Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Oats
It feels like I’ve been eating these chocolate peanut butter protein oats for as long as I can remember.
In reality, they’ve only been my breakfast go-to for about a year and a half. But, if you ask me, that’s a long time to stay loyal and in love with a breakfast dish. A lot of people would have got bored. But with these chocolate peanut butter protein oats, boy have I remained loyal.
Chocolate and peanut butter is always a delightful combination – but for breakfast? It’s pretty much the ultimate act of self love to start the day (along with some exercise, a big glass of water and a steaming hot cup of coffee, of course).
Having a breakfast to look forward to is really important. It’s a lovely way to indulge in a few peaceful moments of pleasure before the countdown to the working day begins. Over the last couple of years, I’ve really come to value this time.
A morning routine really has the power to make or break your start to the day, and these chocolate peanut butter protein oats have certainly featured pretty heavily in a fair few of my mornings thanks to their fail safe happiness boosting effects. *anecdotal evidence.
So what makes them so perfect? You’re wondering. So glad you asked. Just gimme 30 seconds to get you on board:
Reasons Why Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Oats Are Perfect
1. They feel like a SUPER indulgent, dessert-like breakfast, but in reality, their high protein, moderate carbohydrate and low-medium fat content make them a super balanced and nutritiously sound meal to start to the day. YES please.
2. They’re the perfect post workout fuel thanks to their balanced quantity of protein and carbohydrate. See no.1 for deets.
3. Erm, they’re delicious?? Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter? Answer me this.
4. QUICK AND EASY, my friends. These oats are made on the hob, which means you have time to brew yourself a delicious coffee as they cook, and drink it as you mix all the ingredients together. Two words: Kicking. Goals.
5. Do we even need a fifth reason? Ok, here it is: they’ll keep you full for hours!
So? Are you on board?? Are you making these chocolate peanut butter protein oats for breakfast this week?
If so, here’s a couple of notes on technique.
First, I really do recommend making these oats (and in fact any oats) on the hob. Although I have never used a microwave to make oats, I can’t help but feel that hob made oats are superior in every way. They’re far less messy (read: highly reduced risk of oat explosions), they’re super creamy, and the sound of the oats happily bubbling away on the hob feels so lovely and meditative.
Also, using a microwave doesn’t really count as cooking, does it? If you use a hob, you can tell people you actually cooked breakfast. On a weekday. I mean, everyone will be so impressed. It’s practically the breakfast equivalent of a roast dinner.
Ok, so now that we’re clear on why hobs are queen, onto note two.
It’s super important to add the protein powder into the oats after they have finished cooking – not before. Heating the protein powder with the oats will likely denature the protein, which means yucky, lumpy, curdled oats. Not cute. Just… trust me on this. You don’t wanna go there.
New to protein powders? Check out this article on the Best Vegan Protein Powders!
Lastly: depending on the protein powder that you use for these Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Oats, you may need to add a little extra water or milk after you have stirred it into the cooked oats. This shouldn’t affect the temperature enough that you’ll need to reheat it, but if it does, just pop it back onto the hob on a low heat for a minute or two.
I’m currently using the Awesome Supplements Chocolate Protein Powder for mine. It absorbs a lot of liquid, so I have to add some extra. In contrast, the MyProtein Chocolate Smooth Protein Powder that I originally used for this recipe didn’t require it. Just see what works for you.
Alrighty, that’s everything! Here’s the recipe! I hope you love it as much as I do.
- 40g oats
- 150ml oat milk
- 100ml water
- 25g protein powder
- 10g cocoa powder
- 10g milled flaxseeds
- 15g peanut butter
- 10g pumpkin and sunflower seeds
- 50g banana, sliced
- Scoop the oats into the saucepan and add in the milk and water. Place onto the hob and turn up to a medium to high heat. Leave to cook for around 5 minutes.
- Take the cooked oats off of the hob and let cool for a minute before stirring through the protein powder, cocoa powder and milled flaxseeds. Once combined, pour the mixture into a serving bowl.
- Top with sliced banana, smooth peanut butter and scattering of mixed seeds.