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Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Roasted Oranges
Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Roasted Oranges -- the epitome of Fall vibes in a bowl. This oatmeal is ultra creamy, loaded with warm spices + maple flavor, and will surely keep you full all morning just in time for a snack in the afternoon! The warm caramelized/roasted oranges atop gives a great sweet addition and texture. Plus, it’s made in no time (30 minutes to be exact!) and it’s all vegan and gluten-free. Overnight option available.
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I seriously can't get enough of this Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Roasted Oranges and I'm so happy to be sharing it with you all! This recipe brings all of the Fall vibes and I couldn't wait to get this recipe updated since I originally made it in 2020. If you weren’t already aware, oatmeal is a great source of a ton of nutrients such as Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Folate, Zinc, and so many others.
In addition, it is a great food for providing good amounts of fiber and other antioxidants that are important to our body’s functioning. What better way to kick start your day, right?
I don’t know about you, but oranges have been such an under-utilized ingredient for me. Granted, I tend to use oranges in a smoothie, as juice, or something of that realm. However, I haven’t experimented much with this flavor UNTIL NOW.
I really do hope that you enjoy everything orange + spice this season because it's such an incredible addition.
Health Benefits of Oats
Oats are another superfood that’s great to start your day with. Rolled oats like the ones used in this recipe, are a healthy source of complex carbs, fiber (the soluble kind!), protein, and fat. In addition, they are loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Other great benefits of oats, according to studies:
They can help lower cholesterol.
Helps regulate blood sugar levels to avoid crashes and spikes
May help with losing weight.
Helps to relieve constipation.
If you've been an avid follower of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you're probably aware of my love for oats, whether cooked as oatmeal or whipped together overnight as overnight oats.
If not, then I'll share with you some of my absolute favorite variations below.
How to Make Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Roasted Oranges
There are a few key ingredients in this warm oatmeal recipe that you may not usually use in your morning oatmeal. these make this bowl better for you and even tastier.
Of course, I always use Bob's Red Mill products when it comes to my flours, oats, and grains, so this recipe was no different.
Here's the list of ingredients to make Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Roasted Oranges for breakfast today:
Orange. I like to use a navel orange, but you could use any other kind of large, juicy citrus fruit.
Thick Cut Rolled Oats. Choose gluten-free if necessary. You can also use old fashioned if preferred.
Almond milk. Feel free to use any plant-based milk you like.
Coconut Milk. You can use either full-fat canned coconut milk or cream.
Condensed milk. For this recipe, I used dairy-free condensed milk by Let's Do....Organic. Such a nice creamy substitute.
Spices. This oatmeal is all about the spice blend, which includes cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
Maple syrup. I like to use organic sugar to make sure it's fully vegan. Honey also works if you're not worried about this being vegan!
Olive oil. Helps to cook and soften the oranges for a caramelized flavors.
Brown Sugar. I like to use organic sugar to make sure it's fully vegan.
Nuts. Use walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts or your favorite kind! I like to toast them!
Granola. You can use a great store-bought brand like Purely Elizabeth or make your own!
My Top Ways to Make Anything Oats
Since I'm such a lover of oats or oatmeal in general, I truly enjoy switching up the ingredients for a whole eating experience. Here are a few of my top fave ways to enjoy it besides this Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Roasted Oranges:
Vanilla Overnight Oats + Maple Spiced Pears! This recipe boasts of it’s creaminess, thickness from the thickly cut oats used, and generous vanilla + nutty flavors from the delicious almond butter marrying well with vanilla; which all create quite the experience in just one bowl.
If you're a lover of overnight oats then these Simple Overnight Oats---3 ways is just the thing for you! With virtually no cook time and just a few ingredients, you can have your breakfast ready to eat on any given morning in an array of fun, tasty flavors for the entire family!
Best Tips to Making the Perfect Oatmeal + To Change Things Up.
To change things up, simply add other flavors such as juice of an orange, vanilla, zest, or other extracts.
You can use any sweetener option you please—-Agave, maple syrup, honey, apple sauce, or another natural sweetener.
For additional nutrients, feel free to add flaxseed meal, chia seeds, etc.
