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Chocolate Gingerbread Overnight Oats

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gingerbread overnight oats 7Gingerbread?  I know, I know.  It’s a little early for that, right?  After all, we haven’t even made it to Thanksgiving yet.  But heck, if I am going to be unseasonable with an overnight oats recipe then I might as well be really unseasonable and throw the flavors of gingerbread in there too!  If all else fails, you can at least tuck this recipe away for one week until December gets here.  Or, if you are anything like me (I like to think my taste buds are a bit out of the norm), then you can eat this recipe all year round.  That’s what I plan to do at least!

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Chocolate Gingerbread Overnight Oats

Serves 1


2/3 cup whole rolled oats
1 TB chia seeds (I used milled chia seeds)
1 packet Stevia (optional)
1/2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 TB blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup + 1 to 2 TB unsweetened vanilla almond milk (divided)

Optional toppings:

nut butter
puffed cereal
fruit (dried or fresh)
chocolate chips


1. Combine oats, chia seeds, stevia, cocoa powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, molasses, and 1/2 cup almond milk in bowl.  Stir until well-combined.  It will be liquidy (yes, I realize that is not a word ;)) and should look like this:

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2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.

3. In the morning, the oats will have thickened.  At this point, add in 1 to 2 additional tablespoons of almond milk.  Stir.

4. Top with your desired toppings.  I chose peanut butter, puffed kamut cereal, and fresh raspberries.

gingerbread overnight oats 55. Eat your overnight oats for breakfast.  Or heck, heat them for lunch or dinner!  If we can eat cereal for lunch or dinner, then why not overnight oats? 😉

The chocolate and gingerbread combination is a mighty good one.  If you haven’t tried it yet then you most definitely should.  And if you are against eating gingerbread just yet, then keep this recipe for next week when December finally hits!

Still not convinced?  How about I enlighten you a bit on how surprisingly nutrient-rich blackstrap molasses is.

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Blackstrap molasses is a great source of manganese, copper, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, AND selenium.  Cool, right?  It looks like gingerbread flavored foods should no longer be based on the season.  We should be getting in our molasses year round!

