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Chocolate Overnight Oats

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Chocolate overnight oats combine rolled oats, milk, yogurt, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, honey, and chia seeds for a low-cost grab-and-go meal.

For more easy and delicious flavors, try my popular 10 best overnight oats recipes!

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Chocolate Overnight Oats Recipe

These chocolate overnight oats will make two servings. Everything is prepared the night before and served the next morning.

There are plenty of other overnight oat healthy recipes to try, like carrot cake overnight oats, banana bread oats, decadent chocolate oats, lemon blueberry overnight oats, rich and creamy strawberry cheesecake oats, classic peanut butter overnight oats, and warming apple cinnamon oats. It comes down to personal preference and variety.

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Recipe Ingredients

How To Make Chocolate Overnight Oats

Full ingredients and instructions are also in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

STEP 1: In a bowl combine all the ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup milk, ⅔ cup plain greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, 2 Tbsp chocolate chips, 1 Tbsp honey and 2 tsp chia seeds. Mix everything together thoroughly.

STEP 2: Pour the oats into a container and seal with a lid. Place in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, but preferably overnight to let oats absorb all the liquid.

STEP 3: In the morning, take out from the fridge and give a quick stir. Add any toppings just before serving if desired. Overnight oats are eaten cold with a spoon.

looking down into a mason jar wich chocolate overnight oats inside. Chocolate chips are sprinkled on top and a spoon sits in the jar.

Recipe Tips

  • Using old-fashioned oats (large flake oats) will give you the best results. They will provide a chewy texture and nutty flavor without being too mushy. Yes, you could try steel-cut oats or quick oats (I’ve never tried it personally), but the texture will be quite different.
  • Make sure all of the oats are thoroughly mixed and covered with the liquid. If you’re having trouble with this, add a little more milk. Otherwise, you will get dry clumpy parts.
  • Let the oat mixture sit overnight. This will render the best results, if you just can’t wait try letting them sit for 4 hours minimum.

How To Store

Store for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Make sure to stir them when ready to eat.

FAQs

Can overnight oats be served hot?

Overnight oats are meant to be served cold but yes, you can heat them if that feels too weird.

Can I use instant oats?

Instant oats are thinner and will not absorb the rest of the ingredients like rolled oats do. You may be left with a runny and/or soggy meal.

Can I use steel cut oats?

Steel cut oats will create a dense and chewy texture. I prefer old-fashioned rolled oats because the texture is much better for this type of recipe.

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Chocolate Overnight Oats

With a handful of healthy ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, you can make a fabulously simple yet decadent breakfast.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a bowl combine all the ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup milk, ⅔ cup plain greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, 2 Tbsp chocolate chips, 1 Tbsp honey and 2 tsp chia seeds. Mix everything together thoroughly.
  • Pour the oats into a container and seal with a lid. Place in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, but preferrably overnight to let oats absorb all the liquid.
  • In the morning, take out from the fridge and give a quick stir. Add any toppings just before serving if desired. Overnight oats are eaten cold with a spoon.

Recipe Notes:

  • STORE IN THE FRIDGE: Once you’ve made your oats, store them in an airtight or sealable container in the refrigerator. This will keep them fresh and ready to eat whenever you need them. These will keep up to 4-5 days in the fridge.
  • SERVING LEFTOVERS: Simply give the creamy oats a stir before serving to redistribute any liquid that may have separated. Add any desired toppings and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 559mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 310mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving.

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