Chocolate Cheesecake Overnight Oats + Two Ingredient Instant Caramel

July 27, 2016

Chocolate Cheesecake Overnight Oats + Two Ingredient Instant Caramel by Faring Well

What is your “thing” that gets you going in the morning? Everyone seems to have one they gravitate towards. Something that creates a sense of excitement inside of you at night when you remember what you get to enjoy when you wake up. For me, it’s a cup of coffee, and some breakfast involving oats. For several years I made a batch of oatmeal protein bars for the week and would enjoy one every morning like clockwork. Within the past few months I switched over to a simple, but delicious, chocolate protein oatmeal I cook on the stove each morning. It wasn’t until a certain day the other week when I had finished my hot cup of coffee, enjoyed my hot bowl of oatmeal, and headed out on my morning run in the heat that I decided it was time for a “cooler” take on my oat-filled breakfast.

I know what you might be thinking, it’s basically halfway through summer and you are just now retiring the hot bowl of oats for the season, but what can I say – I’m a creature of habit, and when something is good I’m hard pressed to give it up too easily. That was until I considered this creation I’m bringing you today. I’ve been layering everything with my favorite plain almond milk yogurt lately, and it only occurred the other week to try it with overnight oats. I need to have chocolate when I wake up (you only live once) so the cocoa is this variation was necessary. The perfect balance of texture and flavor in this jar of oats has me going crazy. I had to be eating a serving of this while shooting in order to keep my paws out of the shots. I also had to be eating another serving while editing the photos, and I only just finished a third jar before sitting down to write this now (all on separate days, don’t worry, I’m not turning into an oat). It is positively addicting, and oh so good for you.

The sweet, rich chocolate balanced with the tang of the yogurt is perfection on its own. I have everything below for you to take it to the next level still, with fresh banana slices and two ingredient caramel that comes together instantly! I’m pretty proud of that little discovery, and think you need to stop what you are doing now to go give it a whirl. I promise, this recipe is one that is meant to be enjoyed to the fullest. No wimpy breakfasts here, only serious help-you-make-it-to-lunch kind of fuel. So now I will leave you to it! A few less photos and stories than typical this week, seeing as I am knee deep in some mega recipe developing for the upcoming month. However this recipe is not lacking in the slightest. I hope you are all having a joyous week, friends, and happy breakfasting! – xx

Chocolate Cheesecake Overnight Oats + Two Ingredient Instant Caramel by Faring WellChocolate Cheesecake Overnight Oats + Two Ingredient Instant Caramel by Faring WellChocolate Cheesecake Overnight Oats + Two Ingredient Instant Caramel by Faring WellChocolate Cheesecake Overnight Oats + Two Ingredient Instant Caramel by Faring Well

Makes 1 serving, multiply as needed.

the base
1/2 cup rolled oats
pinch of fine sea salt
pinch of ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3/4 cup plain, unsweetened soy milk (almond or hemp work well too)

the mix-ins
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 teaspoons coconut sugar
1/4 teaspoon stevia powder (optional)
1 tablespoon good tasting vanilla protein powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla protein powder)

instant caramel
1 tablespoon plain cashew butter
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

for layering
1 cup of plain, plant based yogurt
banana slices

Combine the ingredients for the base in a 16 ounce glass jar. Seal tight and give it a good shake. Place in the refrigerator overnight to set. In the morning, add the mix-ins and stir well to fully incorporate. Whip the instant caramel in a small dish, for about 30 seconds, until it is silky smooth and looks just like sticky caramel (it will look grainy at first, just keep beating till smooth). Layer the plant yogurt with the chocolate oats in a glass or jar. Top with the instant caramel and fresh banana slices. Enjoy right away. Extra jars of the overnight base can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use, but make sure to eat within three days of preparing.

