March 22, 2022

Chocolate Overnight Oats

These creamy Chocolate Overnight Oats make the perfect easy breakfast or snack. They are packed with nutrition thanks to whole grain oats, chia seeds, and Greek yogurt. Plus, they are perfect to meal prep in advance!

The Best Healthy Chocolate Overnight Oats

Packed with healthy fats, plenty of fiber, whole grains, and protein, overnight oats are nutritious quick and easy breakfast! If you love oatmeal but don’t always have the time to make a batch each morning then overnight oats are for you!

These delicious and healthy chocolate overnight oats are packed with whole grains, healthy fats, and a yummy dose of dark chocolate for the ultimate flavor.

You can make them the night before, grab them in the morning, top with fresh fruit, and start the day with a nutritious breakfast that will keep you feeling nourished and energized until lunch!

What Are Overnight Oats?

Overnight oats are made from combining whole grain rolled oats with a liquid, like almond milk, and other tasty ingredients like nut butter, yogurt, or fruit. The oats soak overnight in the liquid, soften, and have the perfect creamy texture, similar to stovetop oatmeal.

Why I LOVE Overnight Oats

I have become a huge fan of overnight oats over the last year or so and I don’t see my love for them going anywhere any time soon. Here are few reasons why I LOVE overnight oats:

  • Easy to make – all you need is five minutes the night before to stir together your overnight oats and pop them in the fridge for any easy breakfast the next morning.
  • Incredibly filling – unlike other breakfast options, these oats keep me feeling satisfied until lunch.
  • Packed with nutrition – overnight oats are packed with fiber, healthy fats, carbohydrates, and protein!

chocolate overnight oats ingredients

What You Need to Make Overnight Oats with Chocolate

Old Fashioned Oats: for this recipe we’re using gluten free old-fashioned rolled oats.

Almond Milk: my go-to liquid for overnight oats is almond milk just because I always seem to have it on hand. You can use an unflavored almond milk or vanilla flavored.

Greek Yogurt: these chocolate overnight oats are packed with protein thanks to the addition of whole milk Greek yogurt. It makes the oats nice and creamy, too!

Almond Butter: be sure to use a natural almond butter without any added sweetener or oils if you can find it!

Chia Seeds: these add an extra dose of healthy fats and fiber plus they help to give the oats a great texture.

Cocoa Powder: we’re using two tablespoons of cocoa powder to give these oats the best chocolate flavor.

Sweetener: maple syrup or honey will work both well in these oats. You could also leave out the sweetener entirely if you prefer.

Vanilla Extract: for that delicious vanilla flavor in every single bite.

Sea Salt: a pinch of sea salt adds just the right balance of flavor to the oats.

wet ingredients in mixing bowl

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Ways to Customize

  • Use a different nut butter – any nut butter will work in this recipe so feel free to get creative! Cashew butter, peanut butter, or even pecan butter would all be wonderful.
  • Use cacao powder – you can swap the cocoa powder for cacao powder if you prefer.
  • Sweeten things up – Feel free to add another tablespoon of honey or maple syrup to your oats if you like them on the sweeter side.
  • Keep your oats dairy-free – You can use your favorite dairy-free Greek yogurt (like coconut milk or almond milk yogurt) in this recipe instead of a traditional dairy yogurt.
  • Add extra fruit – try adding a handful of strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries to these oats for extra berry flavor. A handful of shredded coconut would also be delicious!
  • Switch up the milk – instead of almond milk you can switch things up and try using coconut milk, cashew milk, or even oat milk. Regular dairy milk would be great too!

dry ingredients in bowl

How to Make Chocolate Overnight Oats

Step One: Add the Greek yogurt, almond milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and almond butter to a mixing bowl. Whisk together until well combined.

Step Two: Add the cocoa powder, oats, chia seeds, and salt to the wet ingredients. Stir until well combined.

Step Three: Transfer the oats to large wide mouthed glass container with a lid (like a weck jar/mason jar).

Step Four: Cover the container and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. 

Step Five: After the oats have chilled, remove them from the fridge and give them a stir.

Step Six: Separate the oats into two different serving bowls or jars. Feel free to add an extra splash of milk if you want to thin the oats out a bit. Top the oats with spoonful of almond butter, fresh berries, and chia and hemp seeds.

How to Make Overnight Oats with Chocolate Protein Powder

I love adding a plain or vanilla protein powder to my overnight oats to increase the protein content and make them even more hearty and filling.

You can easily swap the cocoa powder in this recipe for a scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder to keep that chocolate flavor while adding extra protein!

top of chocolate overnight oats with berries

My Favorite Healthy Additions

  • Flax Seeds you can add flax seed instead of chia seeds to these oats if you like for healthy fat and fiber.
  • Hemp Seeds I love adding these for a little extra crunch!

Topping Ideas

Toppings are one of the best parts of eating overnight oats and there are a wide variety of delicious toppings to choose from. You can go with fresh fruit, more nut butter, nuts and seeds, and so much more. Here are a few of my favorite topping options:

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How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?

Your overnight oats should last for 3-5 days in an air-tight container in the fridge. While they will still be good to eat after a few days, know that the texture of the oats may change as they soak up more liquid.

Can You Eat Them Warm?

Yes! While overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold instead of hot, like traditional oatmeal, you can heat them up if you prefer. I recommend giving them a try cold first though to see how you like them.

If you would like to heat them up, you can do so by heating them for 30 seconds at a time in the microwave until warm.

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Strawberry Overnight Oats

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

chocolate overnight oats in jar

I hope you give these Chocolate Overnight Oats a try! They make a quick and easy breakfast or snack that everyone will love!

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Chocolate Overnight Oats

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Scale:
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon creamy almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup gluten free old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Method

  1. Add the Greek yogurt, almond milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and almond butter to a mixing bowl. Whisk together until well combined.
  2. Add the cocoa powder, oats, chia seeds, and salt to the wet ingredients. Stir until well combined.
  3. Transfer the oats to large wide mouthed glass container with a lid (like a weck jar/mason jar).
  4. Cover the container and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  5. After the oats have chilled, remove them from the fridge and give them a stir.
  6. Separate the oats into two different serving bowls or jars. Feel free to add an extra splash of milk if you want to thin the oats out a bit. Top the oats with spoonful of almond butter, fresh berries, and chia and hemp seeds.

Keywords: chocolate overnight oats, overnight oats chocolate, healthy chocolate overnight oats, how to make chocolate overnight oats, how to make overnight oats with chocolate protein powder

Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: Eat Love Eat

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  1. Made these yesterday for the next couple of days…so yummy! Absolutely love. I love oatmeal (odd, I know) but I was bored of the plain old way of making it. This tastes great and is filling. I even got my wife to eat oatmeal and she literally gets bored with it after 3 bites. Adding it into the rotation! Thanks!!

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