Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Oats
Chocolate and raspberry is my favorite Valentine’s day combo, so I thought, “Why not have them at breakfast?” In an ideal world, we’d all sit down to plates of chocolatey waffles with fresh raspberries, but Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, so from-scratch waffles may not be an option if you’ve got to get out the door. That’s where these overnight oats come to the rescue.
What are overnight oats?
1. Overnight oats are easy to make. They take just a few minutes to assemble and are ready with zero fuss in the morning. You can even make them a couple of days at a time.
2. Overnight oats are really healthy.
3. Overnight oats are totally customizable. There’s a flavor (or ten) for everyone. Get your kids to make their own if they’re old enough to measure and pour – it’s a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen.
4. If you’re out the door early in the morning, these are ready when you are and they’re portable.
Why Full Fat?
I’m a big believer in full-fat dairy products and use whole milk and whole milk yogurt in this recipe. Adding some fat to your oatmeal helps prevent a big carb sugar spike and will keep you feeling full much longer. That said, this recipe will still work with reduced fat dairy or alternative milk and yogurt products.
What are all of the add ins? Chia, Hemp, and Flax
Chia, hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds), and ground flax seeds might be new to you. They’ve all had their moment in the trendy food limelight and should be available at most grocery stores (but are always cheaper in bulk food bins). You can omit some or all of them if you don’t have them on hand or prefer to just add a bit of one and not the others.
Chia, hemp, and ground flax all add some great nutrition: omega-3s, healthy fat, fiber, and protein. They take a healthy oatmeal breakfast and make it even better.
Prep Time: a few minutes
Cook Time: overnight
Chocolate and Raspberry Overnight Oats
Satisfy that chocolate craving with this easy and nutritious breakfast on the go!
Grown-Up Size (in a pint-sized jar)
1/3 c. rolled oats
1 t. chia seeds
1 t. hemp
1 t. ground flax seeds
1/3 c. milk
3 T. yogurt
1 T. juice-sweetened berry jam
2 t. cocoa
1-2 t. cacao nibs (optional but add great crunch)
1/3 c. fresh or frozen raspberries (or sliced strawberries)
Half-Pint Size for Half-Pint Kiddos
1/8 c. rolled oats
1/2 t. chia seeds
1/2 t. hemp
1/2 t. ground flax seeds
3 T. milk
1 1/2 T. yogurt
1/2 T. juice-sweetened berry jam (or raw honey, maple syrup, or cane sugar)*
2 t. cocoa
pinch of cacao nibs
small handful of fresh or frozen raspberries (or sliced strawberries)
1. Toss everything in a pint-sized mason jar (or half-pint size for little kids).
2. Put a lid on it. Shake the jar and leave it in the fridge overnight.
Update to the "Do you really eat this cold?" questions
I've gotten a lot of questions about how this is supposed to be eaten, but this is meant to be a cold breakfast (great for summertime, too). I suppose you could warm it if you really want, but don't heat it too much or you'll kill the good bacteria from the yogurt.
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