One of the great things about doing this blog is that it has really taught me to be creative when it comes to breakfast so I can share amazing recipes with you. And these Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Orange Overnight Oats certainly come under the banner of amazing breakfast recipes. Seriously its like dessert for breakfast but with none of the guilt. Packed full of gluten free oats, nutritious almond milk, fresh orange flavour and for an added boost of healthy goodness chai seeds, there is no need to feel guilty about the chocolate either as there are very few calories in it.
I used my my liquid chocolate friend from my earlier post gluten free vegan chocolate mug cake, ChocShot from Sweet Freedom. No, this post is not sponsored in anyway I just love this product. It’s free from almost everything and only 14 calories in each teaspoon – winner! I am finding this stuff so versatile but if you want to make this dish but can’t get hold of liquid chocolate then try adding 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder instead. Disclaimer, I haven’t tried it with cocoa powder but I imagine it should work.
Because of of the oats in this dish it will keep you satisfied for hours and a little goes a long way. I found this recipe easily had 4 – 6 servings in it. And when that is then piled high with whatever your favourite toppings are, this is a meal in a bowl. I used a combination of pomegranate seeds, blood orange, chopped mixed nuts and of course my favourite banana. But you can use anything you like, avacado? Why not. Cherries? Sure go for it, what ever you fancy go for it. Or eat it plain because these overnight oats are packed with flavour.
The zest and juice of a whole blood orange is used (regular orange will work) giving it a fresh fruity twist and the chocolate goes so well with it. It certainly doesn’t overpower it. And the almond milk gives it a lovely subtle nutty flavour. I used a little maple syrup in this recipe as I liked the little bit of sweetness it bought to the dish, it’s only 60 millilitres / 1/4 cup which equates to less then 1 tablespoon per serving. But feel free to leave it out if you want, or try halving it if you don’t like your food to be on the sweet side.
You may notice in the recipe the ratio of milk to oats is very high, this is because I’ve packed in some chai seeds and these little fellas are thirsty guys. Super healthy and good for you but they like a lot of liquid, hence why so much milk in this recipe.
If you don’t follow any dietary requirements then by all means uses regular oats and cows milk or any kind of milk that you want, goats, camels all is good. Or try a different kind of plant / nut milk, soya, coconut. Any milk should work in this recipe.
This recipe is so easy to throw together and easy to switch around to your own liking, so what’s stopping you from enjoying this for breakfast tomorrow morning?
Oh and before I forget Happy Valentines Day everyone!
- 360 millilitres unsweetened almond milk (1 and ½ cups)
- 6 tablespoons ChocShot / liquid chocolate
- 60 millilitres maple syrup (1/4 cup)
- Zest and Juice from 1 large blood orange
- 45 grams gluten free oats (1/2 cup)
- 4 tablespoons chia seeds
- In a medium sized mixing bowl add in the almond milk, liquid chocolate, maple syrup and the zest & juice of your blood orange and give everything a good mix.
- Add in your oats and chia seeds and stir until they have all been fully immersed in the liquid ingredients.
- Cover and pop in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight if you can.
- Serve and top with fruit and nuts of your choice or enjoy it as it is.
- Kept covered and in the fridge these overnight oats will last 3 days.
If you do not suffer from a gluten intolerance then feel free to use regular oats.