Leftover Cranberry Sauce Overnight Oats

Use up leftover cranberry sauce with these easy overnight oats.  Plus, get new ideas for using up extra cranberry sauce.

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Cranberry Sauce Overnight Oats with Almonds in jars

I hope your Thanksgiving was great. I enjoyed the time off and making some of my favorite dishes in the kitchen.

Use up leftover cranberry sauce in these Cranberry Almond Overnight Oats! #mealprep #cranberriesClick to Tweet

Though I grew up on canned cranberry sauce, I’ve been making fresh, homemade cranberry sauce for the past couple years and probably won’t go back to the other stuff. At least not unless I’m in SC with the rest of my family. In any case, we always end up with extra cranberry sauce!

Adding almonds to Cranberry Sauce Overnight Oats

For this recipe, you only need a few ingredients: leftover cranberry sauce, equal parts oats and milk, and nuts or seeds. Oh and jars. Aren’t they the cutest?

To build the overnight oats, layer a couple tablespoons cranberry sauce, then add the oats and milk. Finish with another tablespoon of sauce and sprinkle on lots of almonds or pumpkin seeds. You can also add cinnamon to the oats for more flavor. For a boost of protein, use dairy milk or pea protein milk to keep it vegan.

More ways to use up leftover cranberry sauce:

  1. Swirl it into warm, cooked oatmeal with a sprinkle of walnuts.
  2. Add it to a Greek yogurt bowl with granola or pumpkin seeds.
  3. Use it instead of jelly on a peanut butter sandwich.
  4. Add a couple tablespoons, vodka, and ice to a shaker for a cranberry cocktail.
  5. Make an easy cranberry tart. Add a bit of cornstarch, tapioca flour, or arrowroot powder to cranberry sauce to help it thicken. Add to pie dough or puff pastry and bake for an easy dessert.
  6. Add some to a muffin or quick bread batter.
  7. Freeze it. If you won’t be using it all up in a few days, freeze the cranberry sauce in a freezer jar or freezer bag. You can thaw and use it for future meals.

This list could go on. How do you use up your extra cranberry sauce? I’d love to hear it in the comments!

Cranberry Sauce Overnight Oats in jars

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Cranberry Sauce Overnight Oats

Use up leftover cranberry sauce in overnight oats! Send your holiday guests home with breakfast made simply, using dairy or non-dairy milk, and nuts or seeds.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: leftover cranberry sauce
Servings: 1
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Marisa Moore, RDN


  • 3 tbsp cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds
  • dash cinnamon (optional)


  • Add 2 Tbsp cranberry sauce to a jar. Add the oats and milk. Top with more cranberry sauce and sliced almonds. Close the jar and refrigerate overnight. Top with more milk in the morning if desired.


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Fiber: 4g

11 Comments on Leftover Cranberry Sauce Overnight Oats

  1. Katie Crenshaw
    November 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM (9 months ago)
    What a great way to use the cranberry sauce! This is brilliant. Cranberries and oats are such a tasty combination.

    • Marisa
      November 25, 2018 at 9:29 PM (9 months ago)
      Thanks. It’s a delicious combo. And I used to add to warm oats but this just makes it that much easier for meal prep! Reply
  2. Ginny McMeans
    November 25, 2018 at 8:20 PM (9 months ago)
    You are one smart person! This is such a good recipe and so simple. Thanks so much for the recipe.

    • Marisa
      November 25, 2018 at 9:30 PM (9 months ago)
      Thank you, Ginny! Reply
  3. Caroline
    November 25, 2018 at 9:30 PM (9 months ago)
    What a good way to use up some cranberry sauce. Although to be honest, we rarely have any left but if we do!

    • Marisa
      November 26, 2018 at 8:42 AM (9 months ago)
      I always have leftovers because I'm the only one that likes homemade cranberry sauce. So I let everyone else do canned and I make it anyway :) Reply
  4. Ellen
    November 25, 2018 at 9:38 PM (9 months ago)
    What a great idea for using leftover cranberry. My son will love this for breakfast! Reply
    • Marisa
      November 26, 2018 at 8:41 AM (9 months ago)
      So glad you (and your son) will like it! Reply
  5. Ann
    November 25, 2018 at 10:07 PM (9 months ago)
    Love all those ideas for using up leftover cranberry sauce, especially the oats! I keep meaning to try overnight oats :)

    • Marisa
      November 26, 2018 at 8:41 AM (9 months ago)
      Overnight oats are such a morning time saver! Reply
  6. Farrah
    November 26, 2018 at 12:45 PM (9 months ago)
    This is such a great idea for using up leftovers! :] Yay for no food waste! Reply

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