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!
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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 printable recipe
- 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)
1. Pour rolled oats into an 8 oz. mason jar or another re-sealable container, and set it aside.
2. 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.
3. Remove the oats from the refrigerator, top with oranges, dried cranberries and sliced almonds.
The host of this week’s Sunday Supper recipe share is Lisa Grant from Jersey Girl Cooks. Thank you, Lisa!
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