Decadent Chocolate Overnight Oats

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If someone asks us if we want chocolate, the answer is always YES, where do we sign up?! Enter chocolate overnight oats (a.k.a. the perfect excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast). 

Not only are these overnight oats creamy, nutty, perfectly sweet, and undeniably delicious, but they’re SO easy to make! They come together with just 8 ingredients you probably already have around. It’s chocolate o’clock, so let us show you how it’s done!

How to Make Chocolate Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are probably one of the easiest breakfasts EVER! You stir a few things in a jar, set it in the fridge, and breakfast is ready to grab and go in the morning.

For this chocolate variation, we mix together creamy almond milk and almond butter (or use another milk and nut butter of your choice). We add maple syrup for sweetness, chia seeds for omegas and to thicken, and vanilla extract to enhance the chocolate flavor.

Then we stir in rolled oats as the filling, fiber-packed base, cocoa powder for chocolaty goodness, and an optional tiny pinch of salt to enhance it all.

Stir again, seal the jar, and pop the mixture in the fridge.

Eat it straight from the fridge, or warm up your oats for extra comfort. When not in a hurry, we love topping with more maple syrup and nut butter, plus raspberries, coconut flakes, and coconut yogurt.

We hope you LOVE these chocolate overnight oats! They’re:

Creamy
Chocolaty
Perfectly sweet
Nutty
Satisfying
& SO Delicious!

This is the perfect breakfast or snack for early mornings, on the go, or any time you’re craving chocolate for breakfast!

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Decadent Chocolate Overnight Oats

Creamy, perfectly sweet chocolate overnight oats. A quick breakfast or snack with just 8 ingredients required! Vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, and SO delicious!
Author Minimalist Baker
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5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 6hours5minutes
Total Time 6hours5minutes
Servings 1(Serving)
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

  • 3/4cupunsweetened plain almond milk(or sub other dairy-free milk such as coconut, soy, or hemp)
  • 1-2Tbspalmond butter(creamy or crunchy // or sub other nut or seed butter)
  • 1Tbspmaple syrup(or sub coconut sugar, organic brown sugar, or stevia to taste)
  • 1-2tspchia seeds
  • 1/4-1/2tspvanilla extract
  • 1/2cuprolled oats(certified gluten-free as needed // rolled oats are best, as opposed to steel cut or quick-cooking)
  • 2Tbspcocoa powder
  • 1tiny pinchsea salt(optional)

FOR SERVING optional

  • Maple syrup
  • Raspberries
  • Coconut flakes
  • Coconut yogurt
  • Nut butter of choice

Instructions

  • To a mason jar or small bowl with a lid, add almond milk (or other milk of choice), almond butter, maple syrup (or other sweetener), chia seeds, and vanilla and stir with a spoon to combine and distribute the almond butter evenly.
  • Add oats, cocoa powder, and salt (optional) and mix well to incorporate the cocoa powder. Then press down with a spoon to ensure all oats have been moistened and are immersed in almond milk.
  • Cover securely with a lid or seal and set in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 6 hours) to set/soak.
  • The next day, open and enjoy as is or garnish with desired toppings (see suggestions above).
  • OPTIONAL: You can also heat your oats in the microwave for 45-60 seconds (just ensure there’s enough room at the top of your jar to allow for expansion and prevent overflow and that you’ve used a microwave-safe jar or bowl), or transfer oats to a saucepan and heat over medium heat until warmed through. Add more liquid as needed if oats get too thick/dry.
  • Overnight oats will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, though best within the first 12-24 hours in our experience. Not freezer friendly.

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amounts of almond butter, chia seeds, and vanilla and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 1 servings)

Serving: 1servingCalories: 371Carbohydrates: 53.7gProtein: 11.9gFat: 15.6gSaturated Fat: 2.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7.5gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 138mgPotassium: 604mgFiber: 11.1gSugar: 14.8gVitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 461mgIron: 4.8mg

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  1. Cobysays

    These overnight oats are delicious! I heated mine up, and it was *almost* like eating a gooey brownie for breakfast. The flavor was just sweet enough that I felt like I was indulging, but not so sweet that it stirred up any sugar cravings. Loved it!

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  2. Alecsays

    This oatmeal is excellent. My partner described it as being akin to “healthy cocoa pebbles.” :) Great texture, and easy to whip up. Thanks!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Amazing! Love that description, Alec. Thank you for sharing! xo

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  3. Faith Colburnsays

    I am a chocolate lover and I immediately made it. To die for !!!!!. I liked the cocoa being slightly bitter because it didn’t trigger my sweet cravings.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Faith! Thank you for the lovely review! xo

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  4. Alecsays

    When you mentioned cocoa powder (as in the decadent Chocolate overnight oats), does that refer to something like Hershey’s cocoa, or cacao? Of course I’m sure either will work, perhaps the cacao being slightly more bitter.

    Love this website and have used your vegan recipes for years since becoming vegan. I appreciate the simplicity and of course TASTE, always. Thank you.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Alec, we’re so glad you enjoy our recipes! That’s correct – either cacao or cocoa powder will work, but cacao is slightly more bitter. Hershey’s cocoa or any unsweetened cocoa powder will work! We like Equal Exchange or Whole Foods 365 brand.

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    • MrsDsays

      I made this with whole milk. Delicious! It’s like dessert for breakfast but I don’t have to feel guilty about it. 😂 Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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      • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

        We’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the lovely review! xo

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  5. Caitysays

    Wow, this is very chocolatey and delicious! I normally prefer to warm up overnight oats, but I think these are even better cold.

    One thing to note about freezing—the recipe indicates that these are not freezer friendly, but I was able to freeze them successfully. I made three batches and placed one in the fridge to eat the next morning and the other two in the freeze immediately after mixing together the ingredients. I moved one from the freezer to the fridge about 24 hours before I wanted to eat it, and the next morning it was ready and the texture was perfect, just like the one that had never been in the freezer.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Caity! xo

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  6. Lindseysays

    So, so delicious! I made as directed and then added raspberries, chopped walnuts and hemp seeds as toppings. It’s super chocolately without being too rich or too sweet.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Yum, love that topping combo! Thank you for sharing, Lindsey! xo

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