjust to taste.
- Skipping Salt: Salt enhances the flavor of your oats and balances the sweetness.
- Using the Wrong Container: Make sure to use an airtight container or jar to prevent the oats from absorbing odors or drying out.
- Not Stirring Ingredients: Ensure that all components, especially spices and sweeteners, are well incorporated before digging in.
- Not Customizing: Overnight oats are versatile but also very bland, so feel free to add your favorite toppings like fruits, nuts, or seeds for added flavor and texture.
- Impatience: Overnight oats require at least 4 hours of refrigeration, but leaving them overnight is often best for optimal texture and flavor.
- Using Incorrect Milk: Unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or dairy milk are commonly used. Avoid using sweetened or flavored varieties unless you offset the sweetness.
- Not Experimenting: Overnight oats can be flavored in numerous ways, so don’t be afraid to try different spices, extracts, or mix-ins to keep breakfast exciting.
CRAVING MORE PUMPKIN? WE’VE GOT YOU!
- Classic Pumpkin Roll: A soft, spiced pumpkin cake meets a luscious cream cheese filling—true autumn bliss!
- Starbucks Pumpkin Latte: a velvety blend of espresso, steamed milk, and pumpkin spice—a sip of fall in a cup.
- Pumpkin Cheesecake (no water bath required!): Enjoy the creamy decadence of this cheesecake without the fuss of a water bath.
PUMPKIN OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE
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A healthy, quick and nutritious breakfast of rolled oats soaked overnight in a pumpkin spice blend and topped with your choice of nuts/fruits.
- ½ Cup Old-fashioned oats
- ½ Cup Unsweetened Milk (almond, soy, dairy)
- ⅓ Cup Canned Pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 2 Tbsp. Plain Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp. Maple syrup or honey (adjust to your preferred sweetness)
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon Ground Cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon Ground Ginger (optional)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 Tbsp. Chia seeds (optional, for added thickness)
- Toppings of your choice (such as chopped nuts, dried cranberries, or extra cinnamon)
- Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Stir well – If you prefer a thicker consistency, add chia seeds to the mixture.
- Divide the mixture into individual airtight containers or mason jars and seal tightly.
- Refrigerate them for at least 4 hours or overnight. This allows the oats to absorb the flavors and soften.
- Stir – In the morning, give the oats a good stir. If the consistency is too thick for your liking, you can add a bit more milk until you reach your desired thickness.
- Top your pumpkin spice overnight oats with your favorite toppings, such as chopped nuts, dried cranberries, or an extra sprinkle of cinnamon.
- Enjoy your delicious and nutritious pumpkin spice overnight oats!