Stay Warm and Cozy with these Hot Chocolate Overnight Oats

Celebrate Christmas at any time of the year with these hot chocolate overnight oats. A healthy breakfast that’s the perfect balance of nutrition and indulgence, these chocolate overnight oats will have you listening out for the sound of reindeer hooves on your roof!

A bowl of hot chocolate overnight oats covered in marshmallow pieces with a big chocolate coin in the centre.

These hot chocolate overnight oats are made up of everything you’d find in a regular cup of hot cocoa, as well as a few extra additions. There’s hot chocolate powder, sugar, milk and marshmallows, as well as oats, yogurt and chocolate chips.

Healthy substitutions

Trying to cut down on sugar? Substitute the brown sugar in the recipe for the sweetener of your choice, or leave it out altogether if you’re happy with your breakfast not being super sweet. Just make sure to taste test it first.

Here are some other swaps you can make so these hot chocolate overnight oats are a little healthier:

Of course, you can also make these cocoa overnight oats healthier by skipping the marshmallows and chocolate chips. But then is it really hot chocolate overnight oats you’ve made? Haven’t you just made regular chocolate overnight oats?

Other substitutions

While we’re on the subject of substitutions, here are some other changes you can make so these healthy overnight oats are lactose-free, gluten-free, vegan and low FODMAP.

Lactose-free

Gluten-free

Vegan

Low FODMAP

Is it healthy to eat overnight oats every day?

Yes, it is healthy to eat overnight oats every day! The primary ingredients in overnight oats are:

  • Oats – loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • Milk – (taking standard skimmed milk into account) high in calcium, vitamin D and protein.
  • Yogurt – (again, looking at standard dairy milk) also high in calcium, vitamin D and protein.

As long as you’re careful about the extras you add in, like sugar and hot chocolate powder, eating overnight oats everyday is really healthy.

What can I add to my overnight oats?

There are loads of different things you can add to overnight oats! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

The best thing about overnight oats? You can make them hours or even days in advance. Want to spend time actually enjoying Christmas Day morning? Prep these hot chocolate overnight oats on Christmas Eve or even December 23rd and you can pull them straight from the fridge on Christmas Day to tuck in.

Even though they’re called “overnight oats”, you don’t actually need to leave them overnight. The reason you need to leave the oats to chill for a while is to give the oats a chance to absorb the milk and the yogurt. This turns the mixture from a miserable mix of oats floating in a watery substance into a thick, hearty bowl of yum.

You can leave the oats to chill in the fridge for as little as 4 hours and they’ll be ready. Or if you love meal prepping, you can make these overnight oats up and leave them in the fridge for up to 5 days. That’s a whole work’s worth of healthy breakfasts!

A bowl of hot chocolate overnight oats with marshmallows.

Hot Chocolate Overnight Oats

Nicola
Celebrate Christmas at any time of the year with these hot chocolate overnight oats. A healthy breakfast that's the perfect balance of nutrition and indulgence, these chocolate overnight oats will have you listening out for the sound of reindeer hooves on your roof!
Prep Time 5 mins
Chilling time 4 hrs
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 portion
Calories 400 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon hot chocolate powder
  • 1/3 cup yogurt
  • 1/3 cup skimmed milk
  • 2 teaspoons chocolate chips
  • mini marshmallows

Instructions
 

  • Place the oats, sugar, hot chocolate powder, yogurt and milk together in a small bowl or container. Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Place the overnight oats in the fridge and leave to chill and thicken for at least 4 hours or up to 4 days.
  • When you're ready to eat, scoop the oats into a serving bowl and top with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.
Keyword Hot Chocolate Overnight Oats

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