Chocolate Maple Overnight Oats
I remember the first time I tried making my own overnight oats. I’d heard they were so easy to make and tasty, but I really didn’t like them. I must have done something wrong because I found them to be pretty stodgy and not at all nice.
Then recently I did them again, and they were so good I never looked back. I added various ingredients to them, but kept the recipe simple.
What is the secret to getting them right? Make sure they have enough liquid. In the same way that I like smooth porridge (my husband makes his like wallpaper paste – not to my liking at all!), the oats will absorb a lot of the milk and expand slightly. So add a little more and you’ll get a lovely breakfast the next morning.
Make them healthy and Tasty
I like this recipe (I just added it together one night and it worked) because it’s free of refined sugar. In fact it’s so simple, it only has five ingredients. However, you could also add fruit to them. Berries are good and they could be fresh or frozen. If you use frozen, they’ll just thaw overnight in the fridge.
I love chocolate and Greek yogurt and I find maple syrup works really well with this combo. I used a bit of cocoa powder, and the maple syrup sweetened it perfectly. Then the Greek yogurt makes it smooth and creamy.
I get my Greek yogurt from Lidl. They sell it either in individual pots or in a 1kg tub. I personally go with the full fat option. Whilst I’m shopping in Lidl, I also pick up maple syrup from there.
How to Make Chocolate Maple Easy Overnight Oats
For one serving
- 3 tablespoons porridge oats
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons milk (any kind of milk)
- 2 1/2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
Add the porridge oats and the other dried ingredients to a bowl. Add the maple syrup and milk and combine with a metal spoon. Then add the Greek yogurt and stir in.
Cover the bowl with tin foil or a non plastic wrap, or transfer to a container with a lid or mason jar.
If you want to add berries then put three or four on the top before covering.
Leave in the fridge overnight, and simply enjoy the next morning.
These oats also make a great snack or dessert. They are also great for kids to enjoy as an alternative to sugary cereal.
Make it extra special?
Add two or three drops of vanilla extract. This is certainly heavenly.
Dairy Free Option
I love overnight oats because they are so versatile. You can swap ingredients to suit your own tastes.
If you do not eat dairy, then you could use almond milk and completely leave out the yogurt. Just double the quantity of milk. Or replace the Greek yogurt for a dairy free option.
I have also used hazelnut milk in overnight oats, which is just lovely. My favourite being Innocent hazelnut milk.
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