Wake up to a bowl of scrumptious Raspberry Overnight Oats! These overnight oats with raspberries couldn't be easier to make ... or more delicious. It's the perfect morning treat!
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If you're looking for easy breakfast ideas, you have to try overnight oatmeal. It's pretty much the easiest thing ever, and since you make it the night before, you can just grab and go in the morning.
There are so many ways to prepare this simple breakfast, but these Raspberry Overnight Oats are a favorite of mine.
And I just know that you're going to love them, too! The oats have a tasty chocolate base that's super rich and creamy, and the fresh raspberry and dark chocolate topping is delish.
Best of all, this recipe is quick and easy to make. Keep reading for all the details, plus lots of tips and tricks!
These Chocolate Raspberry Oats couldn't be simpler to make! Here's what you'll need:
- Raspberries - Of course, you'll need fresh raspberries! Choose the sweetest, most flavorful ones you can find.
- Oats - For best results, use Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats for this recipe. Instant oats and steel cut oats absorb milk differently, so do not substitute them.
- Milk - This recipe can be made with regular milk and cocoa powder, or with chocolate milk. I've tried it both ways, and I prefer the cocoa powder ... the chocolate flavor is more intense. 2% or whole milk will give you the creamiest results, and plant-based milks also work great.
- Cocoa - If you're using regular milk, you'll use Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (the kind used for baking) the flavor the oats.
- Dark Chocolate - Choose your favorite dark chocolate to top the oats ... I like Lindt 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate!
- Maple Syrup - You'll use maple syrup to naturally sweeten the oats.
- Salt - A pinch of salt is all that's need to bring all the flavors together!
This recipe is naturally vegetarian and gluten free. Although if you have an allergy, be sure to use specifically-labeled GF oats to avoid cross-contamination. The oats can easily be made dairy free / vegan as well, simply by using your favorite vegan chocolate and plant based milk. I prefer soy milk, which is thick, creamy, and has a neutral taste, but almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, etc. will also work great.
You'll Also Need
To make the recipe, you'll also need a jar or small bowl with a lid to prepare and store this cold oatmeal. I like to use mason jars, because they have a reusable lid (less waste) and are easy to transport. I used a small jam jar for these photos, however with all the fresh berries, a 16-ounce mason jar (pint jar) will work better. That way you can pile on all the toppings you want.
How to Make Raspberry Overnight Oats
This easy recipe takes minutes to prepare! You'll find a detailed recipe card below, but here's an overview of the steps:
- Mix ingredients. Begin by adding the oats, milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup to your jar (or bowl), along with a dash of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. If you're using chocolate milk, then skip the cocoa and the maple syrup. Stir well.
- Refrigerate. Once everything is combined, cover the jar and refrigerate overnight.
- Add toppings. The next morning, it's time to eat! Top the oatmeal with fresh raspberries and a few chocolate chunks, then dig in.
And that's all there is to it ... your Raspberry Overnight Oats are ready to enjoy! Wasn't that easy?
If you know you'll be in a hurry in the morning, add the fresh raspberries and chopped chocolate over the oats mixture at night. However, if you are making multiple jars, wait to add the berries. Raspberries tend to go bad quickly, and the liquid from the oatmeal can accelerate that.
Tip: I usually serve this Raspberry Overnight Oatmeal cold. However, you can warm the oats in your microwave for a minute or two, if you'd prefer a hot breakfast.
Once you've mastered the recipe, here are some other ideas to try:
- Plain / No Chocolate - This Raspberry Oats recipe has a chocolate base, but you can make them plain, too ... and they'll be just as delish! Simply leave out the cocoa, and reduce the maple syrup to one teaspoon.
- Yogurt - Make this recipe extra creamy by adding yogurt. You could even use chocolate yogurt if you can find it. To do so, increase the milk to ⅓ cup, then add ⅓ cup yogurt. If you use Greek yogurt, make sure to add an extra tablespoon or two of milk to thin it a bit.
- Sweeteners - You may substitute other sweeteners for the maple syrup, such as honey, agave, brown sugar, or even granulated sugar.
- Chia Seeds - Do you like chia seeds in your oatmeal? Feel free to stir in one tablespoon along with the other ingredients. Because the seeds absorb a lot of liquid, I also recommend adding an additional two tablespoons of milk.
- Other Seeds - For extra nutrition, you can also add hemp hearts or flax seeds, too.
- Nuts - Try pairing the berries with nuts. A sprinkling of almonds, walnuts, or pecans would be delish.
Storing the Oats
This refrigerator oatmeal recipe is ideal for making ahead of time and for breakfast meal prep! The finished Raspberry Oatmeal will keep for three to four days in your refrigerator, so I recommend making a few jars at a time.
If you do make multiple jars, wait to add the berries. Raspberries tend to go bad quickly, and the liquid in the oats may exacerbate that. To be on the safe side, add them just before serving (or the night before).
Looking for similar breakfast ideas? Try one of these easy oats recipes next:
- How to Make Overnight Oats - this master recipe has tons of helpful tips, variations on the basic recipe, and topping ideas!
- Yogurt Overnight Oats
- Banana Overnight Oats
- Strawberry Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- Peach Overnight Oats
- Cranberry Orange Overnight Oats
- Almond Joy Overnight Oats
- Apple Overnight Oats
- Blueberry Overnight Oats
- Mango Overnight Oats
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Overnight Oats
Craving a hot breakfast instead? Then, you'll love my Baked Oatmeal recipe, too!
Raspberry Overnight Oats
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup milk (see note)
- 1 ½ teaspoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- dash vanilla extract
- pinch kosher salt
- ½ cup raspberries
- 1 small piece dark chocolate, chopped
- Combine oats, milk, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt in a mason jar. Mix well.
- Cover jar and refrigerate oats overnight or for at least 4 hours.
- To serve, top with raspberries and chocolate. Enjoy!