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Banana Cocoa Overnight Oats



Looking for a way to eat chocolate for breakfast!? 🍫

Then you should definitely try Banana Cocoa Overnight Oats. It’s so creamy and delicious, and pretty healthy too.

Overnight oats is a deliciously smart way to make ahead breakfast before bed and grab it out of the fridge in the morning. We’ve tried lots of versions and the banana chocolate combo does not disappoint!

Use whichever type of milk you prefer. We use skim or almond milk. Chia seeds would also be a great add-in! I like to mix in the banana in the morning.


Banana Cocoa Overnight Oats

Recipe inspiration from Today.com

Ingredients for one serving:

1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
3/4 skim milk (or milk of choice)
1 tsp unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp real Maple Syrup
1/2 banana sliced

  • Combine oats, milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup in a container or jar with lid. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Eat with 1/2 banana, sliced.


Now this is worth getting out of bed for!

I love the texture and taste of this easy recipe. Usually I’ll make a batch with multiple servings in a Tupperware and then serve in cups or bowls. You could also make individual jars. So YUMMY!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 44

  1. Mom2Two

    Thank you for your awesome recipes!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ah thanks for reading! 😀

  2. Jer

    Yum this looks great can’t wait to try it. Could I use steel cut oatmeal?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I haven’t tried but am seeing no cook overnights oat recipes online, but it looks like you would need a little more liquid -full cup.

    • Abby

      I make overnight soaks regularly. I usually use 1/2 old fashioned oats and 1/2 steel cut oats.

    • RZ

      Yes…there are lots of Pinterest recipes for Steel Cut Overnight Oats. That’s what I use b/c the texture and flavor is a lot more appetizing to me, than rolled oats. Plus they are lower on the Glycemic Index than regular oats, so they are better for you!

  3. Michele

    Do you eat them cold or can you warm it up?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I prefer cold, some leave out for room temp, or yes you can warm up. Just personal preference. 😀

  4. Jill

    Just curious, do u cook the oatmeal first?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No the oats absorb the liquid overnight and become soft.

  5. Jill

    Thanks for the quick response. I will definitely try this.

  6. Jer

    Ok great thank you

  7. Jessica Salisbury

    I make almost the same thing, but in the morning I add a frozen banana and a few ice cubes and blend it for a breakfast shake. It’s so good! I also add a little cinnamon. 🙂


    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yum! Great idea. I bet that’s a great smoothie

  8. Michelle

    Definitely just whipped some of these up for tomorrow morning! I love these quick recipes!

  9. Stephanie

    Yum, I’m so making this!!!!

  10. Daniela

    I’m wondering if I could add/substitute chocolate protein powder for my husband… looks delicious! Thank you 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ya I’m sure you could do that! 👍

    • hellfire gainz

      I wouldn’t add it until he is ready to eat it. Just my opinion.

    • Abby

      I almost always add protein powder to my overnight soaks. For this recipe, I would add the protein powder instead of the cocoa and sweetener but it’s not necessary to adjust the milk. I also always use almond or cashew milk instead of cow’s milk.

    • Christine

      I make this using Premier Protein chocolate shake instead of the milk, before eating I add a little bit of chopped up Almonds and Cacoa nibs and the sliced banana, makes for a good breakfast that will keep you filled for hours.

      • Sarah

        I tried this a few days ago and the shake didn’t get absorbed. The oats were raw. It was terrible. I wonder why it works for you and didn’t for me. Odd.

        • Christine

          if you want the complete recipe you can find it on the Premier Protein web site, I followed the recipe as is but did not add the sweetener and it turns out great every time, maybe it is the Chia Seeds that make it thicken up.

  11. lisa

    When I click the pumpkin pie overnight oatmeal link at the bottom, I get the comments but no recipe.

  12. Sue

    Overnight oats have been a live saver for my busy family. Out fave is old fashioned oats with vanilla soy milk and frozen blueberries ( they thaw in the fridge overnight ) I also add chia seeds.

    Thanks for the cocoa banana tip

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh yum! Sure – this version is good too. I love overnight oats ❤️

  13. emma

    Just made something like this I used the oats and instead of normal almond milk I used chocolate so that I didn’t need any other sweetener then I added a little peanut butter I just had a sneak peak and it was so good I almost ate the whole bowl even though the oats aren’t soft yet haha can’t wait till morning makes working early almost bearable. #chocolatepeanutbutterygoodness

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yum! Yes i agree! 👍

  14. motherfish

    un…cooked??? Ewww. Is that safe?

    • RZ

      Why wouldn’t it be safe? They’re in the fridge, not on the counter overnight. Oatmeal isn’t meat, it doesn’t have to be cooked lol

      • motherfish

        I’m concerned about the raw state of the oats in light of the recent flour recall last year where people got sick from e.coli. The company said it was a product of the field and can contain pathogens. I never knew raw grains could make you sick before that.

        • hellfire gainz

          No bake cookies have always been raw. Never heard of getting sick. If this is the first time we are all educated about it, eat the raw oats. History proves it to be okay.

        • RZ

          That has nothing to do w/ eating raw grains though, it has to do w/ a handful of *specific* products being contaminated w/ to E. coli. That doesn’t mean that you can never eat uncooked oats again…it just means that you shouldn’t eat the products in question until the recall ends. Strawberries and cucumbers were recalled several times in the last few years, and nobody is cooking those before eating them.

  15. Bess

    ok, i know this is going too far, but around Christmas time we had mini m&m’s laying round…well, i threw a handful of them in my oats and added peanut butter…(!!!) *it*was*heaven*!!! i repeated it the next day!! The difference is i do the overnight steel cut oats in the crockpot during winter because i like something warmer in the chilly mornings…(ps, mm’s melted slightly as well…)yum!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh good! Enjoy 😀

  16. Raedev

    Overnight oats? Sounds so good. Why did I not know about this!?😍

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Super convenient and yummy. 😀👍

  17. tish

    I started making the overnight oatmeal last week – in my yogurt maker jars since I didn’t have good luck w/ that lol. I LOVE the oatmeal and I put different add-ins in each jar, cause I don’t like to eat the same thing over and over again – thanks for the idea of cocoa – love that. This morning I had some Huckleberry Honey and a couple white choc chips in mine 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh yum! Thanks Tish!

  18. April

    Yummy! I’m making tonight!!

  19. caren8791vc

    you can also try Chia Seeds..really good

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