For an easy, make-ahead breakfast that tastes totally indulgent but packs in superfoods and a great kickstart to your day, mix up a jar (or several) of Raspberry Mocha Latte Overnight Oats.
Raspberry Mocha Latte Overnight Oats
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Cascadian Farm. As a brand ambassador, I am being compensated for writing this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
OK, full disclosure, while I try to focus on eating good things like smoothies and cauliflower and fruit and lean grilled chicken and such, I have my vices. I guess I shouldn’t call them vices – balance, right? Cupcakes and Kale Chips, right? Weaknesses, perhaps?
You may already know about my ice cream addiction. Like seriously, who came up with the brilliant notion that a serving size is half a cup? Then every once in awhile I have such an intense chocolate craving that I will literally reach into the bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and grab a handful. If someone opens a bag of trail mix anywhere near me, I’m all “can’t stop, won’t stop” until the bag is empty. When I occasionally order or make a good gluten free pizza, it’s hard not to reach for just one more slice. And when The Hubby grills a flank steak to perfection, there’s oftentimes not as much leftover as I think there will be.
And of course, coffee. I’m not a regular coffee drinker, but occasionally I just want and need and have to have some. Well, that is if something that is mostly milk, sugar, and various and assorted flavors, and sometimes blended up and frosty and topped with whipped cream actually counts as coffee. Boy, oh boy, I know why those fancy-shmancy coffee chains do such good business. That stuff is addictive and expensive, and man I always want the super ultra grande ginormous size. Obviously regular consumption of these types of things is not only bad for the wallet, but they are also not exactly part of a healthy diet, so it’s really just a occasional splurge for me. And I make it decaf. Most of the time. But gosh, it tastes soooo good.
I do try, though, to satisfy those cravings at home in a healthier way with things like Mexican Mocha Hot Chocolate or by replacing some of the milk or ice in my smoothies with coffee or frozen coffee cubes. And now I can get my creamy coffee-flavored fix in a healthy, protein- and fiber-packed breakfast that is both indulgent and satisfying…
Coffee-lovers and sweet-slightly-coffee-flavored-beverage-lovers alike will be ready to jump out of bed in the morning if they know they have a jar of Raspberry Mocha Latte Overnight Oats waiting for them. I had to play with the ratios a bit to get it just how I liked, it, but this is perfectly chocolaty, super creamy, and sweet with a coffee flavor that is definitely there, but doesn’t beat you over the head – just how I like it! While you can make these the night before, I actually think they get better as they sit in the fridge for a few days to really let the flavors develop and blend together.
Of course if you like a stronger coffee flavor, you could also adjust the ratio of milk to coffee, and though I tend to stick to decaf, that’s certainly your call. As you spoon up the chocolaty goodness, there are fresh little bursts of berries that just pair so well with the chocolate and coffee flavor. Plus – superfoods, baby! Oats, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and you can even sprinkle in a few cacao nibs if you like, for a fun little crunch factor. Can the fancy coffee shops say that?!
I think not!
Though you could use fresh raspberries, I went with frozen ones because I wanted to be able to stir them in without them getting smashed up, as fresh raspberries tend to do. Then as they thaw, your get those purply-pink ribbons of juice flowing through the oats. So pretty and so good!
And those berries in there – sweet, juicy, organic frozen Red Raspberries from Cascadian Farm. I’m so excited to announce that I am a partnering with Cascadian Farm as a brand ambassador in 2015, and over the year, I’ll be creating and sharing recipes using their fabulous line of products – frozen fruits and veggies, granola, cereal, and more! I’m really proud to be partnering with a company that offers products that are organic, healthy, free of funky ingredients (remember this Swirled Berry Vanilla Puffs Chocolate Bark that I made with their fun-colored cereal made with purple corn?!) and enrolled in the non-GMO project. Cascadian Farm has always made their products without GMO ingredients, and they already have nine of them verified, including these Red Raspberries.
I am looking forward to creating and sharing more recipes using the fabulous line of products form Cascadian Farm. In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out all they have to offer, and what makes Cascadian Farm special and unique. One of those things is that Cascadian Farm is not just a brand name – it’s a place. And though the brand has grown beyond the original farm, they have carried their philosophies and practices to other conventional farms and become a pioneer in converting them to organic farming practices in order to better bring wholesome organic food to more tables.
What Cascadian Farm products would you like to see me use in recipes? Any particular types of recipes you would be interested in?
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Raspberry Mocha Latte Overnight Oats
An easy make-ahead breakfast with indulgent coffee and chocolate flavor, but is healthy and packed with superfoods.
- 1/4 cup brewed coffee, chilled
- 1/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- 1-2 teaspoons sugar, honey, Stevia, or other sweetener of choice, or to taste
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (certified gluten free, if necessary)
- 1/2 cup Cascadian Farm frozen organic Red Raspberries
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips, optional
- In a jar or small bowl, stir together the coffee, milk, Greek yogurt, sugar or sweetener, and cocoa powder.
- Stir in the oats and chia seeds, then gently stir in the frozen raspberries.
- Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight, or up to several days.
- If desired, top with cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips before serving.
Here are a few more of my favorite make ahead breakfasts…
And some from my friends…
- Mediterranean Ham & Egg Cups from Food Faith Fitness
- PB&J Overnight Oats from Fit Foodie Finds
- 5 Minute Healthy Blueberry Muffins from The Adventure Bite