Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats

The following post is sponsored by ICED Media on behalf of Arrowhead Mills and Maranatha. The opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Chocolate-Covered-Strawberry-Overnight-Oats-1Thank you to my sister Jessica for the lovely photo of me and my oats!

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My favorite thing about overnight oats is that they’re so simple to make, and easy to grab and go in the morning. There is no cooking when it comes to “ONOs,” just combine everything, mix it up, and let it soak overnight while you get your beauty sleep! Then come morning time, you can quickly grab your jar of fully prepped oats amidst the morning madness and eat them on your way to work or while getting ready. There is no excuse for skipping breakfast when it’s already prepared for you! I loveeee eating them cold, right out of the fridge.

Some of you may ask, what is the difference between whole rolled oats & steel cut oats?
The difference between rolled and steel cut oats is that while both contain whole grain oats, they are processed differently. Rolled oats are steamed, rolled, steamed again and toasted, ending up as thin flakes. Steel cut oats are made from oat kernels that have been chopped into thick pieces.

Both types of oats are great choices (especially compared to extremely processed instant oatmeal), but steel cut oats get even more points in my book because they digest slower than rolled ones. Like all other grains in whole or cracked form, steel cut oats rank lower on the glycemic index than rolled oats because they take longer for digestive enzymes to reach the starch inside the thicker pieces, slowing down its conversion to sugar. In a nutshell, they don’t cause a spike in blood sugar!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats
Serves 1

1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup almond or soy milk
1/4 cup Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats
1/2 ripe banana, mashed
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and mix until well combined. Cover with lid and store in the refrigerator overnight.

Tip:
If you’re feeling adventurous, add some fun healthy toppings to send your tastebuds over the top into mouthwatering goodness!

Optional Toppings:
1 Tbsp Maranatha Sunflower Seed Butter
1/2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips

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The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Produce: strawberries and banana
Whole Grain: steel cut oats
Protein: milk
Plant Based Fat: chia seeds
Free Extras: cocoa powder and vanilla

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40 Comments on Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats

  1. Arlene
    January 28, 2014 at 1:40 pm (10 months ago)

    I see lots of these refrigerator oatmeal recipes around these days but wanted to know if the chai seeds are necessary? I just don’t have them on hand :)

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    • Catherine
      January 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm (10 months ago)

      Hi Arlene! Chia seeds soak up all of the liquid (almond milk in this case) and expand to make the texture thicker. You can go without the chia seeds and cut the almond milk in half so that the oats absorb it all :)

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  2. Nancy A.
    January 28, 2014 at 2:15 pm (10 months ago)

    I love overnight oats and this one looks wonderful! Will try it as soon as I get strawberries. All I have is frozen one, don’t guess they would work?

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    • Catherine
      January 28, 2014 at 3:57 pm (10 months ago)

      Hi Nancy! You could most definitely use frozen strawberries as they will defrost in the refrigerator overnight :)

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  3. jane
    January 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm (10 months ago)

    looks yummy! except almond milk is very low in protein (barely 1 gram)..

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  4. Katie @ Produce on Parade
    January 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm (10 months ago)

    I’ve never tried overnight oats with steel cut oats! What a grand idea. The rolled ones get a bit mushy I think. Also, unrelated…did you dye your hair?! I’ve been wanting to go from dark too light but I’m too chicken!

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    • Catherine
      January 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm (10 months ago)

      Oh my gosh, Katie you have to try it! They stay so chewy, it’s delish! I totally forgot that I never posted a picture of my new hair on my blog! There are a bunch of pictures on my Instagram :). My stylist used a bleach and ammonia free lightener so my hair is still in amazing condition! I’m still getting used to how light it is, but it’s so fun! Especially in this hot CA winter! haha

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  5. Alicia Cooper
    January 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm (10 months ago)

    The topping on these overnight oats look amazing! <3

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    • Catherine
      January 28, 2014 at 3:53 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks Alicia! Topping are my fav!!! The Sunflower Seed Butter is like nothing else :)

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  6. Amanda
    January 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm (10 months ago)

    Yum, this sounds divine! I am not a fan of oats, but I think I will try some faux-oats with quinoa flakes!

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    • Catherine
      January 28, 2014 at 6:22 pm (10 months ago)

      Amanda, oh my gosh I bet this would taste so yummy with quinoa flakes!

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  7. Emily @ Greens and Granola
    January 28, 2014 at 5:31 pm (10 months ago)

    Yum! I recently “discovered” steel-cut oats and I like them so much better anyway, so this is awesome news for me. :) I’ll have to try this recipe!

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    • Catherine
      January 28, 2014 at 6:22 pm (10 months ago)

      Don’t you just love discovered healthy foods?! So much fun!

