Chocolate Overnight Oats

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Have dessert for breakfast with this simple chocolate overnight oats recipe! It takes about 5 minutes to prep with just 7 ingredients and it’s the perfect healthy make-ahead breakfast option.

Chocolate lovers rejoice because today I’m sharing this new chocolate overnight oats recipe! I already have a few chocolatey overnight oat recipes on the blog, but I wanted to share a super simple, basic chocolate version.

Just like with all of my overnight oats this recipe is super simple to whip up and is perfect for meal prep. Plus, it tastes like you’re having dessert for breakfast, which I’m all for!

2 chocolate overnight oats in mason jars topped with chocolate chips and a drizzle of peanut butter.

Why I Love This Recipe

  • Effortless preparation – Simply mix the ingredients the night before and wake up to a ready-to-eat breakfast.
  • Healthy indulgence – Enjoy the flavors of dessert for breakfast with the benefits of whole grains, fiber and antioxidants from the cocoa powder.
  • Perfect for meal prep – Overnight oats are the perfect breakfast recipe to meal prep for the week. I love prepping a double or triple batch over the weekend so I have a few breakfasts ready to go.
Ingredients measured out to make Chocolate Overnight Oats: rolled oats, maple syrup, almond milk, vanilla, chia seeds, salt and cocoa powder.

Ingredients Needed

You only need 7 simple ingredients to whip up this recipe. I bet you already have most, if not all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now. Here’s what you need:

  • rolled oats – rolled oats are the best for overnight oats. Instant/quick oats and steel cut oats don’t work well because they don’t absorb liquid the same way rolled oats do. My fave brand is Bob’s Red Mill gluten free old fashioned rolled oats.
  • unsweetened almond milk – for soaking the oats and creating the perfect consistency. I like using unsweetened almond milk, but feel free to use your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk (coconut milk, oat milk, cashew milk, soy milk, etc.).
  • cocoa powder – adds a rich chocolate flavor, making breakfast feel like a decadent treat.
  • chia seeds – for added fiber, protein and healthy fats. Chia seeds also absorb some liquid, making the end result a little thicker.
  • maple syrup – for natural sweetness. Adjust the amount to suit your taste, or substitute with another sweetener, like honey, if preferred.
  • pinch of salt – enhances the chocolate flavor and balances the sweetness.
  • vanilla extract – this is optional, but I love the slight vanilla flavor it adds to these oats.
A jar of the mixed chocolate overnight oats with a spoon.

How to Make Chocolate Overnight Oats

This recipe couldn’t be any easier to make. Just mix your oats, almond milk, cocoa powder, chia seeds, maple syrup, salt and vanilla in a bowl or jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, stir the mixture, adding more almond milk if needed. Top with chocolate chips and/or nut butter and enjoy!

Brittany’s Recipe Tips

  • Add protein: For a protein-packed version add 1 scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder to the mixture before letting it set in the fridge. If you do add protein powder, you’ll need 1/4 cup extra milk, possibly more if you use a plant-based protein powder since it soaks up more liquid.
  • Add more liquid if needed: In the morning if your oats are too thick, feel free to add more almond milk to thin the mixture out.
  • In a rush? You should be able to get by with only letting the oats soak for 2 or so hours.
A spoonful of the chocolate overnight oats topped with chocolate chips.

Chocolate Overnight Oats Topping Ideas

The topping ideas are endless for this overnight oats recipe! Here are some topping ideas to try:

  • Fresh fruit: Top your oats with a handful of fresh fruit like banana slices, strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries.
  • Nut butter: A drizzle of almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter not only adds richness creaminess, but it adds some protein. For a nut-free option use tahini or sunflower seed butter.
  • Nuts/seeds: Sprinkle chopped almonds, walnuts or pecans on top for a satisfying crunch and a boost of healthy fats. For a nut-free option go for sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
  • Chocolate: For the chocolate lovers, adding extra chocolate shavings or mini chocolate chips if never a bad idea!
  • Coconut flakes: Chocolate + coconut = a match made in heaven so topping your oats with coconut flakes would be delicious.
  • Granola: A sprinkle of your favorite granola can add a delightful crunch and extra flavor to each bite. Try this protein granola for a protein boost.
  • Yogurt: Top your oats with a dollop of Greek yogurt for a tangy contrast to the sweet and rich chocolate oats, adding a creamy texture and protein boost.
The chocolate overnight oats topped with chocolate chips and a drizzle of peanut butter and served with a spoon.

How to Store

Overnight oats are great for meal prep. Feel free to double, triple or quadruple this recipe for the week on Sunday so you have an easy and healthy breakfast ready to go throughout the week!

When stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator overnight oats should last for up to 5 days. They will soften more the longer they sit so I find they’re best on days 1-3, but they’re still safe to eat on days 4 and 5.

More Overnight Oats Recipes

Be sure to check out the full collection of overnight oats recipes and all my oatmeal recipes here on EBF.

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5 from 5 votes

Chocolate Overnight Oats

Have dessert for breakfast with this simple chocolate overnight oats recipe! It takes about 5 minutes to prep with just 7 ingredients and it's the perfect healthy make-ahead breakfast option.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Soak Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Add oats, almond milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, chia seeds, vanilla and salt into a bowl or mason jar. Stir well to combine. Seal the container with a lid and place in the fridge overnight.
    The chocolate overnight oats ingredients in a jar before being mixed.
  • Take the container out of the fridge the next morning and stir the mixture. You’ll notice that the oats soak up a lot of the liquid so you may want to add a little more almond milk before serving.
    A spoonful of the chocolate overnight oats.
  • Top each with chocolate chips and nut butter, if using and enjoy!

Notes

  • Want to add protein? Add 1 scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder to the mixture before letting it set in the fridge. If you do add protein powder, you’ll need 1/4 cup extra milk, possibly more if you use a plant-based protein powder since it soaks up more liquid. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1jar | Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 284mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate overnight oats
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Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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  1. 5 stars
    So yummy! I made 3 jars fully intending to share with my family, but these are so delicious I almost don’t want to share. 🤣