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  • Reply Margaux July 27, 2016 at 2:05 am

    This looks absolutely delightful! I definitely want to try the caramel and eat a jar full :D

    • Reply Faring Well August 2, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Thank you tons Margaux! I hope you try that caramel too, a jar-full sounds like the way to go ;)

  • Reply La petite poire July 27, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Oh wow, this looks and sounds sooooo fantastic. I can’t wait to try it!!!! Yum 🍐

    • Reply Faring Well August 2, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Thank you! I can’t wait for you to give it a go too! xx

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha July 27, 2016 at 8:24 am

    That instant caramel. Omg. To try and top everything with it.

    • Reply Faring Well August 2, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Ah Valentina, thank you! I know, its almost too easy ;)

  • Reply Dina July 27, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Oh, this is definitely tomorrow’s breakfast, I just have to run out and get some cacao powder and coconut sugar, I have everything else I need! And tomorow’s a running day for me so it’ll be perfect when I come back. Yay! Thank you, Jessie.

    • Reply Faring Well August 2, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Oh yay! Thank you Dina! I hope you were able to give it a try and loved it too <3

  • Reply Heather McClees July 27, 2016 at 10:24 am

    This looks amazing! I am obsessed with cashew butter in overnight oats right now. Yum!!! And thank you for sharing that about Oatmeal in Texas. Who knew?! I am an oatmeal nut and love fun trivia like that. Now I have even more appreciation for the amazing grain! :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 2, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Aw thank you Heather! You are too sweet. And I am so glad you are liking those email fun facts ;) I’m such a sucker too! xx

  • Reply Lauren July 27, 2016 at 11:30 am

    When summer rolls around, I have overnight oats on repeat EVERY SINGLE MORNING. It’s too good (and too easy!). These look like an amazing new twist to try. Just need a new jar of cashew butter and this breakfast is ON!

    • Reply Faring Well August 2, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Such a wonderful way to start the day, I agree Lauren! So jazzed you’re liking this version too. I hope you were able to give it a try and enjoyed it tons! <3

  • Reply lindsey July 27, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    yup! coffee and oats pretty much sums up my morning routine, too. but this is next-level, jessie. and that two-ingredient caramel – too good! xoxo

    • Reply Faring Well August 2, 2016 at 8:34 am

      That means loads coming from you sweet Lindsey! Thank you <3

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout July 27, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Oh my gosh, you are a genius! Seriously this looks incredible, Jessie! So stoked for breakfast tomorrow ;) xo

    • Reply Faring Well August 2, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Aw yay! Thank you Maya <3 I hope you loved them too! XO

  • Reply Joyce @ Sun Diego Eats July 27, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Even though I normally love variety and don’t even eat leftovers unless I can ‘repurpose’ them into something new-ish, for breakfast I am SUCH a creature of habit. And not even exciting things, literally a Kind bar (dark chocolate sea salt) or a banana with almond butter. But it really does motivate me to get out of bed. Especially if it was waking up to this :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 2, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Right? I don’t blame you! The early morning hours are not my strong suit for having to “think” much. Need to just grab and be happy. Love me a good banana and nut butter too! Thanks for your sweet words here, Joyce <3

  • Reply Chelsey @ Chelsey Crafts July 28, 2016 at 12:14 am

    This looks so divine! I’m loving the simple 2 ingredient caramel.

    • Reply Faring Well August 2, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Thank you tons Chelsea! It really is something special ;)

  • Reply Gena July 28, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Yum! This looks absolutely delicious.

    And what gets me moving in the morning is without a doubt coffee, but I also have a few go to breakfasts: usually tostadas or leftovers, often oats in the winter. This post is inspiring me to consider having a parfait soon! xo

    • Reply Faring Well August 2, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Thank you sweet Gena! I love the sound of your breakfasts too. Coffee is so a must, always ;) xx

  • Reply Jess @ Nourished by Nutrition July 28, 2016 at 10:34 am

    This looks like oatmeal heaven! I must admit I’m really not a overnight oat person or cold oatmeal person in general. I usually like eating foods warm, or I guess I should says extremely hot since I always am burning my mouth…You’d think I’d learn. Anywho, I can’t get over how good this looks! Plus, cashew butter and maple syrup sound like the perfect caramel. I need to break out of my box and make these for my post-workout oatmeal bowl!

