Chia Protein Strawberry-Vanilla Overnight Oatmeal
"Start your day off right with over half of your daily value for protein & fiber in 1 cup of fruity chia oatmeal."Serves 2 | Prep Time Over Night | Cook Time 5 minutes
Why I Love This Recipe
Eliminate excuses for skipping breakfast with this healthy, tasty oatmeal cup. Because it's "over-night" it's always ready when you need it in the morning. For only about 449 calories you get a little over half your daily value for protein AND fiber. It gives you fresh strawberry & vanilla flavor along with 13.5 grams fiber, 27 grams protein and 193 mg plant source easy-absorption calcium. You can shake it up with the mix-ins so you don't get bored. (Even use chocolate or berry protein powder to change the flavor even more) Overnight oats means there’s no more excuses for skipping breakfast, and with a flavor this customizable & fantastic, you wouldn’t want to.
Ingredients You'll Need
1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 teaspoon stevia
1 teaspoon dry chia seeds (for the jam)
1 cup quick-cook oats
2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon dry chia seeds (for the oats)
Make the no-cook chia strawberry jam first. Add the strawberries & stevia powder to your blender or food processor & blend to form a puree.
Next add 1 teaspoon of dry chia seeds to the blender & just stir it in without blending.
Pour the mixture into a pie plate, spread it around & leave it in the fridge uncovered, over night. The chia will thicken the mixture.
For the oatmeal, combine 1 cup quick-cook oats, the 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder & the chia. Stir together.
Pour the almond milk into the oat mixture and stir to combine. You can select an optional mix-in for the oatmeal here. Choose 1: a teaspoon orange zest, a teaspoon of vanilla OR a teaspoon of cinnamon. It doesn't require a mix-in, but selecting one can add a boost of flavor.
Once the oat mixture is thoroughly combined, cover the bowl & refrigerate over night.
In the morning, to make the layers you see here, add 3 spoon-fulls of oat mixture and 3 spoon-fulls of jam to your cups. Repeat the process to create pretty layers.
Optionally, you can top it with strawberry slices or sliced almonds like you see here. Letting it sit over night changes the texture of the oatmeal & softens it to a smoother consistency. The jam is actually good for you (no sugar added) so you can use as much as you want.