Overnight oats are a light and satisfying breakfast that’s prepped in just minutes. If you are a chocolate fan, this brownie batter overnight oats recipe is sure to be a new favorite! There is nothing better than dessert for breakfast.
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Brownie Overnight Oats
It’s really easy to make overnight oats — all you do is combine your oats with a few staple ingredients, let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, and enjoy!
They’re just as tasty cold or warmed up a little bit in the microwave. Whether you decide to have them for breakfast or if you need something on the go for lunch – oats are an amazing choice. They’re a no cook option that takes seconds to prepare.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- rolled oats (if you need them to be gluten free, check to make sure the kind you buy are)
- milk (I like unsweetened almond milk)
- yogurt, I used 0% plain Greek yogurt for extra protein
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- sweetener of your choice, such as honey or pure maple syrup
- vanilla extract
- mini chocolate chips
- sea salt
- mason jar or similar
Optional chocolate overnight oats toppings:
- shredded coconut
- cacao nibs
- nuts (walnuts, pecans, pistachios)
How to Make Overnight Oats
It’s so easy to make overnight oats of any flavor.
Pour the mixture into the mason jar or container that you’re using, put a lid on it, and place it into the fridge for 6-8 hours or overnight before serving. You can also mix it all in a bowl and then pour it into a jar as well.
Mix well and sprinkle with a few extra chocolate chips on top or whatever toppings you like.
How to Store Overnight Oats
Store your overnight brownie batter oats in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
Can You Heat Up Overnight Oats?
Although the point of the oats is to be served cold (they’re a grab-and-go breakfast as they “cook” while being chilled overnight). You can heat the oats in the microwave (this is my personal preferred way to serve them as I like them warm).
The best part about these brownie batter overnight oats recipes is you can change them up based on your preferences and dietary needs.
Dairy free? Use plant-based milk and try a dairy-free yogurt. Any type of milk and yogurt work well for this recipe, including vegan options.
If you want more chocolate flavor, add extra cocoa powder and chocolate chips, and if you’re craving something fruity, stir in fresh blueberries or strawberries.
Want more protein? Add protein powder or use a premade protein drink (like Premier Protein) in place of milk.
Adjust the sweetness, add as much sweetener of choice as you would like. Just remember that it will change the nutritional information.
Want to lower the carbs? You can substitute the honey or maple syrup for a low or no calorie sweetener like monk fruit sweetener like Swerve. This changes the nutrition and macros to the following: 328 calories and 47g carbohydrates. Protein and fat stay the same.
Meal Prep Tip
Double (or quadruple) the recipe and store it in the fridge, so you have a simple grab-and-go recipe throughout the week. I like to do it in individual jars, but you can also use a big bowl and scoop it into a bowl as you need it.
Make Protein Brownie Batter Overnight Oats
You can add a scoop of chocolate protein powder to the mix to add an additional 20-23 grams of protein. Whey protein blends and tastes best, but you can use a plant-based protein powder as well.
If you add a scoop of protein powder (roughly 30g) that will make this a high protein breakfast with a whopping 38 grams of protein to start your day with.
More Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes
Oats are always a go-to breakfast for not just my family, but my clients as well. Here are a few more oat recipes to try:
- Lemon Poppyseed Overnight Oats
- Strawberry Rhubarb Overnight Oats
- Healthy Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe (ready in 10 minutes)
- Strawberry Rhubarb Baked Oatmeal
- Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
Brownie Batter Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup milk vegan milk alternatives work as well!
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt regular or greek both work – I used Greek.
- 1.5 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch sea salt
- Optional extra chocolate chips for serving
- Stir together all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into your storage jar with a lid and place into the fridge for 6-8 hours or overnight before serving.
- Mix well and sprinkle with a few extra chocolate chips on top, enjoy!