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These protein overnight oats are a nutritious and filling post workout snack. Made with nutella, chocolate protein powder, peanut butter and chia seeds. They’re packed with 25g of protein per serving!
Overnight oats make a heart breakfast or midday snack. They are easy to make and there are so many ways to make overnight oats so that they never get boring.
- These oats are packed with 25g of protein per serving, making them a great, high protein post workout snack.
- They are a hearty & filling breakfast or snack, and will keep you full for the whole morning.
- They can be easily meal prepped in advance. Just grab-and-go after your morning workout so you don’t have to stress about making something to eat.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Protein Powder: Most of the protein in this recipe comes from the protein powder. The amount of protein in the oats will vary slightly depending on the type of powder you choose. Most importantly, you can definitely taste the protein powder in these oats, so choose a brand of protein powder that you enjoy. This recipe uses chocolate powder, but you can use any flavor you like, such as vanilla or peanut butter.
- Oats: Use rolled oats or old fashioned oats. These will create the perfect texture for overnight oats. Avoid quick or instant oats which will end up too soggy. Steel cut oats will also not work as their texture is too tough.
- Milk: Whole (3.25%) milk will make the creamiest oats. However, you can use any type of milk you like. For a non-dairy alternative, use oat milk or almond milk.
- Nutella: Nutella adds to the delicious chocolate flavor. It doesn’t add as much protein as the other ingredients, so if you want to cut down on calories, you can leave it out. If you can’t find Nutella, you can substitute it with any type of generic hazelnut chocolate spread.
- Peanut Butter: Peanut butter adds flavor and also packs in some more protein. I prefer smooth peanut butter for these oats, but you can use whichever style of peanut butter you like.
- Chia Seeds: Chia seeds help to thicken the oats slightly as well as add fiber and nutrition to this recipe.
Microwave the nutella and peanut butter for about 15 to 20 seconds to soften it.
Mix all the ingredients together until there are no more clumps of nutella or peanut butter.
Divide into serving cups. Cover and chill in the fridge overnight.
- Meal prep 5 days in advance at most. These oats taste freshest when consumed within 2 to 3 days, but will store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Mix the powder into the milk first. Before adding any of the other ingredients, make sure the protein powder is fully dissolved in the milk. Otherwise, you may end up with dry chunks of powder that are not very enjoyable.
- Serve with fresh fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or banana slices go really well with these overnight oats.
Yes, vanilla or peanut butter flavored protein powder would also work well in this recipe.
Yes, you can. If this bothers you and you want to make recipes to disguise the taste, try these pumpkin protein muffins instead.
Yes. As long as you don’t mind the taste, you can add more protein powder. However, make sure that you are able to completely dissolve the powder in the milk before mixing in the other ingredients. Otherwise, the oats will end up gritty.
Use vegan chocolate protein powder, oat or almond milk instead of cow's milk, and a vegan nutella or hazelnut spread.