- October 3, 2022
- Modified On: August 31, 2022
- by Amy Gorin, MS, RDN
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Chocolate Strawberry Protein Overnight Oats
Want an easy, healthy breakfast? Give this chocolate strawberry protein overnight oats recipe. It will power your morning!
With this easy-to-make high-protein oats, you have no excuse for not eating a healthy breakfast! The best part is this healthy protein overnight oats recipe tastes like dessert but with no added sugar.
It also boasts plenty of protein, without any protein powder.
This pistachio overnight oats recipe offers 23 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber, as well as healthy fat to help keep you fueled for those busy spring mornings!
You’ll love this protein over night oats recipe!
Eating a delicious breakfast like this one is a good reminder that it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) be work to get the foods and nutrients that keep us healthy.
Excited to try this chocolate strawberry protein overnight oats recipe? Here are the ingredients you need:
Rolled oats: Oatmeal is so good for you. Case in point: A study in The Journal of Gerontology followed 1,609 adults ages 49 and older and who were free of cancer and coronary heart disease for a decade.
Study authors found that people eating the most fiber (including oatmeal) were significantly more likely to age “successfully.”
This means that they were more likely to reach older age without disease (such as cancer or heart disease), disability, cognitive impairment, respiratory issues, or depression.
One theory is that foods that tend to be rich in fiber also tend to be high in other nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, that are linked to better aging.
Interestingly, fiber from vegetables didn’t seem to correlate with aging better; researchers aren’t sure why fiber from vegetables isn’t included in the association between fiber and aging.
Unsweetened cocoa powder: The unsweetened cocoa powder sweetens without added sugar. So you won’t find any brown sugar or other added sugars in this oatmeal recipe!
Frozen strawberries: When making a protein oats recipe, I suggest using either frozen or fresh fruit. I used frozen strawberries in this recipe, and chopped apple would also work great.
The frozen strawberries create a delicious juice while they thaw overnight.
Greek yogurt and milk: You’ll want to include ingredients in protein overnight oats so that you get that creamy mouth feel. I used Greek yogurt and dairy milk here, but coconut milk or another non-dairy milk would also work well.
Pistachios: You also want to include a healthy fat to help keep you fuller for longer. In this recipe, that’s the pistachios, but nut butter would also work. The crushed pistachio also offers a satisfying crunch.
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Making this protein overnight oats recipe is so easy!
I don’t know about you, but I feel a lot less stressed when I have a healthy breakfast ready for me in the morning. These overnight oats are a great recipe for placing in the refrigerator overnight so that it’s ready for your busy a.m.
To make these protein overnight oats, combine oats with milk, ¼ cup and 2 Tablespoons yogurt, vanilla, and cocoa powder in a mason jar.
Mix, then top with frozen strawberries and remaining yogurt.
Cover jar with a lid, and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
Top with pistachios.
This depends on what the oats are made with. If they contain ample sources of protein, such as Greek yogurt, milk, or nuts, they will be! These protein overnight oats contain 21 grams of protein, an excellent amount.
If you’d like to do this, I’d suggest varying up the recipe that you’re eating. For instance, one day you can have these chocolate strawberry protein overnight oats, and the next day you can try mango overnight oats.
You have so many options! If you’re mixing the protein into your oatmeal, great options include Greek yogurt, oat-milk yogurt, milk, almond milk, and nuts.
If you’re eating the protein alongside your oats, salmon bacon is a great choice.
More healthy oatmeal recipes
If you enjoy these protein overnight oats, you’ll also enjoy:
- Easy Mango Oatmeal
- Microwave Cherry Oatmeal with Almonds
- Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls
- Gluten-Free Power Balls
- A study in The Journal of Gerontology
Chocolate Strawberry Protein Overnight Oats
- ½ cup rolled oats gluten free, if needed
- ¼ cup low-fat milk or vegan alternative, if needed
- ½ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt, divided or vegan alternative, if needed
- ½ tsp vanilla extract (I like Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract)
- 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
- ½ cup frozen strawberries, sliced
- 2 tbsp pistachios, chopped
- In a mason jar, combine oats with milk, ¼ cup and 2 Tablespoons yogurt, vanilla, and cocoa powder.
- Mix, then top with frozen strawberries and remaining yogurt.
- Cover jar with a lid, and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
- Top with pistachios.
How are you enjoying these healthy protein overnight oats?
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