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February 4, 2016

by Alyssa

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Overnight Quinoa

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This high-protein Raspberry Dark Chocolate Overnight Quinoa is the perfect on-the-go breakfast for work or school. Naturally gluten-free, vegan, and full of flavor!Tired of the same boring bowl of oatmeal? Time to try overnight quinoa instead! (especially when it tastes like brownies!)

I've gotten into a breakfast rut in a significant way and I'm hoping this overnight quinoa will be my savior.

You see, for the last two weeks – okay, that's a lie, it's been like four – I've been eating a chocolate smoothie bowl—every single day. If you read about my workout routine, you know I work out in the morning, and I've enjoyed my smoothie bowls because they're easy, and I usually add vegan protein powder. After I eat them, I feel refueled and charged up.

But I believe in variety. And even though I change up what's inside my bowls, they're still pretty much the same, and I don't think that you should be eating the same thing every day.

Step aside overnight oats, there's a new make-ahead breakfast in town. OVERNIGHT QUINOA (flavored with dark chocolate + raspberries)

How to Meal Prep Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

I have been meal prepping these bowls which have made them an even easier breakfast than my usual smoothie bowl! A key step to meal prepping quinoa is letting it cool completely before you put it in the fridge. This recipe uses cooked quinoa so make a big batch and let it cool all the way before assembling your bowls. Once your bowls are ready I like to store them in individualized containers so they are ready to grab and go!


The perfect MAKE-AHEAD breakfast? Dark Chocolate Overnight Quinoa -- protein packed, naturally gluten-free + vegan!

Chocolate Breakfast Quinoa Ingredients

The base of this recipe is just like my other overnight quinoa recipes with a few extra powders, which are entirely optional, to amp up the protein and greens. You'll stir all of your ingredients together until they are very well combined, and then transfer your mixture to a mason jar or a container with a lid and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. Meal-prepped quinoa bowls satisfy my need for a quick breakfast since it is prepared to go as soon as you take it out of the fridge! Check out the recipe card below for the full recipe.

  • Cooked quinoa: the base of our breakfast is cooked quinoa. I like to do white quinoa because it's nice and fluffy! But you could also use millet, buckwheat, or another grain if you wanted.
  • Quinoa flakes: I like adding quinoa flakes for the texture and extra protein, but if you don't have any on hand, you could substitute with rolled oats or more cooked quinoa.
  • Chia seeds: the “thickening” agent, but also ads a ton of protein, fiber, and good fats.
  • Almond milk: the liquid that I like to use, but use whatever milk you have on hand. It could be cashew, oat, rice, or even regular cow's milk.
  • Maple syrup: always my sweetener of choice, but you could swap it with something else like honey, agave, coconut sugar, etc.
  • Chocolate protein powder: feel free to use any type of chocolate protein you'd like – I go for plant-based, but whatever you enjoy.
  • Cacao powder: for a little decadent chocolate flavor, I like to stir in cacao powder


Chocolate for breakfast? You betcha! Especially when it comes in the form of OVERNIGHT QUINOA -- protein packed, easy to make AND vegan too!

More Overnight Quinoa Breakfast Recipes to try:

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Overnight Quinoa

This recipe is actually insanely simple. Which is exactly what we want when it comes to breakfast, right?
Prep Time 5 minutes
Rest 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 388kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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Tired of the same boring bowl of oatmeal? Time to try overnight quinoa instead! (especially when it tastes like brownies!)
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  • Add all ingredients to a large mason jar or sealed container. Stir until fully incorporated and everything looks nice and chocolate.
  • Tighten the lid and place in the refrigerator to sit overnight (or for at least 60 minutes).
  • Remove and transfer to bowl(s) and garnish with chopped almonds. Enjoy!


Add 1 tablespoon extra cacao powder if not using other powders (taste and add a touch more maple syrup for sweetness if needed)


Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 280mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 420mg | Iron: 3.1mg


Getting bored of overnight oats? Time to try OVERNIGHT QUINOA! Higher protein, faster to make and every bit as delicious (especially when chocolate is involved) -- gluten-free + vegan


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    • Quinoa flakes are essentially the oatmeal version of quinoa 😉 You can find them online OR you can find them at natural grocery stores usually in the cereal aisle. They’re often called “quinoa hot cereal”! Let me know!

  4. My favorite overnight breakfast is half cooked quinoa and half uncooked old-fashioned oats. I add 1/4 cup almond milk and 1/3 cup yogurt plus chia, flax, dried lemon or orange peel, vanilla, lots of cinnamon, raisins, walnuts, and frozen raspberries after stirring.


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