Orange & Cranberry Protein Oats

This sweet and zesty Orange & Cranberry Protein Oats, is a comforting seasonal breakfast to get you in the Christmas spirit!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! With Christmas lights glowing in the nighttime streets and ornamented trees in windows, it would seem that gifting season is upon us! As much as I love the joyful decorations and thoughtful gifts received at Christmas, the food as has always been my favourite part of this time of year. Therefore this bowl of Orange & Cranberry Protein Oats is inspired by some of my favourite Christmas flavours.

Orange & Cranberry Protein Oats with Chocolate Orange

Zesty sweet oranges and tart juicy dried cranberries are a classic winter flavour combination. They work beautifully together in this creamy bowl of Orange & Cranberry Protein Oats. I also topped this bowl of oatmeal with a household Christmas favourite; Terry’s Chocolate Orange. However you can use any chocolate you like or skip it completely. The chocolate make this breakfast bowl a touch more indulgent. It melts on top of the warm oats and in the most deliciously delightful way.

Zesty Orange & Cranberry Protein Oats Flat Lay Image

Oranges are well-known for being a great source of vitamin C. However they are also a good source thiamine, folate, potassium and antioxidants. The juice, flesh and zest of the orange is used to create this bowl. I love how each element of the orange contribute a different taste and texture to this Orange & Cranberry Protein Oats recipe. Dried cranberries are used in both the base of the porridge and as a topping. Dried fruit tend to be more calorie dense there fresh counterparts due to the higher amount of sugar. Therefore I was mindful not use to much in this recipe and I still wanted this breakfast to be a balanced healthy meal. Despite their calorie content dried cranberries do contain some healthful antioxidants and fibre which makes an adequate addition to this oat recipe.

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Yield: 1 bowl

Orange & Cranberry Protein Oats

Orange & Cranberry Protein Oats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Protein Oats

  • 45g oats
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 200ml milk of choice
  • juice of an orange
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries

Toppings

  • a few slices of orange
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries
  • optional: red currants, chocolate, cranberry sauce

Instructions

Overnight Method

  1. This is my favourite method of making protein oats as the oats cook really quickly in the microwave in the morning. I also find that whey protein really combine well this way.
  2. Combine oats with protein powder in a bowl. Then mix well with almond milk, orange zest and juice. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  3. Heat in microwave for 1-2 mins or until heated through. Add more almond milk or water if the consistency gets to thick.
  4. Served the porridge topped with fruit, chocolate, dried cranberries, and/or cranberry sauce.

Notes

*I love jumbo oats because I love they have texture they create in porridge. But normal steel cut or quick oats will probably work just as well.

**I used one scoop (25g) MyProtein Stroopwafel Impact Whey. I just love the taste of this protein but you can use the protein powder of your choice - whey or plant-based alternative.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1 bowl

Serving Size:

1 bowl

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 460Total Fat: 8gCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 33g

Nutrition information is based on the exact ingredients and quantities used to create the recipe which can be used to estimate calorie and macronutrient content of similar recreations. *Macros do not include chocolate orange topping included in some photos

Nayomi Pennant
I’m an utter foodie who is passionate about wellbeing, health & fitness. I created Her Food and Fitness to share delicious nutritious recipes & feasible fun fitness advice for women. My mission is to provide women with food and fitness advice on how to lose fat, build lean muscle and stay healthy.