You’ll also need

  • weighing scales
  • small measuring jug
  • tablespoon
  • teaspoon
  • cutlery knife
  • dessert spoon
  • jam jars, bowls or small containers for serving


  • STEP 1
    Step 1 weighing and measuring

    Before you get started, take a look at our weighing and measuring skills guide. If you have digital scales, place one of the jars, bowls or containers on the scales and reset to zero. Weigh 40g oats into the jar, then repeat with the second jar.

  • STEP 2
    Step 2 weighing and measuring

    Fill a tablespoon measure right to the top with yogurt, add it to one of the jars and repeat in the same jar (so you’ve added a total of 2 tbsp yogurt). Repeat with the second jar.

  • STEP 3
    Step 3 weighing and measuring

    Fill a teaspoon measure right to the top with cocoa powder and use a cutlery knife to swipe across the top of the spoon, knocking any excess cocoa back into its container. Tip the cocoa into one of the jars, then repeat with the second jar.

  • STEP 4
    Step 4 weighing and measuring

    Rinse the teaspoon measure under warm water to wash off the cocoa powder, then use it to measure a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup. Add this to one of the jars, then repeat with the second jar.

  • STEP 5
    Step 5 weighing and measuring

    Slowly measure 175ml milk into a jug, then pour roughly half of the milk into one jar and the rest into the second – you can estimate this rather than weighing again.

  • STEP 6

    Stir each of the jars well until the ingredients are combined and the mixture is chocolatey brown. Top each jar with a drizzle of honey and 4 raspberries, then chill overnight to enjoy for breakfast the next day.

Recipe tips

Know your milk

Think milk only comes from cows? Think again! There are many different varieties of milk available, and it’s fun to experiment with them. Oat and soya milks are creamy with a neutral flavour, while almond and coconut milks add a nutty taste. Dairy-free milks are usually fortified with calcium and other nutrients and minerals.

Twist it

Twist the flavour in these overnight oats by swapping a few ingredients. Leave out the cocoa and raspberries, and try these additions instead:

Carrot cake overnight oats add ½ carrot, grated, a pinch of ground cinnamon and 1 tbsp raisins to each

Nutty apple overnight oats add ½ apple, grated, and 1 tbsp nut butter to each

Totally tropical overnight oats use coconut milk and coconut yogurt, then top with chopped pineapple or mango


This recipe was re-tested and updated on 19 September 2023 to reduce the quantity of milk to 175ml.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2022

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