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Tiramisu Overnight Oats (High Protein)

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Creamy, thick and full of delicious coffee flavors, this high protein tiramisu overnight oats is easy to make and a decadent tasting healthy breakfast! It’s packed with protein and fiber and will keep you full and fueled for hours!

Ingredients

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  • 48 grams / ½ cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (I used gluten-free oats, but regular wholegrain rolled oats are fine too – note 1)
  • 4 grams / 1 TSP White Chia Seeds (or black)
  • 3 grams / 1 TSP Flax Seeds (brown or golden)
  • 85 ml / 2 shots Espresso/Coffee (lukewarm or at room temperature – note 2)
  • 15ml / 1 TBLS Zero Calorie Pancake or Maple Syrup (such as Walden Farms pancake syrup, or use regular maple syrup)
  • 100 grams Fat Free Greek Style Yogurt (or use fat free Greek yogurt)
  • 20 grams Vanilla Protein Powder (note 3)
  • 2 grams / 1 TSP Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I used Dutch process – note 4)

Instructions

  1. Make the oats base: In a bowl (note 4), mason jar, meal prep dish or other sealable airtight container, combine the oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, maple syrup and espresso. Mix well to combine and smooth out the top using the back of a spoon.
  2. Make the yogurt layer: Mix together the Greek style yogurt and vanilla protein powder until thoroughly combined and the protein powder has fully broken down. Pour the mixture on top of the oats base and smooth out the top.
  3. Top with cocoa powder: Use a small fine mesh strainer to dust the top with the unsweetened cocoa powder.
  4. Refrigerate: Cover and place in the refrigerator to set for 4 hours at least or 8-10 hours/overnight for the best texture.
  5. Serve: Remove from the fridge when ready to eat and enjoy!

Equipment

Notes

  1. Oats: If using gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats, a ½ cup serving is typically 48 grams. If using wholegrain old fashioned rolled oats, a ½ cup serving is 40 grams.
  2. Espresso/Coffee. It should be at room temperature or lukewarm. You can use freshly brewed coffee or 1 to 1-1.5 teaspoons of instant coffee mixed with lukewarm water. 60-70ml of coffee is ample for this, but if you like your oats to be a little runnier and less thick use 80-90ml. I used a Ristretto coffee capsule in my Nespresso machine. I hit the espresso button twice and stopped it when there was 85ml of coffee in the measuring cup.
  3. Vanilla Protein Powder. Feel free to use a whey or plant-based vanilla protein powder. One of my favorites is Rule 1 Vanilla Crème protein powder. It boasts a whopping 25 grams of protein per 30 grams scoop and for just 110 calories. Plus, it tastes REALLY good!
  4. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. I use Dutch process unsweetened cocoa powder for a deeper and richer chocolatey flavor, but regular unsweetened cocoa powder like Hershey’s is great too.
  5. Bowl. If the bowl doesn’t have a lid, cover with a sheet of aluminum foil or cling wrap before refrigerating. 
  6. Storing and make ahead tips. These overnight oats will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge if fully assembled. Click the ‘2x’ or ‘3x’ button at the top of the recipe card to double or triple the ingredients. The oats base layer without the protein powder/yogurt and cocoa powder layer will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can mix all the oats base ingredients in one large bowl, then divide into airtight sealed containers and store in the fridge. Don’t use bowls as it needs to be airtight. I recommend adding the protein powder/yogurt layer and the cocoa powder just before eating if making ahead for more than 3 days. There is a chance the yogurt layer will separate if kept longer than 3 days in the fridge. Alternatively, you can mix all the oats base ingredients, yogurt, and protein powder in the bowl and just dust the cocoa powder on top before eating. It’s less work, ideal if prepping multiple jars ahead and will still taste delicious!
  7. Can I make this without protein powder? If leaving out the protein powder, I recommend mixing the Greek style yogurt with ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and ½ tablespoon maple syrup or other liquid sweetener. Alternatively, use a vanilla flavored yogurt. Note that the protein content will be lower and the nutritional information will vary.
  8. See ‘Variations’ section in the post above if you’d like to customize this overnight oats recipe.
  9. Recipe inspired by my friend Juliette (@fit_chef_ju). Follow her on Instagram for more healthy high protein recipes and fitness inspiration!

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