There’s never an inappropriate time of day to eat chocolate – a point which this recipe definitely proves and although I may have only tried it for myself yesterday, I knew as soon as I took my first bite that I would have to share it – lets just say if you’re looking for a breakfast that tastes like dessert, you’re in the right place.
Overnight oats are one of the quickest and most convenient breakfasts; they require minimal preparation the night before meaning that in the morning all you have to do is dig in, making it incredibly easy to provide your body with all of the nourishment that it needs to power you through the day. I would go as far to say that these are the best overnight oats that I’ve ever had – incredibly thick and creamy with a decadent taste, each mouthful is bursting with flavour whilst containing the most nourishing ingredients. It’s definitely an indulgent way to start your day but it’s packed with roughly 35g of plantbased protein and contains an array of superfoods:
- Bananas are rich in potassium, fiber and can improve digestive health
- Almond Butter contains healthy fats, protein, vitamin E and calcium
- Chia Seeds are a source of fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids
- Perform Protein contains 25g plantbased protein, 6g BCAA’s and a digestive enzyme complex
- Cacao is bursting with antioxidants, iron and magnesium
- Maca balances hormones and boosts your mood
- Lucuma is rich in beta carotene, iron and zinc
- Cinnamon stabilises blood sugar levels and boosts immunity
- Oats lower cholesterol and are a source of protein
- Almond Milk is a source of calcium
Whilst all of these ingredients have amazing benefits, the most important thing is that together they taste incredible! There’s no need for added sweeteners or refined sugar either, as it’s naturally sweetened from the protein, banana and lucuma. It may taste like dessert but with a healthy mix of protein, carbs and fat it’s sure to get your day off to the perfect start. I wish I could put into words just how delicious this is but, I guess you’ll just have to try it for yourself.
- 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 ripe banana (the riper the better!)
- tbsp almond butter
- tsp chia seeds
- 1 scoop of raw cacao perform protein*
- tbsp cacao powder
- tsp maca
- tsp lucuma
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Blend together the almond milk, protein, cacao powder, maca, lucuma, cinnamon and vanilla until smooth.
- Mash 1/2 the banana and reserve the other half for topping in the morning – I like to freeze mine.
- Stir the oats, mashed banana, almond butter and chia seeds into the chocolate milk and mix until well combined.
- Leave in the fridge to set overnight or for at least 6 hours. It will keep here for around 3 days, so you could always double the recipe and make a bigger batch!
- Remove from the fridge an hour or so before eating so that it can return to room temperature as the fridge impairs the flavour. Then finished off with your desired toppings – I went for frozen banana slices and cacao nibs but fresh berries, extra nut butter or coconut flakes would all be great too.
*I really do recommend using perform in this recipe as it adds an incredible flavour whilst also boosting the protein value (by 25g!) but if you don’t have it on hand, feel free to substitute in your favourite plantbased chocolate protein powder or a neutral tasting protein such as hemp, along with an extra 0.5 tbsp cacao powder or you could even omit the protein completely.
If you make this, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @nourishingyas x