This overnight oats recipe will not only fill you up, it will help wake you up as well! No cooking required with overnight oats, simply place the oats in the fridge the night before and you will have breakfast waiting for you in the morning. This recipe is not only simple to make, it’s vegan, gluten-free and with the addition of Vega One protein powder, it’s even got 6 servings of greens, and vitamins and antioxidants. Thank you to the kind people at Vega One for sending me a packet to try! As always, all opinions and recipes are my own. I eat and enjoy the food I make and share with you here and honestly believe in putting good, wholesome foods in the body that taste so good you start to crave them over the junk!
Mornings can be stressful. Remembering to get lunch together, getting ready for work and getting a cup of coffee can sometimes be everything I have time for. So having breakfast ready to go is a huge time saver! But this overnight oats recipe helps save even more time Instead of water, I used coffee to soak the oats in! Yup you get a healthy, nutritious breakfast on the go that will also give you a jolt of energy right when you need it!
When I would teach 6 am boot camp, I would always make overnight oats to take with me for fuel after my workout. I would get to work completely drained after working out and trying to get ready at the gym and all I wanted was food that would not only fuel my body but help keep hunger at bay. When I workout in the morning, it’s like my stomach turns into an endless pit for the rest of the day. I tend to ALWAYS feel hungry. Overnight oats helped solve that issue, as the oats and chia seeds are filled with fiber and the protein powder I added helped my muscles repair and helped me feel satiated for more than an hour or two.
Oatmeal is a great breakfast option. It is inexpensive and packed with fiber and complex carbohydrates. Using rolled or old fashion oats ensures that the oats will take longer to digest in your system. When you buy quick oats, the oats have been cut down into smaller pieces, allowing them to cook faster. However this also means that your stomach has to do less work to digest them, and therefore, you don’t feel full as long. For this reason, I don’t normally buy quick oats.
Prepackaged oats, like strawberries and cream, blueberry or cinnamon swirl, although yummy and convenient, are usually packed with added sugar and ingredients you really don’t need. Next time you are at the store, take a look at the ingredient list, I think you will be surprised at the unnecessary ingredients in most prepackaged oats. That’s why I love to make overnight oats. They are just as convenient as the prepackaged oats, but much healthier!
Not only is this a great breakfast, it’s also a perfect pre- or post workout snack! The caffeine will help fuel your workout, and the carbs will provide you energy to get through a tough workout. If you workout first thing in the morning, this would also be an ideal post workout breakfast. After weight training or intense exercise, your body needs carbohydrates and protein to refuel within 45 minutes to an hour and a half of finishing the workout!
The recipe below is if you are adding protein powder to the overnight oats. In this recipe I used Vega One Coconut Almond All in One Nutritional Shake. This protein powder is a great way to start the day! Some of the reasons I love it are: It has 20 grams of protein, 6 servings of greens, 50% daily vitamins & minerals, 27% daily fiber, 1.5 grams Omega-3, 1000 ORAC of Antioxidants, 1 Billion Probiotics. Yup all of that for just 150 calories.
However, if you don’t have protein powder, or you don’t want to add it to the recipe,overnight oats are still a great way to start the day! Reduce the liquid by 1/4 cup and add sweetener of choice. You can add additional chia seeds, hemp hearts or greek yogurt as another way to add protein to this recipe!
Almond Coconut Mocha Overnight Oats
- 1/3 cup rolled or old fashion oats gluten free
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1 cup hot coffee
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or cashew milk
- 1 scoop protein powder I used VegaOne Almond Coconut Protein Powder
- 1 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbs. cacao nibs
- 1-2 tbs. unsweetened coconut flakes
- 5-6 dark sweet cherries pitted and chopped
- In a large mason jar, add oats, chia seeds and hot coffee.
- Add unsweetened almond or coconut milk. And place in the fridge overnight f possible
- The next morning add protein powder and stir.
- Top with cacao nibs, coconut flakes and dark sweet cherries.
What about you?
- How do you like to start the day?
- What is your favorite coffee combination?
- Do you start the morning with coffee or tea?