Waking up and eating a great big jar of brownie batter is pretty much how I would describe my dream morning. But thanks to this healthy double chocolate brownie batter overnight oats recipe, my dream becomes a reality at least one morning each week! Yes, I know - the title is a bit on the long side, right? But every word was so essential that I just couldn't leave any out.
Healthy: this recipe is full of wholesome ingredients - fibre-packed oats, calcium-loaded dairy and anti-oxidant-filled cocoa
Double: if there are two types of chocolate, I'm sure you wanna know about it
Chocolate: chocolate for breakfast!
Brownie: dessert for breakfast!
Batter: ooey-gooey texture
Overnight: no time spent rushing around in the morning trying to make this breakfast
Oats: because I eat oats in some way, shape or form every single day
I've been using 85% cocoa extra dark chocolate in my overnight oats recipes recently - in place of standard dark chocolate with a lower cocoa content - and I can definitely taste the difference. It's true that 85% cocoa chocolate has a more bitter taste, but it's also loads richer, which means a small bit goes a long way. In this recipe, I used a single square of dark chocolate, which roughly equates to 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips. If you go for the 85% cocoa option, you might find that 1 square/1 tablespoon is too rich for breakfast, so maybe try half that amount first.
As well as switching to 85% cocoa dark chocolate for my overnight oats recipes, I've also been snacking on it in place of ordinary chocolate. If you're looking to cut down your sugar or chocolate in-take, this is a superb way to do it! This type of chocolate is so rich that I literally cannot even manage a single piece in one go and normally end up eating just ⅓ or so before feeling a state of total chocolate bliss. So if you make the switch, you'll still get to indulge in chocolate heaven, but won't over-eat because you simply won't want to.
The higher the cocoa content of chocolate, the better it is for you because it contains more anti-oxidants and minerals. Seriously - I'm not lying. Chocolate really can be good for you! In the right form and quantities, of course. I'm not suggesting that you should eat a bar of chocolate each morning for breakfast, but a small amount mixed in with other nutritious ingredients - like you get in this recipe - is a great way to start your day.
- ½ cup oats
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup skimmed milk
- ⅓ cup fat-free natural yoghurt
- Place all the ingredients together in a medium-size bowl and stir until everything is well combined.
- Pour into a serving jar and leave in the fridge for at least 4 hours for the oats to soften before serving.
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