This was first time making overnight oats and, you guys, I am in love with them! This Blood Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats with Goji berries and chia seeds is so delicious and creamy and kept me full and happy for the whole morning.

A serving of breakfast oats with chia seeds, goji berries and blood orange

Why We Love This Recipe for Orange Overnight Oats

Oats are about as hot as hot can get right now. Specifically overnight oats (not literally hot though because overnight oats are cold). What I mean is, if you read a lot of food blogs, specifically healthy food blogs, or spend time on Facebook or Instagram, then you surely know that all the cool kids are eating overnight oats now.

All of them.

Except me.

Does this mean I am not cool? Yes. There are many other reasons that I am not cool, but we don’t need to get into that today. MMmmmmmKay?

One reason I haven’t eaten oats much in the past is that it used to upset my stomach. However, I recently asked my friend Winnie (she’s a former naturopathic doctor) about oats and the tummy distress thing. I had thought I remembered reading something in her book One Simple Change about soaking oats making them more easily digested. She pointed me to page 50 of her book. There she said, “Soaking helps to neutralize phytic acid, a naturally occurring compound in grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds that makes it difficult for your body to absorb the minerals contained in these foods.” Also in her book she recommends that ideally we should be soaking all of our grains in a lightly acidic liquid, draining them and then cooking them to make them easier to digest. Wow! {Disclosure: Chronicle books sent me a copy for free in 2014. I was not asked to write this post, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed here are my own.}

Anyhow, now that I have tried this recipe topped with blood oranges, Goji berries and chia seeds, I am going to experiment with different toppings and flavor variations. I can’t wait to hear what you think and hope you’ll be just as excited about the overnight-oat flavors to come.

Blood Orange Overnight Oats in a jar

Key Ingredient For This Recipe

Old fashioned oats

Before making these overnight oats, I used the tips on the Quaker Oats website to get an idea of the ratios and possibilities. I recommend using whole old fashioned oats rather than instant oats too!

Goji Berries

Goji contains fiber (as do the chia seeds) so adding them to the overnight oats helped to keep me full and satisfied even with a killer BodyAttack class thrown in the middle of the morning! If you don’t have goji berries, don’t stress. You can use dried cranberries instead.

Blood orange

If you’re not very familiar with blood oranges, you’re in for a TREAT. They’re like if a regular orange was infused with flavors from a grapefruit and tart cherries. Sounds yummy, right?

Additional Ingredients

  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup non-fat milk (I used lactose free)
  • pinch stevia or another sweetener of choice to taste (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon chia seeds

Lactose Intolerant Note: I used lactose free milk and yogurt too. If you are also lactose intolerant (and you also try to eat organic) look for this lactose free milk and lactose free yogurt.

A close up shot of a spoon going into the oats

Instructions For These Overnight Oats

  • Place the oats in a 2-cup mason jar.
  • Sprinkle on stevia, if using.
  • Pour the milk over the oats.
  • Stir in the yogurt, then top with oranges, goji berries and chia seeds.
  • Seal the jar and refrigerate for up to 8 hours or overnight.
  • Once thickened, remove from the fridge and enjoy!

FAQs and Expert Tips

Are overnight oats healthy?

Overnight oats (depending on the toppings and fillings you choose) can contain a wide range of fiber and protein. Oats are also known to keep you full for longer, and that time period extends if you include proteins such as yogurt or nut butters.

How long do overnight oats last?

Store overnight oats in airtight containers in the fridge for up to five days.

What oats are best for overnight oats?

Old-fashioned rolled oats will be your best option as they’ll soak up the liquid well overnight. Don’t use steel-cut or instant oatmeal for these.

What other toppings can be used?

Any! You could add peanut butter, strawberries, sunflower seeds, honey, or even more yogurt.

Overhead shot of toppings in the overnight oats

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Blood Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 3/4 cup 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Make these overnight oats in a mason jar the night before, and you have a healthy, creamy and satisfying breakfast ready to go in the morning.


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Ingredients

  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup non-fat milk (I used lactose free)
  • pinch stevia or another sweetener of choice to taste (optional)
  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 small blood orange, segmented
  • 1 tablespoon Goji Berries or dried cranberries
  • ½ teaspoon chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Place oats in a 2-cup mason jar. Sprinkle on stevia if using. Pour milk over the oats. Add yogurt, then top with oranges, gogi berries and chia seeds. Seal jar and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Notes

What oats to use:

Old-fashioned rolled oats will be your best option as they’ll soak up the liquid well overnight. Don’t use steel-cut or instant oatmeal for these.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 304
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 14 g