These pumpkin pie blended oats are the perfect quick and easy Fall breakfast! They're creamy, smooth and full of your favourite Fall flavours, it’s like eating dessert for breakfast.
Why you need these pumpkin protein overnight oats
I'm an oat lover to my core. Honestly baked, microwaved, overnight I will eat them. So combine my absolute favourite fall dessert with oats and you KNOW I am going to love it. However if you still aren't convinced here are three reasons why you need these overnight blended oats ASAP.
- They taste like dessert- Imagine your favourite creamy pumpkin pie, full of warm spices, pumpkin and a graham cracker crust. These pumpkin protein overnight oats bring you all of that in a breakfast form!
- They're a great balanced breakfast option- Made with oats, yogurt and protein powder these pumpkin pie oats are packed with fiber, whole grains, and protein making them the perfect addition to your busy weekday mornings.
- They are SO easy- Seriously, add everything to a blender, blend and enjoy!! It's such an easy breakfast.
Ingredients needed for bended overnight oats
Oats- duh! you can’t make blended overnight oats without oats! I like to use minute oats but really any type of rolled or quick oats will work!
Chia seeds- Chia seeds are a natural binder so by adding a tablespoon into your oats they help keep everything together while giving you some healthy fats to help complete your nourishing breakfast! You can find the ones I use here!
Milk- Choose your milk of choice. This just helps everything blend together.
Protein Powder- I like to add a little scoop of my favourite protein into all my oatmeal recipes. I find it is an easy way to help keep me full for a little longer during the day (and it adds a little extra sweetness). If you aren’t a protein powder fan, feel free to leave this out- just follow the substitution directions at the bottom of the recipe!
Pumpkin Puree- The ingredient that takes these from plain blended oats to the best pumpkin protein overnight oats you will ever eat. You can use homemade pumpkin puree, or store bought just make sure you purchase plain pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling!
Pumpkin Pie Spice- For convenience I used a pumpkin pie spice blend for these pumpkin cheesecake overnight oats. If you do not have a pre-mixed spice blend on hand you can make your own super easily by just combining ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves (this recipe is great) and setting it aside for the whole season!
Thick Yogurt- Any thick yogurt will work fine for this. The purpose of the yogurt is really just to ensure the oats aren’t too liquidy and more of a thicker consistency! I personally use plain Greek yogurt. Skyr or even cottage cheese would also work perfectly! I have not tested this with any non-dairy yogurts however I’m sure it would work they just may not have the same “cheesecake” consistency.
Graham cracker crumbs- These are totally optional! I like adding them to get a true "pumpkin pie" feeling however they aren't needed if you don't have them on hand!
How to make overnight blended oats
This is the easy part! Gather your ingredients and lets get started making your new favourite breakfast!
Step one: Add all your base ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth! For best results I always recommend adding your liquid ingredients to your blender first!
Step two: Here you have two options, you can either create a graham cracker crust by mixing graham cracker crumbs with a little melted butter and pressing it into the bottom of a small container OR you can just pour your blended oats directly into a container. Allow your oats to chill for AT LEAST 20 minutes (you can even try freezing to speed up the process)- ideally overnight!
Step three: Topping time! Once your oats are chilled top with more yogurt or whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs and dig in!
Frequently asked question
Do I have to have to blend these pumpkin protein overnight oats?
If you're questioning why you would want to make overnight blended oats I honestly get it. When I first heard of the concept of blended overnight oats, I was honestly weirded out. It Don’t get me wrong I love my high protein cheesecake overnight oats but why would I want to blend my perfectly good oats?
The answer to that question is: the texture. By blending the overnight oats instead of a lumpy texture you get a nice smooth, almost batter-like consistency (similar to a thick smoothie bowl) PLUS this creamy, smooth texture is even more similar to pumpkin pie!
However if blended overnight oats freak you out feel free to combine all the ingredients by just mixing rather than blending and leaving them overnight to thicken! The flavour will be the same the texture will just change!
Do I have to leave these blended oats overnight?
Unlike normal overnight oats you technically don't need to let these blended oats sit overnight.
Since all you are really doing is making an oatmeal smoothie you don’t technically need to leave these overnight. I would recommend putting these in the freezer for at least 20 minutes if you can because if not your oats will be room temperature and that’s just not appetizing to me. I also find the longer you allow these to chill the thicker they get which is always a bonus! However if you're in a time crunch you can just blend and go!
Do I need to add protein powder?
I always get asked this with any of my oat recipes and the answer is always- nope! Protein powder is always totally optional. I like adding it for a bit of extra protein, sweetness and flavour. However if you want to leave it out just add another tablespoon of oats and a little bit of maple syrup (about ½ tsp).
More easy breakfast ideas
If you love these pumpkin cheesecake overnight oats you HAVE to try some of my other easy breakfast ideas:
- Pumpkin oat flour muffins
- High protein cheesecake overnight oats
- Chocolate covered strawberry blended oats
- Chocolate chia pudding parfaits
PS. I love seeing my recipes in action! If you decide to make these pumpkin cheesecake overnight oats don't forget to tag me on Instagram- @nourishedbynic or leave a comment below!
Pumpkin Pie Blended Oats
- ⅓ cup milk
- ¼ cup thick yogurt
- 3 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- ½ tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon vanilla protein powder optional* see note
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cups oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tablespoon graham cracker crumbs
- additional yogurt or whipped cream
- In a blender, combine all base ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a mason jar, or container. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours** or overnight.
- Top with graham cracker crumbs*** and whipped cream or additional yogurt.