This past weekend I made overnight oats for the eighth time and seeing as I make it in batches of four that is over 30 mornings of this delicious protein packed breakfast. When I started on my fitness journey I was super concerned about the number of calories I was eating and only a few months in did I realize the importance of hitting your macros – the correct number of carbs, fat, and protein everyday.
For the past few months one of the most difficult items I have found is getting more than 100 grams per day of protein. It is very, very difficult. And yes, I do realize for many people this is too much but I work out every day and working closely with my nutritionist, we determined I need it. To help me with that goal I now start every morning with a delicious serving of my brownie batter overnight protein oatmeal:
When I realized, thanks to My Fitness Pal, just how much protein I was missing out on I started trying out different types of protein powder – first the Fairway brand from the grocery store, then a small container from GNC, and finally I landed on the holy grail Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard in Double Rich Chocolate. It is the #1 Best Seller in all of Sports nutrition on Amazon and has more than 8,000 five star reviews.
As soon as I purchased five pound tub boasting more than 75 servings I looked for a way I could start my morning off with a big kick and came across a recipe from Dashing Dish for a delicous sounding Brownie Batter Overnight Protein Oatmeal. After a few trials I have adapted Katie’s receive to better suit my needs and this is how I make it:
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup plain non fat Greek yogurt
- 4 scoops of chocolate protein powder
- 1/3 cup sweetener (you can use any sweetener that measures like sugar)
- 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Slowly stir in the almond milk.
- Mix well and let stand for 15 minutes.
- Divide mixture into four cups, wrap tightly, and allow to sit overnight.
One delicious serving of my brownie batter protein oatmeal, prepared as the recipe instructs and with the brands I have pictured, contains 262 calories comprised of 5.2 grams of fat, 21.8 grams of cabs, and 33.8 grams of protein, a real 1-2-3 punch to get your morning started. (And that does not include the chocolate shavings on the top, those are just for the picture 🙂 )
Have you every tried overnight protein oatmeal?