Pumpkin Overnight Steel Cut Oats Recipe

Last Updated on January 25, 2024 by Ellen Christian

You are going to love this pumpkin overnight steel cut oats recipe! Make my pumpkin steel cut oats recipe today and have a delicious breakfast tomorrow.

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Pumpkin Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Pumpkin Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Sometimes, it can be really tempting with all of the Halloween sweets that are available and loading up on pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake won’t do me or my hips any good at all. Thankfully, I can enjoy the yummy pumpkin taste in these Pumpkin Overnight Steel Cut Oats without loading up on sugary Halloween treats.

Healthy breakfast

These Pumpkin Overnight Steel Cut Oats are an easy way to have a healthy Halloween breakfast that doesn’t include lots of sugar and food coloring. All you need to do is start it the night before and it will be ready when you wake up.

Keep in mind that this contains no sweetener. You can leave it out if you like which is what I do. You can also add stevia, maple, honey or agave nectar. Try to stay away from sugar and artificial sweeteners to keep it healthy. Top with Greek yogurt and enjoy!

Can you heat up overnight steel cut oats?

If you make a large batch of these pumpkin overnight steel cut oats and want to reheat it the next day, you certainly can. Just add a little bit of milk (dairy or soy) to the pan along with the oats and heat it on low heat. Or, you can heat it in the microwave if you prefer. Then, top it with your favorite Greek yogurt.

Are steel cut oats better for you?

Oats are great for you no matter what, but steel-cut oats are definitely the best option. They are less processed than whole oats or quick-cooking oats. So, they have more of the nutrition and fiber left in them when you eat them. Just be sure to watch how much sugar you add to your breakfast.

Pumpkin Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Are steel cut oats good for weight loss?

Oats are generally a great choice for weight loss provided you aren’t adding a lot of sugar to your breakfast. But, because steel cut oats are higher in fiber than traditional oats, they are an even better choice. High fiber breakfasts help you stay full longer which can discourage snacking.

What do you eat steel cut oats with?

For this recipe, we have added pumpkin which is an amazing choice for a warm winter breakfast. But, if you want to try something a little bit different, you can try adding peanut butter (or another nut butter), applesauce, sliced bananas or fresh berries. Or, why not try chopped up apples?


Overnight steel cut oats in a Mason Jar

This recipe is made in the slow cooker so there is no need to put it in a Mason Jar overnight. But, if you want a recipe to make steel cut oats in a Mason Jar, you can try this recipe.  There are lots of different ways to make overnight steel cut oats. If you want a recipe that uses almond milk instead of traditional milk, you can use this one. Or, try this overnight steel cut oats with peanut butter. I love that combination!

How long can I store this?

If you want to make a batch of this up on the weekends and then have it for breakfast during the week, that’s not a problem. You should use leftovers within 3 days of making this recipe.

Be sure to store it in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container. Then, reheat individual portions as you want them. I’ve never tried to freeze it before.

But, if you do, please let me know so I can update the directions.

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Pumpkin Overnight Steel Cut Oats for a Hearty Breakfast

Pumpkin Overnight Steel Cut Oats

This makes enough for 3 to 4 people or 2 super hungry teenagers.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 cup of steel cut oats
  • 1 cup of milk (soy, almond, regular, etc.)
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ginger


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a slow cooker.
  2. Stir.
  3. Cook for 8 hours on low.
  4. Stir and serve!


You can use dairy milk or a non-dairy alternative.

To reheat, add milk and heat in the microwave.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 58mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 8gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g

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18 thoughts on “Pumpkin Overnight Steel Cut Oats Recipe”

  1. This is one I'm definitely going to try. One of the first things I learned when changing my husbands diet to accommodate his diabetes, was to use steel cut oats. I can't wait to make this for my family that will be visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  2. Aloha -- Your recipe sounds both yummy and healthy.  Cant wait to try it --- especially as I want to increase use of ginger and cinnamon which are both good for circulation and inflammation.  Hmmmm just curious:  Where do you get the pumpkin.  LOL  Out of a can (if so any favourite brands), or do you have to buy the real McCoy?   MAHALO
    • I used a pumpkin from the farmer's market but you could certainly use pumpkin from a can if you wanted to. Just be certain it was pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. Thanks!
  3. I love food that contains pumpkin. I haven't tried making steel cut oats in a slow cooker but this sounds like the perfect recipe to give it a try. 

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