Chocolate Chip Zucchini Overnight Oats with Protein
Thick and delicious, overnight chocolate chip zucchini oats that taste like batter and are easy to make with just a few ingredients!
You can make these chocolate chip zucchini overnight oats a few different ways. You can go with chocolate protein for double chocolate zucchini overnight oats or go with vanilla protein for chocolate chip zucchini bread flavour.
You can also make them stovetop, which if you have bit more time in the morning, is a nice way to enjoy a warm breakfast bowl rather than cold overnight oats. Whether you cook them stovetop or go for overnight oats, both taste great and are a sneaky way to get some extra veggies in at breakfast.
Flax seeds are one of my top recommend healthy foods to add to your diet. Did you know that flaxseeds are one of the best disease-fighting, longevity-promoting plant foods there is?
Just 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed daily is enough to take advantage of their many health benefits, so I add them to my smoothies or to my oats every day. Some other easy ways to eat flaxseeds are on yogurt or hot and cold cereal, in baking, homemade energy bars or smoothies and on toast, soups and salads.
Flax seeds are inexpensive and easy to incorporate into your diet, just make sure you eat ground flaxseeds and not whole ones, unless you want to poop them right out!
You can buy flaxseeds either ground or whole but if you’re buying ground flax just make sure you use it within a few months and store it in the freezer to keep it as fresh as possible.
- Improved digestion thanks to all that fibre
- They contain alpha-linolenic acid which has been strongly linked to brain health.
- They contain arginine & glutamine, which have been shown to help support the immune system and have anti-inflammatory benefits
- The lignans and fatty acids in flaxseed have been shown to offer protection against diabetes by inhibiting expression of a gene that codes for an important glucose-synthesizing enzyme in the liver
It’s been a while since I shared an overnight oat recipe but they’re still one of my go-to breakfasts, especially if I have a busy morning the next day. They’re also great as a post-workout meal you can bring to the gym with you to start re-fuelling right after your workout.
I’ve been adding zucchini to my oats for years. I love the volume, fibre and nutrition it adds to breakfast and combined with cacao nibs, oats and vanilla protein, you’ll love it mixed into these overnight oats.
So what’s in these chocolate chip zucchini overnight oats?
- rolled oats
- vanilla protein
- cacao nibs
How to Make Stovetop
To make this recipe stovetop, add the oats to a small saucepan with 1 cup of water and cook for 3-5 minutes until starting to thicken. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and add some milk or water to reach your preferred thickness.
Recipe Nutritional Details
This recipe makes one serving of chocolate chip zucchini overnight oats. If you follow the recipe exactly, you’ll be enjoying a whopping 25 grams of dietary fibre, half fo your daily iron and calcium, about 1/4 of your daily vitamin A and vitamin C, 34 grams of plant-based protein, 17 grams of healthy fats and an energizing 62 grams of complex carbohydrates ready to power up your morning.
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These overnight oats taste like dessert but are loaded with nutrition such as fibre and plant-based protein. They take just minutes to prep so you can wake up to chocolate chip zucchini bread oats anytime you want too!
- 1/2 cup (50 g) rolled oats (use gluten-free certified if needed)
- 1 scoops (30 g) vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp (7 g) ground flax
- 2 tbsp (15 g) cacao nibs
- 1/2 cup packed (100 g), finely grated zucchini
- 3/4 cup almond milk (or other nut milk of choice)
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)
- Add all of the ingredients to a container and stir well to thoroughly combine.
- Place in the fridge for at least 3 hours up until overnight. If it seems too thick you can add a small amount of extra milk. I like my overnight oats really doughy and thick so 3/4 cup was the right amount for me.
- Add any desired toppings such as walnuts and a drizzle of maple syrup and enjoy!
Additional topping ideas: 1/2 sliced banana, 1 tbsp almond butter, extra cacao nibs, 2 tbsp shredded coconut, 2 tbsp walnuts, drizzle of maple syrup.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 536
- Fat: 18 g
- Carbohydrates: 62 g
- Fiber: 25 g
- Protein: 34 g
Keywords: healthy, overnight oatmeal, plant-based, high-protein