      Reply
  8. hillary
    January 28, 2014 at 8:44 pm (10 months ago)

    Just made these– thank you! I don’t have glass jars (need to buy some!) so I used glass cups and covered with press and seal LOL

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    • Catherine
      January 29, 2014 at 6:34 am (10 months ago)

      Love it Hillary! You gotta do what you gotta do to get those oats made! haha

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    • Catherine
      January 29, 2014 at 6:34 am (10 months ago)

      Awesome, I can’t wait for you to try them :)

      Reply
  9. D @ The Kosher Cave Girl
    January 29, 2014 at 6:47 am (10 months ago)

    I make something similar, only with chia seeds since I don’t eat oats. Chocolate and strawberries are almost always a winning combination.

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    • Catherine
      January 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm (10 months ago)

      Love that, D! Chocolate & strawberries are always great!

      Reply
  10. Angella Pizzo
    January 29, 2014 at 8:49 am (10 months ago)

    Catherine…..love your bunny ring. too cute. i seen a bunny license plate the other day and thought of u. Cant wait to try this one! sounds amazballs. <3

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    • Catherine
      January 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks Angella! And omg too cute that you thought of me :)

      Reply
  11. Nikki K
    January 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm (10 months ago)

    Totally made this last night and had it for breakfast this morning. It was so delicious! I am pregnant and so tired… It is way too easy to reach for a granola bar for breakfast but that doesn’t exactly cover my food groups! It was so nice opening up the fridge and having it just waiting for me. Making it again right now… But double so my honey can have his own. (I wouldn’t give him more than 1 bite!) ;)

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    • Catherine
      January 29, 2014 at 5:28 pm (10 months ago)

      Awww congratulations Nikki! I’m so glad you loved it and are making some for your honey! xo

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  12. Joann Woolley
    January 29, 2014 at 4:41 pm (10 months ago)

    I’ve never tried steel cut oats and had been wondering what all the hype was so I really appreciated your clear explaination as to why they are better.

    AND I’ve never tried over night oats but have been wondering – going to add this to Pinterest for my shopping list!

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    • Catherine
      January 29, 2014 at 5:29 pm (10 months ago)

      You are so welcome, Joann! I can’t wait for you to try them!

      Reply
  13. Hayz
    January 30, 2014 at 12:11 am (10 months ago)

    All I can look at is your nails!! Girl please tell me that polish info! Superb color!

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  14. Jessi
    January 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm (10 months ago)

    Hi Catherine, LOVE your blog! Just bought the ingredients to make these tonight, but want to make sure: can I make a few so that my breakfast for the next few days is ready, or is it better to do one each night (would they get too soggy if left a few days?)…Thanks!

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    • Catherine
      January 31, 2014 at 1:42 pm (10 months ago)

      Hi Jessi! I’ve always made my oats the night before eating them, but I think they would be fine in the fridge a few days in advance :)

      Reply
  15. Angela
    February 3, 2014 at 9:27 pm (10 months ago)

    I really love this idea! Do you have any idea of a replacement for the banana, or is it needed at all? Unfortunately I just can’t eat banana in anything, but the rest looks great!

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  16. Lauren
    February 11, 2014 at 7:10 pm (10 months ago)

    Just made this today, it was so great! I used a Chia and flax blend because that was all that was available at my grocery store. It still absorbed everything properly and had a great texture. I just got done making a new batch for tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Catherine
      February 11, 2014 at 8:27 pm (10 months ago)

      This is so great to hear! I’m glad you loved the oats, Lauren : ) and flax chia blend sounds delish!

      Reply
  17. ronda
    April 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm (8 months ago)

    Just made two on for myself and one for the hubby can’t wait to try!

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  18. Kati
    June 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm (5 months ago)

    I was wondering if you could use chocolate protein powder instead of the cocoa powder, for the added protein. Any idea?

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    • Catherine
      June 25, 2014 at 7:50 pm (5 months ago)

      Hi Kati! You could definitely add some chocolate protein powder! I wonder if half protein powder/half cocoa powder would work?! Let me know if you give it a try!

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  19. Erin
    July 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm (5 months ago)

    Do these get mushy if they sit for more than one day? I was thinking of preparing a few days worth in advance but I’m not sure how it would turn out. Thanks!

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  20. sharene
    July 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm (4 months ago)

    I was wondering if you could use quick oats instead of the steel cut oats?? that’s all I have
    on hand right now and want to make them tonight??

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    • Catherine
      July 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm (4 months ago)

      Hi Sharene! You could definitely use quick oats for this recipe!

      Reply
  21. Amy
    September 8, 2014 at 9:24 pm (3 months ago)

    I just came across your blog because of Pinterest. I am so excited to try your recipes! I just made 2 of these for my husband and I for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks for all of the great ideas! I have struggled off and on with weight my whole life. I’m needing to start tracking again and your blog is very motivating to me. I also love that you warn about getting carried away with weight loss. Thanks for blogging!

    Reply
  22. Anthea
    October 13, 2014 at 2:52 am (1 month ago)

    Hi i was wondering if it’s possible to make overnight oats with instant oat? I know its nutrition value is definitely inferior if you compare it to rolled/steel-cut oats but i just want to know if it will turn out the same in terms of texture and taste if i use instant oats for this recipe??

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