Happy Spooky season! October is one of my favorite months because the temperature really starts dropping to the perfect degree of needing cozy clothes. You know, not the mid-summer-mid-fall days where you start out in cozy clothes and go back to shorts in the afternoon.
Healthy Chocolatey Overnight Oats
As I was recipe planning a while back, I thought to myself, “what do I want to eat this October?” For some reason, dirt cups were the first thing that popped into my head! Did you have those as a kid? The pudding, the Oreos, the gummy worms…so tasty! Thinking about having friends over after school or going to Halloween parties always meant dirt cups so I thought, what could I do that’s similar?
Dirt Cup Recipe with Oats
Yes, it is totally OK to make regular dirt cups but that wasn’t what I wanted to do so that’s where the oats came in. I am a lover of all things breakfast foods and thought, I wonder if I can make some sort of replica of dirt cups for breakfast…turns out I can! This chocolatey and filling recipe can power up your morning or give you a sweet boost in the afternoon. I enjoyed them warmed up and cold as well.
Before someone gets upset, yes there is some added sugar and that is okay! Maybe I’ll do a post about the whole sugar misconceptions soon but here’s what I want you to know. In the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 (you can read them here) they recommend added sugar being limited to 10% of your caloric intake. On average, this comes down to about 200 calories from added sugar per day or about 12 teaspoons daily.
You can check how many teaspoons you’re consuming more easily now with the added sugar line on a label. Total up those grams, not the carbohydrates or sugar lines, and divide the total by four. Most importantly, don’t shame yourself about where you are. You can ask yourself if you want to make changes to the amount of added sugar you consume and if you have the capacity and time to think about that. If not, move on. If so, look in your day where you can find some reasonable changes.
Long story short, there’s about three to four teaspoons of added sugar total in one serving of these oats and you can totally handle it, digest it, and balance that in. Worrying too much about grams of sugar can cause more stress than it’s worth. So if this seems stress inducing to you, like I said above, don’t focus on it. Mmkay? Let’s get to the recipe!
- 1/2 cup oatmeal, uncooked can use any kind
- 1 cup approximate of milk I used oat milk and filled my container with enough milk to cover the oats
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp Oreo pudding mix or chocolate
- 1-2 Oreo cookies, crushed
- 1 tbsp peanut or almond butter measure with your heart 😉
- Gummy worms for topping!
- Optional: flax meal, chia seeds, or hemp hearts
- Mix all ingredients and heat to enjoy in the moment or let it sit in the fridge overnight, top with gummy worms and you're good to go!