I've gotten into a breakfast rut. In a major way. And I'm hoping this overnight quinoa in my savior.
You see for the last two weeks – okay that's a like it's been like four – I've been eating a chocolate smoothie bowl. Every. single. day. If you read about my workout routine, then you know I workout in the morning, and I've really enjoyed my smoothie bowls because a) they're easy and b) I usually add a 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 really don't think that you should be eating the same thing every day.
So that's where this chocolate overnight quinoa comes in.
It's satisfies my need for speed since it only takes like 5 minutes to make (actually it's zero time in the morning because you just pull it out of the fridge). It also satisfies my love for all things chocolate. And finally, it's a great post-workout meal because it's high in protein and complex carbohydrates.
Oh and since I snuck in some chocolate green powder, it also satisfies my need for greens.
Check, check, check AND check!
This recipe is actually insanely simple. Which is exactly what we want when it comes to breakfast, right?
The base is just like my other overnight quinoa recipes: quinoa flakes + cooked quinoa, chia seeds, almond milk and maple syrup. But this time I added in some raw cacao powder and a few extra powders in there to amp up the protein and greens (which are both totally optional). Once mixed, you just let it sit overnight and wake up to a bowl/jar of chocolatey goodness.
Of course, toppings are totally up to you, but being that v-day is right around the corner AND chocolate + raspberry is a delicious combo, I topped my bowl with some freeze dried raspberries (fresh or frozen would also work), cacao nibs and of course some nut butter.
Because from what I've seen (and tasted) overnight oats/quinoa are always better with a nice drizzle of nut butter.
Okay so enough blabbing from me…it's time to eat some breakfast.
Have you ever tried overnight quinoa or oats before? What is your favorite combination? Chocolate is right up there for me!
- 1/3 cup quinoa flakes
- 1/3 cup cooked quinoa
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder*
- 1 tablespoon chocolate protein powder (optional)
- 1 tablespoon chocolate green powder (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 cup raspberries (freeze dried, frozen or fresh) to garnish
- Cacao nibs to garnish
- Almond butter or other nut butter of choice to garnish
- 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!
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 687kcal Calories from fat 222|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 25g||38%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||45%|
|Dietary Fiber 16g||64%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
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