I’m going to get right to the point.
Today we’re having chocolate. For breakfast.
Honestly, it’s what everybody secretly wants.
Being an adult doesn’t mean we have to eat boring breakfasts everyday – being an adult means you can have whatever you want!
Overnight oats tend to be a spring/summer/early fall breakfast for me. I’m weird about temperatures of food in the winter, so all cold things get put away until there’s green on the trees again. Smoothies, ice cream, and cold breakfasts like this don’t happen for me in the winter. I need warm food to wake me up in the morning – oatmeal, eggs, pancakes.
But this time of year is perfect for overnight oats. The long days of summer practically beg you to prep something for busy mornings. More daylight = more productivity. Or that’s how it is for me, anyway. I’m pretty convinced that winter makes me lazy….way lazier than normal.
In spring, summer, and fall, though, the weather is nicer, the days are longer, and I want to get things done and check them off my list.
Am I the only one who puts things like “pack lunch” or “prep breakfast” on their to-do list, every day? I hope not.
I fell in love with overnight oats a few years ago, but I think this might be my favorite batch of all time! Using the chocolate almond milk and cocoa powder, along with the maple syrup, makes this taste really rich – but it’s really healthy for you! Besides a little maple syrup, there’s no other sweeteners.
It’s chock-full of hearty oats, healthy fats from the almond milk, a little sweetness from applesauce, and the toasty, deep flavor from the maple syrup.
I wanted to call this brownie batter overnight oats at first because it’s that good, but that might be a little misleading. Although, if you added a bit more sweetener….it would be close!
No matter what you want to call it, this will be on regular rotation for me from now on.
Double Chocolate Overnight Oats
Overnight oats might seem plain and simple (and they are!) but they can be just as great, if not better, than your doctored-up bowl of hot oatmeal. The overnight soak softens the oats, giving it a rice pudding-like texture. Use your favorite milk or yogurt to soften the oats, and add your favorite flavors. Anything goes!
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup chocolate almond milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (either plain or a flavored variety, with no sugar added)
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp salt
- Mix the oats with the almond milk, applesauce, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and salt.
- Cover the bowl and place the mixture in the fridge. Let it sit overnight (or at least for 30 minutes-1 hour) to let the liquid absorb into and soften the oats.
- When ready to serve, divide the mixture between two bowls. Top with shredded coconut (optional), fresh fruit, and an extra drizzle of maple syrup if you want it a little sweeter.