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Orange & Vanilla Overnight Oats

A few months ago we got to spend the weekend in New York, on the way back from the Saveur Food Blog Awards. Since our time was limited we had (for once) prepared well, with a list on several places that we wanted to visit. It turned out to be such a nice little trip. We came home with holes in our shoes, our bellies full of delicious food, two vintage muffin tins and a breakfast recipe.

We had brunch at Peels one of the days, and it was there that we tried a delicious soaked oats recipe. In many ways, it was quite similar to the one we normally make at home. But their oats were soaked in orange juice – so brilliant! It gave everything a very fruity and fresh tone. Since then, we have totally adapted/stolen their recipe and made it into our own. We serve this breakfast in layers, with soaked seeds in the bottom of the glass, oats in the middle and roasted coconut flakes and fruit at the top. If you like our Raw Buckwheat Porridge, we are certain you will love this as well. We have shared the recipe at the bottom of this post. But first, some snippets from NYC.

Farmer's Market Union Square

Count me in!

Farmer's Market Union Square

Wheatgrass shot!

Farmer's Market Union Square

Union Square Greenmarket.



Buvette. Great food (a tad on the heavy side), a beautiful space and a lovely atmosphere.

The Butcher's Daughter

The Butcher’s Daughter. Such a funny name on a juice bar. They had super delicious and fresh juices, smoothies and salads. We only went there for lunch, but they seem to have pretty awesome dinners as well. All vegetarian & non-dairy.

Williamsburg Flea Market

Williamsburg Flea Market.

Williamsburg Flea Market

People’s pops on Williamsburg Flea. That guy in the cap shaves the ice by hand, scoops it over to a cup and tops it with different syrups. Very high coolness factor on that! We suddenly felt the urge to own a big ice block and an ice shaver (or whatever it is called).


Orange & Vanilla Overnight Oats
Serves 4

1 3/4 cup / 400 ml rolled oats (preferable gluten free)
1 tsp vanilla extract or dried vanilla powder
1 3/4 cup /400 ml (about 4 oranges) orange juice
1/2 cup sunflower and pumpkin seeds
1 cup water for soaking
4 tbsp shredded coconut, lightly toasted
fresh fruit for serving 

In the evening: Mix oats and vanilla in a bowl, add freshly squeezed orange juice and stir to combine. Place seeds in a bowl and cover with water. Place both bowls in the fridge overnight.
In the morning: Scoop a couple of spoonfuls of soaked seeds in 4 jars or glasses. Scoop the soaked oats porridge on top of the seeds and cover with fresh fruit and lightly toasted coconut.
Keeps for 3-5 days in the fridge.



  1. emily
    Posted 20 Aug ’13 at 23:55 | #

    I often make soaked oats but have never thought about using orange juice. Will try for sure. Wonderful photos from NYC! I have never been there but if I go I feel like I must try butchers daughter! Yum.

    • Posted 27 Feb ’18 at 08:32 | #

      @emily: Orange juice is commonly used with this type of recipe, even orange peels can be used! Have a nice day!

  2. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 00:02 | #

    This looks fantastic. I love the idea of OJ. Just tried mine with a 50/50 blend of almond and coconut milk, which was fantastic. Also, I always add a couple of pinches of sea salt. It makes the flavors shine like you wouldn’t believe.

  3. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 00:02 | #

    I used to live above the Union Square Market. Nothing better! And the Williamsburg Flea! I miss NYC so much! Thanks for helping the memories flood back in. Love the raw oatmeal. Can’t wait to try your version!

  4. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 00:03 | #

    I gather this is served cold? Are the seeds raw and that’s why you soaked them? Thank you…can’t wait to try!

    • Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 00:05 | #

      Hi Sharon. Yes it is served cold and yes the seeds are raw. Sorry if we were unclear about that.

      • Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 00:15 | #

        Thank you for your quick response…and you weren’t unclear, I’m just learning my way around the “raw” world-but loving it.
        Thanks again,

  5. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 00:03 | #

    I can even see my old window in the picture that says “Sprouts here”. Awww.

  6. sally alexandrine
    Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 00:13 | #

    I often eat soaked oats in young coconut water along with chia seeds and top it with hemp seeds and pine nuts. i will definitely try your recipe in winter when oranges are in season <3

  7. Wendy
    Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 00:19 | #

    We always soak ours in apple juice, no water, and then add a little yoghurt and fruit. I will give your recipe a try, sounds delicious of course!

