Cinnamon Chocolate Overnight Oats with Chia is a richly chocolate, nutritious breakfast with no refined ingredients. Perfect for busy mornings and back to school.
Breakfast is by far the hardest meal for me to coordinate on school mornings. All 3 of my girls are on different schedules. Combined with the fact that I am not yet appropriately caffeinated first thing in the morning, I can feel spread a little thin even on a good day. (We don’t want to talk about how I feel on a bad day!) Thankfully, these Cinnamon Chocolate Overnight Oats have been around to save my morning more than once. And all 3 of my kids love them.
If you haven’t been on the internet in the last three years, you should know that overnight oats have taken over. With good reason, you pile some rolled oats and other good stuff in a jar, shake it up and stick it in the fridge. The next morning – VOILA! Tasty breakfast, no cooking. I was late to the idea of overnight oats. For a long time, I couldn’t wrap my brain around eating cold oats. For the first year that they were in rotation, I heated mine a minute or two in the microwave. Now I really like them both ways.
Since the realization that overnight oats are the EASIEST breakfast on the planet, a whole new world of breakfast options have opened up to me. This particular version of Cinnamon Chocolate Overnight Oats is one of my favorite because it is nutritious and filling – and still manages to taste like chocolate dessert. Dessert for breakfast that I don’t have to feel guilty about – I can live with that.
If you are not familiar with chia seeds. They are magical. They go into overnight oats a tiny seeds and turn into these little bubble of nutrition. I started tossing them into overnight oats when my oldest daughter started running cross country. Chia seeds are very nutritionally dense. One ounce – or about 2 tablespoons – of chia seeds contains:
- 11 grams of Fiber
- 4 grams of Protein
- 9 grams of Fat (5 of which are Omega-3s).
- 18% of the RDA for Calcium
- 30% of the RDA of Manganese
- 30% of the RDA of Magnesium
- 27% of the RDA of Phosphorus
- They also contain Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
So eat them. You won’t really even know they are in your overnight oats but they make a huge impact on the nutritional value of the meal. Also, if you choose to add more chia to your oats than the recipe calls for, keep in mind you will need to add about 1/4 cup of liquid per tablespoon of chia seeds.
Overnight oats are good for a few days in the refrigerator. So when I make them, I line up jars on the counter and make a bunch at once. This is yet another handy recipe that keeps me from having to get up before the sun to feed my family. (The bus runs early around here!)
On weeks that I am feeling more fruity than chocolaty, I put a batch of plain vanilla overnight oats in the refrigerator and add a little flavor and fresh fruit in the morning. This happens a lot in the warmer months because the fruit is so abundant. And frankly, it helps me use us small amounts of fruit that otherwise might not make a whole meal for my family of five.
The Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats and these Blueberry Lime Overnight Oats are good examples of how putting the same base of vanilla overnight oats in turns into different breakfasts during the week. It saves me a lot of time in the morning when I am trying to get everyone where they are supposed to be for school.
Enjoy the other Back to School recipes created by my friends at the Sunday Supper Movement.
Getting Started On School Days
- Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins by Caroline’s Cooking
- Caramel Apple Granola by What Smells So Good?
- Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars by Ruffles & Truffles
- Funfetti French Toast by Brunch with Joy
- PB&J Muffins by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Ideas for the Lunchbox
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich by Cooking Chat
- Healthy Lunchbox Snack Mix by Noshing with the Nolands
- Mini Pepperoni Calzones by The Redhead Baker
- Turkey Bacon Ranch Wrap by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls by Curious Cuisiniere
After School Snacks and Beverages
- Back to School Cookies by The Freshman Cook
- Fruit ‘n Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bites by The Weekend Gourmet
- Quinoa, Oat and Pecan Blueberry-Peach Crumb Bars by Simply Healthy Family
- Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits by An Appealing Plan
- Mother’s Ruin Punch by Food Lust People Love
- “Nut Butter” Rice Crispy Balls by Books n’ Cooks
- Parmesan Crisps Recipe by Life Tastes Good
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Monkey Bread by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Apple Nachos by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Waffle Pizzas by Our Good Life
School Night Suppers
- Beef Peppers and Onions Burritos by Family Foodie
- One Pot Bacon-Cheeseburger Pasta by A Gouda Life
- Oven Fried Portabello Mushroom Fries by Food Done Light
- Peanut Chicken Cutlets by Magnolia Days
- Smoked Salmon Ravioli with Cream Sauce by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Turmeric Chicken and Couscous by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Sweets to End the Day
- Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cupcakes by NinjaBaker
- M&M Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Oreo Rice Krispy Treats by The Crumby Cupcake
- Paleo Cherry Blondies by Pies and Plots
- Plum Crumble Bars by Feeding Big
- Stuffed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp cocoa nibs optional, but I love them!
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon more or less to taste
- 1 tbsp 100% pure maple syrup
- 2-3 tbsp sliced almonds
- 3 tbsp Greek Yogurt, Plain
- ¾ cup milk of your choice
- pinch of salt
- additional sliced almonds, cocoa nibs, coconut shavings, or even a drizzle of maple syrup for toppings based on your preference
- Put all the ingredients into a container with a lid, like a Mason or Ball jar. Close the lid and shake until all the ingredients are well mixed and uniform. Put the container in the fridge overnight. In the morning, open, stir and enjoy breakfast.
- If you are like me and are missing the gene for cold oats, microwave for 2 minutes and stir.
- Add your favorite toppings and serve!