I’m all about breakfast. Oats, polenta, granola, bread, you name it, I make it.

I love mixing it up in the mornings and whilst I do have my favourites I also have a pretty short attention span when it comes to recipes. I have an insatiable need to improve upon them (after all, you’re only as good as your last meal – I mean role….. I think I’m getting my two passions confused…) and what better time to do this than first thing – I find it sets me up for the day and inspires my cooking and eating choices.

And if you thought overnight oats were over you’d be wrong. They are endlessly versatile and I never tire of thinking up various combos for mine. This one seems a little bit indulgent for breakfast but it’s full of  good stuff too so there’s no need to feel bad after a bowlful.

My Hubbie is a big kid (he makes cartoons for a living for pete’s sake!) and therefore still loves chocolate cereal on occasion (these are his current favourite) so I wanted to offer him a healthier alternative that would still hit that choccie spot but with a tad more nutritional value. Because this recipe uses unsweetened cocoa powder, you get that lovely chocolate flavour sans the sugar – the dried cranberries add enough sweetness anyway.

I know I’m not the only one obsessed with breakfast and overnight oats in particular. If you mosey on over to Oh She Glow’s, there are plenty more ideas to keep you going for a while. Maybe you have some great combos already that feature frequently in your own breakfast repertoire – please feel free to post them in the comment section below, the more ideas the better!

Oh yes, and Hubbie gave this two massive thumbs up – win!

cocoa and almond butter overnight oats

in each bowl

3 tbsp oats

1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup oat milk (I like Oatly)

handful chopped almonds

handful of dried cranberries

1 tbsp desiccated coconut

1 heaped tsp almond butter

drizzle of agave nectar (optional)

Place the oats and cocoa powder in a bowl and thoroughly mix. Cover with the oat milk – you may want to add a touch more milk if it looks a little dry.

In the morning give the oats a good stir and top with the nuts and cranberries. Sprinkle the coconut over the oats and dollop the almond butter in the centre. If you are using the agave nectar lightly drizzle it over the entire dish.

I like to stir the peanut butter into the oats before eating but you could also just have a little bit of everything on your spoon. See, even the eating of these oats is versatile – there’s no one size fits all on this blog;)

Oatylicious!

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