Jul 12

Strange But Good: Orange Cardamom TVP Overnight Oats

The strange breakfasts have continued.


This week was necessity.

Without air conditioning, I became and overnight oat junkie.  Hot food made me nauseous.  “Regular” overnight oats seem too boring… and I was getting sick of oatmeal… so I brought back an old favorite.  TVP!

I also got to try a strange new nut milk (no, I couldn’t type that with a straight face): Almond-Cashew-Hazelnut Milk.

almond cashew hazelnut milk


It received mixed reviews when I posted the pic on Instagram, but I really liked it!  Almond milk is still my favorite, but this milk from Dream Blends is a good way to change it up.  I’ve tried coconut, hemp, rice, soy, and sunflower milks, not of which I like as well.

Back to the “oats.”


This concoction was a TVP overnight bowl.  Cardamom and orange is one of the best flavor combos… in fact, I remembered after I made this dish that I’d actually done a similar hot version here.

Be careful with the cardamom - a little goes a long way – but a pinch adds an sweet-ish spiciness to dishes.  Perfect with the citrus and the meaty, rich coconut. #thatswhatshesaid

orange cardamom overnight oats

I also used some cacao nibs to top it… because what’s not better with chocolate?!


 Orange Cardamom TVP Overnight Oats

Orange Cardamom TVP Overnight Oats

  • 1/4 C TVP
  • 1/2 scoop (1T) vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2-3/4 C milk or water
  • 1/2 orange, sectioned
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • Stevia, to taste
  • Optional toppings: coconut shreds, cacao nibs, more orange


In a small bowl, mix together dry ingredients.  Add wet ingredients, stirring to combine.  Fold in orange sections.

Cover and place in fridge overnight.  Remove from fridge in the morning, stir, and add additional liquid if needed.

Top as desired and enjoy!


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A/C Update: it's FIXEDDDDDDD!!! Thank the sweet baby Jesus.  Best birthday present ever.

Have you tried TVP oats yet?

What is your favorite way to make oatmeal?



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  1. Lisa

    Another creative and awesome recipe!
    I’m always so impressed by your recipes each week.
    And this one sounds awesome since it has orange, my new favorite flavor and coconut which actually is probably my actual favorite flavor – I take the orange one back.

    1. Laura

      Lisa, you are too kind. :) I’m just getting in to coconut… I think for years I just wasn’t eating the good fresh stuff.

  2. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Laura your creations are amazing! If only australia had more easily accessible ingredients, I’d whip them up in a flash.. i think its time for another iherb order :p

    1. Laura

      iHerb is a beautiful thing! I’m healous you get to live in AUS though. ;)

  3. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    YAY!!!! I just received TVP from my Vitacost order (I learned about tvp from YOU :-)) ! I can not wait to try this!

    1. Laura

      Awesome! I cannot wait to hear how you like it!!!

  4. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I don’t think I’ve ever used cardamom in anything. It’s been in recipes that I’ve made but I’ll sub in cinnamon since I have it on hand. Must get to find out what I’ve been missing!

    1. Laura

      Cinnamon is great, but cardamom does add a whole new dimension! It’s pretty easy to locate – all my major grocers carry it.

  5. Fran@BCDC

    This sounds really good. I always like cardamom…I love the fragrance. I don’t think I even have any in the cupboard. Actually, my spices need to get on the list of things I clean out. I have some in there in wonderful old containers given to me as a wedding present when I was married the First time. Think I need to “refresh” them! Have a great day, Laura!

    1. Laura

      Isn’t it every 3 months you are supposed to refresh your spices? I don’t know how people can go through them that fast though!

  6. Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    mmmmm I WOULD LOVE THIS. I have only done cardamom with blackberries before! but I have an orange in the fridge so I can try this combo now :) i still yet have to try TVP tho!

    1. Laura

      Cardamom is made for orange! Let me know what you think. I love it with pear too! :)

  7. lindsay

    that’s my second favorite milk too! and perfect with that combo.. But you knew that already.

    NAPA is calling your name!

  8. RavieNomNoms

    I heart oatmeal! I don’t do the veggie protien, but maybe I will in the future. Oatmeal is one of my go to breakfasts with dried and fresh fruits!

  9. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Cardamom is one of those spices I almost never use. I have it on hand by golly, but I never really use it. That milk sounds interesting.

    1. Laura

      I am the same way! I need to keep it out so I grab it more often.

  10. Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

    Everything’s better with chocolate! :) I love adding cacao nibs and cardamom to my eats!

    1. Laura

      I rarely eat anything without nibs… it’s an addiction. ;)

  11. Linz @ Itz Linz

    you’ve done it again! you make me laugh that you always say you’re not a foodie blog but you post the best recipes!

    1. Laura

      Awwww… thank you!!!

  12. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    Oh this sounds wonderful! I love orange and coconut and the idea of adding cardamom sounds good too! I will have to look for this milk, my favorite is coconut but almond is a close second.

