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FACEBOOK | PINTEREST | INSTAGRAM | TWITTERI don’t know about you, but so far spring as been SO BUSY for me! And I’m not just saying that…my family and I have some big things going on behind the scenes right now that I can’t share with you just yet (but soon!), but I will say that life is crazy and I’ve got a whole lot of things occupying my time these days other than the standard wife/mother/food blogger role I’m used to playing. Not that I’m complaining – I thrive on the challenges brought on by a busy schedule and I’m usually able to handle a lot of stress without too much trouble. The only problem is, something’s got to give during those busy times and it’s usually the time and energy I put in to preparing healthy meals. And we can’t have that now, can we??
Easy Overnight Oats with Chia and ChocolateIt’s during these unusually crazy busy times of life that I have GOT to get creative or the health of my family will suffer. And because I’d rather just skip breakfast than eat something unhealthy, it’s recipes like Almond Chocolate Overnight Oats that are saving the day lately. And while I may not have time to whip up a batch of my Healthy Buttermilk Pancakes for breakfast or even time to blend an easy smoothie in the morning, I definitely have time to grab a mason jar of overnight oats with chia out of the fridge. Even if I have to eat them standing up while I’m busy doing a hundred other things.
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Becoming a mother to my two daughters has helped me understand the meaning behind the phrase “hit the ground running” in a whole new way. I’m usually adding items to my to-do list before I even open my eyes in the morning. Waking up to a healthy breakfast that’s already made is a huge bonus, especially when it’s chocolate!! Because who wouldn’t want some chocolatey goodness at the beginning of a busy day?! Mango Coconut Overnight Oats a try, or this Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Bowl!
Supplies Used to Make this Overnight Oats Recipe:
- Pint sized mason jars
- Measuring cups and measuring spoons
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Chocolate Overnight Oats with Chia and Almonds
This healthy overnight oatmeal recipe is easy to make, vegan, and gluten-free!
- 1 medium banana mashed
- 1 cup chocolate almond milk
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/3 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
- Mash the banana in a medium bowl.
- Add the chocolate almond milk, rolled oats and chia seeds and stir everything together well.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Remove the bowl from the fridge in the morning and stir in the plain almond milk to loosen up the oats. If you want to, you can heat the oats up in the microwave if the thought of cold oatmeal is less than appealing to you. I really enjoy these oats cold from the fridge, especially now that the weather is warmer!
- Divide the oats between two mason jars (or bowls, if you prefer) and serve with the sliced almonds and dark chocolate chunks on top!
For an even faster morning, simply divide the oat mixture between two mason jars before refrigerating it overnight. In the morning, just pour some plain almond milk on top and add some chocolate chunks and almond slices!
Chocolate Overnight Oats with Chia and Almonds
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 480 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Vitamin A 38IU1%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
I hope you enjoy this chocolate overnight oats recipe! Let me know in the comments below, what’s your favourite grab-and-go breakfast?
Like this recipe? You’ll love my Berry Banana Oat Smoothie or this super easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole!
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Ohhhh this looks so yumm! I love breakfast so I'll have to remember this one 🙂
Thanks Vivian!! I hope you enjoy them!!
SO up my alley, had to pin to make!
Thanks so much!! I really hope you enjoy them!!
i tried this recipe last night not having ever done overnight oats and i must say it's so delicious! and easy too. very filling, i'm a happy bunny all round 🙂 x
So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment! 🙂
Looks so great Chrissie. I have never been tempted to make overnight oats but this recipe has grabbed me – and I'm definitely going to give it a go. Thanks!
Thanks Megan! Let me know how you like them!
Overnight Oats are a go-to for me!
We like them a lot too!!
Can you make these without the chia seeds?
Yes, it can be made without chia seeds – I’d suggest adding a touch less liquid in this case. The chia seeds help to bind everything together because they become jelly-like when moistened. Without the chia seeds it might be slightly too liquidy. Feel free to experiment!