Chocolate Overnight Oats

This simple recipe for how to make Chocolate Overnight Oats will give you more time in the morning with a healthy, filling breakfast already made! Creamy, fudgy, and packed with protein.

a bowl of chocolate overnight oats

One of my favourite go-to breakfasts is this recipe for healthy chocolate overnight oats. I love that I can prep all of the ingredients the night before, pop it in the fridge and it is ready to go in the AM.

The chocolate overnight oats protein count is pretty nice too. We’re talking 20 grams of protein power! Boom.

a bowl of chocolate overnight oats

This is a brilliant option for those who are crunched for time in the morning.

I use whatever nut butter I have on hand. If you want chocolate peanut butter overnight oats, you can have it! Lately, I have been using almond butter due to the Costco sized jar in my fridge.

INGREDIENTS FOR OVERNIGHT OATS

  • nut butter – I use almond butter or peanut butter
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla
  • milk
  • Greek yogurt
  • cacao powder
  • oats

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE OVERNIGHT OATS

This healthy breakfast recipe is super easy to whip up. Firstly, whisk together the wet ingredients.

a mixing bowl with maple syrup, almond butter, milk and Greek yogurt

Then stir in the cacao powder and the oats.

Be sure to use gluten free oats if you have gluten sensitivites.

a whisk stirring oatmeal flakes into a chocolate mixture

 Mix it all together well and pop it into the fridge. It takes an hour to set but is best if you leave it overnight – hence the name!

mixture ready to be put into the fridge to set

This breakfast is hearty, packed with protein, and a great option for those rushed mornings when there is no time for fiddling around with cooking.

a bowl of chocolate overnight oats

FAQ’S ABOUT OVERNIGHT OATS

Are overnights oats healthy? Yes, overnight oats are healthy. Of course this all depends on the recipe but these Chocolate Overnight Oats features all healthy, whole food ingredients.

Are overnight oats good to lose weight? Again, overnight oats recipes are all different and have different ingredients. This particular recipe isn’t really a low calorie option but it is healthy and will keep you full until lunch for sure.

What oats are best for overnight oats? Generally, I would say old fashioned oats are the best option when making overnight oats. You can use quick oats if that is all you have but they tend to soak up the liquids faster and can have less texture than the old fashioned variety.

a bowl of chocolate overnight oats

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Originally published April 21, 2014. Updated January 19, 2021.

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a bowl of chocolate overnight oats

Chocolate Overnight Oats

Sharon Rhodes
This simple recipe for how to make Chocolate Overnight Oats will give you more time in the morning with a healthy, filling breakfast already made! Creamy, fudgy and packed with protein.
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 582 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl whisk together the first five ingredients – the almond butter, vanilla, maple syrup, milk, and Greek yogurt. Whisk until smooth.
  • Stir in the cacao powder, oats, and sea salt and mix well to combine.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour or leave overnight.
  • Enjoy cold from the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 582kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 23gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 62mgPotassium: 810mgFiber: 10gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 167IUCalcium: 358mgIron: 4mg
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34 Comments

      1. Never had over night oats before but this looks incredible.. is there any options on what I could use in place for the yogurt (not just Greek yogurt but any yogurt – I’m not a fan of yogurt).. can’t wait to try it though

        1. You could probably skip the yogurt and bump the milk up to 3/4 cup. That should work! Maybe toss in a tbsp or two of chia seeds to help thicken. Let me know if you try it!

  1. 5 stars
    I have been loving overnight oats lately – so easy to make! I haven’t tried chocolate yet though. Chocolate for breakfast sounds amazing☺️. Adding to my meal prep list!

  2. 5 stars
    This is the first time I’ve ever really looked at an overnight oats recipe and wow…this is easy! And seriously…who can say no to chocolate? Thanks for sharing this…can’t wait to give this a try!

  3. 5 stars
    These are so easy to make, convenient and they were just delicious for breakfast. The fact that they’re healthy was just a bonus. Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Sharon these oats look SO good. I just finished my basic overnight oats yesterday, and you can bet your bottom dollar I made these ones as the new batch… SO GOOD.

  5. 5 stars
    Yum! Overnight oats are amazing and this combination of chocolate and almond butter is over the top!! I love your childhood photo and your story. I love childhood memories 😀

    1. Thanks Cindy! The oats were awesome. Even better the next day. 🙂 My 3 year old self thanks you too! 😉

  6. 5 stars
    Loved this cute story! And that gorgeous picture too – what a little cutie 🙂 Chocolate overnight oats is genius – I have pinned this one for a few months time when the weather starts to heat up a bit down here. Hope you had a great Easter Sharon x

    1. Thanks Dearna! I hope you had a nice Easter as well! 🙂 My cute phase was followed by a long period of not so cute, so I’ll take the compliments! 😉

  7. 5 stars
    Awwww look at you! Such a cutie! I remember Easter being huge in my family too…but lucky for me, I was the only child until I was 10 – when my little bro was born. So I got all the eggs! go me! lolz!
    p.s LOVE overnight oats – gonna try your recipe for sure! Looks sooooo yummy!

    1. Thanks Karen! I love the pictures from those days. Don’t expect any from ages 10-16. Not so cute. 😉 I hope you love the oats! I’m off to do day 2 from your booty challenge! Yikes!

  8. 5 stars
    I think you need to rename it Sharon! Overnight? I could barely wait five minutes before digging in. Delicious!

    1. Ha! True that. 😉 If you have the patience, they do taste even more amazing if they have the night for the flavours to fully develop. Thanks Christine!

  9. 5 stars
    Awwww .. loved the trip down memory lane! And you were sooooo cute!!!! Also loving these overnight oats – you’ve gotta know I’m for sure excited about these and pinning ASAP, right?!?!? Yum! So healthy, so easy! 😀

    1. Thanks Shelley! I love reminiscing. That age was the best time for me growing up. I relished my ‘little sister’ status. 🙂 As for the oats? A winner for sure!

  10. 5 stars
    These sound so yummy, what a decadent tasting breakfast to wake up to. Also thank you for sharing your memories, family traditions are so wonderful. = )

    1. Thank you Crystal! It was a nice breakfast to wake up to. Not quite like an epic Easter egg hunt, but tasty nonetheless. 😉

  11. 5 stars
    Looks delicious! Chocolate and almond butter is a combination you can never go wrong with.

    Your reminiscing makes me miss the days of hunting for eggs around the house!