As y’all know, I’m not a fan of food waste, and thus am always looking for creative ways to put leftovers to good use. And this is all the more true during the holiday season when food is even more abundant.
Personally, I adore the cranberry sauce that without a doubt makes an appearance on our Thanksgiving menu, but there’s inevitably always a good amount leftover that one can only eat with turkey and mashed potatoes for so many days, right?
Since cranberry sauce is basically glorified jam, it makes the perfect topping for toast, addition to a sandwich or, if you want to get extra creative, these Cranberry Sauce Overnight Oats!
While you can certainly use whatever recipe your family loves, I’ve been whipping up this paired down, healthier version for the past few years and loving it! This sauce just simply doesn’t need all of the refined sugar or other junk to make it delicious, trust me.
But if you decide to make my version of cranberry for this recipe, though, you’ll just need:
- Fresh cranberries
- Orange juice and zest
Together these provide the perfect amount of sweetness and tartness that oats need to jazz them up a bit in the flavor department. As for the overnight oats themselves, I stuck with my go-to combo of:
- Rolled oats (can use gluten-free if desired)
- Nut milk
- Chia seeds
Chia seeds are always a must in my overnight oats as they quickly absorb some of the liquid, making the oats extra thick and creamy. Plus, these powerful, nutrient-dense seeds are packed with antioxidants, fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. A win all around!
Just add all of these ingredients together, layer with your cranberry sauce, and allow your jars to hang out in the fridge overnight, and your breakfast is good to go for the next day.
This is the perfect, nutritious breaky to make after your holiday festivities wind down, setting you up for success for the week ahead. Plus, you get to enjoy the holiday flavors even longer, which is never a bad thing.
If you give this cranberry sauce and/or these oats a try this holiday season, be sure to let me know! Leave me a comment below or give me a shout on social media with your feedback .
- 1 ¼ cups steel cut or rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
- 6 tbsp cranberry sauce (below)
- ⅔ cup nut milk of choice
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- chopped almonds, cinnamon and more nut milk to top (optional)
Simple Cranberry Sauce (can sub for any you have already prepared)
- 1 bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries
- juice & zest of 1 large orange
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Bring to a boil, then simmer for ~15 minutes, until thickened. Cool completely, and store extras in an air-tight container in the fridge.
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