Mocha Chocolate Overnight Oats make the best healthy breakfast! You get a balanced meal AND coffee in one sitting. Made with seven simple ingredients, vegan and gluten free friendly. Great for busy mornings but also make for a delicious snack.
Make These Mocha Overnight Oats!
And if you haven’t made chocolate overnight oats before and you love coffee, well then you will love this quick and easy breakfast recipe!
7 Simple Ingredients
- quick oats – You can also make these with rolled oats – personal preference. Note: If using steel cut oats, I would up the liquid to 1 3/4 cups, and they oats will have to sit for a good 8 hours as steel cut oats take longer to soften.
- unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder – the chocolate ingredient to create the mocha flavor.
- chia seeds – helps thicken the oats mixture. You can likely omit and reduce milk by 1/4 cup, but I haven’t tried this myself.
- non-dairy milk of choice – such as almond milk, cashew, oat, soy, hemp, etc. Or if not plant based you can use cow’s milk.
- brewed coffee – Use any leftover coffee on hand (if that’s a thing in your house). Or you could use cold brew concentrate for a stronger flavor.
- maple syrup – I like to add just a hint for a touch of sweetness, but you can also omit. If you’ve used a sweetened milk, you may not need the maple syrup. You could also add it upon taste testing, after the oats have thickened.
- vanilla extract – adds a little flavor.
- mini chocolate chips – I mean, why not… right?
Ways to Prep Overnight Oats
You don’t necessarily have to wait “overnight” either. If you make these early in the morning before heading to work, they’ll be ready to eat in a few hours.
So there are a couple of ways you can go about making easy overnight oats. It just depends on if you’re looking for grab-n-go, already portioned servings or you don’t mind serving straight from the bowl the oats were mixed in.
In a Jar
This recipe is written for two servings, so you can prep directly in a 16oz mason jar.
Simply add all ingredients to jar, stir, cover with lid and shake.
You can place the jar in the refrigerator overnight to set in the one jar, or portion into two 8oz jars.
In a Bowl
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, cover with lid and place the bowl in the fridge. Come morning portion out servings in bowl and add favorite toppings.
OR, mix in bowl, distribute into two bowls or jars and place in fridge.
There’s really no right or wrong way to prep overnight oats, it just depends on what your personal preference is.
The bottom line is they’re super quick and easy to throw together and great for busy mornings.
Can I add Protein Powder?
If you’d like to add protein powder, you can certainly do that. I’d recommend either vanilla, chocolate, coffee or plain flavored protein powder. If using whey protein, you likely won’t need to add more liquid. However if you opt for a plant protein powder, you may find you need an additional 1/4 cup of liquid. If using collagen protein powder, no extra liquid will be needed.
How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?
You can prep these chocolate overnight oats ahead of time, making however many servings you need, but they’re best enjoyed within 2-3 days.
Can I Warm Up Overnight Oats?
Yes, you definitely can. If you prefer warm oatmeal you can still prep these oats ahead of time and then in the morning just add oats to small saucepan with a little bit of milk (as much as desired for preferred consistency) and stir until warm.
Overnight Oats Toppings
I love a good breakfast bowl with all of the toppings. These mocha overnight oats taste great with almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter.
Or your favorite fresh fruit! Berries and banana slices are my go-to.
Add some crunch by topping it with granola, nuts or even some pumpkin seeds.
You really can’t go wrong with chocolate overnight oats for breakfast!
Let me know if you make this recipe by leaving a comment and rating below! It helps others learn more about the recipe too. Xx Ashley
- 1 cup quick oats
- 2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
- 1 1/2 TBSP chia seeds
- 3/4 cup non-dairy milk of choice (almond, cashew, oat, soy, etc.)
- 1/2 cup coffee
- 1 TBSP maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 TBSP mini chocolate chips (optional)
- Nut butter
- Using a 16 ounce jar (or larger) place all ingredients in jar, starting with oats, cocoa powder and chia seeds. Then add milk, coffee, maple syrup, vanilla extract and chocolate chips (if using). Stir ingredients using large spoon or seal jar with tight lid and shake until mixed.
- Place jar in fridge overnight for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
- Divide into 2 jars or bowls and enjoy cold, or warm as desired.
- Add toppings if you’d like!
If you prefer warm oatmeal, I’d recommend reheating the overnight oats in the stovetop on low heat. Adding a splash of milk (or as much for desired consistency), stirring occasionally until warm.
If looking to add one serving of protein powder, you may need to add more liquid. Collagen protein won’t require additional liquid. And I don’t think whey will either. However if you plan to use plant protein, you may need to increase milk another 1/4 cup. You could also add more milk the morning of if mixture is too thick.
Prepped overnight oats best enjoyed within 2-3 days.