Blueberry Protein Overnight Oats is full of plant-based protein, and it makes for a heart-healthy and filling breakfast or even dessert!
I have to say, even though I share a lot of easy breakfast recipes here at The Soulful Spoon, but I have to say this is definitely one of my favorites.
Because this oatmeal sits overnight in the fridge to set, there’s no cooking involved. It tastes like a chocolate blueberry bowl of goodness thanks to the use of wild blueberries, chocolate plant-based protein powder, and extra-thick and hearty old-fashioned oatmeal!
You can use your favorite non-dairy milk to make this recipe your own. I personally love unsweetened vanilla almond milk in this recipe, but any non-dairy milk would also be lovely.
I know oatmeal sounds boring, but I’m telling you, you have to try this one! I love it so much that I even eat make a day ahead and enjoy it for dessert some nights. Yes, oatmeal for dessert–it’s really that good!
Thanks to extra-thick and hearty oats by Bob’s Red Mill which have a creamy, chewy consistency once they sit overnight, this bowl of overnight oats turns into a muffin-like bowl of goodness! And since I love blueberries (and all other berries), I’ve included them here because they pair wonderfully with chocolate which yes, is also in this recipe!
Did you know?
Blueberries are also a wonderful source of antioxidants known as anthocyanins which have been proven to improve brain function and even enhance mood. They’re also helpful for memory, focus, and keeping your heart healthy. You can use regular blueberries if you like, but I find the frozen wild blueberries are a little sweeter. There’s also some research that says wild blueberries are higher in antioxidants than regular blueberries are. Talk about maximizing your nutrition in every single bite!
For the base of this oatmeal, I actually used this chocolate pudding recipe I just shared the other day. I simply added rolled oats, Vega One Chocolate, and blueberries to the chocolate pudding recipe, then just add more liquid and stir. Let it sit overnight, and you’ve got yourself a healthy bowl of overnight oats. You could leave out the pumpkin that I used, but I find it makes the oats super creamy and fluffy! Or, right before you serve it, add in a mashed banana or some coconut yogurt for more vitamins, minerals, fiber, and sweetness. Make it your own!
You may be wondering, why should you add a protein powder to oatmeal?
Well, I enjoy using Vega One in my overnight oats in just a small amount for a few reasons. I actually don’t worry about getting enough protein on a plant-based diet. I know I do without the need for a powder. However, what I love about Vega One is the way it tastes and that it offers not just protein but also omega-3’s from flax, superfoods like acai and maqui, several servings of greens, plant-based probiotics, and a delicious flavor all from real foods.
The chocolate flavor is my favorite though the Natural and French Vanilla flavors are also delicious! Adding just a couple tablespoons really makes all the difference in the filling factor, the energy boost, and the nutrient composition.
Plus, by using just a tablespoon or two of Vega One in this recipe, a very neat thing happens: The probiotics in the Vega One actually make the oats easier to digest since they feed on the natural carbohydrates found in oats. As this mixture sits in the fridge overnight, it actually turns into a cultured form of oatmeal that’s amazing for digestion!
I have introduced so many people to the beauty of Vega One mixed with overnight oats and they love it. So let me know if you try this, I’d love to hear what you think!
- 1/3 cup extra thick rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons raw coconut flour (adds extra thickness and a cake-like flavor but is optional)
- 1-2 tablespoons plant-based chocolate protein powder - I use Vega One chocolate protein/superfood nutritional shake (vegan, sugar and gluten-free)
- 1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup wild blueberries
- 1/3 cup pure pumpkin purée (canned plain pumpkin), mashed banana and/or yogurt
- dash of cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. NuNaturals pure stevia extract powder or 2 tiny drops liquid stevia extract (or 1 tsp. of your favorite sweetener)
- 1/2 cup of water unsweetened almond milk plus just enough water to thicken
- Add all the ingredients in the order listed to a bowl except the liquid.
- Stir the ingredients very well before adding any liquid. You want to make sure the cocoa, coconut flour, Vega One, and oats are all sifted and combined very well.
- Add the liquid little by little and keep stirring as you do. Add at least 1/2 cup plus maybe a few more tablespoons. This mixture will thicken overnight as it sits, so you want to allow a little room for it to do so by using enough liquid. Just don't use too much (a cup of more) or you'll have oatmeal soup!
- Pop in the fridge to set overnight (or during the day at least 8 hours if you want to have it for dessert).
- Come back, add more blueberries or other options like goji berries, sliced banana, mulberries, extra cinnamon, or more non-dairy milk.
- Feel free to add chia seeds, hemp seeds, and/or flax seeds if you don't use any Vega One which are full of plant-based protein, fiber, and antioxidants!
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Have you ever made overnight oats with pumpkin or protein powder?