Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Oats
It feels like Iâ€™ve been eating these chocolate peanut butter protein oats for as long as I can remember.
In reality, theyâ€™ve only been my breakfast go-to for about a year and a half. But, if you ask me, thatâ€™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? Itâ€™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. Itâ€™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, Iâ€™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? Youâ€™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. Theyâ€™re the perfect post workout fuel thanks to their balanced quantity of protein and carbohydrate. See no.1 for deets.
3. Erm, theyâ€™re delicious?? Who doesnâ€™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: theyâ€™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, hereâ€™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 canâ€™t help but feel that hob made oats are superior in every way. Theyâ€™re far less messy (read: highly reduced risk of oat explosions), theyâ€™re super creamy, and the sound of the oats happily bubbling away on the hob feels so lovely and meditative.
Also, using a microwave doesnâ€™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. Itâ€™s practically the breakfast equivalent of a roast dinner.
Ok, so now that weâ€™re clear on why hobs are queen, onto note two.
Itâ€™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 donâ€™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 shouldnâ€™t affect the temperature enough that youâ€™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.
Iâ€™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 didnâ€™t require it. Just see what works for you.
Alrighty, thatâ€™s everything! Hereâ€™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.
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