    1. Laura

      Thanks! I found the milk at Whole Foods. :)

  13. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    Hmm, I still have not tried overnight oats (that must be some kind of blogger fail, right?), but this is the second such recipe I’ve read this morning, so maybe the time has come. It sounds good!

    1. Laura

      They are really good! If you don’t like them cold, you can always pop them in the microwave.

  14. sara @ Fitcupcaker

    I love overnight oats, so filling and delicious but ive never even come close to this combo, love it!

    1. Laura

      They are the best, right? :)

  15. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    I’m not really a fan of citrus in my food, although sometimes it’s okay when I actually try it. It’s just the thought of it makes me cringe for some reason – I’m very strange. :)

    1. Laura

      I am like that with flavors, but if it’s fresh it’s all good.

  16. Kristina

    I love cardamom as much as you, and it goes well with orange (I make an orange cardamom rice crispie…).

    I need to make TVP oats again!

    1. Laura

      Of course you do. ;)

  17. Khushboo

    I never think to add citrus to my breakfasts- now I’m wondering why!! I love oats with yogurt, peanut butter, and applesauce…so simple yet tasty!

    1. Laura

      Is there anything that isn’t good with peanut butter? ;)

  18. Elle@thewaybyelle.blogspot.com

    Hot oatmeal for breakfast in the summer?? I’m with you there. Cold foods are much better! I am still eating my egg white with spinach combos, but sometimes I wait until they cool!

    1. Laura

      Cold egg whites?! Is that #strangebutgood? ;)

  19. Heather Williams

    OMG! I’m cardamom OBSESSED! I will easily chunk out $10 for a jar on iHerb and make it last a couple months. I think it is my favorite spice besides cinnamon! I don’t eat oats, but love using it in grain-free porridge made with coconut flour!:) LOVE this recipe!!

    1. Laura

      $10 for cardamom?! Whoaaaaa!

  20. Jody - Fit at 55

    I have yet to try overnight oats even with no AC in my place! I keep seeing recipes everywhere! I am uncertain of eating oatmeal type stuff cold but everyone seems to like it! :)

    1. Laura

      LOL! Be brave, friend. You can alwyas microwave it. ;)

  21. Elle@thewaybyelle.blogspot.com

    I had a hard time getting the html code to work. I ended up editing it, but I got it working on my blog. :) Thanks for hosting!

  22. Kierston @candyfit

    I’ve not tried TVP yet. My list of things to try is growing!

  23. Alex @ therunwithin

    I love love love seeing all that link up to you each week with these, so many strange but good

  24. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    That milk is new to me, but it sounds delicious! I hope that I can find it near me!

    1. Laura

      I got it at Whole Foods!

  25. Heather @ girlyeverafter

    I love the flavor combo of orange and cardamom, so good! When are you free for me to take you for a b-day drink? So excited about your trip for you! It’s going to be amazeballs!

    1. Laura

      We need to finally get margaritas!!! I’m back from CA next week. :)

  26. Amanda Fraijo-Tobin (@FraijoManda)

    So glad you got your AC fixed!!!

  27. Court Star @ StarSystemz

    Super cool! I can’t wait to try that milk :) Thanks for sharing!! Hope your weekend is SPECTACULAR!!! Love + Shine CourtStar

  28. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Even in the crazy heat of summer, I still prefer cooked oatbran to overnight oats. Always with chia seeds, egg whites, lots of cinnamon and almond butter.

    1. Laura

      That’s my favorite hot oat combo. Have you ever done overnight and just warmed them in the microwave?

  29. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    You KNOW I love cardamom, and I have been experimenting more with overnight oats, but not yet with TVP in them. I wonder how insane it would be to do a psyllium, TVP, oats combo? I will try it when I get my wisdom teeth out this week. Maybe. Or maybe I’ll just do a whole Strange But Good: Wisdom Teeth Removal Edition for you.

    I have a box of that alterna-milk in my car right now. Packed in a box. Probably turning bad because it’s hot outside. Oh well.

    1. Laura

      That would be a volume eater’s bowl of heaven. I must try it too!!!!

      Poor teeth… I wish I could come make you protein shakes!

  30. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Meaty coconut, huh? So THAT’S what the girl(s) is/are calling it these days! haha! Ya know, I bet this would be even better with orange-flavored stevia!

    Because of my never-ending curiosity, I’ve tried a lot of milk alternatives, but I’ve never really liked anything other than almond milk. Am I weird for not liking the mouthfeel of coconut milk? I feel like I lose some kind of blogger badge by admitting that! And rice milk? Ugh, don’t even get me started on that grossness!

    1. Laura

      Tee hee. Meaty. Mouthfeel. Must. Act. Mature.

      (Rice milk makes me want to hurl.)

      1. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

        And I thought I was bad! Bahahaha!

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