These overnights oats with protein powder are a healthy plant-based breakfast recipe easy to make ahead and meal prep 4 days of protein breakfast.
Bonus, this overnight oats recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and contains 18 grams of plant-based proteins per serving.
What are overnights oats?
Overnight oats are a healthy raw breakfast recipe that consists of soaking rolled oats in milk overnight in the fridge. It has a similar texture to oatmeal, except it’s uncooked and preserves all the nutrients and healthy properties of the ingredients as no heat is involved.
Are overnight oats vegan?
No, an authentic overnights oats recipe is not vegan because it always contains dairy from milk and yogurt.
How to make overnights oats with protein powder?
This healthy overnight oats recipe with protein powder is the easiest healthy breakfast recipe ever!
All you need to make this vegan overnight oats recipe are:
- Old fashioned oats – this is the coarse version of oats, not instant oats.
- Chia seeds – if you don’t like chia seeds, you can use flax meal instead, but it adds a slightly bitter flavor to the mixture, so it’s not our favorite choice.
- Unsweetened almond milk or oat milk, or soy milk to up the protein even more.
- Sweetener of choice – we used maple syrup, but agave syrup or sugar-free erythritol works as well.
- Vanilla extract
- Cinnamon – optional, but this adds a delicious flavor to the recipe.
- Protein powder of choice – we used vanilla peanut protein powder from Macro Mike, but any vanilla plant-based protein powder works well.
Step 1: combine dry ingredients with liquid ingredients
First, add all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl, including rolled oats, chia seeds, protein powder, and cinnamon.
Stir well to distribute ingredients evenly. Then, stir in almond milk, vanilla extract, and sweetener you love. Feel free to skip the sweetener if you don’t have a sweet tooth.
Step 2: Soak overnight
Seal the mixing bowl with a silicone lid and place it in the fridge overnight. We recommend giving a quick stir in the mixing 1 hour after being placed in the fridge to prevent the chia seeds from migrating to the bottom of the bowl.
Step 3: Serve the next day
The next day, serve the overnight oats recipe with vegan toppings of choice.
How to serve overnight oats?
Overnight oats are even better served in small jars, with layers of other plant-based ingredients, including:
- Fruits – berries like raspberries, blueberries, or chopped apples and banana slices.
- Nuts – chopped pecans, almonds, or hazelnuts.
- Seeds – hemp seeds for a boost of plant-based protein or sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.
- Peanut butter or almond butter.
- Chocolate chips – you can use sugar-free dark chocolate chips to keep the recipe healthy and sugar-free.
- Melted dark chocolate
The possibilities are endless, and our favorite overnights oats flavors are:
- Peanut butter and raspberry chia seed jam.
- Dairy-free yogurt, blueberries, and melted chocolate.
- Peanut butter, banana slices, and chocolate chips.
- Chopped apple, cinnamon, pecans, and maple syrup.
How to store overnight oats?
Overnights oats store for up to a week in the fridge in a sealed container. You can also freeze overnights oats in a small container and thaw them in the fridge the day before eating.
Which protein powder can I use?
You can use any vegan protein powder in these overnight oats with almond milk. Of course, plant-based protein powders are highly recommended, like pea protein powder, almond protein powder, or peanut protein powder.
You can use vanilla-flavored powder or even chocolate protein powder in this recipe to make chocolate overnights oats.
Can I skip chia seeds?
No, you can’t make overnights oats without chia seeds, or the texture will be runny.
In fact, you need high-fiber seeds like chia seeds or flaxseed meal to add a jelly-like texture to the overnight oats. You can use white chia seeds or black chia seeds in this recipe.
Other options are to swap the 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal or 1 tablespoon of whole psyllium husk.
Are overnight oats healthy?
Yes, overnight oats are one the most healthy breakfast with a high nutrients profile, including:
- High fiber – chia seeds and oats are high in fiber, and one serving of overnights oats contains 6 grams of fiber.
- High protein – these overnight oats are made with protein powder, so it’s one of the highest protein breakfast with 18 grams of protein per serving.
- High nutrient profile – raw breakfasts are uncooked, which preserves all the vitamins and nutrients from grains and seeds.
- Low GI – these overnights oats with protein powder are high in fiber and low in carbs keeping your blood sugar level stable for longer. Plus, if you don’t add the sweetener, one serving only contains 20 grams of net carbs and 200 kcal!
Can I use instant oats?
You can replace old-fashioned oats with instant oats, but you may have to add more instant oats to achieve the same creamy texture.
In fact, instant oats contain less fiber, and it’s less liquid absorbent than rolled oats.
As a result, if you swap one for the other, the texture of your overnight oats with protein powder can be very liquid.
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Overnight Oats with Protein Powder
- In a large mixing bowl, add old-fashioned rolled oats, chia seeds, protein powder, and cinnamon. Stir to distribute evenly.
- Stir in almond milk and vanilla extract. Seal the bowl with a lid, refrigerate overnight. I recommend stirring the mixture 1 hour after you pop it in the fridge. This prevents the chia seeds from sinking to the bottom of the bowl.
- The next day, serve in small serving jars with peanut butter, dairy-free yogurt, fresh berries, and nuts.