A 5-ingredient recipe for chocolate protein overnight oats makes one healthy, protein-packed recipe for breakfast or snacking!
Happy National Breakfast Month!!! No really, there’s a whole month dedicated to the most important meal of the day. I feel funny celebrating such a month, because It’s no secret I’m not a huge breakfast person. Hence why you’ll find me sharing more dinner recipes than anything else. But because I’m spending the majority of the night nursing a newborn I wake up ravenous! Completely starved. SO hungry that my usual cup of coffee doesn’t cut it. What made me think chocolate protein overnight oats could? Well for starters, chocolate tempts the biggest breakfast protestor [me] to go for a bite or two. I’m obsessed with my no-bake chocolate protein bars and wanted to mimic those same flavors in a simple breakfast. And yes, the registered dietitian in me knows breakfast [with a good amount of protein] will not only get my metabolism revved up for a busy day with kiddos, it will hold me over until whatever leftovers I can eat off the boys’ lunch plates.
And if there’s one other BIG reason nursing moms should be eating these chocolate protein overnight oats it’s because of the oats. Oat consumption has been shown to help with milk supply. While I do have an adequate supply of breastmilk right now, my supply with the boys decreased around 6 months of age. Lily has about 5 months before we get to that milestone, but I’m trying to keep as nourished as possible so I can nurse her for a full year. Bring on the oatmeal!!!
Feel free to adapt this recipe based on the protein powder you have on hand. And if protein powder isn’t your thing, skip it all together. I’ve used Kroger’s brand of Greek Yogurt which has a great amount of protein in itself for a reasonable price [much cheaper than protein powder]. Because I’m a chocolate peanut butter fanatic, I drizzled a little warmed peanut butter over the chilled oats. I honestly felt like I was eating a cookie or cookie dough for breakfast… but I didn’t share that tidbit with the boys for fear they wouldn’t let me finish my breakfast!
- 1 ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 ½ cup 2% milk
- ½ tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons chocolate protein powder
- In a large bowl or resealable plastic container, mix all of the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Spoon 1 cup of oats into dish. Top with nuts, nut butter, or fresh fruit. Enjoy!
Because I’m an overnight oats novice, I’m sticking with this basic recipe for chocolate protein overnight oats for now. But if you are more adventurous than me, I’d love to hear some of your favorite overnight oatmeal combos! You know, because it’s National Breakfast Month and all! Breakfast can't be any easier with 5 ingredient chocolate protein overnight oats! Click To Tweet