Between my usual green smoothie bowl or tofu scramble for breakfast comes overnight oats. Versatile, grab and go and always delicious, they’re one of my favourite breakfasts. These Berry Coconut Overnight Protein Oats are thick and satisfying, high in protein, studded with berries and full of delicious coconut flavour.
How to Make Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are such a quick, easy and versatile breakfast you really can’t go wrong. There are endless ways to make them but to get started all you need are oats and your favourite non-dairy milk. Add the oats and liquid to a container, mix well to combine and place in the fridge overnight to firm up. In the morning you can eat them cold or heat them if you prefer. I just eat them cold.
I don’t add that much liquid to mine because I like them really thick. I add just enough to cover the oats and stir it up. This creates a very thick, dough-like texture in the morning. If you prefer them to have more of an oatmeal consistency, add a bit more liquid.
Best Overnight Oats Add-Ins
vegan protein powder – I almost always add Vega Performance Protein to mine for flavour, sweetness and extra protein, sometimes I use unflavoured hemp protein or brown rice protein but Vega is more favourite for it’s texture, flavour and nutritional profile
fruit – my favourite fruit for overnight oats is frozen berries. I love cherries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries but peaches are great too as is sliced apple, if I plan to add banana, I’ll usually add that in the morning right before serving
seeds – chia and hemp seeds are great choices to add healthy fats, extra protein and a chewy texture, sunflower seeds and pepitas are also great choices
coconut – I love adding unsweetened shredded coconut to mine or topping them with toasted coconut chips in the morning, I love the texture and flavour coconut adds
nuts – any and all nuts are delicious, I love cashews, peanuts, walnuts or pecans
dried fruit – raisins are really good, or chopped dates, mulberries or goji berries, I like adding them to the mixture overnight so they’re nice and plump by the time you dig in for breakfast
veggies – try adding grated zucchini or carrot to add volume and extra nutrition
cocoa powder – for chocolate overnight oats add 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
cocao nibs – I like adding cocao nibs in the morning for added crunch, chocolate flavour and antioxidants
Berry Coconut Overnight Protein Oats
These berry coconut overnight protein oats are very thick with a dough-like texture but feel free to add more liquid for a more traditional oatmeal consistency. They’re easy to make: simply mix everything up in a container and place in the fridge overnight. It’s as easy as that and you’re eating berry-studded, coconut-flavoured, high-protein oats for breakfast.
I like the texture and flavour the unsweetened coconut adds, to add more coconut flavour, you could try making them with light canned coconut milk, homemade coconut milk or carton coconut milk. I usually use store-bought almond milk or homemade hemp or oat milk to add liquid to my oats but any milk works, or even water if you’re in a pinch.
- Place all ingredients in a container and shake or stir to thouroughly combine.
- Place in fridge overnight.
- Optional: Served topped with warmed fresh or thawed frozen berries, a few slices of banana, cocao nibs and a spoonful of peanut butter.
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