I recently have been on a chocolate-hazelnut kick. After making my raw chocolate hazelnut milk, I’ve been creating a bunch of recipes using this classic combination. I wanted to show you another way you can use this homemade milk and wanted make an *easy* breakfast recipe that is both healthy and delicious. Thus, my Chocolate Hazelnut Overnight Oats was born!
Overnight oats have been around for some time but have been getting a lot of attention recently. Similar to muesli, a classic dish typically made from raw oats, dried fruits, seeds and/or nuts, overnight oats involve soaking raw rolled oats in liquid for at least 8 hours until they plump up and soften. No cooking is required! It takes about 5 minutes to put together the night before, then magically you have breakfast waiting for you the next morning!
For the soaking liquid, I am using my Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Milk. This is a homemade recipe that is easy, but like this recipe, takes overnight to make. The chocolate hazelnut milk is rich, decadent and robust in flavor. The milk is what gives the oats their flavor, so it’s important to use a good one! I use cacao powder, dates, a little vanilla extract, and of course, hazelnuts to make the nut milk. You could also use store-bought hazelnut milk (or any nut milk) and add cacao powder. I also like to flavor the oats with some agave for sweetness, more vanilla extract to enhance the chocolatey-ness, and a pinch of salt to elevate all the flavors. I add chia seeds to the oats for texture. As they soak, they expand and form a gel-like exterior. Chia seeds are full omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants so they are a wonderful source of nutrition.
Like I always say in my recipes, you can alter or substitute the ingredients to your liking. This recipe is forgiving so you can really play around with the ingredients. It is perfect weekday breakfast (also works well as a snack). Just dump all the ingredients in a container the night before, give it a quick stir, chill in the fridge, then the morning you have a delicious and hearty breakfast waiting for you! Add fruit, nuts, nut butter, or chocolate chips to top! I added blackberries, goji berries, and some homemade chocolate-hazelnut butter (because why not?!). If you make it in a jar or sealable container, you can take it on the go, or to bring to work to snack on. You can make a large batch and eat it throughout the week. Between the oats, the chia seeds, and nut milk, this dish is packed with protein and fiber, so it’s sure you fill you up and give you the boost of energy you need to start and power through the day. Enjoy!
In a sealable jar or container, place in the oats, milk, chia seeds, agave, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir until combined. Cover and place in the fridge overnight or for at least 8 hours until the oats have absorbed most of the liquid. Serve as such or top with whatever toppings you like! I topped mine with a chocolate hazelnut butter, blackberries, and goji berries. Enjoy!
Makes: 1 serving
Active time: 5 minutes
Total time: 8+ hours
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut milk
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons agave
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
tiny pinch of salt