These Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats are the perfect breakfast ... healthy, delicious, and easy to make!
Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats
My sister introduced me to overnight oatmeal, and I've been in love ever since!
Overnight oats in a jar are the perfect breakfast for busy mornings. Just prep everything in the evening and grab and go in the morning. Sounds good, right?
If you’ve never made overnight oats before, make sure to read How to Make Overnight Oats. I’ve shared all sorts of tips for making overnight oatmeal and customizing it to your taste, plus a ton of recipes (these Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats are a fave!).
These Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats have been in constant rotation lately. Cranberries and oranges are one of the best fall/winter flavor combos in my opinion, and making overnight oats with orange juice (instead of just milk) adds tons of flavor. You are going to love this easy recipe!
How to Make Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats
Have you ever made overnight oats before? You won't believe how simple it is ... no cooking required!
First, you'll need some jars. I used these cute jam jars which are the perfect size for this Cranberry Overnight Oats recipe. If you’re planning to experiment with different overnight oats recipes though, keep in mind that pint size jars will have room for recipes with voluminous toppings, like fruit.
Once you have your jars, you'll mix the oats, milk (use nondairy to make this recipe vegan), orange juice, dried cranberries, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt together right in the jar.
Then, you'll refrigerate the oats overnight. In the morning they'll be nice and creamy. Add your toppings—oranges, more dried cranberries, and a touch of pistachios—and dig in. Yum!
How to Section an Orange
This Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats recipe has one technique that you may not be familiar with: sectioning (or segmenting) an orange. Basically, all you're doing is cutting the orange in a certain way so the orange pieces have no bitter pith or membrane left on them.
It's super easy. Watch the video below to see how it's done!
Not the greatest quality video (sorry, my apartment was super dark that day), but at least you can see how simple it is.
For the recipe, you'll segment the orange (make sure to do this over a bowl to collect the juice), then use the orange segments to top your oats.
You'll also squeeze the leftover pulp (and peels if you left a lot of flesh on them) to extract the orange juice to use in the oats.
You can eat these Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats hot or cold, although I always eat them cold. If you'd prefer your oats hot, warm them in the microwave before adding your toppings.
Since I usually eat my breakfast at home, I add my toppings in the morning. If you know you'll be running out the door in the morning though, feel free to layer the toppings on top of the mixed oats at night.
Overnight oats will keep for a few days in the refrigerator. I like to make three or four jars at a time, that way I don't have to worry about breakfast during my busy week.
Make these yummy Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats tonight and wake up to an awesome breakfast tomorrow!
Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats
- 1 large orange
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
- ¼ cup milk*
- 2 tsp dried cranberries
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- pinch salt
- 2 tsp chopped pistachios
- 1 tsp dried cranberries
- Slice peel from orange. Over a bowl, use a knife to section the orange (see video for step by step tutorial). Save orange segments for topping the oats in the morning.
- Squeeze leftover orange pulp to extract juice. You will need ¼ cup juice for this recipe.
- Combine oats, ¼ cup orange juice, milk, cranberries, maple syrup, and salt in a jar.
- Mix well, cover, and refrigerate oats overnight.
- In the morning, remove oats from refrigerator and stir.
- Serve oats topped with reserved orange segments, cranberries, and pistachios. Enjoy!
Did you enjoy these Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats?
If you like this easy overnight oatmeal recipe, make sure to check out my other oats recipes, too:
- How to Make Overnight Oats ... your guide to everything you need to know, from a basic recipe to the best toppings!
- Strawberry Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- Banana Overnight Oats
Have you ever tried overnight oatmeal? What are your favorite flavors?