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Winter Spice Citrus Oatmeal

Winter spice citrus oats with cinnamon, fresh ginger, orange zest and citrus slices makes for a flavorful and fun breakfast time option for the winter months. 

citrus oatmeal bowl made with old fashioned oats, non-dairy milk, blood orange, banana, and hemp seeds

This post was created in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company. As always all opinions are my own and I appreciate your support!

Winter spice citrus oats with cinnamon, fresh ginger, orange zest and fresh citrus slices makes for a flavorful and fun breakfast time option for the winter months. 

One of the ways I keep things fun in the breakfast department is by infusing seasonal ingredients into different breakfast foods, like these winter spice citrus oats. Citrus slices add a pop of fresh color that naturally brightens up the any winter day.

Oats are like a blank canvas you can add more flavor and nutrition to. I love thinking of fun ways to spice them up based on the time of year. I always have a canister of Quaker Oats in my pantry and like thinking of different ways I can use them during breakfast time and beyond. 

A ½ cup serving of oats is a good source of fiber, — all the more reason to always keep a canister in your pantry! 

citrus oatmeal bowl

Winter Spice Oatmeal

Fresh orange, winter spices and pomegranate seeds were the inspiration behind these fun and flavorful oats that are great for this time of year. Grating fresh orange zest into the oats gives them a refreshing scent to help start your morning off on a good note and tart citrus slices complement the oats perfectly.  

I really like that you can make these in advance and pull them out of your fridge for a tasty breakfast time option . It’s important to take the time for yourself amidst a busy start to the new year and help provide morning fuel  you want. 

Ingredients for Winter Spice Citrus Oats 

  • Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond or oat)
  • fresh ginger 
  • chia seeds / hemp seeds
  • cinnamon
  • orange zest 
  • citrus slices

Equipment/ utensils: 

citrus oatmeal bowl made with old fashioned oats, non-dairy milk, blood orange, banana, and hemp seeds

Winter Spice Citrus Oatmeal

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Winter spice citrus oats with cinnamon, fresh ginger, orange zest and pomegranate seeds makes for a flavorful and fun breakfast time option for the winter months. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs 11 mins
Servings 1 serving


  • ½ cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk almond or oat
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds / hemp seeds
  • dash of cinnamon
  • fresh orange zest
  • 1/4 cup citrus slices think orange, cara cara or blood orange


  • Cook oats according to package directions with non-dairy milk. Grate fresh orange zest, ginger and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  • Remove from stove top, place in a bowl and top with citrus segments, and hemp seeds. If desired banana slices and drizzle of almond butter. Enjoy! 
Keyword oatmeal; oats; oat bowl; citrus oatmeal; winter spice

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Nutritious Treats

Gluten Free Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

Gluten free blood orange olive oil cake is super moist and tart with a delicious blood orange glaze! Made with a blend of almond and oat flour and olive oil and yogurt for an extra moist texture, this citrus cake is as delicious as it is beautiful!

healthy blood orange loaf made with almond and oat flour and olive oil and yogurt for an extra moist texture

Fresh for spring, I’m so excited to share this beautiful and delicious gluten free olive oil cake loaf! Made gluten free with a blend of almond and oat flour, it’s spongy, tart and super moist thanks to olive oil, blood orange and yogurt.

And if you’re wondering if you can bake a cake with olive oil, the answer is yes, you totally can! The olive oil gives this loaf a super moist texture and amplifies the rich orange flavor.

It’s not often I get THIS excited over a baked good that’s not something pumpkin, so when I tell you you’ll love this loaf, I’m not lying. Not only did I make it multiple times to test and check the ingredients, but also because it was just so good to enjoy with coffee in the morning.

With a pop of natural pink that comes from the juice of a blood orange, it would be the perfect loaf to make for Valentine’s Day, Easter, or just spring in general! Because there are different color pigments in each blood orange, the shade of pink you get might vary a little each time you make it.

What are blood oranges?

Blood oranges have a rather serious name for being so beautiful and tart! They get their name from the maroon color of their interior, which can vary in intensity. The peel, orange in color and often also showing a red blush, helps to distinguish it from other oranges. They offer a distinct, rich orange taste with a hint of fresh raspberry and are in season from December to May.

Blood Orange Nutrition

Blood oranges are rich in vitamin C, and contain fiber, folate, and thiamin. They get their red color from high concentrations of anthocyanins – natural plant pigments that have antioxidant properties. Great as a snack, they also make for a beautiful and nutritious addition to a salad like this winter citrus quinoa salad.

almond flour blood orange loaf with blood orange glaze

Citrus Olive Oil Cake Ingredients

Here’s the wet and dry ingredients you will need to make this almond flour olive oil cake loaf:

  • oat flouruse gluten free oat flour to keep this loaf gluten free.
  • blanched almond flour
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg or cardamon
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • whole-milk yogurt – I use siggi’s yogurt every time I make this recipe. substitute dairy-free yogurt to keep this loaf dairy free.
  • neutral olive oil
  • honey – I love using honey as a sweetener where ever I can because it’s pure and it’s just honey!
  • eggs
  • blood orange you’re going to use both the zest and the juice in this recipe.
  • vanilla extract
  • confectioners’ sugar this is for the blood orange icing.

equipment / utensils

  • mixing bowls
  • hand held juicer
  • hand held or stand mixer
  • spatula
  • 9X5 bread pan

This recipe was made in collaboration with Sunkist for our citrus themed week happening on Instagram right now!

best blood orange olive oil loaf

Gluten Free Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
You’ll love how tart and moist each slice of this blood orange cake is! Using the juice from a blood orange in the glaze makes this gorgeous pink color that brightens any winter day. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Servings 9 -10 slices


  • for the loaf:
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt
  • ½ cup neutral olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • zest of 2 blood oranges
  • juice of 1 blood orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

for the blood orange frosting:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ of a blood orange juiced


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray the bottom of a 9X5 loaf pan to prevent bread from sticking.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon: set aside. 
  • In a medium bowl, using a hand or stand mixer on low, mix together the yogurt, honey, eggs, olive oil, blood orange zest and juice and vanilla until well combined. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on until just combined. It’s ok if a few streaks of flour remain, you don’t want to over mix it! 
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes.* The loaf is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached.
  • Remove from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool. In the meantime prepare the blood orange frosting by mixing the confectioners sugar and blood orange juice together with a spoon in a small bowl. 
  • Once the loaf is slightly cool, drizzle the frosting on top and top loaf with extra blood orange slices. Cut into slices and enjoy! 
  • Store in the fridge or covered on your counter for 3 days. 


* The edges of the loaf might come out a little darker than the top. This will not impact the taste. If you do notice it getting dark on the top while baking tent with tin foil. 
Keyword blood orange loaf; citrus; blood orange olive oil loaf; citrus recipes; quick breads; almond flour olive oil cake

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