    Question though. Do you make your own cashew butter? I haven’t in a while and I did last night using my Vitamix. It took quite some time and a lot of manipulation, with the end result so thick and pasty. I added a little avocado oil that seems to help a tiny bit. I was wondering if this is normal? If I can remember correctly I used my food processor previously and had better results. Just thought you may have had some experience/advice. Thanks Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well August 2, 2016 at 8:40 am

      I totally hear you Jess! I was put off by them for so long until I found a way to create them in a way I liked (such as this). And as for the cashew butter, I buy mine from Whole Foods, the brand Maisey Jane (the best). When making it at home, if you don’t want to add oil (as I don’t usually) I found that adding brazil nuts (about 1/3 the portion to the cashews, or 1/2) will help it whip up no problem! Cashews are just the nut lowest in fat, making it hard for non-commercial machines to process. But the high fat content of brazil nuts fixes that, plus they taste delicious! Hope that helps a bit ;) happy week girl! xx

      • Reply Jess @ Nourished by Nutrition August 2, 2016 at 8:47 am

        Thanks Jessie! That makes sense about the cashew butter. I do have a recipe for ABC butter (almond, brazil nut, cashew) on my site. that whips up like a champ! I also just looked up Maisey Jane’s since it’s not at my Whole Foods. YUM! Need to order some of that ASAP!

  • Reply Tracey July 28, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Hi! I’m going to try this but i’m curious why the base and mix-ins are not one recipe step? What is the reason for adding the mix-ins the next morning? I think i might add some Lucuma as well.

    • Reply Faring Well July 28, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Tracey! Great question. When I added the mix-ins with the base, the oats would not soak up the milk properly and it would be very liquid-y the next morning. However, when I separated them out like explained above – everything was absorbed perfectly! I would recommend holding out on the mix-ins till the morning of, and adding the lucuma at that time too! xx

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full July 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    My morning “thing” that gets me going is seeing my dog! Seeing her happy face and wagging tail always makes for a great morning. That, and a big cup of coffee ;)

  • Reply Jodi August 1, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I’m going to go ahead a swap out that cashew butter for tahini and then do a happy dance. Mostly because I don’t have cashew butter and I do have tahini but if I did have cashew I’d be happy dancing too! INSTANT CARAMEL! Yes, I’ve been known to drizzle that one toast most mornings. Toast – girl – THAT is what gets me out of bed. I’ve been into sourdough these days, it’s really addicting and I feel good about eating a lot of bread. Plus with all these summer fruits in abundance there is so much to look forward to as I’m dozing off to sleep. Can’t wait to see all the delicious goodies you’ve been working on! Oh happy days! x

    • Reply Faring Well August 2, 2016 at 8:43 am

      I say GO FOR IT. That sounds magical Jodi! You always inspire me, even within my own recipes! I love your addiction to toast ;) and cannot wait to share a few slices with you one day. The summer fruits are so begging for a warm slice of sourdough, I love it! And this caramel on there too?! Goodness. Yup. Sign me up for a slice! Oh happy days indeed sweet friend! xx

  • Reply Shelley August 2, 2016 at 11:32 am

    The creature of habit in me kept me eating oatmeal long into this summer as well; I’ve only recently switched to cereal, and mainly as a vehicle to consume all the amazing summer fruit! I’m a huge chocolate fan, but have yet to try it in breakfast. This post has me thinking that I’ve been seriously missing out… may need to change that tomorrow morning!

    • Reply Faring Well August 3, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Ah I’m glad to hear I wasn’t the only one! I like your cereal + fruit solution here. I can only see chocolate as making it even better! Let me know if you do give them a go <3 hope you're having a gorgeous week friend! xx

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore August 6, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Love the layered look and they sound amazing!! I’m going to make these for breakfast this week :D You crack me up with the “good tasting” protein powder lol but so true.

    • Reply Faring Well August 7, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Ah thank you KJ! I’m so flattered you’re loving this. I’ve eaten it every morning for almost 2 weeks now, I’m obsessed. And about that powder – SO TRUE. ;)

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