These Chocolate Chip Cookie Overnight Oats taste just like a cookie…that you can eat for breakfast! Packed with protein, and lots of flavor, they make a perfect healthy treat suited for any time of day!
With the boys home all of the time now, days blur into afternoons, afternoons into evenings, and evenings into very, very late nights. The boys don’t seem to fall asleep until close to midnight each night, after the requisite game of whack a mole that we play with requests for water, bathroom visits, and mysterious ailments that only seem to strike at night (“gee, I’m not sure why your toe itches, but I bet a good night’s sleep will cure it!”). As a result, the boys are also pulling some late mornings, and honestly, it’s fine by me. We’ll get back on a schedule when our “distance learning” begins in a few more days. Late mornings mean that we need a quick and easy breakfast that the boys can help themselves to…before the day begins to run away into lunch time. Our current favorite are these Chocolate Chip Cookie Overnight Oats. They’re so easy to prepare—seriously, the boys can make them on their own! They’ll be a great quick breakfast to eat before jumping on school calls in a few weeks as well, and they make a terrific afternoon snack. A win all around!
What are Overnight Oats?
Overnight Oats are exactly what they sound like—oats that you prepare and allow to sit overnight, rather than cooking them on the stovetop. You enjoy them cold in the morning, almost like a muesli or soft granola. You can have fun with mix ins, like nuts, dried fruit, and even chocolate chips. They have a soft consistency—my boys like to call it “oatmeal pudding.”
Quick Breakfast Ideas
If you’re not a morning person (we are not!!!), then you know that a quick breakfast is key to starting the day (a quick breakfast means more time to spend sleeping!)! No need to spend lots of time fussing around in the kitchen—whip up one of these quick breakfasts!
- Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
- Avocado Toast with Coconut Bacon
- Cinnamon Sugar Toast Topping
- Mango Chia Pudding Parfait
- Hippie Breakfast Bowl — Chia Pudding
- Citrus Explosion Green Smoothie
- Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats (a guest post I wrote for my friend Kayle’s site!)
Overnight Oats or Chia Pudding?
Overnight Oats and Chia Pudding are somewhat similar, in that they are both a “porridge” style breakfast, made the night before, allowed to absorb liquid overnight, and served chilled. Frankly, I like them both! I might be slightly partial to chia pudding, but that changes by the day. But I think oats are an easier sell on someone who might think chia seeds are “weird.” Jonny, 6, always requests a savory breakfast, but has a sweet spot for both overnight oats and chia pudding, and will happily eat those if I don’t have any savory dinner leftovers to offer him from the night before.
Kid Approved Recipes
If you haven’t noticed by now, David (9) and Jonny (6) love to get in the kitchen with me! I am mostly happy about this. They are slower than I am, and a heck of a lot messier, but they really do love to cook, and I’m proud of them for being such adventurous eaters. I think that allowing them to work in the kitchen and experiment has helped to keep their minds open to trying new foods, even though they certainly don’t like everything they try (goodness, neither do I!). Here are some of their favorite recipes, where they have featured prominently in the photos and videos! Bloggers in training!
- Drool-Worthy Vegan Cinnamon Donuts from A Virtual Vegan
- Vegan Dirt Cups
- Vegan Pizza Pockets — Just 4 Ingredients!
- Vegan Thumbprint Cookies — Cookies for Santa
- CSA Produce Box Subscription
- Vegan Jello Jigglers
- 6 Back to School Lunches That Aren’t PB&J
Let’s Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Overnight Oats!
Are you ready to whip up these quick Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats? Let’s get started then. You are truly 5 minutes away from having a kid (and grown up) approved, healthy, yummy breakfast in your fridge and ready to go!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Overnight Oats
- 2 Tablespoons almond butter (or peanut butter, or sunbutter to keep it nut free)
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (omit if nut free)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups non dairy milk (we like oat milk)
- 2 cups rolled oats (choose gluten free if necessary)
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts (optional)
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (choose dairy free)
- Melt the almond butter in the microwave for 30 seconds to make it soft enough to work with. (I like doing this in a 4 cup mason jar so I can use only one container!)
- Add brown sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, and cinnamon and mix together.
- Slowly whisk in the milk. It will not incorporate fully, but little chunks are ok! They just add bites of flavor!
- Add the oats, hemp hearts, and chocolate chips to the milk mixture. Stir together to fully incorporate.
- Refrigerate overnight. The oats will absorb all of the liquid, and it will have a thick pudding consistency. If they are too dry for your liking, add a splash of milk!
- Serve and enjoy! My kids like these with fresh fruit on top! Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3+ days (they don't last more than a day or two in my house!).