  8. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 00:52 | #

    This looks so beautiful, though I always use almond in lieu of vanilla. If only I can get my boyfriend to eat oats?

  9. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 01:14 | #

    Overnight oats make me seriously happy, and this recipe is lovely!!

  10. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 01:49 | #

    The oats are a wonderful idea. What a fun recipe! I was at that flea market a few weeks ago…what a great place.

  11. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 01:56 | #

    I pinned this recipe and can’t wait to make it! NYC is my hometown, so it’s nice to see familiar images since I moved two years ago and now live in Colorado (which is really one of the best thing I’ve ever done :) Next time I visit my folks, i’ll be sure to stop at The Butcher’s Daughter! Looks like you had a lovely trip!

  12. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 02:10 | #

    I love oats, but have never thought of soaking them in orange juice! Sounds like a great summer breakfast. I passed by the Butcher’s Daughter in NYC but it was unfortunately closed! Will definitely try to pop in the next time I’m there.

  13. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 04:10 | #

    Yum! Both the photos of New York and the recipe. I love holidays where you come back with recipes as permanent reminders (which you can recreate at home!). These oats look delicious!

  14. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 04:48 | #

    Just gorgeous!!!Thankyou so much for sharing such special snippets! You guys must be so busy!!! your cookbook came through the post yesterday and ive mounted it almost like a sacred text up high in my kitchen hehehe its totally amazing. Thankyou always for the inspiration! ps you must come to Australia!!!!

  15. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 05:29 | #

    What a superb idea to soak oats in orange juice, I bet it must taste deliciously sweet with a tang! Thank you for sharing another inspiring recipe and your great photos of NYC. We were just there 2 weekends ago and took both kids sight-seeing around town for the first time for them, of course they both loved it and were dazzled by all the new discoveries in the big city. We’ll have to check out the Butcher’s Daughter Juice Bar & Café next time we go up there, their menu looks enticing.

  16. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 06:16 | #

    I adore oats, I haven’t tried to soak them through. Will have to give the oats and orange juice bath next time.

  17. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 07:27 | #

    So beautiful – love the photos of NYC and the oats are just out of this world stunning. Since I’ve been traveling, my go-to breakfast has been cooked oats made with a water + currant juice combination – but I’m growing tired of it and will have to get my hands on some orange juice to give the overnight variety a go.

  18. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 08:42 | #

    I normally soak my oats in coconut or almond milk but when I was at my parents house in Italy recently there was a jug of fresh-squeezed blood orange juice so I used that. The result was absolutely gorgeous, especially mixed with a little greek yoghurt, so I can imagine this is wonderful too. Beautiful photos, as always.

  19. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 08:44 | #

    I adore your raw buckwheat porridge that I have been making my own too! Love the look of this! I run cookery classes & an about to open my 1st cafe serving all wholefood dishes, this blog & your book is a great inspiration! Xx

  20. Bec
    Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 08:49 | #

    Sounds beautiful! I love the raw buckwheat porridge so can’t wait to try this. I was wondering though, is it 1/2 cup of pumpkin and sunflower seeds combined, or 1/2 a cup of each? Sorry, just wanted to be clear :)

  21. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 09:55 | #

    That’s such a fab idea to soak them in orange juice, would never have thought of it, so thank you for the tip :)

  22. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 09:59 | #

    Such a good idea to use orange juice rather than milk – so bright and fresh sounding. I love your NYC pictures too, they really seem to capture the energy of the city.

  23. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 10:26 | #

    I’ve never had soaked oats but have been eager to try your Raw Buckwheat Porridge recipe. I love the idea that you can prepare this the evening before and simply scoop out and arrange in the morning…and enjoy!

  24. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 11:38 | #

    Looks delicious. I’ve never had overnight oats like this before, healthy and yummy :)

  25. Anisha
    Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 11:52 | #

    We had this debate this week! My hubby prefers apple juice, though I prefer to soak mine in Oj too!! I add loads of coconut, seeds to the mix. Top with yoghurt ( plain with more orange zest!) and blueberries/ strawberries !!! My favourite breakfast.

  26. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 12:09 | #

    I love this recipe and I don’t know how many times I’ve made it. Unfortunately it wasn’t to Vera’s liking but Allan can’t get enough of it. He usually gets a serving as an afternoon snack. Thank you once again for making it for us in Falsterbo and here’s how I usually serve it. :)


  27. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 12:29 | #

    Love the use of orange juice instead of milk. Keeps it light and refreshing during summer :)

  28. Barbara
    Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 13:02 | #

    Oh my goodness! I made the oatmeal and it is exquisite! The flavor of the vanilla and orange juice is amazing. This is my new favorite breakfast recipe ever. Thank you so much for sharing. This is one of those recipes that is life changing. Blessings.

