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.



  • 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
  • Valeria
    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! :)
  • Didi
    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 :)
  • Barbara
    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.
  • Love the use of orange juice instead of milk. Keeps it light and refreshing during summer :)
  • 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. :)
  • Anisha
    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.
  • Looks delicious. I've never had overnight oats like this before, healthy and yummy :)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • That's such a fab idea to soak them in orange juice, would never have thought of it, so thank you for the tip :)

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