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Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats for a Filling Breakfast

In a hazy blur of smiling volunteers in electric orange shirts and knee-buckling runners stumbling forward, I seized my finisher’s medal in one hand and my equally prized post-run snack bag in the other.

I decided last minute to compete in a local half marathon to tune up for my quickly approaching marathon.

I dozed my way through to an empty sidewalk to catch my breath and peruse my goodie bag.

Coupons to get my oil changed, a pen from an insurance agent, a speckled banana, and a granola bar. Ok, I’m exaggerating, but sometimes I have to wonder about who decides on the contents of those race packets.

There actually was an orange-cranberry flavored granola bar and I reluctantly dove in purely to avoid ‘hangry Gloria’ meeting up with my family later.

This bar. It tasted like breakfast. The sweet, the pop, the subtle spice.

It was everything I wanted and to think, I found it in a bag next to stale gum and pretzel sticks (sorry to whomever assembled these bag, I’m only kidding!).

Several days post race I started to forget about my sore legs, but, I assure you, I did not forget about that granola bar! I feverishly went off to recreate this magical flavor in one of my favorite breakfasts- overnight oats.

The basic formula of overnight oats consists of old fashioned rolled oats and milk. Left refrigerated overnight, the oats absorb the milk and soften to create a quick, filling, make ahead breakfast. It has been my life savor over the last few month of early morning workouts.

After a few attempts, I finally cinched that beautiful flavor I sought after. This recipe genuinely captures breakfast in a jar.

Orange Cranberry Overnight Oats

Yield: 1 serving
½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
¼ c plain Greek yogurt
½ c milk
2 tbsp. dried cranberries
zest of ½ an orange
½ orange, peeled & diced
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. maple syrup
½ tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
2 tbsp. walnuts, chopped

1. Add all ingredients except walnuts into a jar and stir to combine.
2. Cover the jar and place in the refrigerator overnight.
3. Before serving, top with walnuts.

Nutrition Information

  • 367 calories
  • 51 g carbohydrates
  • 8 g fat
  • 15 g protein
By | 2018-10-19T08:28:17+00:00 October 19th, 2018|Nutrition, Recipes|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gloria Stoverink
Gloria Stoverink, RDN, LD Gloria is a registered dietitian, food and nutrition writer, and endurance enthusiast. She is consistently on the pursuit of how she can push her body to its’ limits. As a former division I athlete and current marathon runner, she knows first hand food can either enhance or inhibit potential performance. Gloria believes food is for fuel, but also for fun. She loves to create simple, whole-food based, tasty recipes to help others feel and perform at their best. You can follow her on Instagram at @Runner.RD or find her at runner-rd.com.

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