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  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate November 26, 2013, 6:53 am
    Wow, I need to find that molasses!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 2:24 pm
      Yes, you do!! It is a tasty addition :).
  • Jackie November 26, 2013, 7:00 am
    What a good idea! This looks great! Jackie recently posted...{Tasty Tuesday} FrittataMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 2:24 pm
      Thanks so much, Jackie!
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 26, 2013, 7:36 am
    Considering I already busted in to the molasses this past weekend, I definitely don't think it's too early for gingerbread ;) And I love that you added chocolate -- two of my current obsessions combined? Gah! Can.not.deal.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 2:48 pm
      It turns out chocolate and molasses is a fantastic combination!
  • Lucie November 26, 2013, 8:24 am
    I eat gingerbread stuff all year round, I so love it!! And your toppings - I think they are not optional, they are a must, all of them! Lucie recently posted...MIMM – Ladies in the snowMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 2:48 pm
      Haha, I am glad you agree! The more toppings the better, right? ;)
  • Marie @ Little Kitchie November 26, 2013, 8:28 am
    These look and sound delicious!! I'll take this for breakfast ANY time of year! Marie @ Little Kitchie recently posted...peppery greek yogurt cheddar biscuitsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 2:49 pm
      Thanks, Marie! I am glad I am not the only one! ;)
  • Julia November 26, 2013, 8:42 am
    Chocolate? Gingerbread? I'm in! Love how healthy and delicious this recipe is...perfect to make for Thanksgiving morning for the whole family. Julia recently posted...Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and MapleMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 2:50 pm
      Good idea! This would be a super delicious T-day breakfast :).
  • Reba- Not So Perfect Life November 26, 2013, 8:51 am
    It is not to early for gingerbread... NEVER. I love this recipe. I have a random bag of oatmeal laying around. I'm making this tonight! Thanks. I love overnight oats. I like heating them up a bit in the morning.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 2:50 pm
      Thanks Reba! Let me know what you think :).
  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl November 26, 2013, 9:41 am
    Yum... I'm totally ready to bust out the gingerbread! I've actually been trying to think up a gingerbread bar or cookie. ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 2:51 pm
      Well I bet whatever you come up with will be absolutely fantastic. You are killing me with all of your dessert recipes lately! ;)
  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 26, 2013, 9:56 am
    I love Blackstrap! Must try this gingery mix. It's so good with winter spices - I make pumpkin pie oats with it! Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted...Competition BluesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 2:53 pm
      All things that contain the fall/winter spices seem to be absolutely delicious with pumpkin and molasses! I love that combo :).
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies November 26, 2013, 10:20 am
    I broke out the gingerbread a little early this year, too. Ginger is one of my favorite spices and I adore molasses (and definitely eat that all year round), so how can I resist!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 2:53 pm
      That is good to hear, Kelly! I knew I couldn't be the ONLY one! ;)
  • Sarah@creatingbettertomorrow November 26, 2013, 11:32 am
    I love molasses, I just bought some off of Iherb, it is such a unique flavor and adds a great touch to warm dishes...you know what I did with it the other night? Sauteed brussel sprouts in pan with some oil, then added in blackstrap molasses, and sauteed more till slightly burnt...sweet, tangy, goodness!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 2:54 pm
      That sounds absolutely fantastic! I am a major brussel sprouts lover, too, so I will have to give that a try. Thanks for the idea :).
  • Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition November 26, 2013, 12:10 pm
    I heard that was good for you! My bf takes it once in a while Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition recently posted...Check out Larry King interviewing Health/Wellness experts from the company I work with Ora.tvMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 3:16 pm
      Amazing, huh? I'm glad I found that out so I can start incorporating it into my foods more!
  • Ksenija @ With An Open Mind November 26, 2013, 1:14 pm
    Yum! What an awesome idea to adopt oats to the season ;) I have to admit, I am a huge molasses lover. Sadly I emptied my last jar a while ago and didn't manage to get a new one yet. Time to change that. Ksenija @ With An Open Mind recently posted...Marvelous Is … Experiencing ArtMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 3:22 pm
      Oh yes, you need to!! Now that I have it I'm am hooked :).
  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes November 26, 2013, 1:25 pm
    Not too early for gingerbread!! Definitely not! :) Love this idea - I'll have to look for that molasses :) Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes recently posted...Crispy Lemon Roasted Brussels SproutsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 3:23 pm
      Do it!! You won't regret it! I am sure you could bake up all kinds of fantastic things with it, too!
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes November 26, 2013, 1:31 pm
    It's never too early for Christmas inspired oats! ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 3:23 pm
      Thanks, Katie!! I am glad that I have your support ;).
  • Miss Messy November 26, 2013, 1:53 pm
    What a great idea! This looks like a fab breakfast! :) Miss Messy recently posted...Parmesan Pesto KnotsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 3:24 pm
      It SO is! I actually look forward to the morning so that I can eat this!
  • Jessie November 26, 2013, 7:24 pm
    I can never think of different ways to use molasses, so thanks for this idea. These will definitely be making it into my weekly rotation of either breakfast or bedtime dessert :). Jessie recently posted...WIAW: The White BowlMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 26, 2013, 7:35 pm
      It would be SUCH a tasty dessert!! Awesome idea :).
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats November 26, 2013, 9:10 pm
    These sound delicious!! It is funny how a few recipes I’ve seen on blogs have had gingerbread things, I am not complaining though but it is obviously front and centre of mind with a few people ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 29, 2013, 9:03 am
      Yes, gingerbread is REALLY on the brain right now...I have lots of ideas! ;)
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health November 27, 2013, 12:29 am
    I love molasses! I read how healthy it was before too and was floored because it adds such a nice flavor to baked goods. I've actually never tried chocolate and gingerbread together but it sounds delicious! Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...What I Ate Wednesday {My First Time}My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 29, 2013, 9:05 am
      It is a great combination! And isn't molasses SO awesome? I love when I find foods that taste fantastic and are GOOD for me!
  • Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures November 27, 2013, 8:40 am
    OMG I was looking for molasses last night - had no idea it had legitimate benefits. :) Have a happy VEGAN/VEGETARIAN thanksgiving girly! Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures recently posted...It’s a Mystery!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 29, 2013, 9:06 am
      It DOES! Cool, right? Now you have even more reason to buy it! And thank you! I hope you had an awesome thanksgiving too!

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