Make your mornings seemingly more indulgent with a mug of hot cocoa overnight oats!
So, let’s address the elephant in the room: hot chocolate is usually hot, whereas overnight oats are usually cold. While it may seem wrong to call these oats “hot cocoa” oats, that’s really what they taste like – plus plain old “chocolate overnight oats” sounds way less cozy. And let’s be real, being able to eat breakfast out of a mug while snuggled up in blankets is the only good way to do breakfast in the winter (well, besides a stack of gooey chocolate chip pancakes).
Plus, these oats don’t have to be eaten cold. While I usually prefer my overnight oats cold as they retain more of a dough or cake batter-like consistency, warming these oats up a tad really brings out the hot chocolate flavor that you’re expecting. So, could you just make these as hot oats the morning of? You could, but the texture wouldn’t be quite the same. By allowing the oats to soak overnight and then heating them up, the oats end up a bit thicker than if you had just poured water over them and heated them up. Another note about nuking these: leave out the Greek yogurt the night before and then top the oats with it after microwaving it. But, if you want simple straight-from-the-fridge oats go ahead and mix in the Greek yogurt the night before per usual.
P.S. If you’re looking for a more slow, Sunday-morning kind of recipe, check out my Stove-top Hot Cocoa Oats post from last year.
Can we also talk about how I got to enjoy a mug of these oats this morning before heading up to Evergreen for a spa day with my mom?! Working for a university has serious perks, one of which is getting a two-week winter break. I’m so excited to have a bunch of days to fully devote to the blog and hopefully come up with some delicious, healthy recipes for 2018!
So here’s a toast to getting in some relaxation time before the new year!
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