Use up leftover cranberry sauce with these easy overnight oats. Plus, get new ideas for using up extra cranberry sauce.
I hope your Thanksgiving was great. I enjoyed the time off and making some of my favorite dishes in the kitchen.
If you’re like me, you have some leftovers in the fridge.Use up leftover cranberry sauce in these Cranberry Almond Overnight Oats! #mealprep #cranberries
Though I grew up on canned cranberry sauce, I’ve been making fresh, homemade cranberry sauce for the past couple of 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!
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?
Prep your overnight oats
To build the overnight oats, layer a couple of 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.
Because tis the season, you might also enjoy my gingerbread overnight oats recipe too!
More ways to use up leftover cranberry sauce
Eat cranberry sauce for breakfast. Swirl it into warm, cooked oatmeal with a sprinkle of walnuts.
Swirl the sauce into yogurt. Add it to a Greek yogurt bowl with granola or pumpkin seeds.
Make a PB&C. Use cranberry sauce instead of jelly on a peanut butter sandwich.
Make a cocktail. Add two tablespoons cranberry sauce, vodka, and ice to a shaker then combine with soda water for a cranberry cocktail.
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.
Bake a sweet treat. Add leftover cranberry sauce to a muffin or quick bread batter or make these No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake Jars.
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!
Recipes featuring cranberries
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Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries
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Cranberry Sauce Overnight Oats
- 3 tablespoon cranberry sauce
- ¼ cup old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoon sliced almonds
- dash cinnamon (optional)
- Add 2 tablespoon 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.
What a great way to use the cranberry sauce! This is brilliant. Cranberries and oats are such a tasty combination.
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!
You are one smart person! This is such a good recipe and so simple. Thanks so much for the recipe.
Thank you, Ginny!
What a good way to use up some cranberry sauce. Although to be honest, we rarely have any left but if we do!
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 🙂
What a great idea for using leftover cranberry. My son will love this for breakfast!
So glad you (and your son) will like it!
Love all those ideas for using up leftover cranberry sauce, especially the oats! I keep meaning to try overnight oats 🙂
Overnight oats are such a morning time saver!
This is such a great idea for using up leftovers! :] Yay for no food waste!