Creamy Vanilla-Orange Overnight Oats #SundaySupper

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The first time I ever tried overnight oats for breakfast I was super skeptical about them, but after just one bite, I was a huge fan of this pre-prepped breakfast. I wrote a blog post that was all about my very first try at making Apple-Cinnamon Overnight Oats last year. Since then we have tried several more flavor combinations, but these Vanilla-Orange Overnight Oats are my current, absolute favorite!

Recently, a friend of mine suggested mixing in some juice with the next batch of my favorite weekday breakfast, ya know, just to change things up a bit. I thought it sounded like an interesting adaptation, but I’ll admit I was again skeptical about adding juice to my dreamy, super creamy overnight oats. Seriously, why mess with perfection?!

However, I decided to give juice a chance and orange juice was what I had on hand that day. Once again, I was amazed with the results the next morning and I ate every, single bite of those orange-y, flavorful, rich oats!

When I started mixing things together for this little experiment, I really wasn’t sure of which little extras or spices to combine with oats, milk and o.j. to make the dish more complete. But, after giving it a little thought I sweetened them with a little honey (I think honey and orange are flavors that were made for each other!), stirred in some pure vanilla extract and finished it off with a dash of cinnamon. I gave it all good stir and let them sit overnight in the fridge.

At my much-anticipated breakfast the next day, the finished oats had the same smooth, creamy texture I’ve come to love and those simple ingredients, orange juice, honey, vanilla and cinnamon, made for a wonderfully bright and warm flavor combination. It was so yummy that it felt like a truly naughty breakfast, but in fact it’s really pretty healthy… and satisfying!

For fear of all the toppings getting soggy, I don’t add fruit, nuts or anything else the night before as I know many people do.  I always wait until the next day for those essential toppings!

The first time I made these vanilla-orange overnight oats, I topped them with some chopped sections of fresh orange and some chopped, toasted pecans. It was super duper good, but I thought it could be still be better.

So, the next time around I topped the oats with cute, little Mandarin oranges because they are convenient and the perfect topping size (and soooo stinkin’ cute!)  And, does anything go better with oranges than cranberries?! I mean, I just had to sprinkle in a few of those tangy things.

And then, for a little crunch, I added in some sliced almonds instead of pecans. That turned out to be a great choice!

Oh man, I had a terrific breakfast that day…and the day after that and the next day too.

I sure hope you like them too. 

Creamy Vanilla-Orange Overnight Oats #SundaySupper

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Course: BreakfastCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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These hearty, flavorful vanilla-orange overnight oats will “cook” themselves as you sleep. These make a great breakfast on-the-go and they are delicious served chilled or warm!


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1/4 cup milk or nut milk of your choice

  • 1/4 cup orange juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • 1/4 cup canned Mandarin oranges, drained or fresh orange sections, coarsely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries

  • 1/2 tablespoon sliced almonds (or other chopped nuts of your choice)


  • Pour rolled oats into an 8 oz. mason jar or another re-sealable container, and set it aside.
  • In a small bowl mix together the orange juice, milk, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour the juice mixture over the oats and stir to combine. Close the mason jar and place it in the refrigerator for at lease 5 hours.
  • Remove the oats from the refrigerator, top with oranges, dried cranberries and sliced almonds.
  • Enjoy!


  • Recipe as published on A Little Fish in the Kitchen at All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish.

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  1. Fantastic! This sounds so delicious, great recipe for a breakfast. Thanks for sharing. I really might try it.

  2. I hope y'all enjoy them if you try them, David! Thank you! 🙂

  3. Hi Kelsie! I hope you enjoy them! thank you!!

  4. Love the combination of flavors in this, Marcelle. It's funny, though, since moving from Maine, with its cold mornings, we tend not to have oatmeal any more… maybe we need to revive it in our diets so I can try this!

  5. Love oats! Rarely do the overnight variety, but this really tempts me to try. Good stuff — thanks.

  6. I never would have thought to add orange to oats either but am loving the idea! What a great start to the day, Marcelle!

  7. This looks so good! I have overnight oats in the fridge right now for tomorrow's breakfast but they are definitely not going to be as good as yours. I LOVE cranberry and orange together 🙂

  8. this is a very unique idea for overnight oats, and it sounds delicious! i like the way you tweaked it until it was practically perfect in every way. 🙂

  9. Sooo healthy and #yummy! Love to dive into a bowl of your overnight oats =)

  10. Hi Sarah! I believe I said nearly these same words! 🙂 thank you!

  11. Renee, me either! Glad my friend talked me in to trying it! Thank you!

  12. Cheri, they make a terrific breakfast! Thank you!

  13. Like a creamsicle for breakfast!! I'm in

  14. Mmmmm…I'm a big fan of overnight oats and I LOVE the addition of orange juice! I would have never thought of it myself!

  15. What a lovely breakfast dish!

  16. I've been wanting to try overnight oats, love this vanilla orange combo Marcelle!!

  17. Hi Laura, they are my favorite weekday breakfast! Thanks for stopping by!

  18. I hope you like them, Wendy! I was hooked after my first try last year. Thank you!

  19. Hi Angie, thank you! It's really good stuff 🙂

  20. Overnight oats are such a great breakfast. I always add the toppings the next morning too 🙂

  21. What a great idea to wake up deliciously! I love the flavor combo & the addition of honey with the orange is perfect! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  22. I have never tried overnight oats but I love all the flavors in this recipe and I have all the ingredients on hand. Guess what's for breakfast tomorrow?

  23. This is a wonderful breakfast to wake up to, Marcelle.

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