Overnight Chocolate Oatmeal for Breakfast: A New Take on Boring Oats!


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This… this chocolate oatmeal heaven, is what I’ve been having for breakfast the last few days. Mmmmm!

Okay, I’ll admit I had no idea there was such a thing as gluten-free oats until two weeks ago when I started making granola bars. Talk about blonde. But just in case you’re like me and have found yourself aimlessly walking up and down the supermarket aisles looking for gluten-free oats, you won’t really find them there. Check the health food shops, like Dischem, etc.

I can’t believe it took me so long to make this. I promise you, it’s like having dessert in a bowlfor breakfast!

And I’m not talking about a boring bowl of oats made with boiling water over the stove or zapped in the microwave either. No… this is overnight oats and it’s MUCH easier to make. It’s actually perfect for hot weather.

It’s so versatile. I mean you can throw in whatever toppings or ingredients you’ve got at home or that your heart desires. Seriously, just go have a look on Pinterest and see what people are coming up with – it’s ridiculous.

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This was the first bowl I made. I just added in a bit of cinnamon, some coconut shavings and topped it with honey and blueberries. Unfortunately, I was a little too generous with a pinch of salt the night before so I won’t tell you it was delicious because it honestly tasted like I was having oatmeal with my salt.

Lesson learnt: Be extra careful with the salt shaker when it comes to sweet things!

And this down here is what I’ve been having over the last few days…

I can’t believe how much I look forward eating this every morning. If I can never eat Coco Pops again, this makes a damn good substitute, it tastes just like it! 🙂

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Okay, enough with the pictures, let me tell you how easy it is to make…

P.S. You can use regular oats and really put in whatever you like, but if you’re trying to cut sugar and still want something that tastes great, this is a good option to start with.

Overnight Chocolate Oatmeal

½ cup rolled oats – gluten-free or plain

¾ – 1 cup fat-free or low-fat milk 

1 T cocoa powder

A pinch of cinnamon

A few sliced almonds 

A dollop of low-fat plain yoghurt


  1. In a shaker (or a bowl if you don’t have one), shake or mix the oats, milk, cocoa powder and cinnamon together.
  2. Cover if in a bowl and put into the fridge overnight.
  3. In the morning simply pour into a serving bowl, add the sliced almonds and yoghurt – and enjoy!

It really is as easy as that. I was so impressed.

This is such a fun recipe to try and such a time saver! I can’t wait to see what other toppings and ingredients work well together.


12 Replies to “Overnight Chocolate Oatmeal for Breakfast: A New Take on Boring Oats!”

  1. […] to most of the other breakfast foods out there – it’s anything but. I usually have overnight oats for breakfast and a simple smoothie as a late afternoon snack – and thought it might be fun […]

  2. […] This cinnamon, mango and coconut oatmeal makes me feel like I’ve been whisked away to a tropical island… if only for a few minutes. It’s so, so good! If you don’t know why I’m so obsessed with overnight oatmeal or how easy it is to make it, go here. […]

  3. We eat oats some mornings and I have been meaning to add some chocolate to mine as I used to always do that with Tastee Oats when I was a child! Thanks for the reminder and thanks for visiting my blog 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Hi Tandy, I wasn’t much of a fan of oats before but now I can’t get enough of it. I wake up looking forward to breakfast, lol! Thanks for visiting my blog as well! 🙂

  4. This looks so delicious! My 10 year-old eats GF oats almost every morning and I think she would really love your chocolatey version. Thank you for sharing this. We will definitely give it a try. 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Yay! Love it when people say they want to try something… hope your daughter loves it as much as I do, healthy chocolate – can’t go wrong! 😉

  5. gosh…you are becoming a synonym of healthy and tasty, Mel 🙂

    LOVED it!!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Thanks Ruchira! 🙂

  6. Oh my gosh! Melanie that looks absolutely delicious! And if my girls like it – it would be a perfect quick breakfast before school!

    I swear I can not wait to get to the store for some oats! Thank YOU! This is amazing!

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Kelly I WISH I’d discovered this sooner… would have saved me tons of time in the kitchen making all those pancakes, LOL! I hope your girls love it as much as I do! 🙂

  7. I will pass this on to Bev and I’m sure she will be singing your praises before the weekend. Thanks for the recipe and I hope you are having a fabulous week.

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Lol, thanks Bill – I hope she enjoys it. Happy Valentine’s Day and have a fab weekend 🙂

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