Who wants brownie batter for breakfast? I probably didn’t need to ask, did I? Prep these thick brownie batter overnight protein oats the night before and you’ll be waking up to a bowl of brownie batter in the morning! It may seem like dessert but who says you can’t eat dessert for breakfast?!
Overnight Oats For Busy Morning
Overnight oats are my go-to for at least a few mornings a week. I like them because they travel well, I don’t mind eating them cold and they only take a minute to prepare the night before. Plus I can throw in whatever I have lying around so I never get bored! And hey, if I can eat brownie batter for breakfast, then brownie batter overnight protein oats it is.
How I Make Overnight Oats
To make my overnight oats, I measure and add my dry ingredients to a small jar then top it off with unsweetened almond milk. I find that’s usually just the right amount of milk to reach the consistency I like. I like my overnight oats really thick so it’s usually about 1/2-3/4 cup of almond milk depending on what else I added. You can up to 1 or even 1.5 cups of milk depending on what else you added and if you like more of a porridge consistency.
I like adding pure vanilla extract and a few stevia drops for a sweetener. Maple syrup is also a good choice for sweetening. I aslo almost always add 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds to0 for a bit of extra thickening and added healthy fats and protein. Here are so of my favourite flavour ideas!
Overnight Oat Flavour Ideas
Hemp Seeds, Coconut and Raisin
This variety is a littler higher in fat but I love the texture that the coconut adds and hemp seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. The raisins add a nice sweetness without having to add additional sweetener
Low-Fat Peanut Butter and Banana
Powdered peanut butter is a must-have if you love peanut butter but don’t want to eat as much fat. I don’t find I get the flavour I want in overnight oats by using just 1 or 2 tablespoons of regular peanut butter. By using powdered peanut butter I get all the peanut butter flavour without adding a ton of calories
Chocolate Zucchini Overnight Oats
I like adding grated zucchini to my overnight oats for extra volume and since I love zucchini chocolate chip muffins, I’ll add a few tablespoons of cacao powder and cacao nibs along with them.
Protein Overnight Oats
I don’t always add protein powder to my overnight oats but it is an easy way to get some extra protein in the morning and I like the texture it creates. Pea protein-based proteins like Vega create a cookie-dough like texture that is perfect in these brownie batter oats too!
Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats
Add plenty of cinnamon and a few tablespoons of raisins, yum!
Peanut Butter Jelly Overnight Oats
Add regular peanut butter or powdered peanut butter plus frozen berries or a few tablespoons of chia seed jam.
Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
Add a grated carrot, raisins, cinnamon and a few walnuts. This is one of my favourites! I like adding some shredded coconut and maybe some pineapple too.
Another favourite! Add sliced mango, pineapple, banana and shredded coconut.
Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
Add sliced strawberries, a few tablespoons of coconut yogurt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. You can also make this with light coconut milk instead of almond milk for extra creaminess! This is really good with blueberries too.
I couldn’t make a list of overnight oat flavours and leave off pumpkin pie overnight oats! I eat these year round and never get sick of them. Simply add a few spoonfuls of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice to the mixture. I like adding vanilla protein to this version, some vanilla coconut yogurt is awesome too!
I hope that gives you a few ideas for creating delicious overnight oats at home. I could go on and on about flavour combos, there are endless varieties you could come up with! For the most basic overnight oats, all you need is oats and a liquid. From there add your favourite sweetener and then get creative with your add-ins. Some staples are cocoa powder, banana, peanut butter, nuts and seeds and fruits. What will you come up with?!
Brownie Batter Overnight Protein Oats
These brownie batter overnight oats are chocolate-packed, high in protein and the perfect fuel on-the-go. The consistency is quite thick, somewhere between cookie dough and brownie batter. YUM!
Cocoa Powder Or Cacao Powder?
Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans whereas cocoa powder has been roasted at high-temperatures. Unfortunately, roasting cacao at high-temperatures greatly lowers the nutritional value so to reap the amazing health benefits of chocolate, it’s cacao powder that that you’re after. When you read about how good chocolate is for you (and it is!), we’re talking raw cacao, not your average store-bought milk chocolate bar. The typical grocery store chocolate bar has been so heavily processed that by time it reaches the shelf, it no longer offers any nutritional benefit.
I use both cacao powder and cocoa powder in my kitchen buy I try to use cacao more often. High in antioxidants, cacao has been show to lower insulin resistance, protect your nervous system, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, fight free radicals, support a sense of well-being and provide important minerals like magnesium iron, calcium and zinc. It’s the obvious choice but it is more expensive. Use it in place of cocoa powder when you can but no worries, cacao and cocoa powder can be used interchangeably in recipes.
This recipe comes out quite thick. If you prefer more of a traditional oatmeal consistency, add a bit more almond milk when you prepare them. Like we talked about above, you can use either cocoa powder or raw cacao powder for creating the chocolate flavour. For sweetening, you can use either stevia or a drizzle of maple syrup for a bit of extra sweetness or just leave it out as there it is sweetened a bit by the protein powder. I also like adding a bit of pure vanilla extract and pink sea salt to enhance the flavour but those ingredients are optional as well.
The amounts in this recipe can be adjusted to your needs too. You can’t really go wrong so feel free to play around with it. Sometimes I use less oats to reduce the carbs, or I’ll add peanut or almond butter for added fats and flavour. Grated zucchini is good too for added volume and nutrition. You can also reduce the amount of almond milk a bit and add in pumpkin puree or applesauce.
- ⅓ cup (45 g) quick oats
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 serving (42 g) Vega Performance Protein (Chocolate, Vanilla or Mocha Flavour)
- 2 tbsp (14 g) cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
- 1 packet stevia or stevia drops, to taste (optional for added sweetness)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
- ¼ tsp sea salt (otional)
- Add all ingredients to a container and shake or stir to combine. Make sure everything is mixed in and there are no clumps.
- Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes up to overnight.