Pumpkin Cranberry Parfait

We’ve been having some strange weather lately: highs in the 70s, strong winds, warm evenings.

But this morning looked like a creepy, foggy fall morning even though it was still in the 50s.

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In fact, the weather has been so mild that I’ve been wanting overnight oats again. Cold breakfasts do not go well with cool mornings, but the past few days gave me a reason to have a few more bowls of overnight oatmeal before the weather truly turns.

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This is definitely “fall in a glass”.

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While working on a few recipes Monday, I cooked up a quick cranberry sauce:

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Bring 1 cup fresh cranberries to a boil with 2 Tbsp maple syrup, 1-2 tsp fresh orange zest, and 1 diced orange. Cook/simmer until most of berries burst, take off heat, and let cool.

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I used this cranberry sauce in another dish but knew I wanted to fit it in with something pumpkin, too.

Introducing, Overnight Pumpkin Cranberry Oats!

Oat base (mix up the night before and let sit in the fridge)

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • ginger
  • nutmeg
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup yogurt

In the morning, layer:

  • overnight oat mixture
  • cranberry orange sauce
  • wheatberries
  • chopped pecans
  • maple syrup

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I added some wheatberries since I had some extras on hand that were cooked and needed to be used, but you definitely don’t need them!

I loved the crunch of pecans in this, though. It went great with the tart cranberries, the fall spices, and the little drizzle of maple syrup.

Do you use fresh cranberries? What’s your favorite way to have them?

20 comments

  1. omg this looks heavenly!
    I seriously need to get some pumpkin, I’ve been missing it so much :(
    I’ve never tried fresh cranberries!!

  2. Oh WOW…this is getting added to my list of “Must Try”

    Thank You for being so creative!

  3. I’ve been seeing all of these recipes incorporating cranberries as of late that I want to make. I need to pick some up!

    I die and go to heaven with a simple cranberry relish.

  4. I’ve made a similar cranberry sauce with orange but that’s about it for fresh cranberries.
    Love your layering idea for overnight oats. Here are some other ideas for them:

    http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2010/10/recipe-for-overnight-oatmeal-three-days.html

    Susan

  5. Goodness, it seems like EVERYONE’s having crazy weather lately!
    Ummm can you come make me breakfast tomorrow, Brandi?! That looks SO delicious. I love cranberries!

  6. This looks like an AMAZING breakfast! Maybe this will change my mind about overnight oats…? The fresh cranberry sauce looks delicious. What a fabulously fall-themed meal! I am still not totally enamored with pumpkin, but I definitely like the tartness of cranberries. Enjoy your day!

  7. That looks delicous Brandi!

    It was so cold at my house this morning, I could see my breath!

    I’ve actually never made anything with cranberries – my dad used to make this awful cranberry salad for Thanksgiving – using orange rind that just was awful.

    I may need to give yours a go! :D

  8. I just made cranberry sauce last night. The addition of the orange zest looks amazing. I’ve added apples to mine but never orange. i’ll try it!

  9. Your parfait looks great! Yes, I use fresh cranberries to make sauce that is very similar to yours. I’ll have to pick some up!

  10. I love cranberries – can’t wait until they are availible in stores near me! :-D

  11. I love fresh cranberries, especially this time of year!! This parfait looks amazing, as does the cranberry sauce. I adore homemade cranberry sauce.

  12. Mmm, I bet that would make for a KILLER bowl of oats! Cranberry and orange is such a great combo…but I’d never have imagined that maple syrup would go into it!

  13. i forgot we’re coming up on cranberry season!

  14. I’d much rather have 50’s in the mornings than the 20’s we’ve been having this week. Our daytime high only reaches mid 30’s..sad!
    Love the looks of that recipe too–pumpkin and cranberry make for a great combo!

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