I have to admit, that I’m usually not an overnight oats or oatmeal person.
But if it’s chocolate-flavored, I’m on board! Plus, I love the combination of chocolate and orange, as is evident by all the other chocolate and orange flavored recipes on this blog, including Orange Chocolate Chip Bread, Chocolate Orange Cookies, and Mini Blood Orange and Chocolate Trifles (among others!)
Thank you to our #Choctoberfest 2019 sponsor Divine Chocolate for sending me the cocoa powder I used in this recipe! No matter what you are making in your kitchen, it will taste better if you use high-quality ingredients. When you mix up a batch of these overnight oats, your entire kitchen will smell like chocolate, since the cocoa powder smells so good! Their products are made with 100% cocoa powder, so no additives like palm oil, and they are GMO-free, vegan, and fairtrade.
If you’ve never heard of Divine before, let me introduce you to this fantastic company. I don’t just support them during #Choctoberfest since they are a sponsor. I love using Divine Chocolate products all year long in my baked goods, and when we want a treat at the grocery store, their gourmet chocolate bars are a go-to for us (I love the chocolate ginger variety and my husband loves the milk chocolate toffee version).
But tasting good is just part of the story. Divine Chocolate is also one of the best chocolate companies in the world, in my opinion, because they are farmer-owned. Yes, this company is actually owned by cocoa farmers in Ghana (the collective is called Kuapa Kokoo), so they share in the wealth and have a say in how the company operates. They are also female-friendly and even elected their first female president in 2010. Oh and last year, they introduced their new Organic Line with cocoa sourced from a collective of farmers living on Tropical São Tomé (a small island off the coast of Africa). I really encourage you to learn more about them here. They also have stories of some of their farmers printed on the inside of the chocolate bar wrappers.
Okay, back to this recipe.
Like I said above, I’m not super into oatmeal or overnight oats, but these taste almost like an oatmeal cookie (with added orange flavor. I love the bits of orange at the bottom.
Yes, this recipe is vegan-friendly! Simply use your favorite milk substitute, such as almond milk or soy milk. If you are not vegan, you can also use regular milk. Whatever floats your boat!
Here’s the printable recipe. Scroll to the end to see more #Choctoberfest 2019 recipes being published today by our participating bloggers!
Chocolate Orange Overnight Oats
A quick breakfast perfect for any choco-holic!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 mandarin oranges (or 1/2 of a larger orange)
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (I used Divine)
- 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 to 1 1/2 cup2 milk or milk substitute
- 1 Tablespoon sugar optional
Stir together the oats, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and sugar (if you desire a sweeter dish - you can leave it out). Zest your oranges and add to the mixture, stirring to combine well.
Section the oranges and divide evenly among 4 small cups or bowls. (You can also make this in one larger container and scoop out servings in the morning.)
Divide the oats mixture evenly on to of the orange sections.
Add 1/4 cup milk to each container (or all milk if you are making in a larger container). You may need to add slightly more if you like a "soupier" oatmeal dish in the morning versus a more solid dish). The milk should just cover the oats. I ended up adding 1/2 cup more, since I do like more of a porridge consistency.
Cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least 8 hours. Eat within 3 days.
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