Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats (Vegan!)

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Thick and creamy chocolate protein overnight oats that taste like dessert! Prep the night before and wake up to a breakfast PACKED with chocolate flavor.

chocolate protein overnight oats

My go-to breakfast 9 times out of 10 is always overnight oats

I love how filling and satisfying it is, and how you can flavor it a million and one ways. 

As someone who weight trains regularly, I try to ensure I eat protein with every meal. Breakfast, being my first meal, is the easiest way to pack in over 30 grams of protein in ONE serving. 

Is oatmeal high in protein?

You’ve probably heard nutritionists and dieticians saying that oatmeal has protein in it, which is correct.

Per 1/2 cup serving, you’d usually find at least 4 grams of protein

Calling oatmeal a food that is high in protein, would be a bit of an overstatement. However, you can easily amp up a serving of oatmeal WITHOUT adding any extra oats but get a protein boost in several different ways.

How do you add protein to oatmeal

There are several ways to add protein to oatmeal. I will cover the 3 most popular ways, and which one I swear by.

Protein Powder

The easiest way to add protein to oatmeal is with protein powder. 

I have been adding protein powder to my overnight oats for years now. So much so, I have tried so many flavors. Not only that, but I’ve tried out a bunch of blends (brown rice, casein, whey, and more) and know which ones work and which ones should be avoided.

On average, adding a serving of protein powder will provide a 26-gram addition of protein. 

High Protein Yogurt

A few years back, it would be a hard task to find high-protein vegan and dairy-free yogurt. 

Not anymore. Brands like YoPro and Chobani and now creating high-protein yogurts that are completely plant-based. 

A typical serving of high-protein yogurt (170 grams/6 ounces) will provide 17 grams of additional protein. 

Cottage Cheese 

Okay, this is for my non-vegan friends, and I’m only mentioning it because I know not everyone here follows a plant-based diet.

Cottage cheese has similar macronutrients to high-protein yogurt, clocking in around 17-20 grams of protein per 100 gram/4-ounce serving. 

This too can be added to oatmeal to amp up the protein. 

How to make simple protein overnight oats

The Ingredients

  • Rolled Oats– I used gluten-free rolled oats, to keep this gluten-free. 
  • Protein of choice– Either one serving of protein powder, protein yogurt or if not strictly vegan, cottage cheese.
  • Sweetener of choice– Optional, but if your protein powder or yogurt is unsweetened, I’d recommend adding either granulated or liquid sweetener of choice (e.g. brown sugar, granulated stevia, liquid stevia, maple syrup, etc).
  • Cocoa Powder– to give a rich, chocolate flavor! Be sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Milk or water– I recommend using non-dairy milk, like almond milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk. This provides an even creamier texture. However, if your protein powder or protein yogurt is sweetened, using water will be fine. 

The Instructions

In a mason jar, bowl, or portable container, add your oats, protein of choice, sweetener, cocoa powder, and mix well. Then, add enough water or milk to cover everything. Give the mixture a stir until mixed together. If the oats are too thick, add an extra 1/4 cup of milk/water.

Then, place the protein oats in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight. 

The next morning, remove and give the oats a stir- It should be incredibly thick. Add more milk/water, until your desired texture is achieved. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy. 

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Best Protein Powder for Oatmeal

As mentioned earlier, I have tried pretty much every blend of protein powder, and every flavor ever created. I can give you the tried and tested flavors and blends to create the perfect bowl of protein oatmeal.

There are 3 main kinds of protein powder. I stick to two main kinds- Casein protein powder and brown rice protein powder.

Each of these 2 protein powders provides a very different texture to the oatmeal.

  • Casein protein powder– Unfortunately, casein protein powders are generally not vegan. However, this protein provides the thickest texture. If you add casein protein, you will need to add an extra 1/2-1 cup of liquid, to compensate for it.
  • Brown rice protein powder– Vegan and gluten-free protein powder. It’s thick and mixes well, and can come in a variety of flavors. Be wary though, some brands can have an ‘earthy’ texture, meaning it can have a quite distinct taste. Stick to vanilla, chocolate, or plain varieties. 

