Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

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A double-chocolate, brownie flavored batch of overnight oats. These take minutes to prepare and taste so good it will be like eating dessert for breakfast. Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

Chocolate-loaded Brownie Batter Overnight Oats. These oats are so rich and delicious, it’s like eating dessert for breakfast!

Try our other popular overnight oat recipes next: pumpkin overnight oats, peanut butter overnight oats, or peach overnight oats.

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Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats was one of my staple meals in college — extra chocolatey and packed with protein! With all the studying and running from one class to the next a filling breakfast was a must.

Now I make these for my kiddos, and they love them. I mean what kid doesn’t love chocolate for breakfast?! 

Image of the creamy almond butter used in this recipe.

Brownie Batter Overnight Oats ingredients

  • Almond Butter adds flavor and nutrition to these oats. It also ensures these oats are filling and satiating. As far as almond butter goes, I recommend an almond butter you enjoy eating straight from the jar. We love using one that is slowroasted and lightly salted with loads of flavor.
  • Chocolate Almond Milk is what we prefer in Brownie Batter Overnight Oats, but plain chocolate milk works as well (but is slightly higher in calories). Using plain (vanilla) milk also works, but the oats do taste less fudge-like overall.
  • Old-fashioned oats will give the best results; steel-cut oats do not soften enough, and quick oats end up absorbing too much liquid and becoming mushy.
  • Maple Syrup is my favorite sweetener to add to overnight oats. Depending on how sweet you like your breakfast, you can scale this amount up or down. I’d recommend at least 1 tablespoon and up to 2 tablespoons for a sweeter breakfast. Liquid stevia can be used in place of maple syrup for a natural zero-calorie sweetener. If using liquid stevia, start with 1/4 teaspoon and scale up from there to desired sweetness.
  • Vanilla adds a nice flavor to the oats. It’s not entirely necessary, so don’t worry if you don’t have any to add.
  • Salt helps to intensify flavors and balance all the ingredients.
  • Special Dark® Cocoa Powder contributes the deep and intense chocolate flavor to these oats. I highly recommend using a Dutch-process cocoa powder as opposed to a plain (natural) cocoa powder. Any Dutch cocoa powder will work, but Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder is readily available at most grocery stores (photo below).
  • Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt with a great flavor profile that you like plain gives you Brownie Batter Overnight Oats that you’ll love. Our favorite yogurt to use is Honey Vanilla Greek yogurt (made by Greek Gods®; photo below)

Image of the yogurt and cocoa powder used in this recipe.

Toppings

Overnight oats are delicious without any toppings, so don’t feel like you need to add something before eating these.

That said, if you’re feeling like something extra, we love a sprinkle of chocolate chips and even a swirl of almond butter as a topping. For these pictures I did break up a brownie protein bar which was a fun, but it’s not a necessary topping Brownie Batter Overnight Oats.

Process shots-- images of all the Brownie Batter Overnight Oats ingredients in a bowl; and then the ingredients being combined.

Brownie Batter Overnight Oats notes

  • Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold in the morning. As they soak overnight, they become soft, luscious, and creamy. That said, if you prefer them warm, you can certainly warm them up in the morning either on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • You can make “overnight” oats in the morning to enjoy. I actually prefer them this way! Nowadays, I usually make them first thing when I wake up, then I  go work out and enjoy them post workout. (So they’ve sat about 30-45 minutes — very similar to muesli!).
  • Choose your serving size. This recipe makes one large serving for a big (and filling) breakfast. If you’re looking for a lighter breakfast or a snack option, just eat half of the recipe and save the other half for later.

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Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

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Chocolatey Brownie Batter Overnight Oats take minutes to prepare and taste so good, it will be like eating dessert for breakfast.
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Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

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Chocolatey Brownie Batter Overnight Oats take minutes to prepare and taste so good, it will be like eating dessert for breakfast.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword brownie batter overnight oats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 331kcal
Cost $1.87

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping tablespoon creamy almond butter (See Note 1)
  • 1/3 cup (74g) honey vanilla Greek yogurt (we love Greek Gods honey vanilla)
  • 2/3 cup (156g) chocolate almond milk (See Note 2)
  • 1/2 cup (55g) old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons Special Dark cocoa powder (dutched cocoa)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (See Note 3)
  • Optional: mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • PREP THE OATS: In a small bowl, mason jar, or plastic container, combine the almond butter, vanilla yogurt, chocolate milk, old fashioned oats, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, salt, and maple syrup.
  • STIR: Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated. Taste the mixture and add any additional maple syrup if desired.
  • CHILL: Cover the container and refrigerate overnight or until sufficiently cooled and thickened. (Sometimes I'll even make them in the morning, get ready, and then go eat them -- they are great even after only 30 minutes in the fridge)
  • OPTIONALLY TOP: Once ready to serve, top oats with miniature chocolate chips if desired.

Recipe Notes

As written, these overnight oats are intended to be quite creamy. If you prefer them  thicker, add a few tablespoons of additional oats and/or 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds.
Note 1: Use an almond butter that you enjoy eating straight out of the jar. We like using an almond butter made with slow roasted almonds and sea salt. I find peanut butter overpowers the flavors in these oats making them taste more like a peanut butter cup than brownies, so I don't recommend using peanut butter.
Note 2: We love chocolate almond milk, but dairy chocolate milk  also works. A vanilla unsweetened almond milk also works for a slightly less chocolate-y overnight oatmeal.
Note 3: Scale the sweetener up or down to personal preference -- you may not even want any all! One tablespoon maple syrup is what we prefer; use 2 tablespoons for more sweetness. Alternatively, use 1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia drops for a zero-calorie sweetener.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 331kcal

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18 Comments

  1. Chelsea, you just mix together, refrigerate, and eat them? No cooking…….. it’s like a granola? Wow….that’s an awesome breakfast on the go!!!!!

    1. Right! That’s the awesome thing about overnight oats! The oats get soft overnight from the milk and yogurt and also get more flavorful from the other additions. It’s my favorite breakfast on the go! I lived on overnight oats in college 🙂

  2. I love this! I’ve only ever made overnight oats with yogurt but since I’m trying to cut out dairy, I haven’t had them in forever! I want some!

  3. You totally just convinced me to give overnight oats another shot. This looks absolutely amazing, Chelsea! Dessert for breakfast, but in healthy form, has me sold. Can’t wait to try this out!

  4. Whoa whoa whoa – brownie batter in oatmeal?! How did I never think of this?! This looks so insanely delicious!! Can’t wait to try it!

  5. Chelsea this is awesome! I was just thinking about whipping up some overnight oats (don’t judge me, but I’ve never had them before!) and I didn’t know where to start, But now I do! Dessert for breakfast here I come!

  6. I love this! Why can you not substitute peanut butter? I am not a fan of the taste of almond butter 🙁

    1. You can if you really want, but it will be a peanut butter flavored oats and not so much chocolate/brownie batter flavored. 🙂 The almond butter allows for the chocolate flavors to really shine through.

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