Need a use for your leftover cranberry sauce? I GOT YOU. These cranberry overnight oats are the perfect make-ahead breakfast that will have you wanting to make another batch of homemade cranberry sauce so that you can make these again and again. The overnight oats base is creamy, pillow-y with a touch of cranberry sauce and then we go wild with amazing toppings like more cranberry sauce, a big spoonful of almond butter and chunks of dark chocolate.

small wooden bowl with overnight oats topped with cranberry sauce, almond butter and dark chocolate chunks

Why I am obsessed with these cranberry overnight oats:

  • It is a delicious and fun way to use up leftover cranberry sauce.
  • Overnight oats are a healthy breakfast made with just a handful of simple ingredients.
  • You can prep multiple servings ahead of time for an ultra-convenient option for busy mornings.
  • This meal provides a variety of crucial nutrients that you should be eating every day. The most noteworthy being the fiber beta-glucan in oats, omega 3 fatty acids in chia seeds, protein and calcium in Greek yogurt and vitamins C, E and K1 in cranberries.
ingredients needed for the recipe: almond milk, chia seeds, rolled oats, cinnamon, Greek yogurt, cranberry sauce

What you will need to make cranberry overnight oats:

Oats: I prefer rolled oats (old-fashioned oats) for overnight oats but you can also use minute oats or quick oats. I have not used steel-cut oats but there are a few recipes online that look promising.

Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt provides the protein for this recipe and yields creamy oats. I like to opt for plain Greek yogurt (instead of sweetened) because we are adding cranberry sauce for sweetness!

Chia seeds: chia seeds are small, edible seeds that come from the flowering plant Salvia hispanica. They are high in fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants and heart-healthy fats. You can find them in the natural foods aisle of most grocery stores.

Cranberry sauce: I’ve only ever made this with my leftover homemade cranberry sauce but you can use canned cranberry sauce if that’s what you have. This recipe is a great way to embrace those Thanksgiving leftovers!

Milk of choice: I like unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened soy milk but you can use whatever kind of milk you like- oat milk, coconut milk, dairy milk, cashew milk, etc.

Cinnamon: reinforcing our festive flavors here with warming cinnamon.

Vanilla: pure vanilla extract adds great flavor, find it in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

Salt: just the teensiest pinch of sea salt really helps lift and elevate all the other flavors.

cutting board with chopped dark chocolate

Toppings: this is where you can customize to your heart’s content. I love extra cranberry sauce, chunks of dark chocolate and a drizzle of almond butter. Other yummy options are pomegranate arils, fresh fruit, peanut butter, cashew butter, toasted coconut, banana slices, dried cranberries, a drizzle of maple syrup, walnuts, pecans or sliced almonds.

jar of cranberry overnight oats, small bowl of almond butter, small bowl of cranberry sauce and a cutting board with chopped dark chocolate

How to make:

In a mason jar or resealable container stir together the oats, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, milk, cranberry sauce, cinnamon, vanilla and salt until well combined. Leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours or ideally overnight.

In the morning, top with your favorites! I recommend dark chocolate, more cranberry sauce, pomegranate arils and almond butter.

mason jar with overnight oats within

FAQs:

What if I want to make more than one serving?

Simply double, triple, quadruple, etc. this recipe to get your desired number of servings!

How long do these overnight oats last?

When tightly sealed in jars or these overnight oat glass containers, this recipe stays great in the fridge for four days. I like to prep four containers of these oats on Sunday night to have for breakfast Monday-Thursday.

What if I don’t have leftover cranberry sauce?

See the notes section of the recipe for how to whip together a quick homemade cranberry sauce!

How can I adjust the amount of sugar in this recipe?

The primary source of sweetness comes from the cranberry sauce. If you want to decrease the amount of sugar simply decrease the amount of cranberry sauce you add but bear in mind that this will result in less cranberry flavor throughout. To increase sweetness add more cranberry sauce or a pinch of brown sugar, coconut sugar, honey or maple syrup.

Is this gluten-free?

Make sure you use certified gluten-free oats and then yes! It is gluten-free as written.

Can I make this a hot breakfast?

If you don’t like the texture of the overnight oats you can prepare hot oatmeal as you normally would and add the same toppings like cranberry sauce, chia seeds, almond butter and dark chocolate chunks. You can also pop this in the microwave for a minute if you like. (I don’t love the idea of warm yogurt but I do this for my toddlers and it works just fine!)

small wooden bowl with creamy cranberry overnight oats topped with more cranberry sauce

If you love these easy overnight oats you’ll love these other delicious breakfast ideas:

close up shot of the toppings: chopped dark chocolate, spoonful of almond butter and homemade cranberry sauce

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I hope you all embrace cranberry season and enjoy this festive breakfast! Make sure to tag me on Instagram or TikTok when you make it- I love seeing all of your creations.

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small wooden bowl with overnight oats topped with cranberry sauce, almond butter and dark chocolate chunks

Cranberry Overnight Oats

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  • Author: Erica
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Put your cranberry sauce to good use to make these easy overnight oats! Bursting with great flavor, cranberry overnight oats are going to be a staple during the holiday season.


Ingredients

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Toppings: more cranberry sauce, nut butter, dark chocolate, pomegranate arils, toasted coconut, dried cranberries, walnuts, fresh fruit


Instructions

In a mason jar or overnight oats jar stir together the oats, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, milk, cranberry sauce, cinnamon, vanilla and salt until well combined. You may need to adjust the consistency with a little extra milk to reach your desired consistency. Leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours or ideally overnight.

In the morning, top with your favorites! I recommend dark chocolate, more cranberry sauce, pomegranate airls and almond butter.


Notes

If you don’t have cranberry sauce on hand: combine 12oz fresh cranberries, 1 cup sugar and ¼ cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir and let simmer for 10 minutes until most of the cranberries burst and a few maintain their shape. Remove from heat and add a cinnamon stick, ¼ teaspoon each allspice, nutmeg and ginger, and the orange zest and orange juice from one orange. Stir until combined, let cool and then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

See above blog post for ingredient substitutions and frequently asked questions.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: entire recipe (nutrition facts calculated without toppings)
  • Calories: 270
  • Sugar: 9.6 g
  • Sodium: 82.8 mg
  • Fat: 9.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.9 g
  • Fiber: 5.7 g
  • Protein: 14.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 12.3 mg

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