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Today was my first time making overnight oats and, you guys, I am in love with them! These 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.

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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?

Blood Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats with Goji Berries and Chia Seeds on healthyseasonalrecipes.com

I am going to thank the Recipe Redux for inspiring this recipe and henceforth making me cool. This month, The Recipe Redux challenged the members to mix up their breakfast routine. I honestly probably wouldn’t have taken the plunge otherwise and would still be eating some variation of a fried egg with fruit or toast.

 

What the hold up was, I am not sure. Why did I not try them before? Two reasons. 1. I believed oats made my tummy gassy and 2. oats didn’t fill me up for the whole morning.

 

Well about those two things, I was 1. wrong and 2. wrong.

 

Blood Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats with Goji Berries and Chia Seeds on healthyseasonalrecipes.com

I 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.}

 

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.

Blood Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats with Goji Berries and Chia Seeds on healthyseasonalrecipes.com

About the whole keeping me full thing. That I was totally wrong about too. I didn’t feel a single twinge of hunger until noon! I think there were a couple things at play there. The protein from the milk and yogurt helped for sure. Then there is also the fiber from the oats, Goji and chia.  All of which helped to keep me full and satisfied even with a killer BodyAttack class thrown in the middle of the morning!

Blood Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats with Goji Berries and Chia Seeds on healthyseasonalrecipes.com

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. While I love that the vanilla yogurt mixed with the flavor of the oranges totally reminds me of a creamsicle popsicle, I want to try different flavors now.

Before making these overnight oats, I used the tips on the Quaker Oats website to get an idea of the ratios and possibilities. There are lots of yummy ideas there. Apparently, you can use all different milks and fruits and flavors! Even peanut butter!! I can easily see myself setting up four or five jars in the fridge, all topped and ready for the morning. And that’ll be convenient not just for me. My daughters make hot instant oatmeal for breakfast almost every morning (they even do it in the summer too!) So I am going to make these for them. Heck they are so simple to make, I’ll show them how to do it themselves. They’ll get less sugar, more protein and a serving of fruit too!

Blood Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats with Goji Berries and Chia Seeds on healthyseasonalrecipes.com

QUESTIONS:

How are you mixing up your morning breakfast routine?

Are you cool? {In other words, have you tried overnight oats before?}

Have you heard about soaking grains?

Are you lactose intolerant?

Do you find that protein at breakfast keeps you fuller longer?

 

One more thing: Vermont, Boston and Maine readers!! Make sure you stop by my Maple Book Tour page to see where I will be in the next two months. I have loved meeting so many of you out on the road and I am really looking forward to celebrating sugaring season with you all!

blood orange creamsicle overnight oats
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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 3/4 cup

Serving Size: 1 3/4 cup

blood orange creamsicle overnight oats

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.

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.
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