Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats for a Filling Breakfast

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

Ingredients 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
Instructions 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
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