Can you put whey protein in oatmeal? 

Whey protein powder is the one blend of protein powder I never recommend for adding into oatmeal, as it actually makes the oats more liquid-like. 

If you use a blended protein powder, one that has whey protein but is mixed with either casein or brown rice protein, then using that will be fine. 

Whey protein is great to add to smoothies

Can I eat protein oatmeal warm?

If you’d prefer to enjoy protein oats warm, you can easily do that either in the microwave or stovetop.

Microwave method

Prepare your serving of oats as you usually would. Once all the liquid has been absorbed, remove from the microwave. 

Add the protein powder, protein yogurt, or cottage cheese. Using a fork, whisk together very well, until fully combined. If the oats are too thick, add extra milk or water, until you achieve your desired texture. 

Stovetop method

Prepare your oats over the stovetop. Once the liquid is mostly absorbed, reduce the heat. Moving quickly, add the protein of choice (powder, yogurt, or cottage cheese) and whisk very well, until combined. If desired, add more milk or water for a smoother texture.

What to add to protein oats 

  • Fruit– Fresh or frozen fruit are fantastic healthy toppings for protein oats. They also provide natural sweetness, fiber and vitamins, and minerals. I love putting frozen berries in my oats the night before, as it thaws out beautifully when it is time to eat! 
  • Nuts and seeds– Chopped almonds, walnuts, or any of your favorite nuts! Seeds are also great, like pepitas and pumpkin seeds. 
  • Nut or seed butter– I always add a few tablespoons of peanut butter- it makes protein oats taste amazing. When I have homemade almond butter or homemade Nutella on hand, I add those too.
  • Trail mix- Chocolate chips, chopped dark chocolate, and coconut flakes are some of my favorites. If I’m being fancy, I love topping it with granola, for some crunch. 

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chocolate protein overnight oats

Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats

Chocolate for breakfast is perfectly acceptable with this bowl of oatmeal which tastes like dessert! Chock full of protein (with or without protein powder!) gluten free and vegan- It's thick, creamy and can be enjoyed overnight oats style or warm!
5 from 10 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Arman



  • In a bowl, mason jar, or portable container, add your oats, sweetener, cocoa powder and protein of choice, and mix well. Add water or milk. Mix again, until fully combined.
  • Place the protein oats in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Remove from the oats from the fridge and mix once more. If desired, add more milk/water, to desired texture. Add toppings and enjoy.


* Protein of choice is- 1 scoop of protein powder (32-34 grams/1/3 cup), 1/2 cup vegan protein yogurt, or 1/2 cup cottage cheese. 
Nutritional information is based on 1 serving of protein powder. 
To enjoy warm- Prepare the oats with just water/milk first, until liquid absorbed. Add your cocoa powder, sweetener, and protein of choice, and mix well. Add toppings and enjoy immediately. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 541mg | Fiber: 12g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 238mg | Iron: 3mg | NET CARBS: 17g
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44 thoughts on “Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats (Vegan!)

  1. Arman, I am with you on the eggs. They are so easy to make and have infinite possibilities. I always feel a tad guilty because I sometimes hear the old school propaganda in my head about egg yolk and cholesterol. Then I snap out of it! I get pretty worked up when stressed out too. My brain gets stuck on a loop. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ohh the damn egg yolk and cholesterol debate…something I ‘blissfully’ ignore… or try to! I can’t help it- they are so versatile! Our brains must be on the same wavelength!

  2. I love Lost in Translation too. When I lived in Hong Kong I watched that movie a million times because I could relate to it so well given the situation I was in where I was the only white female for literally miles around.

    I need to try out your cocoa oats they sound delicious.

    I’d love to visit New York one day but Melbourne will always be home to me. I could work overseas for a year but I’d always come back home for sure….especially since no one has brunch like we have here!

