Protein powder overnight oats are a simple breakfast that can be prepped before you go to bed, and enjoyed first thing in the morning. And the best thing is, they're gluten free, vegan and one serving contains a whopping 30 grams of protein!
When you're vegan, you're always looking for inventive ways to boost your protein intake. Hint: it's not that hard! You can add vegan protein powder to so many delicious things like my popular no-bake cookie dough or this delicious salted caramel protein shake. And, today I'm excited to introduce you to my latest morning obsession - protein powder overnight oats.
Morning is typically the busiest time of the day at our house. Everyone is getting ready to start their day, and there's just no time to prepare a healthy breakfast. That's where protein powder overnight oats come to the rescue. It takes just five minutes to put them together. Leave them in the fridge overnight, and you'll wake up to a yummy protein packed breakfast. What's not to love?
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Reasons You'll Love This Recipe
✅Protein overnight oats are, you guessed it, packed with protein! In fact, one serving has 30 grams of protein.
✅This recipe is gluten free and vegan.
✅This recipe is what I like to call a template recipe. You can swap the peanut butter and jelly for any other ingredients that you like.
✅They only take 5 minutes to prepare.
What Are Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats are oats that have been soaked in liquid overnight. The liquid is absorbed by the oats, softening them and making them ready to eat in the morning without cooking them. They're the perfect, simple make-ahead breakfast.
It's possible that overnight oats are healthier than their cooked counterparts. Soaking oats overnight causes the starches to break down, and reduces their phytic acid content. This means that they'll be much easier to digest than cooked oats.
This recipe is for peanut butter and jelly protein overnight oats, but it's possible to add any toppings you like - raspberries, strawberries, vegan yogurt, maple syrup or even chocolate chips are all delicious additions.
Is Protein Powder Vegan?
Not all protein powders are vegan. Many brands contain casein or whey, which are both milk products. Some protein powders are even made with dried and dehydrated beef powder.
However, the good news is that now many vegan protein powder brands, and they're equally as effective as non plant based brands. Typically they'll be made with soy, hemp, pea protein or rice protein. A good protein powder will also include a full amino acid profile.
You can find vegan protein powders in as many flavors as non vegan brands.
- Peanut butter: You can choose a creamy or chunky peanut butter. Either will work. I prefer peanut butter that is organic and low in added sugars.
- Jelly: This is an optional extra in case you want the full peanut butter and jelly overnight oat's treatment!! The jelly is totally optional, but recommended.
- Rolled Oats: I suggest rolled oats for this recipe. Quaker old fashioned gluten free oats are a perfect choice. If instant oats are what you have on hand, then by all means, use them...this recipe will still work! I've found that steel cut oats don't work as well. They absorb liquid slowly and the texture is not as soft.
- Almond Milk: You can use any plant based milk you have on hand. I prefer almond milk, but soy milk and oat milk work here as well.
- Protein Powder: There are a lot of great vegan brands of protein powder to choose from. I've suggested using chocolate or vanilla flavored protein powder, but you can use any flavor you like.
- Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. They swell when placed in liquid and left to set. So, not only will they firm up your oats, they'll give you a huge nutritional boost. A of people wonder if chia seeds are gluten free. Yes, they are!
How To Make This Recipe
- It's so simple to make protein powder overnight oats! All you need to do is mix the oats with the chia seeds, protein powder and plant based milk, pour them into a cup or jar, and stick them in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning you'll find that your oat mixture is soft and ready to eat. Now all you need to do is add your favorite toppings - in our case that's peanut butter, jelly and chopped bananas.
- Tuck in and enjoy a delicious and nutrient dense plant based breakfast!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, but you need to make sure that your oats are gluten free. Quaker gluten free oats are a great choice. Many people wonder if chia seeds are gluten free, and the good news is that they are! Plus, chia seeds provide gluten intolerant people with lots of nutrients they may be missing out on.
They'll stay fresh in the fridge for up to five days.
Yes, they are! This entire recipe is gluten free. Just be sure to check that your oats are gluten free.
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Protein Powder Overnight Oats
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein powder
- ½ cup almond milk * or any plant based milk
- 1 tablespoon organic peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon jam/jelly *any flavor
- ½ small banana chopped
- Add the rolled oats, chia seeds, protein powder and almond milk to a jar or cup. Put the jar in the fridge to chill overnight.
- In the morning, add the peanut butter and jam layers. Top with chopped banana (optional).
- Vegan protein powders are generally made with soy protein, rice protein, hemp protein or pea protein. They're equally effective to non-vegan protein powders.