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These Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats combine cinnamon, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and maple syrup into one tasty bowl of oats!
It's a chocolate chip overnight oats kind of morning! Can we all just agree that chocolate for breakfast is always a good idea? Good, glad we are on the same page. Whether it's in a smoothie or pancakes or overnight oats, adding a little chocolate never hurts. These days, I try to eat a variety of breakfast foods. Most commonly I eat eggs for breakfast, but I also find myself craving something a bit lighter some mornings, like overnight oats. This recipes combines cinnamon with chocolate chips for a sweet yet still good-for-you breakfast.
The best part about this breakfast is that it's a make-ahead recipe, meaning when you're running around in the morning, you don't have to think about what you're going to eat for breakfast because it's already made for you. MAJOR WIN. When you finish doing the dishes from dinner the night before, simply prepare these oats, stick 'em in the refrigerator and you'll be good to go in the morning.
HOW TO PREPARE OVERNIGHT OATS
Overnight oats may just be the easiest breakfast recipes to prepare. Well, other than smoothies. No... no I'd say they're equally as easy. First, let's go over what you need in order to make these oats.
Old fashioned oats: In order to make overnight oats, you're going to need... OATS! What a shock. My favorite oats are old fashioned oats, otherwise known as rolled oats. These tend to work a lot better than steel cut oats, though you can use those if you're in a pinch.
Milk: Using milk as the liquid provides more flavor than water. Almond milk tends to be my milk of choice, but to be honest, ANY milk will work, so just use whatever you have on hand.
Sweetener: Yes, most old fashioned oats recipes will call for some sort of sweetener. This recipe in particular uses maple syrup because it mixes well with cinnamon and chocolate. Other sweeteners you could use include honey, cane sugar or stevia.
Jars: Once everything is mixed together, you're going to want to put the mixture into cute jars, right? Right.
EASY CHOCOLATE CHIP OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE
As I mentioned, overnight oats may just be the easiest recipe to prepare ahead of time. Here are the exact ingredients you'll need in order to make these chocolate chip overnight oats.
- old fashioned oats
- maple syrup
- cocoa powder
- chocolate chips
- fruit for topping
Other things you could add if you really want to take these oats to the next level include but are not limited to: chia seeds, hemp seeds, yogurt, and/or vanilla extract.
*This post was originally published in 2015 but has since been updated with new photos. Don't worry, it's still the same, great recipe!
MORE OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPES
Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup almond milk or milk of choice
- 1-2 tbsp organic maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp chocolate chips dairy free for vegan option
- 1 banana optional
- Place all ingredients EXCEPT the banana in a bowl or mason jar and stir.
- Place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours. Before eating: slice the banana and place it on top of the oats.