These delicious overnight oats are filled with superfoods like pomegranate, blueberries, chia seeds and cocoa nibs. They only require a few minutes to make, and you can prep an entire week’s worth in advance to help streamline your weekday mornings. A healthy make-ahead breakfast option for busy families!
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With four young kids, breakfast time can be a little bit chaotic for us. Everyone inevitably requests something different to eat, and nobody is ever done until they’ve all had the equivalent of three or four different breakfasts.
Our three-year-old, in particular, doesn’t tend to eat much for lunch or supper—so she likes to make up for it during breakfast by having enough food to sustain her until the next morning. (I swear I’m only barely exaggerating!)
Having a breakfast option already prepared in the fridge really helps to reign in the craziness a little bit, because it means one fewer thing to do in the morning. And overnight oats are a great option because not only are they prepared in advance, but they’re also healthy and delicious!
Between the cocoa powder and the fresh fruit, the kids feel like they’re having dessert for breakfast—while Mommy and Daddy can simply take the container out of the fridge, scoop it into some bowls, and move on to the next task!
(Until the kids finish up their oatmeal and decide they want to eat something else, that is.)
About this Recipe
If you’ve never heard of them before, overnight oats are simply rolled oats that have been left to soak in liquid overnight instead of being cooked. All you need to do is combine all the ingredients the night before and let them rest in the fridge overnight!
Whether you’re trying to save time on busy weekday mornings or you’re simply looking for healthy breakfast ideas, these overnight oats are a great option to consider.
They’re so easy to make, and they also happen to be filled with superfoods like cocoa nibs, blueberries and pomegranate arils!
And because this recipe calls for blueberries and pomegranate seeds, it keeps particularly well in the fridge—so you can even prep enough on the weekend to last you for the whole week!
How to Make Several Servings
There are two methods you can use to make several servings of this recipe.
The first way is to make several single-serve portions in separate mason jars. That way, you can simply grab a mason jar from the fridge in the morning before you head off to work.
The second way is to multiply the quantities—which you can easily do within the recipe box at the bottom of this article—and combine enough ingredients for the whole week in an extra-large container. (Instead of shaking, you can simply mix everything together using a spoon.)
Then, each morning, simply spoon some of the mixture into a bowl and enjoy—or, spoon it into a container and take it to go!
Note: Our kids are still young usually split one mason jar between three of them, so a single serving goes even further in our house. And depending on how much you eat, one mason jar may be enough for two servings!
How to Make Chocolate Pomegranate Blueberry Overnight Oats
Here’s what you’ll need to make a batch of these delicious pomegranate-blueberry overnight oats:
- Rolled oats
- Greek yogurt
- Chia seeds
- Cocoa powder
- Maple syrup
- Pomegranate seeds
- Cocoa nibs (or mini chocolate chips)
Note: We like to use lactose-free milk and Greek yogurt because my husband and kids are lactose-intolerant. Likewise, feel free to use non-dairy milk and yogurt if you need this recipe to be vegan or dairy-free—or gluten-free oats if you need it to be gluten-free!
1. Combine Dry Ingredients
Start by combining ½ cup of rolled oats, 1 teaspoon of chia seeds and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder inside a pint-sized mason jar. Then, close the lid and shake to combine.
As mentioned earlier, if you’re making several portions, you can either do so in separate mason jars or simply multiply the quantities and place everything in container large enough to fit all the ingredients.
If you’re using a large container, stir the mixture with a spoon whenever the recipe calls for shaking the mason jar!
2. Add Milk & Maple Syrup
Add ½ cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (or more to taste) and shake to combine.
3. Add Greek Yogurt
Add ½ cup of Greek yogurt and shake some more.
4. Add Fruit & Cocoa Nibs
Once all the other ingredients are properly combined, add approximately 2 tablespoons of blueberries and ¼ cup of pomegranate seeds.
Then, add in 1 tablespoon of cocoa nibs.
Note: If you’ve never tried cocoa nibs, don’t be surprised if they taste like raw cocoa powder,—they’re basically just pieces of raw cocoa bean. But they’re full of antioxidants and I promise they taste better once they’ve been incorporated into a sweeter mixture! (Plus, they add a crunch factor that balances out the oats.)
If you’re really not a fan of cocoa nibs, you can add in an equivalent amount of mini chocolate chips, but keep in mind that they won’t be as healthy!
5. Let Rest Overnight
Once you’ve added the fruit and cocoa nibs, close your mason jar (or air-tight container) and place it in the fridge overnight. The oats will become softer as they absorb the milk and yogurt, and the resulting texture will be similar to that of cooked oats.
Once you’re ready to eat them, simply grab a mason jar from the fridge to take with you, or pour some of the mixture into a bowl and enjoy! It keeps well in the fridge for up to five days, which is perfect if you like to prep all your meals for the week in advance.
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Chocolate Pomegranate Blueberry Overnight Oats
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp blueberries
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 tbsp cocoa nibs or mini chocolate chips
- Pour rolled oats, chia seeds and cocoa powder into a pint-sized mason jar and shake to combine.
- Add milk and maple syrup and shake again.
- Add Greek yogurt and shake once more.
- Add pomegranate seeds, blueberries and cocoa nibs.
- Let rest in the refrigerator overnight to allow the oats to absorb the liquid. Enjoy!