    Happy Sunday and I hope statistics study isn’t getting you down.

    1. YES! When I was travelling europe and stuck in a mind F!$k for quite some time- I watched it over and over for that very same reason (minus the white female bit ;). I can imagine how tough that would have been in Hong Kong- the hustle and bustle would have been so similar to Tokyo!

      In NYC- Brunch was an excuse to have alcohol on Sundays…I swear everywhere instead of advertising eggs and omelettes would advertise bloody marys!

  3. Well I love this twist and I especially like the idea that Toronto is top 3 on your city list. However… London is my favorite city so let’s just move there together, get this wedding registry up and running, and play with our Vitamix. Mmmmkay?

    1. Pretty sure the Vitamix is mine and the kitchen aid is yours 😉

      Done. Or we can just pub crawl..sorry city crawl around the globe!

  4. Loving the twist. Naming Oprah as your island companion makes you my new hero 😛
    There is a an awesome video on youtube that is nothing more than a compilation of her shouting celebrity names. I watch it when I’ve had a bad day lol

    I love that your overnight oats are cooked – but I can’t say I’d be able to control myself from not eating them when they are finished 😛

    1. Haha, ONLY if she brings her entourage…otherwise she is useless to me. Or maybe she could be a protein option 😛

      LOL..I actually have to make them while making dinner or I’d do the same. Try it this way- so good!

  5. I used to handle stressful situations similarly…it’s been a work in progress over the course of my 20s, and I feel like I’m finally getting a grip on things. It’s not easy changing innate details of your personality, and definitely takes time and patience (and introspection).
    On another note, Op is looking pretty good there. She must have been growing it out since last Movember!?

    1. That is so great to hear Kelly- It really is a work in progress and I’m slowly able to go up a number… argh! I reckon Oprah’s a better catch now that she sports the tash!

  6. I’m slightly miffed by the fact that you chose Oprah over me as your island companion, but your reasoning behind it is good, so I guess I can forgive you. I can’t say I’m with you on her stash, though — I prefer her clean shaven 😛

    And you better believe I have a specific oat method! I don’t even like anyone else to cook my breakfasts for me because they can never get the oats just right. Yup… I’m someone who would prefer to drag my butt out of bed to cook breakfast than to be served breakfast in bed. Priorities 😉

    1. If I brought you, you would chuck the eggs at me over not picking a computer as my electronic choice (with a cheeky WoW game hidden inside… ;))

      I like your priorities- I would rather do that too! My sister offered to make me oatmeal with egg whites once. She microwaved a packet of instant oats and gave me an omelette on the side. Fail. Whale.

  7. Hhaaah it’s your blog you do WHAT YOU WANT. Das right. Anywhoooo, I use Iron Man as a natural sleeping pill. That’s probably weird but I really just can’t get into that movie.

    1. Actually, add that genre of movies to my sleeping pill list too. Actually, my sleeping pills are probably crowd favourites…Titanic. The notebook. The list goes on…

  8. I’m inclined to agree with your sister. Lost in Translation left me lost.

    I loved this bit though: “Whenever I’m stressed I don’t handle it particularly well. I get angry at everyone around me and I whip my hair back n forth worse than Willow Smith.” If I had any hair, I might do the same. Ha. When I get stressed, I get grumpy and moody and all freaked out. Ya know what calms me down…exercise and making a list because I love them.

    1. Haha, I KNEW a list would somehow make it all better- I like writing lists but leave it at that- I never seem to follow through with it!

      1. It’s all good. It’s really the simple act of calming, and actually my lists are really guidelines. Or big run on lists which I know will last for days. Gotta be realistic with your expectations right. Otherwise you just set yourself up for failure.