Top with other caramelized fruit, dried fruit, nuts, cranberries, chocolate chips, or whatever you choose.
For Make-ahead meals or on-the-go, simply make this and store in a mason jar.
For a nice creaminess, add your favorite butters: peanut butter, almond butter, pecan butter, sunbutter, etc.
LOOKING FOR A HEALTHIER SWEETENER OPTION?
The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes list is all about finding better ways to enjoy your favorite sweets without compromising your healthy lifestyle. For those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate healthy sweeteners into your diet.
SHOP MY FAVORITE TOOLS FOR COOKING, ESPECIALLY FOR THIS OATMEAL!
Here, I’ve curated a list of cooking + baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods or cooked meals, especially with this Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Roasted Oranges. Everything from my fave baking sheet, dutch ovens, wooden spoons, high-powered blender, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
Make-Ahead Oatmeal Bowls
You can make the oatmeal and roasted oranges ahead of time. Store the oatmeal and orange slices in separate airtight containers in the fridge for up to five days. Just reheat the roasted oranges in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes until heated through. Assemble and enjoy!
Can I Make Overnight Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Roasted Oranges?
Absolutely! Simply add all oatmeal ingredients to a bowl and mix together until combined. Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours). On the day of, roast the oranges per the recipe and once ready to serve, top overnight oats with toppings and enjoy.
Can I Use Other Types of Milk for This Oatmeal?
Of course! If you’d like to switch things up with the type of plant-based milk that you use—–that’s totally fine! The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding. From the classics like coconut milk, cashew milk, soy milk and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milk, and even potato and quinoa milk.
How to Store Leftover Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Roasted Oranges
Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Perfect for meal prep for the week!
Is This Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Roasted Oranges Gluten-Free?
Yes! This recipe is totally gluten-free for my celiac friends out there. Be sure to buy oats that state "gluten-free" on the package. Some oats are GF and some are not, so pay attention when shopping! If you are not sensitive to gluten, you can use any variety of oats.
Also, ensure that your condensed sweetened milk and full-fat coconut cream/milk are also GF-friendly---as well as the granola if you're using it as a topping!
More Citrus-infused Recipes To Try!
If you love this Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Roasted Oranges, then you're sure to love the following recipes:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place each slice of orange unto the prepared baking sheet (side by side and flat). Drizzle each slice with olive oil and sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
Add them to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until edges are brown and oranges become caramelized. NOTE: Be sure to monitor the oranges to ensure that they don't brown too quickly or burn.
TO MAKE THE OATMEAL:
Add oats, coconut milk, Almond milk, cinnamon, allspice, and sea salt to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until everything is combined. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low so that everything simmers for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once done, oats should thicken and become swollen + fluffy and creamy with half the the liquid still remaining. Stir in the dairy-free condensed milk, maple syrup, orange juice, vanilla, and let it simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes before removing it from heat.
To serve, portion oatmeal into serving bowl(s) and top with caramelized sliced oranges, your fave nuts, and/or granola, if desired.
Tips & Tricks
STORAGE: Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Perfect for meal prep for the week!
OVERNIGHT OPTION: Simply add all oatmeal ingredients to a bowl and mix together until combined. Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours). On the day of, roast the oranges per the recipe and once ready to serve, top overnight oats with toppings and enjoy.
TOASTED NUTS: Add chopped walnuts/pecans/almonds, etc. to a baking sheet and toasting them in the oven (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for 5-10 minutes, tossing them halfway to avoid browning on one side.
COCONUT CREAM: I love using canned coconut cream from Thai Kitchen or Edwards & Son's, however, you can always use canned coconut milk as well and refrigerate it overnight to thicken and create more creaminess.
WHAT PLANT-BASED MILKS ARE GOOD FOR THIS RECIPE? You can always use your fave plant-based milk instead of full-fat coconut cream/milk. Any one of the following works: Almond, coconut milk, homemade oat milk (froths/foams VERY WELL), homemade cashew milk, flax milk, etc.
EQUIPMENT: Here, I’ve curated a list of cooking + baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods or cooked meals, especially with this Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Roasted Oranges. Everything from my fave baking sheet, dutch ovens, wooden spoons, high-powered blender, and more. SEE THEM HERE!