Orange & Vanilla Overnight Oats + New York

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.



  • Katherine
    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!
  • Athena
    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.
  • Linnea
    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!
  • Shreya
    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!
  • Two words to describe this: I Want!! Haha, it looks really yummy and summery.
  • This amazing looking soup will make the transition into fall a whole lot easier :)
  • Sally
    Love the look of this recipe, Can someone explain if there is a difference between overnight oats and muesli?
  • Suzanne
    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!
  • 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 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)!
  • I've been looking for a way to spice up overnight oats. This is lovely!
  • Gemma
    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.
  • Sarah
    Made this for myself this morning! Delicious summer breakfast. Thank you.
  • 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!
  • 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! Kelly
  • 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!
  • I love this recipe. Definitely an addition to the breakfast routine.
  • 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.
  • Maria
    MMmmmm so delicious! lækker lækker! ;)
  • Yum!!! And just to 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!! :)
    • 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. /David
  • 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.
  • ellie
    Incredible photos
  • 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!!!)
  • 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!
  • Claired
    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.
  • Overnight oats are one of my go-to breakfast! I never would have thought to soak the oats in OJ! Sounds awesome!
  • 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.
  • What a lovely breakfast. It looks perfect for a chilly Fall morning :) Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and unique recipe! Cheers!
  • Love the New York shots - a different (greener?) perspective to the typical scenes. The oats look lovely - gotta try it sometime.
  • Habba
    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 :) Habba
  • Robyn
    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

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