Blood Orange Overnight Oats + Chia Seeds
Healthy overnight oats in a jar are perfect for busy mornings. Chia seeds help keep you full and add extra nutritional value. Blood orange juice brings a kiss of color and citrus flavor.
Beauty sleep is not something to be taken for granted. Save yourself a few extra minutes in the morning with this flavorful, bright, simple and beautiful, make-ahead breakfast.
Blood orange juice packs a punch of vitamin C, gives the recipe a vibrant and fun pink color, and adds a dreamy, mellow citrus flavor. Oats and chia seeds will help keep you full, while thick, creamy, dairy-free coconut milk binds it all together. Honey or maple syrup adds some sweetness.
(There’s a video tutorial for this recipe! Keep scrolling to find it.)
Toss the mixture in the fridge until you’re ready to eat and voila! You’ve got yourself beautiful treats, ready to grab when you’re in need of a snack, or in a rush to get your day started. I like to spoon mine in a jar and top with fruit or nuts to make it a bit more filling. More on topping ideas below.
These delicious treats are like a hybrid of overnight oats and chia seed pudding. If you aren’t familiar with either, both are incredibly easy make-ahead meals.
Overnight oats consist of — you guessed it — oats mixed with yogurt, milk or non-dairy milk and left in the fridge overnight to thicken.
Chia seed pudding is the same concept, but swap the oats for chia seeds. The consistency can be a bit more gel-like, depending on how thick of a liquid you use and how many chia seeds you add.
- canned coconut milk
- chia seeds
- honey or maple syrup
- blood oranges
First, juice the oranges.
Next, mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then add the wet ingredients. Stir until thoroughly combined and refrigerate for at least an hour.
This recipe makes a pretty thick pudding, so if you prefer a thinner consistency, you might even add the entire can of coconut milk. Totally up to you!
Try to give the mixture a good stir once or twice in the first hour that it’s in the fridge. Chia seeds have a tendency to clump, especially early on.
Finally: I like to serve these overnight oats in a jar. I find it easier to spoon it into individual servings after it’s firmed up, but you can do this before you refrigerate if you’d like. Just be careful to make sure you get an even ratio of liquid to oats/chia seeds.
Toppings for Overnight Oats
You can get so creative here! These are some of my favorites:
- Orange slices
- Kiwi slices
- Banana slices
- Dried fruit
- Orange zest
- Lemon zest
- Peanut butter
- Shredded coconut
- Maple syrup
- Brown sugar
Why Your Body Will Love These Overnight Oats
Oats: Yay for whole grains! It’s important to include a variety of these in your diet.
Chia seeds: Wonderful source of omega-3 fatty acids. Also antioxidants and fiber.
Oranges: Vitamin C ?
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So without further ado, check out the recipe! Hope you love it as much as I do.
Blood Orange Overnight Oats-Chia Seed Pudding
- 1 c. canned coconut milk
- 1/2. c. oats
- 1/4 c. chia seeds
- 3 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 c. blood orange juice approx. two average-sized oranges
- Juice oranges.
- Stir together dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients and stir together until ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour. Try to stir once or twice in the first hour, as chia seeds can sometimes clump together.
- Spoon into jars and serve with toppings of your choice.
More Breakfast Ideas
Here’s another healthy breakfast idea that you can make ahead of time: my green smoothie bowl with kiwi and kale!
Throw this toasted coconut-macadamia nut granola in the oven and enjoy fresh granola for breakfast this week!
Readers are also loving my one-pan baked eggs with goat cheese in tomato sauce.
Don’t forget this tasty breakfast burrito with kalua pig, potatoes and salsa!
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