Have you heard of overnight oats yet? If not, it’s time you did. It’s kind of like setting your workout clothes out beside your bed so that you have to stumble over them in the morning to get to the bathroom. In this case you will have to stumble over a delicious and healthy breakfast bowl as you reach for the coconut creamer for your coffee. Why not set your mind to a healthy breakfast the night before? Then you start your day on a positive note filled with the nutrition you need to power through the busy day.
Overnight oats simple means that you soak uncooked oats overnight in milk and eat them cold in the morning. Soaking them makes them more easily digested not to mention soft and creamy. I’ve always found oatmeal to be the prefect vehicle for all types of nutritious add-ins and it keeps me full until lunch. You can add flax seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, coconut oil, nuts, berries, bananas, apples, protein powder, honey or yogurt. My favorite part about this breakfast is that it is done when I wake up and I start my day feeling positive.
Have I mentioned this is yummy? The oats and cocoa combine to make an almost brownie batter consistency with a little pop from the chia seeds. This is full of protein and gluten free if you use gluten free oats. I prefer Bob’s Red Mill oats. You can use steel cut or quick cooking oats. If you don’t like the consistency, feel free to add more milk. I like to zap mine in the microwave for a few seconds to take the chill off then I top with greek yogurt and Enjoy Life chocolate chips. If only I had a banana in the house…
Note: if you don’t like the taste of protein powder leave it out. Add in almond or peanut butter for a protein kick.
Overnight Chocolate Oatmeal Protein Bowl
- 1/3 cup gluten free oats
- 1/3 cup coconut milk any milk will do
- dash of salt
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp protein powder optional
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- yogurt and chocolate chips for topping GF
- Mix all ingredients except toppings together in a jar.
- Stir well, cover with lid and put in fridge overnight.
- In the morning, add toppings and enjoy.