  9. I love the twist! So good to learn more about you, Arman! Bravo to Jessie for turning the tables on ya! 😉

    I usually keep my oats pretty simple…just oats and water in the microwave…but recently, I’ve been playing around with a new recipe using eggs. If I get everything together, I MIGHT just be able to post it this week! I’m with you, love adding them to my oats for more of a richer flavor and I’m starting to realize that cooking them in almond milk versus water makes a HUGE difference (one thing I’ve learned since giving up my calorie counting days). 😀

    Sleeping pill movie: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon…I rarely ever fall asleep during movies, but this one has knocked me out BOTH times I tried to watch it! Lol

    1. Thanks Heather 🙂 I love that I accidentally cracked the full egg in when I made it like that- never going back to just whites… okay sometimes but still.

      Crouching tiger hidden dragon…talk about false advertising in the name. They should rename it Melatonin.

  10. You crack me up!! Are you like this in person or does your wit just come out when you’re writing? I love New York and have lived there for 2 separate summer internships, but at the end of 3 months I was kind of ready to get out … it’s SO amazing to be there, but if you don’t escape every once in a while it’s overwhelming, at least for me!

    1. In high school my friends thought I was one of the most random people- saying something serious then going into something completely out of nowhere…Aussie Charm? :p Ohh I did an Internship there over your ‘Summer’ period and must admit it was quite tiring..but I still loved it. Then again, I was coming home to a 360 kind of city so maybe thats why. PS I’ve finished exams now which means I am keen to read your Aussie travel recaps! Do you mind linking me up to them again?

      1. Of course! I do think Sydney is a ton different than NYC because Sydney is SO green. Of course, NYC has Central Park, which is comletely amazing, but you can really walk around the bottom half of the city for days without seeing an inch of green. I’ll let you decide for yourself which you like – they’re both amazing! Here’s the old blog: … remember to filter on the right side for “Australia”!

        1. So true- Besides central park I found it hard to find greenery…except the whole foods salad bar. Thanks for the link- I’m excited to read it!

  11. I’m so with you on loving New York City and loving a hustle and bustle type city! I would love to live there or San Francisco.
    My sleeping pill movie last night was The Zodiac… beginning was good, but fell asleep at the end. I’ve still never seen Lost in Translation.

    1. OHHH i forgot about San Fran! I LOVE San Fran! A walk up one of their streets is a workout 😉

      Haha, seeing as I have a great track record with recommending things to you, maybe give it a miss …:P

  12. I am a simple person – I get lost on books & movies.. I don’t look for the message! 🙂

    I am simple elsewhere in cooking too – I like easy! 🙂

    1. And thats the best way to go about things! Who needs to overcomplicate things when you can be perfectly satisfied with the basics!

  13. I am with your sis Arman – Lost In Translation could very easily be my sleeping pill too!
    I so enjoyed visiting NYC too, my sis used to live there and my cousin lives there now – but if I lived there I would be so broke after paying rent!

    Love your reasoning behind the chicken/eggs! Your smarts will have you A-cing your statistics class dude! Oprah with ‘stash should change her name to Orman!

    Oats for me usually involves almond milk, salt, cinnamon and chocolate chips and peanut butter tossed in towards the end to melt – ahhh – this is my bowl of comfort – sometimes I have eaten this for dessert instead of fro yo!
    Hope your weekend was lovely – Jessie had a wonderful idea – was great to get to know you a little more 🙂

    1. LOl. No melatonin for either of you guys then! Ohhhhhh that is probably why I’d NEVER ever be able to live there..that and the green card factor. Donald trump, just adopt me already.

      LOL. Orman. Can you imagine that as the talk show? LOOK UNDER YOUR CHAAAAAIR. a NEWWWWWWW car.

      I’ve always had this thing with oats- either cinnamon OR cocoa…I don’t know why! They are both amazing! Hope your Monday is off to a great start 🙂

  14. How dare you deface oprah like that!

    I forgive you because you want to live in my two fav cities in the world! If you included San Fran in that list then we could move there together and live happily ever after…k?

    1. I DID NOT DEFACE HER. Is it wrong that she grows hair there?

      San Fran is definitely up there- I LOVE it there- we can walk up a hill and call it our HIIT workout for the day! sounds grand, Davida’s Delights can fund it.

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