Chocolate overnight oats with protein powder, yogurt, milk, nutrients, and chocolate! Packed with protein and taste like dessert.
If you're looking for a healthy high protein overnight oats recipe, this is it! It's a healthy dessert or on the go breakfast, just like my Lemon Coconut Protein Balls, and so easy to customize to your taste.
Protein Overnight Oats
Chocolate protein overnight oats primarily get their high protein level from the greek yogurt, protein powder, and dairy that I prefer to use.
BUT. This can easily be made gluten free with certified gluten free oats, as well as vegan if you substitute the greek yogurt with a nut milk or oat milk and vegan plant based protein powder.
I use chocolate protein powder, vanilla extract, plain greek yogurt, a pinch of sea salt, cocoa powder and my sweetener of choice. For chocolate overnight oats I recommend a mild-flavored sweetener like agave nectar. Honey or maple syrup taste just fine but can be a little strong tasting with the chocolate. You can also use agave nectar to sweeten tea or use in place of honey in other recipes.
Can you meal prep overnight oats?
Absolutely! I like to make 4-6 containers at once in an assembly line fashion for myself and my family to eat a couple of mornings a week.
Start by scooping oats into each container, then the cocoa powder, protein powder, greek yogurt, sweetener, and milk. Stir everything together and place toppings in the container before covering and refrigerating.
So easy! It takes me ten minutes to get breakfast ready for 2-3 days during the week.
Overnight Oat Toppings:
Here are some chocolate overnight oat topping ideas-
- Fruit – fresh, dried, frozen, or even freeze dried. My favorites are blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, bananas, peaches, and pineapple. Those are some common ones, feel free to get adventurous!
- Nuts/Seeds – pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans, walnuts, and peanuts are a few common ones.
- Nut/Seed Butters - almond, peanut, cashew, and sunflower are all butters I have used and love.
- Chocolate – Sometimes I put some chocolate chips on top if I need a little more happiness.
- Coconut shavings/pieces, flax seeds, chia seeds, or hemp hearts.
Keep in mind that extra toppings are extra calories. The nutritional value of this recipe is based on the amount of overnight oats, not including any toppings.
Overnight Oats substitutions:
- Milk – I like to use dairy or almond milk. You could use any nut or oat milk as well, or even water but I don’t recommend this as the milk tastes MUCH better.
- Protein Powder – you can reduce or leave this out completely if you wish, I like the added protein boost. You could also use a different flavor of protein powder. You can use a plant or dairy based protein powder, your choice.
- Plain Greek Yogurt – I add this for creaminess and flavor, if you have dairy allergies I recommend just replacing it with the nut milk or oat milk of your choice.
- Sweetener – I prefer to use agave nectar or honey because of their mild flavors, but you could use pure maple syrup, coconut sugar, brown sugar, or a different sweetener.
More Easy Make Ahead Breakfasts:
Chocolate Overnight Oats
- ½ cup old fashioned regular oats
- 2 Tablespoons chocolate protein powder
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- ½ cup milk of choice
- ⅓ cup plain greek yogurt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, coconut sugar)
- pinch of salt
- optional toppings: fruit, chocolate, nuts (see post for more options)
- In a sealable jar or container, mix together oats, protein powder, cocoa powder, milk, yogurt, vanilla, sweetener of choice, and salt.
- Top with optional toppings, cover and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
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