  29. Didi
    Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 13:15 | #

    Wonderfull timing guys! I’m leaving for NYC in three nights (can’t wait!). I’m definitely going to try out the places you selcted! And this recipe when I get home :)

  30. Valeria
    Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 13:41 | #

    What a lovely breakfast for these nice warm days!

    Where in Stockholm do you buy all your beautiful fresh produce? (having a hard time finding anything as nice looking, and probably tasting, as the food in your blog).

    Tack så mycket! :)

  31. Robyn
    Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 14:58 | #

    I love the raw buckwheat porridge! Will try this tomorrow! I have two wee ones, with a third on the way, and much of the food I find on your blog my kiddos also enjoy. So, thank you! Just wondering about soaking oats. Why do some oats need rinsing but others don’t? We need to rinse oat groats, but not rolled oats? What about steal cut oats? This idea would also apply to spelt berries and spelt flakes? And one more thing, all nuts should be rinsed after soaking yes? But for the paleo bread from a few posts back the nuts were not soaked and that’s okay too? Learning curve for me and this soaking business. Thanks so much! So inspired by you and your sweet family. Robyn

  32. Habba
    Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 15:02 | #

    Hi there
    I must say that I love your blog. And everything around it.
    Wonderful presentation, cool knick-knacks etc.
    I make a breakfast similar to this which we love to bits. I soak
    in apple juice and grate half an apple into the oats as well.
    Toast sunflower and pumpkin seeds, mix w crushed almonds and
    pistachios and sprinkle a dash of that on top. Delicious :)
    Def gonna try yours this weekend.
    Thank you :)

  33. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 15:06 | #

    Love the New York shots – a different (greener?) perspective to the typical scenes. The oats look lovely – gotta try it sometime.

  34. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 18:55 | #

    What a lovely breakfast. It looks perfect for a chilly Fall morning :) Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and unique recipe! Cheers!

  35. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 19:37 | #

    What a fun trip! My husband went to N.Y. last month for business and promised he would take me in the Spring! These spots would be exactly the sort of places I would have to visit. Thanks for the post ;}
    Love your spin on this classic breakfast dish as well.

  36. Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 20:04 | #

    Overnight oats are one of my go-to breakfast! I never would have thought to soak the oats in OJ! Sounds awesome!

  37. Claired
    Posted 21 Aug ’13 at 20:56 | #

    Hi I’m in UK where shredded coconut is not common (we only get dessicated in shops) but maybe I can buy it online. Is there any particular brand you would recommend? Thanks and I just discovered your site – it’s great – I have a daughter a similar age to Elsa so am rethinking how we eat.

  38. Posted 22 Aug ’13 at 00:41 | #

    Loved seeing NY through your eyes.

    We love oats any way we can get them – and now I have a quick breakfast idea for school mornings. Thanks!

  39. Posted 22 Aug ’13 at 03:29 | #

    Beautiful photos and I love these oats! I eat oatmeal pretty much every morning but this would be a great change. I am meeting my best friends from college in NYC in October and I am so excited. It will be my first time there! (And congrats on the Saveur award!!!)

  40. ellie
    Posted 22 Aug ’13 at 04:39 | #

    Incredible photos

  41. Posted 22 Aug ’13 at 05:41 | #

    stunning photos of NYC. how good is the Williamsburg Flea!! love fruit juice on my oats too, pear nectar is yummy. will have to try this recipe too, the layers sound fab.

  42. Posted 22 Aug ’13 at 05:53 | #

    Yum!!! And just to clarify…is it 1/2 cup each pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds? or 1/2 cup of the seeds combined?
    I’m making this tonight for tomorrow’s breakfast and I’m very much looking forward to it. Your buckwheat porridge is a definite staple chez nous.
    Thanks!! :)

    • Posted 22 Aug ’13 at 09:33 | #

      Hi Cassy, it’s 1/2 cup together. But you don’t have to be too specific about that measurement. I prefer mine with more seeds and Luise normally uses a little bit less.

  43. Maria
    Posted 22 Aug ’13 at 09:20 | #

    MMmmmm so delicious! lækker lækker! ;)

  44. Posted 22 Aug ’13 at 12:00 | #

    I made this last night and it was delicious! Might try it with a little less orange juice next time, as I ended up with some liquid left over (may have been the particular brand of oats I used, though?). I topped it with some blueberries and raspberries and the flavor was superb.

