Orange Cranberry Almond Overnight Oats

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Summer is here, and I mean really here. This year Seattle has seen several days in the 90s even before the 4th of July weekend – which often times is when summer officially starts in Seattle. It is super warm and I have a recipe here that is perfect for the summer days – a cool and refreshing breakfast that is both filling and nutritious. To be honest, I am never a big fan of having something cold for breakfast. I even warm my milk slightly for cereal and never use it straight out of the fridge. The only exception to this is yogurt and my granola parfait with yogurt – until I discovered overnight oats.

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In case you don’t know what overnight oats is, it is a no cook method of eating oats, and you can flavor it any way you want. You just add all the ingredients into a jar, stir to combine and set it in the fridge overnight, and voila you have creamy yummy oats that you can grab on the go. I have used here one of my most favorite flavor combinations: orange and cranberry. You can just use milk, yogurt and a bit of vanilla. I have added chia seeds and hemp seeds to make it more nutritious and filling.

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Ingredients:
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup milk(substitute with almond milk if you want to make it vegan)
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1/3 cup oats(rolled oats is typically used, I’ve used steel cut oats)
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tbsp sweetened dried cranberries
1 tbsp toasted sliced almonds

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Method:
Whisk together the orange juice, yogurt, and milk. Stir in the oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds and cranberries. Place in a mason jar or a clean glass pyrex bowl. Place overnight in the fridge. Remove, top with sliced almonds and thin with more milk/juice as needed.

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Verdict: This is by far the easiest breakfast that you can ever fix yourself. You can make several individual serving portions and store them in mason jars to grab as you go to school/work etc. And the flavor combinations are endless!

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