Orange Turmeric Tahini Overnight Oatmeal

It happened. I finally caved and put turmeric in my oatmeal.

I resisted creating turmeric recipes for a while because of my own bias against anything labeled a superfood. I don’t like it when people treat single ingredients as the ultimate fix for health. I loved turmeric, but I didn’t want to hop on the turmeric-hawking recipe train. Because I’m stubborn. 🙂

But ultimately, I didn’t want that to stop me from creating a delicious recipe (with a beautiful golden yellow hue). So turmeric it is.

My first experience with the turmeric-tahini combo was in a salad dressing at Jivamuktea Cafe in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan. It’s a small, somewhat difficult to find, relatively unknown, all-vegan cafe attached to a yoga center. They. Have. Great. Salads. I’ve been told their other food is good, too, but I have only ever gone for a big, beautiful salad.

One of their dressings is turmeric tahini, and it rocked my world. It was after eating their salads that I started buying tahini myself to make lemon tahini and turmeric tahini dressings at home, a habit that has stuck with me for two years now. I pretty much exclusively eat my salads with a tahini-based dressing.

I love the combination of tahini with citrus and turmeric. While I could have used a lemon, like the salad dressing, I decided to go with orange to achieve a sweeter (and less tangy) final product. After all, zest and tang and pucker is great for a salad dressing, but not so much oatmeal. 😉

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Orange Turmeric Tahini Overnight Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • one orange (like navel or cara cara)
  • 1/2 cup rolled (old-fashioned) oats*
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp tahini,
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Cut orange in half. Juice one of the halves.
  2. With the other half, cut out each orange segment by running your knife along the edges of each segment until it comes loose.
  3. Combine orange juice and segments with all remaining ingredients in mason jar or any container with a lid. Cover and shake, or stir with a spoon until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Store in fridge overnight or for at least two hours. Can be served hot or cold! Top with additional tahini if desired.

Just an FYI:

*You could sub with 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats and reduce amount of milk to 1/4 cup.

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

2 Responses to Orange Turmeric Tahini Overnight Oatmeal

  1. Kristin says:

    I have to admit: I was skeptical. But, I had all of the ingredients on hand and, thanks to TOA, I gave grown to love my oatmeal with tahini. And you know what? It’s good! It’s really good! Anyone who is skeptical of this one, I would definitely suggest giving it a try. My only auggestion would be to slightly increase the amount of liquid, because mine was kind of dried up between the oatmeal and chia seeds.

  2. Kristin says:

    I admit I was nervous, but I love this recipe! The tahini makes it. My only suggestion would be to slightly increase the liquid. Between the chia seeds and my quick cook steel cut oats, the liquid got soaked up pretty fast. When I made it the second day, I increased the milk slightly and it was perfect. Thanks for turning me onto tahini in oatmeal. I’m a total convert.

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