  45. Posted 22 Aug ’13 at 20:39 | #

    I love this recipe. Definitely an addition to the breakfast routine.

  46. Posted 22 Aug ’13 at 22:03 | #

    I have been in NYC just once for 10 days and I was sort of overwhelmed by the amounnt of things to do and places to try -even compared to London. But I managed to see the markets, which made me really happy!
    I love overnight soaked oats, I usually make them bircher style with apple juice but these with orange juice sound really lovely and I am definetly going to give them a try!

  47. Posted 23 Aug ’13 at 08:49 | #

    This looks so gorgeous!! My son (8) and I totally love the raw buckwheat porridge, it’s been on high rotation in our house for months now. We’ll definitely be giving this one a go real soon!


  48. Posted 23 Aug ’13 at 17:54 | #

    Such beautiful pictures, it makes me want to travel over there just to go to the markets. I will have to try these overnight oats! I usually put chia seeds in mine, but want to add vanilla and coconut like you did!

  49. Sarah
    Posted 25 Aug ’13 at 16:54 | #

    Made this for myself this morning! Delicious summer breakfast. Thank you.

  50. Gemma
    Posted 26 Aug ’13 at 13:53 | #

    I saw this and all these childhood memories came flooding back. Oats + orange (freshly squeezed and soaked overnight, mind you, I couldn’t stand bottled juice) was the only breakfast i would eat when I was six, for over a year, until I was sick one morning and they all came back up. I couldn’t eat it after that, a complete psychological taste aversion. Now you’ve made it look quite pretty, so I think I’m ready to give it another go.

  51. Posted 26 Aug ’13 at 18:47 | #

    I’ve been looking for a way to spice up overnight oats. This is lovely!

  52. Posted 27 Aug ’13 at 19:33 | #

    Hi there! I just discovered your blog, and really love it! Your pictures are wonderful, and as an NYC gal, I’m loving the great shots you captured of the city — looks like you visited some really great spots (you hit at least three of my usual recommendations for out-of-town food-loving friends). This recipe looks great…do you think it would keep well in a cooler for 4-5 hours (I’m taking a road trip this weekend)? Thanks for sharing…I’ll def be back again soon! (P.S. – I blog about owning an NYC-based pop-up sandwich company with my husband and am writing weekly posts about the ins and outs of our first year running a permanent storefront [alongside recipes]…feel free to stop by sometime)!

  53. Suzanne
    Posted 28 Aug ’13 at 11:29 | #

    I recently found your blog when searching for a meusli recipe and it quickly became my goto for cooking from our Union Square market this summer. So I find it Serendipitous that while my husband, toddler daughter & I are traveling in Scandinavia you are there on our block in NYC!
    In that respect, I have to say that things aren’t what they seem when it comes to The Butcher’s Daughter. We have lived two doors down from that spot on Elizabeth St for 10 years. while TBD has seemingly brightened up that corner it has wreaked havoc on our quiet block. The owner, also a nightclub owner, runs food & supplies from a basement and another storefront on our street-and has turned our quant block into a waiter’s alley! Even more, the delivery truck idles outside our window (an EPA violation) waking our daughter and spewing fumes into our apartment! Often the board outside reads ‘detox & retox with us’ and it sadly seems that my family does’t have a choice about the retox part! I’m just mentioning this because I love your blog and you seem to be beautiful people with a following of health-minded people-please don’t steer them to The Butcher’s Daughter!

  54. Sally
    Posted 30 Aug ’13 at 07:08 | #

    Love the look of this recipe, Can someone explain if there is a difference between overnight oats and muesli?

  55. Posted 3 Sep ’13 at 16:08 | #

    This amazing looking soup will make the transition into fall a whole lot easier :)

  56. Posted 6 Sep ’13 at 14:10 | #

    Two words to describe this: I Want!! Haha, it looks really yummy and summery.

  57. Shreya
    Posted 7 Sep ’13 at 07:50 | #

    Hi, thank you for such a wonderful and refreshing breakfast. I didn’t have vanilla bean, so substituted it with cinnamon and topped it with pomegranate seeds!

  58. Linnea
    Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 17:49 | #

    I’ve recently found out that I’m very sensitive to gluten which has made my life difficult but now I’m using your blog as a fool proof guide to success! This recipe is absolutley delicious and makes for a great start of the day! Thanks for that and all of your inspiration!

