Sunday, March 24, 2013

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oatmeal

I took one of my laziest recipes and made it even lazier! Dirtying a saucepan can be just so tedious. Now you can carelessly toss the ingredients in a jar, shake it up, and wake up to chocolatey oatmeal at 5:30!

Except you probably don't have to get up that early. Good for you.

I intentionally designed this recipe to be flexible. If you want, you can create this with four ingredients: oats, chocolate milk, banana, and a pinch of salt. However, it doesn't have to stop there.

If you want it extra chocolatey, you can add an extra spoonful of cocoa powder. If you want it extra creamy like pudding, you can add yogurt. If you want it with a deeper flavor profile, you can add vanilla extract.

Or you can add all those things. And chocolate chips.

This recipe will have vastly different results depending on what type of chocolate milk you use. For the richest, tastiest oatmeal, I recommend Silk Dark Chocolate almond milk. My next suggestion would be chocolate-flavored coconut milk. The next best would be chocolate-flavored almond or soy milk. Finally, unsweetened chocolate-flavored milk of any kind will provide the healthiest option, but it WILL lack the flavor profile of the other choices! Pick the one that fits your taste and health preferences. :)

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: Overnight

Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate milk (I use Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk)
  • 1 banana (or just 1/2 of one)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp or more cocoa powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/3 cup nondairy yogurt (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • handful of chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. Cover with lid and shake, shake, shake until combined.
  3. Store in the refrigerator overnight (or for several hours). Eat cold or warm up in the microwave!
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  1. Sounds really good I'll try it tonight and see how it turns out! :)

  2. I think I might try that but with strawberries instead!

    1. With bananas, or without? I wouldn't try it without bananas. The strawberries have a tartness that is difficult to work with in some porridge recipes.

  3. Would it work with steel-cut oats?

  4. I didn't have chocolate milk, so I used hot chocolate mix in the milk, added cocoa and vanilla and it was awesome! I didn't add the banana to the mix, but instead added it on top in the morning. It was great! Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Can you do this with just dairy milk and add more cocoa powder? I find chocolate milk too unhealthy...

    1. That is actually how I usually make it (but with nondairy milk). I never buy chocolate milk haha.

    2. Well, I guess I should say "rarely." Not "never."

  6. This sounds really good and easy to make. I'll have to get what your suggesting and wake up and enjoy. Thanks.

  7. this sounds good..if i try to make this i have to do it dairy free.

  8. My nieces would love this. I have to make it soon for them.

  9. when using the quick steel cut oats for overnight oats, do you use 1/4 c or 1/2 c?? Just curious if that's the only thing that changes and rest of recipe is the same. excited to try--

  10. i love banana. thanks for sharing this recipe, i love it.'

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