Searching for a delicious and nutritious breakfast recipe? Look no further than cranberry walnut overnight oats! This recipe is easy to make and perfect for busy mornings. Plus, it’s packed with healthy ingredients like fiber-rich oats, protein-packed yogurt and milk, and antioxidant-rich cranberries. Who’s ready to give it a try?!
This post was first published in 2014 and has been updated in 2022.
Here’s a photo of everything you’ll need to make this recipe, along with selected ingredient notes:
- Greek yogurt – Adding plain Greek yogurt helps make the overnight oats creamy, and adds a punch of protein. If you don’t have plain on hand, you can use vanilla or coconut instead – both taste great in this recipe. (If you use sweetened yogurt, you can cut back on the maple syrup).
- Cranberries – You’ll use both fresh (or frozen) cranberries, as well as dried cranberries. Let’s hear it for a double dose of cranberry deliciousness! As a heads up, if you use frozen cranberries, there’s no need to defrost them prior to using.
- Coconut – I prefer using unsweetened coconut, but sweetened works fine too!
- Oats – You’ll want to use rolled oats (sometimes called “old fashioned oats”) for this recipe; they have the best texture for overnight oats.
Step by Step Instructions
You’ll find the full recipe ingredients and instructions in the recipe card below, but here’s a helpful overview.
Good news – this recipe couldn’t be easier! First, toss all the ingredients in a mason jar.
Shake it up until well combined, then refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, take it out and dig in!
Here are some common questions that may come up as you prepare this cranberry overnight oats recipe:
Rolled oats work best in overnight oats. Steel cut oats are not recommended as they generally tend to stay too firm without cooking.
Yes, just substitute a milk alternative and dairy-free yogurt in place of standard milk and yogurt. Keep in mind the protein content will typically be lower with these alternatives.
Overnight oats are best enjoyed within five days of making them.
This recipe is a slam dunk for active women! Not only can you meal prep it ahead of time for a quick, on-the-go breakfast, but it’s also great for fueling those fitness goals. You’ll get…
- Healthy carbs – This recipe is rich in nutritious carbohydrates like oats, dairy, and cranberries. These carbohydrates help supply energy for your workouts, especially intense exercise.
- Protein – You’ll get 19.5 grams of protein in these cranberry overnight oats, which makes it great for supporting muscle repair and recovery from exercise.
- Fiber – Did you know 95% of people don’t get enough fiber each day? The cranberries, oats, and chia seeds in this recipe help contribute fiber to support digestive and heart health.
- Magnesium – This mineral plays a role in everything from energy production to bone health to exercise recovery (read more in this post about magnesium for runners). These overnight oats provide 31% of your daily needs.
- Iron – While this mineral is important for everyone, iron is especially essential for active women. You’ll get 19% of your daily needs in this recipe.
More Overnight Oats Recipes
If you’re looking for more overnight oat inspiration, check out these delicious recipes:
- Matcha overnight oats
- Caramel pumpkin overnight oats
- Blueberry high protein overnight oats
- Lemon overnight oats
You can also check out this roundup with healthy overnight oats recipes with lots more ideas!
I hope you enjoy these walnut cranberry overnight oats as much as I do. If you get a chance to try it, feel free to leave a recipe rating or comment below.
Cranberry Walnut Overnight Oats
- ½ cup dry rolled oats
- ½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- ½ cup nonfat milk
- ¼ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- ½ tbsp pure maple syrup
- ½ tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp dried cranberries
- 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
- 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- Combine all the ingredients together in a mason jar. Shake well and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, enjoy cold! As an alternative, reheat in microwave (remember to remove the lid) for 1:30 to 2:00 minutes.
- Feel free to adjust the maple syrup amount per your taste preferences. You can also use sugar free maple syrup if you’d prefer.
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