  59. Athena
    Posted 11 Sep ’13 at 18:46 | #

    I made this dish and it was delicious. Nice to wake up and not have to prepare breakfast. Topped mine with a bit of apple and a splash of homemade almond milk.

  60. Katherine
    Posted 2 Oct ’13 at 17:47 | #

    I made this for myself and my boyfriend. We loved it! I put walnuts on the top and left out the seeds on the bottom. The crunch of the walnuts was a nice contrast. Yum!

  61. Heather
    Posted 3 Oct ’13 at 01:17 | #

    These are delicious and so wonderful to wake up to. I have been making them weekly since the initial post, and just this past week tried half puffed amaranth and half rolled oats. It is just as delicious, but has a slightly more earthy taste due to the amaranth. And its nice to broaden the grain profile at breakfast. Thanks for sharing!

  62. Sylvia
    Posted 26 Dec ’13 at 15:23 | #

    Luv your website but you do not use crockpot much so I would like to see how you adapt the sweet potato smoothie from hummusapian.com

  63. m. louise
    Posted 29 Dec ’13 at 18:39 | #

    Love your recipes. Truly inspiring — even to us carnivores!

    I just tried out this recipe for the second time. This time around I substituted a freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit for the orange juice. Less sweet but more refreshing. I highly recommend it!

  64. Emily
    Posted 2 Jan ’14 at 18:12 | #

    Oh my goodness, this is the best oatmeal I’ve ever eaten! I was skeptical at first, with the seeds and not cooking anything, but it tastes so good and fresh. I can’t wait to try this in the summer when there’s more fruit available than just apples!

  65. charisma
    Posted 27 Mar ’14 at 22:25 | #

    Hi guys
    Wonderful website! I have become a fan of yours ever since I cooked your indian lentil soup. As someone who hates to make breakfast in the morning, I am looking for some easy recipes that I can do to eat my breakfast. My question is : how do you cook your oats daily? Also do you have a post of how you make your green smoothie online?

  66. Pauline
    Posted 12 Jun ’14 at 10:20 | #

    What a perfekt summer breakfast! Prepared them last night and couldn’t wait to get up and try them – so your recipes also help me to get to university in time :D Usually I’m not a morning person at all, but when I’m preparing one of your breakfasts it’s always a pleasure to start the day early :)

  67. Posted 16 Jun ’14 at 17:16 | #

    I prepared this yesterday in the evening and ate it this morning. It was yum!
    I really like your website and have prepared a lot of your dishes already and they turned out really good!

  68. Carla
    Posted 16 Aug ’14 at 07:16 | #

    I was introduced to your website by a colleague and have found great inspiration. I enjoy the gluten free recipes and enjoy the new spin on vego meals, especially being a carnivore who wants more green! Have tried the oats and love it! I have always hated the texture of cooked oats, but know how healthy it is. Thanks for your recipes!

  69. Posted 8 Feb ’15 at 05:51 | #

    And I thought berries are only great for mixing with yogurt. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

  70. Michelle
    Posted 14 Apr ’15 at 05:09 | #

    Hi, great blog! Do you know if the orange juice acts like a neutralizer (like apple cider vinegar or lemon) to properly break down the phytic acid? I love the sound of this but we do not digest grains well without soaking them in this way. I’d love your feedback. Thanks!

  71. Jade
    Posted 15 Apr ’15 at 04:08 | #

    *Face palm*
    Do you even know what gluten is? Oats are naturally gluten free….

    • Elise
      Posted 17 May ’15 at 00:34 | #

      Hi Jade,
      Standard store bought oats still cause some people with severe interence issues. There is still some scientific questions around oats in general (this is mentioned in the webinar by Deakin University- professor Tim Crowe- superfood or super myth- on youtube). I suspect that the reason some people buy the ones declared gluten free is because they are incredibly sensitive and other brands maybe processed where other high gluten products are and be contaminated.

  72. Posted 24 May ’16 at 12:05 | #

    Hahaha! “The butcher’s daughter” JUICE BAR- would go in just because of the name!Will try out the recipe; thanks!

  73. Posted 15 Apr ’17 at 00:25 | #

    This is how my perfect breakfast recipe look like! :)

  74. Posted 14 Mar ’18 at 06:31 | #

    This looks so delicious. I wonder if we could do an apple and cinnamon version by swapping for apple juice that we have at home?

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