By Cassie Johnston
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I feel like I have exactly two days left to share with you any warm weather recipes before I switch over to pumpkinchaicinnamonsweetpotato overload. There is something about that switch from August to September that gives us all the green light on Fall, doesn’t it?
It’s like overnight we go from flip-flops and sunglasses to boots and skinny jeans (although, the internet tells me skinny jeans are “out”, so I don’t even know). Even if it’s supposed to be in the mid-90s during the first week of September (like they are forecasting here), I still can’t resist at least pulling out my cute scarves when the calendar flips over.
And as much as I love Fall and am so excited to dig in, I’m going to hold off and at least let August be August for the next two days. We have a rule in our house that pumpkin beers and lattes don’t cross our lips until September 1st (worth noting, that’s also the date I commence my annual rewatching of Gilmore Girls—it’s the perfect Fall show).
So, in honor of our moratorium on Fall, I have an overnight oats recipe to share with you guys! It’s the perfect healthy breakfast for the hot, hot heat of Summer—or the hot, hot heat of early Fall. Don’t you worry your pretty little hearts. You’ll be getting plenty of pumpkinness in the upcoming weeks. Two words: pumpkin week.
If I’m being totally truthful, I eat overnight oats all year ’round. They are basically like breakfast pudding. And that basically makes them the most amazing thing ever—even when the temps drop. It’s never too cold for pudding. I love pudding. I worship it. I have a bowl up on the mantel at home with the Virgin Mary, a glass of wine, and a dollar bill next to it.
(Can you tell I’m really excited to start Gilmore Girls again?)
I love how packable overnight oats are. Perfect for a food prepping. Great for a quick breakfast at your desk. Or for a post-workout snack after the gym. I normally pack my meal-sized overnight oats into wide-mouth pint Mason jars and then put snack-sized into the half-pint jelly jars. That size is also good if you want to include your overnight oats as part of a bigger breakfast.
These overnight oats are gloriously vegan thanks to dreamy, creamy Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk Coconutmilk blend from my friends at Almond Breeze. I love that it adds wonderful vanilla flavor and richness, without any added sugar. I like to be able to control my own sweetness levels, and using a unsweetened nut milk for the base of the oats lets me do just that. Enjoy!
Just like your favorite candy bar, these Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats are rich, coconutty, and secretly perfectly healthy for breakfast!
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Can you make overnight oats with steel cut oats? I bought a giant bag of them from costco only to realize that all my favorite oat recipes call for rolled oats LOL!
You sure can! The results will be different (much chewier, kinda more like cold cereal than pudding), but it’ll work!
YUM!! Love this combo!
I made a couple of adjustments (coconut milk seemed appropriate for this combo), even add a tablespoon of ground flax and holy guacamole! This is delicious! :-)
This is the best! Thanks Cassie. I’m enjoying all the posts at the moment.
I’ve started a new job this week and I’ve made two batches of this recipe and used the rest of the almond-coconut milk to make a version of your chocolate chia pudding. I use the ratios but make it green tea coconut chai flavoured (using my favourite tea). Coconut and food prep wins this week!
Those oats sounds SO good! I’m totally going to try it. :)
PS Watching Gilmore Girls in the fall is genius. I watch it year round whilst cooking/doing dishes.
Do you have nutritional info for this?
I don’t, sorry. But here is a good (and easy) calculator: http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
Made some of these this weekend as part of my meal plan for the week. Delish! Looking forward to trying your other recipes.
In the pictures, it looks like layers of chocolate stuff and coconut, but the recipe says to mix it all together. The picture looks prettier than all mixed together; how did you do that?
Just make the recipe as written (with the coconut mixed in), and then when you go to put it in the jar, layer the mixture with more shredded coconut. :)
My oats didn’t thicken as much as I was expecting. Any tips? Perhaps it was because I made a double batch., I put them in a large measuring cup with lid and let it sit overnight. It’s delicious though!
Could you use vanilla extract instead of almond??
Could you replace the milk with water or regular milk? I’m all out of my coconut almost milk & feel bummed.
Regular milk will work just fine! :)
I’ve made overnight oats before, but mine didn’t set and was soupy. Most unappetizing.
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