Mocha Overnight Oats make the best healthy breakfast! Made with seven simple ingredients, vegan and gluten free friendly. Great for busy mornings but also make for a delicious snack.
In my opinion, you can never have enough overnight oats recipes. These mocha overnight oats have been my new go-to lately and you 100% need them in your life.
Coffee + Chocolate = a match made in heaven.
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! Perfect for meal prep and making mornings a breeze.
7 Simple Ingredients
- quick oats – Or sometimes referred to as instant oats. You can also make these with old-fashioned oats (rolled oats) – personal preference. Note: If using steel cut oats, I would up the liquid to 1 3/4 cups, and the oats will have to sit for a good 8 hours, as steel cut oats take longer to soften.
- unsweetened cocoa powder – the chocolate ingredient to create the mocha flavor. You can use cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder.
- chia seeds – helps thicken the oats mixture while adding healthy fats.
- non-dairy milk of choice – To keep this recipe vegan friendly, use your favorite plant-based milk such as almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk, oat milk, etc. Or if not plant based feel free to use cow’s milk.
- brewed coffee – Use any leftover coffee on hand (if that’s a thing in your house). You could also use cold brew concentrate for a stronger coffee flavor, or use regular cold brew coffee.
- pure 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 hint of vanilla flavor.
- mini chocolate chips – you can skip the chocolate chips but I do love the extra crunch and sweetness they add.
Ways to Prepare Overnight Oats
You don’t necessarily have to wait “overnight” for this recipe, but it does help if you want breakfast ready the next morning.
If you make these early in the morning before heading to work, they’ll be ready to enjoy at your desk in a few hours.
There are a couple of ways you can go about making 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.
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.
In a Jar
This recipe is written for two servings, so you can prep directly in a 16 ounce 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 8 ounce mason jars.
In a Bowl
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, cover with lid and place the bowl in the fridge. Then when they’re ready, portion out servings into bowls and add favorite toppings.
Alternatively you can mix all of the ingredients in one large bowl, then distribute into two bowls (or jars) and place the individual servings in the fridge to thicken.
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 splash 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 these mocha overnight oats for breakfast! It’s like enjoying your morning cup of coffee by the spoonful in a creamy bowl of chocolate oatmeal.
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More Easy Overnight Oats Recipes
- Strawberry Overnight Oats
- Golden Milk Overnight Oats
- Matcha Overnight Oats
- Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
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Mocha Overnight Oats
Mocha 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 when you need a little caffeine boost.
- Prep Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Fridge
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
- 1 cup quick oats
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
- 1.5 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3/4 cup non-dairy milk of choice (almond, cashew, oat, soy, etc.)
- 1/2 cup coffee
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (optional)
- Nut butter
- Combine: 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.
- Chill: Place jar in fridge overnight for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
- Serve: Divide into 2 jars or bowls and enjoy cold, or warm as desired. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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.
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