Overnight Chocolate Oats look like a decadent dessert, but are actually a fairly healthy breakfast indulgence. The first time I tried this technique, I made it with regular rolled oats and hated the mushy texture. I didn’t think I’d come round to them again, but thanks to a recent mis-purchase of quick cooking steel cut oats, I have changed my mind.
We eat a lot of oats in our house, mostly the old fashioned rolled oats in granola, cookies and granola bars or the quick cooking oats as a fast microwaved oatmeal. Quick cooking steel cut oats are a whole different item. They look like whole dried oats that have been broken up.
I accidentally bought them recently instead of quick cooking rolled oats and while they are tasty, standing over the stove stirring for 8 minutes is not my idea of quick (though it beats the 30 minutes required by regular steel cut oats). Not wanting to spend the cooking time, I thought I’d give them a try in overnight oatmeal instead and I was really happy with the results. Quick cooking steel cut oats turn overnight chocolate oats into a slightly chewy, not mushy, cold breakfast that is a bit like pudding and, when made in a mason jar, is easily portable. Best yet, it keeps well for 4-5 days in the refrigerator making breakfast even quicker. This will be a great replacement for hot oatmeal in the summer months as well. It’s also very customizeable to prevent breakfast boredom (though I never get bored of chocolate). A bit of cinnamon or orange peel or different fruit toppings and mix-ins easily change the flavor. I have been topping mine with fresh raspberries, a dollop of vanilla yogurt and sometimes a few mini chocolate chips. Not a bad way to start the day!
I am submitting this treat to We Should Cocoa this month as the theme is Oats.
- ¼ C. (40g) quick cooking Steel Cut Oats
- 1 T. Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
- 1 T. coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
- ½ T. mini chocolate chips
- pinch of salt
- ⅓ C (80ml) unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ tsp. vanilla bean paste or extract
- Stir the dry ingredients together in a ½ pint canning jar.
- Mix in the wet ingredients.
- Put on the lid and store in the refrigerator for 12 hours or up to 5 days.
- Just before serving, give the oats a good stir. Top as desired and enjoy!
Add in any flavors you like to customize the oats - cinnamon, espresso powder, orange zest, flavoring extract, fresh or dried fruit (add more liquid if adding dried fruit before refrigerating as it will absorb some).