Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal – From My Bowl

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These Chocolate Oatmeal are made with just 7 healthy ingredients and are the perfect make-ahead breakfast that tastes like dessert. Vegan and gluten-free.

I’ll take any excuse to eat chocolate – breakfast included. These Chocolate overnight oatmeal are hearty, delicious, and perfect for meal prep and busy mornings. Make a batch in just 15 minutes for an easy breakfast all week long!

Contents
  1. The Make-Ahead Breakfast That Tastes Like Dessert
  2. Ingredients for chocolate oatmeal:
  3. How to Make Overnight Oatmeal
  4. Presentation suggestions
  5. How to Store Oats Overnight
  6. Recipe FAQs
  7. Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

I started making overnight oats when I was in college, and they’ve been a staple in my diet ever since. It’s the perfect make-ahead breakfast with just ten minutes of preparation time and the flavor combinations are practically endless! These Chocolate Oats are packed with rich chocolate flavor and taste like it might be a dessert, but they’re secretly packed with complex carbs and fiber to help keep you full and satisfied until lunch.

Ingredients for chocolate oatmeal:

This overnight oats recipe is made with just 7 simple and healthy ingredients! I always keep them in my pantry for a quick and easy meal.

ingredients for chocolate overnight oats placed on a burgundy kitchen counter
  • Oats: you can use instant oatmeal or rolled oats for this recipe; I prefer to use a 50-50 mix of the two for the perfect creamy, fluffy texture!
  • Cocoa powder: adds a rich chocolate flavor to our oatmeal. You can also use cocoa powder, which is slightly sweeter.
  • Vegetable milk: makes our overnight oats nice and creamy! I prefer to use unsweetened soy milk for an extra boost of protein.
  • Yogurt: helps make our oats creamy and adds a subtle flavor. I used unsweetened dairy-free almond yogurt to make this recipe!
  • Chia seeds: help thicken oatmeal and add fiber and healthy fats via omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Maple syrup: adds sweetness and helps balance the bitterness of the cocoa powder. You can also use another sweetener like agave, cane sugar or coconut sugar.
  • Vanilla extract: for sweetness, and because chocolate and vanilla make a perfect match!
  • Mini chocolate chips: for an extra boost of chocolate flavor! I prefer to use mini dark chocolate chips so the oats don’t taste too sweet – or use cocoa nibs instead for a less processed option! You can also use chopped chocolate or regular sized chips (but personally I find them a little too big).

How to Make Overnight Oatmeal

side by side images of overnight oats in a large bowl
  1. Add Dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix GOOD.
  2. Add the milk, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla and salt to the bowl and mix well. Let the oatmeal sit for a few minutes to thicken, then stir Again.
  3. Divide in glass jars and store in the refrigerator overnight. Garnish as you wish and enjoy!

Presentation suggestions

You can top your overnight oats any way you like. I love drizzling mine with almond butter and sliced ​​banana, but you can also top your oats with shredded coconut, fresh berries, or chopped nuts for extra crunch!

If you prefer to eat your oatmeal warm you can reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop – most of the liquid is absorbed in the fridge, so I recommend adding a little water or almond milk to your oatmeal while you reheat them.

If you’re looking for more oatmeal recipes, you’ll also love these Strawberry Oatmeal, Blueberry Oatmeal, or my Chocolate Stovetop Oatmeal!

two jars of chocolate oatmeal placed overnight on a marble tray on a burgundy background

How to Store Oats Overnight

Store the oats overnight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I recommend dividing your overnight oats into individual Mason jars or Tupperware. This makes them easier to grab and enjoy for a breakfast on the go!

Substitutions and variations

  • Add protein powder: If you want a protein boost, you can add 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder to this recipe with the dry ingredients. I recommend reducing the cocoa powder to 1 tablespoon and the sweetener to 2-3 tablespoons.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal: AAdd 2 tablespoons of peanut butter to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Mocha Overnight Oatmeal: Add a shot of espresso or 1 teaspoon of espresso powder for a delicious chocolate and coffee flavor!
  • Chocolate and Strawberry Overnight Oatmeal: Stir 1 cup chopped strawberries into overnight oats before dividing into jars. You can also use raspberries for a different fruity touch!
chocolate overnight oats in a white bowl topped with almond butter and chocolate chips with a spoon stuck in

Recipe FAQs

Are overnight oats healthy?

Overnight oats are full of complex carbohydrates and fiber, which will keep you full until lunch and can be part of a healthy diet.

Why are my daily oats not thick?

Your oats will look runny when you first mix them, but will thicken more after sitting in the refrigerator overnight. If they are still too liquid, you can mix in 1 to 2 teaspoons of ground flax or chia seeds, or reduce the amount of liquid you use the next time you make them.

Can you use steel cut oats in overnight oats?

Steel cut oats have a much firmer texture and will not soften sufficiently in an overnight oats recipe. I recommend cooking steel cut oats on the stovetop or in the instant pot!

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  • 2 cups gluten-free quick cooking oatmeal* if necessary
  • 2 soup spoons cocoa powder or cocoa powder
  • 2 soup spoons chia seeds or ground flax seeds
  • 2-3 soup spoons mini chocolate chips or chopped chocolate optional
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups creamy vegetable milk
  • 1/2 cup natural yogurt without sugar and dairy products or under with more milk
  • 2-4 soup spoons grade A maple syrup and more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Garnishing suggestions: fresh or frozen fruit nut butter, chocolate chips, etc.

  • Dry ingredients: Add the oats, chia seeds, and mini chocolate chips (if using) to a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the cocoa powder on top of the oats, then use a spatula to mix well until the cocoa is evenly distributed (this reduces clumping).

  • Wet ingredients: Add the milk, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla and salt to the bowl and mix well until well combined. some of the cocoa may clump at the top. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir again to thoroughly incorporate the cocoa. Let sit for another 5 minutes to thicken.

  • Store and serve: Transfer the oats to jars or other containers, then store them in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Garnish as desired and enjoy cold or warm; leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  • Vegetable milk: I recommend using a thick, creamy milk, like cashew, oat, or soy milk.
  • Oats: I like to use a 50-50 mix of instant oats and rolled oats for a creamy, hearty texture! Instant oats will make the oatmeal creamier, while rolled oats will add more chew.

Calories: 435kilocaloriesCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 15gFat: 13gSaturated fat: 3gPolyunsaturated fats: 5gMonounsaturated fat: 2gTrans fat: 0.01gSodium: 90mgPotassium: 560mgFiber: tengSugar: 20gVitamin A: 623UIVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 375mgIron: 4mg

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