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Cocoa Nib and Pomegranate Overnight Oats

Cocoa Nib & Pomegranate Overnight Oats

Cocoa Nib & Pomegranate Overnight OatsOvernight oats in a jar are a quick, easy breakfast! And this vegan Cocoa Nib and Pomegranate Overnight Oats recipe is perfect for fall.

Pomegranates Are Edible

For a long time, I didn’t know that pomegranates were edible. I thought they were for decoration. My mom used to have a jar filled with little dried pomegranates underneath the coffee table in the living room and when I was little, I liked to empty them out onto the carpet and shake them to hear the seeds inside. Many years later, when I was in college, a friend of mine mentioned eating pomegranates.

“Wait, what?! You can eat those?!”

Pomegranate Half
I wasn’t completely convinced.

Eventually I tried pomegranates for myself and I came to love them, even though they’re a complete pain to prepare. My husband doesn’t think it’s worth the effort, but I do—I get excited about pomegranate season and I always feel bummed when it’s over and I know I’m going to have to wait until next fall to have them again.

Cocoa Nib & Pomegranate Overnight OatsAbout the Recipe

With pomegranates in season now, I thought I’d try adding them to my overnight oats for breakfast. Lately when I make overnight oats, I’ve been using an equal amount of fruit and oats. It helps me feel like I’ve eaten more—because let’s face it, 1/2 cup of oats is nothing. Nothing! So I added 1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds to the oats and almond milk.

Cocoa Nibs
And then I added chocolate. My first attempt at chocolate overnight oats was kind of icky—I realized that I don’t like cocoa powder in my oats. It’s a little too much first thing in the morning. So instead, I used cocoa nibs. They give the oats a chocolatey flavor without adding too much chocolatey flavor.

Cocoa Nib & Pomegranate Overnight Oats
Like any overnight oatmeal recipe, there’s a lot of room for adaptation. Use your favorite kind of milk! Add chia seeds or chopped nuts instead of flax meal! Put in protein powder if you insist! Whatever. It’s all good and it’s pretty much impossible to mess up.


Cocoa Nib and Pomegranate Overnight Oats

Cocoa Nib & Pomegranate Overnight Oats Recipe

This Cocoa Nib and Pomegranate Overnight Oats recipe is an easy, healthy way to start the day.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned or rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp cocoa nibs or coarsely chopped dark chocolate


  1. Stir together ingredients in a resealable container.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Stir again before serving; add additional milk for a thinner consistency.


If you use unsweetened milk, you may want to add your sweetener of choice to taste.

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  • Reply
    December 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I am shopping online for cocoa nibs, and it appears there are two kinds – raw and roasted. Which one is best for this dish?

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      December 18, 2012 at 7:45 am

      The ones that I used just say cocoa nibs on the package, so I’m assuming they must be raw. I’d think that either would be just fine, though.

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    December 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Holy cow! This is an excellent combination of flavors! I ordered the sampler pack of cacao nibs online (at, and they just happened to have the almond milk as well. I was skeptical because the nibs are slightly bitter when eaten alone. I used chia seeds because I was too lazy today to grind the flax seeds. The result is a creamy concoction with just a hint of chocolate and bursts of refreshing pomegranate. It was very satisfying. I probably should note here, too, that I am not vegan or vegetarian, and I don’t usually go out of my way to buy organics, so this was a very interesting experiment for me. The result is: I will probably be eating overnight oats daily – at least throughout the rest of the waning pomegranate season. Now I’m going to try your other recipes.

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      December 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I make a few different kinds of overnight oat recipes, but this is probably my favorite. I’m going to be very disappointed when pomegranates are no longer in season!

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    December 24, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I made them today (well, yesterday). It is very filling:) But there is so much of it, that I had to divide it into two breakfast portions:)

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      December 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! And yes, it is filling. 🙂

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    January 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I’m interested in trying this. Do i microwave it in the morning or do you just eat it cold?

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      January 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

      You can microwave it if you like, but I prefer eating it cold.

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    February 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    We must grow several hundreds of pomegranates every year on our property. We end up giving alot of them away and many still go to waste or rot before we can pick them, since who can use a hundred pomegranates all on their own. I really miss pomegranate season, I wish they stayed good longer.

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      February 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      I am so jealous! I’ve seen pomegranate trees at the nursery here, but I’m still working on convincing my husband that we should buy one. 🙂

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    October 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve been making mine with cocoa powder (I do love it in the morning. it’s like the day starts with dessert!), brazil nuts, chia seeds and brown sugar. I also like using greek milk instead of regular. The texture is just amazing!

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      October 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      It really is like having a dessert for breakfast, isn’t it?! 🙂

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    Rebekah Smith
    February 8, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    How to deseed a pomegranate in 10 seconds with a wooden spoon! Life saver! and fun, too!

    Thanks for the recipe!

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      Kiersten Frase
      February 9, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      I actually bought one of those little pom deseeder contraptions since writing this post. It was quite possibly the best $5 I ever spent. 🙂

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    February 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I love the idea of this recipe. Also, the bowl is gorgeous!

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      Kiersten Frase
      March 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Thank you! It’s from Anthropologie–I got it on clearance. 🙂

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    May 2, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Hello. How many calories are there in this recipe? 🙂

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    Hillary Strawbridge
    January 25, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Weird comment I love the jar your using where do I get one??

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