It feels like it’s been forever since I last posted an oatmeal or overnight oats recipe. Too long, I say!
As anyone who passed the first grade would be aware, when it’s summer in one half of the world, it’s winter in the other. If you’re enjoying the summer weather, this is perfect for you. An ice cream themed breakfast on a summer morning? Hello!
If you’re shivering in the winter cold then, uh, just eat this with a hot chocolate or bucket of coffee.
This breakfast is so creamy and orangey and summery and delicious. I’ve also included a bunch of mix-ins for extra excitement. While you could technically leave them out, I think the shredded coconut, pistachios and dried blueberries are a must. As I said, it’s extra excitement.
Breakfast should never be boring! The fact that some people eat toast or cereal that tastes like sugar-coated cardboard every morning is just sad. And don’t get me started on people who don’t eat breakfast at all…
As an added bonus, this recipe is healthy and sugar-free (as long as your yogurt and coconut is sugar-free). It’s also easily vegan-able, if you use dairy-free yogurt. I used vanilla-flavored yogurt, but I imagine that either plain, vanilla or orange-flavored should be great.
When you chop the orange, make sure you get all of the white stuff off, otherwise it’ll make the overnight oats bitter. If you’re like me, then you’ll suck at chopping oranges and juice will go everywhere (which is why I chop my orange in a bowl). But for once being incompetent is actually a plus! Save the juice, and use it in place of some of the milk. This will make the overnight oats even more orangey!
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- For the overnight oats
- ⅔ cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup milk or orange juice
- 1 cup Greek-style yogurt
- 1 orange, peeled and chopped
For the mix-ins
- 3 tablespoons shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios or almonds
- 2 tablespoons dried blueberries or raisins
- In a large bowl or container, combine the rolled oats, chia seeds, vanilla extract, yogurt and milk. Add the chopped orange and mix until completely combined.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap (or put the lid on the container) and leave in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, stir about three-quarters of the coconut, pistachios and dried blueberries into the overnight oats. If the oats are too thick, also stir in some extra milk.
- Divide the overnight oats between two bowls, and top with the remaining mix-ins. Enjoy!