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Healthy Chocolate Overnight Oats are a healthy, no-cook, no-bake breakfast. They’re so decadent and take only 5 minutes to prep!

Chocolate overnight oats are the best way to start your day! They are so simple to prep the night ahead (only five minutes!) and make for a super indulgent breakfast that feels like dessert!

I love topping my overnight oats with some chocolate chips and puffed quinoa for extra crunch, but you can really customize the toppings with whatever you like!

What are overnight oats?

You make overnight oats by mixing rolled oats with liquid and other mix-ins to add sweetness and flavor. Allow it to sit in the fridge for at least two hours or, more likely, overnight. And, viola! Easy breakfast in the morning prepped ahead for you!

The best part is no cooking is required! You can eat it cold right out of the fridge, or pop it in the microwave to heat it up.

Ingredients for chocolate overnight oats:

  • Milk: I used oat milk, but you can use any nut milk or traditional dairy milk!
  • Rolled Oats: I always go for gluten free rolled oats. Other oats like quick oats, instant oats, or steel cut oats don’t soak up the liquid as much as traditional rolled oats, so rolled oats are the bets option.
  • Cocoa Powder: because we need to make it chocolatey!
  • Agave Nectar: you can sub in any sweetener here. Honey or maple syrup would be a great sub!
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Overnight Oats Ratio:

The base of this recipe is easy to remember! 1:1 is the best overnight oats ratio. If you use 1/2 cup oats, use 1/2 cup liquid. If you use 1 cup oats, then bump it up to 1 cup milk.

How long do overnight oats need to soak?

If you’re in a pinch, only 2 hours is all you need. But, I prefer to let them sit overnight so the oats can really soak in all the flavors.

Allowing them to sit overnight lets the oats really soak in all the liquid, so if allow less soak time, the end result will just be a bit more liquid-y.

How to make overnight oats:

It’s as simple as putting all your ingredients in a jar with a lid. Give the ingredient a stir to combine, or place the lid on the jar and give it a shake.

Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or preferably, overnight.

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Chocolate Overnight Oats

  • Author: Lindsay Grimes Freedman
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 12 hours
  • Total Time: 12 hours 5 min
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: no-bake
  • Cuisine: oats
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Healthy Chocolate Overnight Oats are a healthy, no-cook, no-bake breakfast. They’re so decadent and take only 5 minutes to prep! 


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk (any milk works -oat milk, whole milk, almond milk, etc)
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (honey or maple syrup also works)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • chocolate chips and puffed quinoa for topping

Instructions

  1. Place the oats, milk, agave, and cocoa in a jar with a lid. 
  2. Place the lid on the jar and shake.
  3. Chill in your fridge for at least 2 hours but preferably overnight. 
  4. Enjoy chilled, top with some chocolate chips, nuts or puffed quinoa!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 jar
  • Calories: 295
  • Sugar: 38.5g
  • Sodium: 50mg
  • Fat: 6.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 56.5g
  • Fiber: 4.1g
  • Protein: 8.4g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg