Protein Overnight Oats | Creamy oats with your favorite protein powder, Greek yogurt and chia seeds. Top your oats with a chocolate crackle topping, chopped almonds and coconut and then smash the whole thing open the next morning for a delicious, protein packed, filling breakfast.
Oats are a tasty blank canvas for flavor. They're good for you as well because they're a good source of protein and fiber.
Protein overnight oats are higher in protein than regular overnight oats because of the added protein powder. Plain Greek Yogurt also contributes to higher protein content.
For this recipe, I've use a Proteins and Greens protein powder by Vega in a Coconut and Almond flavor - this is why my oats are green in the photos. This could be a cute breakfast idea for St. Patrick's day.
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- Greek Yogurt - I use yogurt in all over my overnight oats recipes for added protein and creaminess. I use a high fat plain Greek yogurt, which is extra thick and creamy.
- Liquid - I use almond milk in this recipe because I'm also using almonds to garnish my oats and the protein powder that I use is almond flavored, but it really doesn't matter what milk you use. I usually use cashew milk or oat milk because they are kinda thicker and creamy. Use whatever milk you prefer.
- Oats - I say this in all of my overnight oats recipes but it's always true - I like using a mix of large flaked oats and old fashioned oats because I like a mix of textures. The large flake oats allow for some bite to a recipe which can honestly be a bit too soft and mushy otherwise for me. Use what you prefer and have on hand though.
- Sweetener - I like brown sugar but I use maple syrup often too. You can use white sugar, coconut sugar, whatever your preferred sweetener, it really doesn't matter.
- Protein Powder - For this recipe I used the Chocolate and Almond Protein Powder by Vega, it's a proteins and green protein powder. (Also, this is why my oats are green!) It's not my all time favorite and I think going forward I'll leave out the extra sweetener because I feel like this protein powder is pretty sweet. It's worth taking the time to taste a bit of your mixture before refrigerating it to make sure it's got the right taste and sweetness level for your preference. You can use vanilla protein powder or chocolate protein powder, or whatever your favorite flavor is.
- Chia seeds - I also add chia seeds in all of my oats recipes because they're just really good for you and add a nice texture to overnight oats - they soak up liquid as they sit. Chia seeds are a source of protein and fiber.
- Coconut - I like the taste and the texture of shredded coconut in these oats. I use unsweetened shredded coconut.
- Toppings - The toppings are optional and you can leave them out and have a pretty health recipe. But sometimes it's fun to treat ourselves and cracking open the chocolate on this recipe is seriously fun and tasty. For the chocolate crack topping you'll need some chocolate chips and some cocoa powder and coconut oil. I almost always use dark chocolate because I prefer its less sweet taste. You will also need some almonds and unsweetened coconut for topping.
- chop the almonds
Step 1. To make overnight oats, first mix together the dry ingredients. In a bowl, mix together the oats, protein powder, chia seeds, coconut, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. (Photo 1)
Step 2. Mix wet ingredients. Mix together the yogurt and your milk of choice and add to the dry ingredients. (Photo 2)
Step 3. Mix everything together. Mix the wet ingredients and dry ingredients together. Let sit for ten minutes and then mix again. This gives the chia seeds and oats a bit of time to soak up some liquid. Stir again to make sure everything is mixed together evenly. (Photos 3 + 4)
Step 4. Refrigerate. Refrigerate as is, or pour into 2 serving jars or bowls. Chill for at last 4 hours, or overnight.
Step 5. Make toppings. If you're topping your oats with chocolate, almonds and coconut, then prepare these ingredients before refrigerating.
Melt together the chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave for 20-30 seconds at a time. It'll take one - two minutes total. Mix together and then add the dark cocoa powder and whisk well. (Photo 5)
Step 6. Top the oats. Divide the chocolate mixture between the two dishes. (Photos 6) Then sprinkle on the chopped almonds and the coconut. (Photo 7) Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
To Serve the Oats:
If you topped the oats with the chocolate, use a spoon to smash open the chocolate topping before eating.
If you didn't top them, then they are ready to eat as is. You can warm overnight oats in the microwave for a minute or two if you prefer warm oats instead of cold.
DID YOU KNOW? Chia seeds are a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids that cannot be made by the body. They are a great addition to oat recipes.
Source: Harvard School of Public Health
✔ This protein oats recipe is vegetarian.
> To make this oats recipe vegan, use a vegan yogurt product instead of Greek yogurt and use dairy free chocolate chips. Use a vegan protein powder as I did in this recipe.
> To make this gluten-free, use certified gluten-free oats.
Try my Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats.
This recipe keeps in the fridge for 3-4 days.
More Overnight Oats Recipes
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- Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- Maple Peach + Pecan Overnight Oats
- Cinnamon Bun Overnight Oats
- Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Protein Overnight Oats
- 2 tablespoons chopped almonds
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
- In a medium bowl mix together the oats, chia seeds, brown sugar, coconut, and protein powder. Add a pinch of salt.
- In a small bowl whisk together the milk and yogurt.
- Add the milk mix to the oat mix and stir. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Portion the mixture into 2 serving containers, or leave as is if not topping.
- Melt the coconut oil for about 30 seconds in the microwave. Add the chocolate chips. Stir. Microwave for about 20 seconds. Stir until the chocolate chips have fully melted and combined with the coconut oil. Add the cocoa powder. Whisk well.
- Spoon half of the chocolate mix over each of the oats.
- Sprinkle over the toppings (optional).
- Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
- Smash open the chocolate layer with a spoon and eat everything together.
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.
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Overnight oats are a good source of protein, especially if you add Greek yogurt, seeds, or nut butters.
To make overnight oats recipes higher in protein, you can add protein powder, Greek yogurt, nut butters, nuts, seeds, chia seeds or ground flax.
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