Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats – Rolled oats and chia seeds are soaked in milk, vanilla Greek yogurt, orange zest, and dried cranberries overnight until perfectly tender for a refreshing breakfast the next morning
Ordering room service at a hotel is one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t travel often, but when I do, I looove getting room service. There’s nothing like sleeping in and then eating breakfast in bed, wrapped in a robe. This is my idea of luxury.
On a recent trip with my husband, we ordered a gorgeous room service. He ordered a Croque Madame sandwich, but I was in the mood for something lighter. I ordered their overnight oats and some fruit. Although the presentation was lovely, it most certainly was love at first bite. The creamy oats were loaded with a flavor I’d never had before in oatmeal – orange zest. It was such a pleasant surprise.
I become obsessed with those oats ever since. As soon as I got home, I tried to recreate them. Easily enough, I figured it out on the first try! The main ingredients were easy: orange zest, rolled oats, milk, dried fruit. But I tasted a little extra sweetness that seemed to be coming from a vanilla yogurt. So I used a Greek vanilla yogurt in my version, as well.
Without further ado, I share with you my Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats!
Making the oats
Overnight oats are one of the easiest things you’ll ever make. All the ingredients are added to a bowl the night before you plan to eat them and then chilled overnight. The oats slowly absorb the liquid in the yogurt and milk and plump up.
Main ingredients in overnight oats
You must use whole, rolled oats for overnight oats. If you use quick-cooking oats, they will get mushy when sitting overnight in liquid.
A benefit of making chilled oats is that you can use yogurt in the place of milk, which adds in healthy bacteria and protein. Other ingredient in overnight oats are up to you. You can add in nuts (but only if you want them softened up a little, otherwise, add them in the morning), dried fruit, cinnamon, applesauce, smashed banana, peanut butter, you name it!
Adding fresh fruit
When making overnight oats, the only thing I don’t add to the mix ahead of time is the fresh fruit. The fruit tends to break down and get soggy if sitting in the oats overnight. Therefore, I just place my fruit on top of the oats when serving.
Tips & Tricks
- Rolled Oats. Do not use quick-cooking oats for overnight oats. They will get mushy. Instead, use whole or rolled oats.
- Keep for 24 hours Max. You can make overnight oats the night before eating them but don’t keep for more than 24 hours. They will start to get mushy if kept any longer than that.
- Eat Cold or Hot. Overnight oats are great eaten cold. But you can heat them up, if you prefer. Start by heating at 30 seconds and stir. Cook for 30 more seconds.
Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 cup nonfat milk
- ¼ teaspoon orange zest
- ¼ cup dried sweetened cranberries
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- pinch salt
- ¼ cup blueberries
- Mix all ingredients, except for the blueberries in a medium bowl with a lid. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours and no more than 24 hours.
- After 8 hours, divide oatmeal into three serving bowls. Top with some fresh blueberries. Serve immediately.