A creamy and indulgent high-protein overnight oats recipe made in a jar to make for an easy, healthy breakfast or on-the-go high-protein snack! Swirled with almond hazelnut butter and chocolate chips these cookie dough oats make for a delicious, satisfying breakfast or post-workout meal.
Mornings can be a mess with kids. Everyone is rushing as you try to gather lunches, homework, and clothes to rush out the door on time.
Cooking a healthy breakfast just doesn’t end up high on the list.
Thank god for grab-and-go breakfast options! And these cookie dough overnight oats fits exactly that.
Why You’ll LOVE Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
- 15g of protein per serving to keep you full (as a Certified Nutrition Coach this is super important to me!)
- Only 230 calories per serving
- These protein-packed cookie dough overnight oats works for breakfast, as a high-protein snack or even a post-workout meal
- It tastes like dessert
- Oats are more digestible after being soaked. So, this recipe is great for your tummy
- Kiddos love it also
- Make the overnight oats recipe the night before and grab it while you walk out the door (or toss it to the kids to eat in the van on the way to school!)
Ingredients You Need
These cookie dough overnight oats are made with a base of vegan protein powder, gluten-free oats, and chia seeds to absorb all the liquid.
All of these are essential gluten-free pantry staples.
Vegan protein powder: The kind of protein you use will make a significant difference to the protein oats (scroll down to learn more).
Almond hazelnut butter: any nut-based butter will work for the protein overnight oats but almond hazelnut leaves them so much more indulgent. Make sure to use fresh almond butter though so that it blends better.
Regular oats: you'll want regular oats and not quick oats. Likewise, make sure to double-check that they're gluten-free!
Chia seeds: this helps thicken the protein overnight oats so that they can turn into a creamy blend of awesome.
Non-dairy milk: almond milk is the most common choice for overnight oats. I used homemade hemp milk for the recipe but almond milk works just fine.
These cookie dough overnight oats are mostly sweetened from your protein powder and chocolate chips. However, this means that the protein you choose matters! If you like a sweeter taste, add in some maple syrup for flavor.
How To Make Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
Making the recipe is as easy as pouring, mixing, and letting it sit! This is why it’s perfect to whip up as a fast breakfast or grab-and-go snack.
- Add the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix
- Pour in the wet ingredients one by one
- Mix it all together to make sure it’s coated and that the nut butter is mixed in evenly
- Stir in the chocolate chips
- Portion the overnight oats into mason jars and let sit in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of four hours
Step By Step Photos To Make It
Important Teaching Tips
The protein powder you choose will make a difference in the texture and the flavor of the protein overnight oats. Since the cookie dough overnight oats do not contain any additional sweetener, if your protein powder is not flavored nicely, the oats won’t be either (though you can add a tablespoon of maple syrup!)
Check out which brand I used for this recipe below.
Likewise, each vegan protein powder has a unique mixture of proteins. The best one for this recipe is not one that is based on pea protein. Pea protein absorbs liquid like crazy, if your protein powder is pea protein-based (like my favorite Genuine Health one) you’ll need to add more liquid (about ¼ cup extra) otherwise the oats will come out super dense and almost sticky, not creamy.
Learn more about the best vegan protein powders and how to use them.
These protein overnight oats can be made nut-free (if you need it for a school snack) by using sunbutter but you’ll want to add 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup to make up the flavor.
Switch up the flavors by swapping out nut butters and make peanut butter cookie dough if you need a change!
Don't omit the chia seeds in overnight oats as they help absorb the liquid to make them creamy.
The Best Vegan Protein Powder For Protein Overnight Oats
This recipe tastes best when made with Botanica Perfect Protein.
Botanica Perfect Protein is a unique blend of quinoa, coconut, and brown rice. This makes it dairy, gluten and soy-free, organic, vegan, vegetarian, and non-GMO.
Botanica won the Alive awards in 2017 for both Consumers' & Retailers' choice for functional foods.
It’s a great-tasting protein powder and more similar to whey in that it doesn’t absorb or fluff like many other protein powders.
Plus, the classic flavors of Botanica are delicious.
You can grab it off Amazon.
Frequently Asked Questions About Protein Overnight Oats
Any nut butter will work for cookie dough overnight oats but almond hazelnut is the most indulgent one. Some almond butters are sweetened so check the ingredients list before you purchase.
A hemp/coconut milk blend was used for the cookie dough oatmeal but almond milk works just fine.
Oats by themselves contain a good amount of plant-based protein (roughly 11 grams per 100g of oats) along with many other healthy nutrients. Adding protein powder to overnight oats, however, takes the recipe from an okay source of protein to a high protein snack or breakfast.
Yes! If making hot oatmeal you’ll want to add the protein powder to them after boiling. If making cold oatmeal (like overnight oats) you can whisk in the protein powder along with the other ingredients. Know that the type of protein powder you choose (whey, vegan, etc) will affect both the flavor and the texture of the recipe.
Overnight oats can be used to achieve almost any fitness goal depending on how they’re made. Making the protien, cookie dough overnight oats more calorie-dense is a great way to use them for bodybuilding. Likewise, scaling back the calories and carbohydrates can be a great way to use them for weight loss.
Protein requirements vary from person to person based on their personal goals. However, a good rule of thumb is to take in 1 gram of protein per pound of ideal body weight. This ratio will lend itself well to weight loss, muscle building, and health goals.
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Dairy-Free Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
- small mason jars
- In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (except chocolate chips).
- One by one add in the wet ingredients.
- Whisk until smooth and no clumps from the nut butter remain.
- Stir in the chocolate chips
- Portion into two mason jars making sure that there is even liquid in both
- Tighten the lid on the jar and let sit for four hours or overnight.
- The protein powder you choose will make a difference to the texture and the flavor. Since the protein overnight oats recipe does not contain an additional sweetener, if your protein powder is not flavored nicely, the oats won’t be either. Read the blog post to help choose the best protein powder for the recipe
- If your protein powder is pea protein based (like my favorite Genuine Health one) you’ll need to add more liquid (about ¼ cup extra) otherwise the oats will come out super dense and almost sticky, not creamy.
- To switch up the flavor, chocolate protein powder can be used in place of vanilla protein powder.
- Grab all the ingredients you need from my Pantry Staples
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data"
Enjoy this dairy-free cookie dough overnight oats recipe as part of a delicious but healthy breakfast, on-the-go snack or post-workout meal.
Overnight oats with protein powder are an easy way to sneak more protein into your diet while still enjoying something indulgent.