As a student athlete whose mornings are filled with early alarms, practice, and class, it's tricky to carve out time to eat a wholesome breakfast. Williamsburg's local eateries provide a variety of delicious options, but the three minutes between practice at Zable and class in Miller can make it hard to hop over to LOKAL for avocado toast. That's where these brownie batter overnight oats become a lifesaver. 

Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:0
  • Total Time:5 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana mashed
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk choice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Step 1

    Gather all ingredients. In a mason jar or other container with a cover, combine all ingredients.

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  • Step 2

    Shake or stir to combine. Optional: add more almond milk.

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  • Step 3

    Cover the oats and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

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  • Step 4

    In the morning, top the oats with your toppings of choice. My go-to toppings include plain Greek yogurt and nut butter. Other possibilities include granola, nuts, seeds, fruit, maple syrup, and chocolate chips.

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  • Step 5

    Enjoy your grab-and-go breakfast!

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While admittedly not the most aesthetically-pleasing breakfast, these overnight oats taste like brownie batter. They are naturally sweetened with banana and provide a nutritional punch from the chia seeds and cocoa powder. You can easily make them in your dorm room in less than five minutes, and they don't even require a microwave. Top them with Greek yogurt and peanut or almond butter for more protein and healthy fats, and your dreams will be filled with the breakfast that awaits you in the morning.