Cacao Overnight Oats

October 29, 2014

Tonight Ben and I are staying at my friend’s house in the city. We’re making salmon and greens and I am super excited because I just love a mid-week date. Thursday morning I’m attending a workshop on encouraging a non-dietitian approach to weight management, which should be really great. That’s what I’m all about. And then we’re meeting friends for dinner. Good things.

Initially we were going to get into the city super early today to work from Ben’s office, but after a dinner of steak with a mustard olive spread my friend gifted and an episode of Parks and Recreation, decided to hand out at home first thing. This meant a lovely, lingering morning, which I spent doing yoga videos and writing these words because I could not not share…
Firstly, Adriene is my yoga guru. I adore her and think she is tops, and although I don’t really know her I kind of feel like we’re best friends. Her videos make me move, which I’ve come to learn is essential if I want to feel awesome. Which I do. They also make me breathe and smile and laugh and twist and I, yeah, I just really love them.

Secondly, these cacao oats were bonkers good – so satisfying and outrageously rich in both flavour and nutrients. Food that ignites my happy hormones and nourishes my body is my favourite, and if you don’t have raw cacao in your pantry I urge you to go get some because it does just that. This is why I love pana chocolate. The raw nature of it means more nutrients and a “musky” flavour, as Ben described last night while I was prepping breakfast. He freakin loves the stuff. Ben then proceeded to inquire as to why we need magnesium. AH! The sweetness. He makes my heart melt.

So here we are, friends, on this fine Wednesday morning. A bowl of cacao overnight oats and a full heart. Namaste.

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Cacao Overnight Oats

Serves 2

1 cup Rolled Oats
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds*
3/4 cup Milk
1/2 cup Yoghurt
2 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup (or to taste)
2 tablespoons Raw Cacao (mine were very, very full, HEAPING tablespoons)
1 tablespoon Maca Powder ***
Optional: a drop of pure vanilla extract (I didn’t do this as I am out, but it would be lovely)

To serve: berries, toasted nuts and seeds and coconut flakes.

1. Combine the oats, chia seeds, milk, yoghurt, maple syrup, cacao and maca powder in a container and stir well to ensure there are no lumps. Put the lid on the container and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
2. Serve for breakfast with berries toasted nuts and seeds and coconut flakes.

* optional but encouraged. If not using, add just a touch less milk.
** I used Greek Yoghurt here, which was tart so I added more maple syrup.
*** very optional

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  • Hannah October 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    so many good things! I love mid week dates (in fact tonight I’m seeing bill bailey!) – enjoy dinner 🙂 Went to yoga this morning too – such a beautiful way to start the day. oh and that cacao overnights oats looks unreal xx

    • Heidi November 7, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Yoga mornings are my favourite x

  • Laura October 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    think I’ll be making that tonight. Thanks Heidi!

    • Heidi November 7, 2014 at 11:53 am

      No worries, Laura! x

  • Millie l Add A Little October 29, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    This looks delicious – overnight oats are my jam!

    • Heidi November 7, 2014 at 11:53 am

      oooh jam with this would be unreal! hehe x

  • laurasmess October 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Eeep, I love Parks and Rec! Aaron and I were just watching a few episodes last night actually… whilst eating vegetarian Mexican and afterwards, a wee dram of whisky (just in the spirit of Ron Swanson!). Cacao overnight oats? Divine. I am definitely going to give the recipe a go myself as I need a bit of a nutritional pick-me-up at the moment… I am eating as much good stuff as possible but my body is a bit out of whack following the flight back home (seriously, airlines need to look at the food and hydration provided on long-haul flights!). P.S Ah, Ben’s comment put the biggest smile on my face! Aaron also asks me similar questions all the time (not that I’m a dietitian, but I’ve learned a lot from hanging with the beautiful ones at the hospital where I work) and I want to cuddle him! SO cute xxx

    • Heidi November 7, 2014 at 11:56 am

      I’m so happy you made & liked this, lovely. Airlines need to get on the overnight oats bandwagon. The only good food I had on a flight was from Marrakech to Rome one time. Rice + fish, a roll & yoghurt. Simple & good. x

  • Hannah October 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    No I can’t even you are completely everything; I have just started (finally!!) doing yoga at home to youtube clips and it has made me feel so much better but I knew I needed to find another series because the one I’m doing right now is a 30-day challenge so…. you just always save the day in my world, Heidi.

    • Heidi November 7, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Happy yoga days, lovely x

  • Justasmalltowngirl October 30, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Hey Heidi, looks awesome. I saw you at the workshop but, I was too shy to come and say hi. Did you enjoy it? Very enlightening and definitely something I want to read more about:)

    • Heidi November 7, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Hey! Oh you should have said hi! I met a few lovely people. I really enjoyed it, feel SUPER inspired x

  • InTolerant Chef November 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Guilt free chocolate hit for breakfast? Awesome!

    • Heidi November 7, 2014 at 11:57 am

      So. Good x

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    Just made a batch and thrown in the fridge to try to tempt my fussy 3 year old into eating more breakfast instead of the 1 piece of toast and piece of fruit she normally favours!

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      oooh great, let me know how it goes!! Fingers crossed for you 🙂 x

  • Kate November 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

    This sounds beautiful! I’ll be making a batch this weekend for sure. How long would you eat it for after you’ve made it (and before it goes too soggy)? Do you make it for the week or daily? Thanks!

    • Heidi November 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

      That’s great, Kate! I’ve only ever made it to eat the following day. It would definitely go more soggy but it’s already soggy after an overnight soak so I’m sure it would still be delicious. A delicious mush, perhaps. Worth a shot, make a double batch & see if the difference is noticeable after the first day. Let me know if you do! x

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    Thank you for sharing this recipe I have just prepared some for tomorrow morning!!

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      woohoo! x

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    This looks delicious – simple and soothing!! Thanks for sharing, I think I’ll make this over the weekend for a Monday morning pick-me up!

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    Thanks for an awesome recipe Heidi – Love it!! Left out the maple syrup and added in some mashed banana instead for sweetness! Divine.. definitely a keeper! x

    • Heidi December 2, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Oh yay! Great idea re the banana x