How to Make Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats
If you love chocolate overnight oats, these chocolate protein overnight oats will be your new favorite healthy breakfast. Made with simple ingredients you likely already have, this chocolate protein oats recipe is an amazing meal prep breakfast for busy mornings.
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Chocolate Overnight Oats with Extra Protein
Do you love starting your day with easy, make ahead overnight oats, but could you use a little more protein? This chocolate protein oats recipe includes plain Greek yogurt and your choice of protein powder to amp up your protein for the day.
This chocolate protein overnight oats recipe is also very customizable. I’ll give you three different variations that will not only keep you full and nourished, but you’ll never get bored of this healthy breakfast option!
Here’s how this delicious chocolate overnight oats recipe is made along with the topping variations:
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How do you make overnight oats?
To make overnight oats, start with a 1:1:1 ratio of plain Greek yogurt, milk (dairy or plant-based) and oats. Mix these three ingredients together well.
Then add your other ingredients like:
- vanilla extract
- sweetener (I like and use Lakanto Monk fruit sweetener)
- chia seeds
- cocoa powder
- collagen protein powder (or the protein powder of your choice.) I like and prefer Zhou Nutrition Unflavored Collagen Protein
Can I put protein powder in my oatmeal?
Yes, protein powder is a great addition to oatmeal to add more protein to your diet. You can add it to hot oatmeal or cold overnight oats. You can add either flavored (vanilla, chocolate) or unflavored.
How do you add protein to oats?
An easy way to add protein to oats is to add a protein powder to your oatmeal. Check the label of your preferred flavored or unflavored protein and add a serving to your oats. Here are some other sources of protein that can be added to oatmeal:
- Greek Yogurt
- Cottage Cheese
- Nut or seed butter (choose good quality nut and seed butters, made without refined sugar or oils)
- Walnuts, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds and/or flax.
How long do you refrigerate overnight oats?
Once you’ve stirred together all of the ingredients, making sure it’s a smooth consistency, pour the oats into a mason jar or resealable container with a tight fitting lid. Refrigerate the oats for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
How long will overnight oats last in the refrigerator?
Overnight oats are best enjoyed 24-48 hours after they are made. However, overnight oats will keep well for up to 5 days.
Do you eat overnight oats cold?
Yes. Overnight oats are typically served cold. They make for a great breakfast on a warm day. They also serve as an excellent make-ahead breakfast that you can take with you to work, or eat when you don’t have much time in the morning.
Are protein oats healthy?
Yes, protein oats are a wonderfully healthy breakfast. Rich in soluble fiber and added protein, overnight oats are nutritious and will keep you full for hours. The Greek yogurt and milk add calcium and several other vitamins and minerals.
Here are the three chocolate overnight oats variations:
Chocolate Overnight Oats Option 1: Chocolate Covered Raspberry or Strawberry
If you love pairing strawberries or raspberries with chocolate, then you must try this recipe! Here’s what you’ll need to top your oats:
- Fresh raspberries or strawberries – approximately 1/2 cup
- Melted chocolate chips – I like Lily’s No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Baking Chips, use 1-2 Tbsp.
Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats Option 2: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana “Chunky Monkey”
For this Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats recipe you’ll need these additional ingredients (along with the base chocolate oats recipe, below):
- 1/2 sliced banana
- 1 Tbsp. nut butter – I used cashew butter. Look for any good quality nut or seed butter without added sugar or oils.
- 1-2 Tbsp. Lily’s No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Chips
Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats Option 3: Almond Joy Overnight Oats
To the base chocolate overnight oats recipe (below) you’ll add the following toppings to create this delicious almond joy overnight oats:
- 2 Tbsp. sliced or slivered almonds
- 2 Tbsp. unsweetened flake coconut
- 1-2 Tbsp. melted dark chocolate baking chips like Lily’s No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Chips
If you loved this healthy overnight oats recipe, check out some of my other Overnight Oats ideas:
- Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- Blueberry Overnight Oats
- Peach Overnight Oats
- Cherry Overnight Oats
- Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Overnight Oats
- Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats
Here are some of my other popular Oatmeal Recipes:
- Blueberry Vanilla Protein Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Bars
- Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
- Chocolate Baked Oats
- Blueberry Protein Muffins
- Cherry Almond Breakfast Cookies at Real Housemoms
Here’s the recipe for my Chocolate Overnight Oats:
- 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 c. milk (dairy or plant based)
- 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
- 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. granular monk fruit sweetener (like Lakanto)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 11 g (approx. 2 Tbsp. or 1 serving) protein powder, flavored or unflavored
- In a bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk and vanilla. Add in the oats, chia seeds, cocoa powder, protein powder and salt. Whisk together until smooth and well incorporated.
- Pour into a resealable container and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
- Top with your choice of optional toppings. (See Notes Section for individual topping options and the amounts for each.)
Oat will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Toppings for Raspberry Chocolate: 1/2 c. fresh raspberries, 2 Tbsp. melted sugar-free chocolate chips, like Lily's dark chocolate baking chips
Toppings for Peanut Butter Banana & Chocolate: 1/2 banana sliced, 1 Tbsp. creamy nut butter (look no sugar added), 2 Tbsp. sugar free chocolate chips, like Lily's.
Toppings for Almond Joy: 2 tbsp. unsweetened flake coconut, 2 tbsp. sliced or slivered almonds, 1 Tbsp. sugar free chocolate chips (melted or unmelted).