Mexican Chocolate Overnight Oats (V)
Overnight oats are the ultimate canvas food. If you’ve never tried them, you’re seriously missing out. But I don’t blame you: When I first heard about eating oats COLD, I wasn’t all that enthused. I’m a diehard egg-breakfast gal. It wasn’t until my vegan brother moved in with us that I began playing around with eggless breakfasts to help him add variety in his diet (he’s a diehard avo-toast guy).
The first time we made overnight oats, I was sold. They’re incredible! Like I opened with: Ultimate canvas food. You can keep overnight oats simple with a couple shakes of cinnamon and maple syrup. You could try fruit in there (like my Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats).
Or you can drench your oats in CHOCOLATE MILK and a dash of cinnamon/cayenne to create Mexican Chocolate overnight oats.
Hide Yo Wife, Hide Yo Kids
Because this recipe is seriously killer. I’ve got both my vegan brother and my carnivore husband hooked on it. It’s mostly sweet, made with some chocolate nut milk and protein powder but then it hits you, that hint of spice. Not too strong or overpowering, just a little su’um that makes the oats extra special.
Not Just for Breakfast
I prefer overnight oats as a mid-morning or pre-workout snack! Eggs will always be my ride or die breakfast, but you can totally whip these up for a pick-me-up treat. Oats have plenty of soluble fiber and they’re a volume food: meaning that you can eat heaps of oatmeal without overdoing the calories. For me, these overnight oats satisfy like a treat. Whether you choose this recipe for breakfast or a snack, you’re getting some serious nutrition.
Oats contain soluble fiber and slow-digesting carbs
Chia seeds are a fiber powerhouse with omega 3 to boot
Protein powder adds sweetness and filling PROTEIN (you already know)
Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and it has anti-inflammatory properties
Chocolate makes us happy!
MACROS PER SERVING
400 calories (w/o chocolate chips)
9g Fat | 50g Carb | 34g* Protein | 15g Fiber | 11g sugar
*Note: Macros will vary depending on protein powder used. I calculated using 1 scoop Optimum Nutrition French Vanilla Creme.
Yield: 1 Jar
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup chocolate nut milk (I used Trader Joes Cocoa Almond Cashew)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 quick shake of cayenne pepper (just a pinch!)
Optional: 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips
Toppings I love: Gogi berries, pistachios, hemp hearts, chocolate chips, or coconut whipped cream
See note 1 for sweetener options
In a half-pint mason jar or container, combine rolled oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, cayenne, protein powder, and mini chocolate chips (if preferred). Stir to combine.
The night before you’re ready to eat, add chocolate milk and preferred sweetener (see note 1) then stir to combine. Refrigerate 12-24 hours.
Stir well then garnish with preferred toppings.
Meal prep hack: Prepare 4-5 of the dry ingredients in jars for the week, then add your wet ingredients the night before and refrigerate. So easy!
Note 1: Depending on the chocolate milk and protein powder you’re using, your oats may taste sweet enough for your preference. But if you prefer sweeter oats, add 1 tsp maple syrup or a few drops of vanilla flavored stevia.