Say hello to your new favourite breakfast! These chia seed gingerbread overnight oats with vanilla protein are amazing. The flavour and texture is like gingerbread cookie dough and after just 1 minute of prep, you’ll be going to sleep dreaming of waking up and eating them. If you love gingerbread cookies you will love these healthy, wholesome, high-protein gingerbread overnight oats.
Overnight Oats (Almost) Every Day
You guys know I love my overnight oats here at Running on Real Food. I love them so much I eat them almost every day. The best thing about overnight oats is there are literally endless variations you can make.
My Brownie Batter Overnight Protein Oats have been super popular and they’re one of my all-time favourites. I almost feel guilty eating them for breakfast because it’s so much like eating dessert. Same with my Carrot Cake Overnight Protein Oats.
In my Brownie Batter Overnight Oats post, I share a number of my favourite overnight oat variations and how I make them. A lot of times I don’t use a recipe, I just throw whatever I feel like into a jar and stick it in the fridge so I can grab it and go in the morning. You really can’t go wrong.
I almost always add Vega Performance Protein for flavour, extra protein and the texture it adds. It’s my favourite protein for overnight oats and no-bake snacks and treats. After I’ve added oats and Vega, I add whatever else I feel like that day, or whatever I have on hand.
Best Overnight Oats Toppings
You don’t have to add toppings to your overnight oats but I like the added crunch and texture and extra nutrition from a few fun toppings. If I’m taking my oats to-go in the morning, I’ll just add everything in the night before but if I have time to eat at home, I like to add extras on top in the morning. Here are my favourites!
- cacao nibs
- coconut whipped cream
- raisins, chopped dates, chopped figs, mulberries and other dried fruit
- nuts, especially dry-roasted salted almonds
- hemp seeds
- sliced banana
- fresh berries
- peanut butter or tahini
- unsweetened shredded coconut or toasted coconut flakes
- granola or cereal
- dairy-free yogurt
I topped this recipe with 1 teaspoon of cacao nibs, 1 teaspoon of coconut, a few raisins, a few chopped almonds and a dollop of coconut whipped cream. It’s also amazing with some coconut yogurt stirred in!
Chia Seed Gingerbread Overnight Oats
K, let’s get into these chia seed oats! Oh man, oh man. Be prepared because these are addicting. They taste like gingerbread cookie dough. They’re sweet with some delicious spice from the ground ginger and cinnamon and they have that awesome kick that molasses has.
Types of Molasses
You can use either cooking molasses, fancy molasses or blackstrap molasses in this recipe, fancy molasses being the sweetest. Blackstrap molasses offers the most nutritional benefit of the three but it also has a bittersweet flavour. Blackstrap molasses is a great source of iron and also contains copper, magnesium, manganese, selenium, potassium, vitamin B6 and niacin. It’s been long used for it’s health benefits and low glycemic load compared to other sugars.
I would recommend using fancy or cooking molasses for this particular recipe but if you don’t mind the more bitter flavour of blackstrap, go for it.
I used cooking molasses in this recipe. Cooking molasses is a blend of fancy and blackstrap molasses so it’s not quite as sweet as fancy molasses but has a rich, delicious molasses flavour.
Nutritional Benefits: Gingerbread Overnight Oats
What else are you getting beside awesome gingerbread flavour in these overnight oats? They contain 67% of your RDA of calcium, 47% RDA of iron and 10% vitamin A. They pack 37 grams of plant-based protein with 50 grams of energizing, natural carbohydrates from the oats and molasses.
The chia seeds add some healthy fats with the whole recipe containing 11 grams. You’ll also be starting your day with 12 grams of dietary fibre helping to keep you full throughout the morning.
If you love gingerbread cookies you will love these chia seed gingerbread overnight oats. The flavour and texture is reminiscent of gingerbread cookie dough but they’re packed with natural, energizing carbohydrates and are low in fat and high in protein.
- 1/3 cup (35 g) rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 serving (41 g) Vega Performance Protein in Vanilla
- 1 tablespoon (20 g) molasses
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Add all the dry ingredients to a jar, bowl or container and stir to combine. Add the almond milk and mix well, making sure there are no clumps.
- Place in the fridge for at least an hour up to overnight.
- In the morning, add any toppings you desire and dig in!
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 432 calories
- Sugar: 17 grams
- Fat: 11 grams
- Carbohydrates: 49 grams
- Fiber: 12 grams
- Protein: 37 grams