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Many people tend to overindulge during the holiday season, but these delicious Gingerbread Chocolate Overnight Oats are an easy way to stack on track with your healthy habits!
Most of you know how much I love my overnights (ok, I am borderline obsessed with them) so I decided to create a festive one to eat during the holidays. Maybe these will help satisfy our cravings for actual gingerbread?
Or…we could have these overnight oats AND a small piece of gingerbread. That’s a good compromise, right?
One thing I have learned through the years is that all protein powders are not created equally. I always tell my clients that many of the protein powders in the grocery store are packed with unnecessary fillers, preservatives, sugars and artificial sweeteners.
Pure protein powders are very hard to find, until now! ALOHA is made with whole foods naturally rich in nutrients and contains 18 grams of plant-based protein. I love that this doesn’t contain whey protein for those with milk allergies.
ALOHA has a complete amino acid profile, no added chemical amino acids, vitamins, or minerals and no “natural” or artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, or fillers. It’s also vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO and dairy-free.
Now THAT’S what I am looking for in a high-quality protein powder!
I love making overnight oats on Sundays (my prep day) and I usually make at least 4 or 5 at a time. This way when I need a healthy breakfast or lunch, I am all ready to go! No excuses.
Especially around the holidays when I tend to eat more carbohydrates than usual.
And basically meal prep typically goes out the window around the holidays because I just don’t have the time. The good thing about these Make Ahead Overnight Oats is that they are so simple to prepare, you can make 4 or 5 of them EVEN DURING THE HOLIDAYS.
And this way I’m not eating a cookie or something else for breakfast.
Come on, no judgement! It’s the holidays, right?
I typically work out less and don’t drink enough water around the holidays too. It’s a vicious cycle. You don’t have enough time for anything and yet you are more exhausted than ever. It seems unfair, doesn’t it?
And because we tend to be more stressed around the holidays, we should make more of an effort to exercise more, right? To reduce stress!
I used the chocolate for these amazing overnight oats and the vanilla for post-workout smoothies. I love them both! They aren’t too sweet and have a smooth consistency.
I am always trying to add protein to my breakfast. Remember, protein help keeps you full.
Also remember, eating breakfast in the mornings doesn’t have to be hard. These are so convenient you can even eat them in your car! Personally, I think they taste best eating them in a quiet kitchen with a big cup of green tea. But that’s just my opinion.
I also like to mix up flavors of my overnight oats so I don’t get bored. Different protein powders, fruits, nut butters, nuts, seeds…you name it. Overnight oats are so versatile. And delicious. And healthy. And the possibilities are endless. I love that.
But so far, this chocolate and gingerbread combination is my favorite! Yes, even more so than chocolate and peanut butter! (GASP!) And I can’t believe I just said that out loud. You guys know how much I love anything chocolate and peanut butter!
Ok, I might change my mind AFTER the holidays, but until then, this is my number one.
Don’t you just love seasonal foods?
What are your thoughts on cacao nibs? I feel like they are like cilantro. People either love them or hate them. I am #TeamCacaoNibs ALL THE WAY.
Cacao nibs are made from crushed cacao beans. They are crunchy, loaded with flavor, and packed with powerful nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber. What’s not to love?
They aren’t as sweet as chocolate chips (there is no added sugar) but there provide a bitter crunch that is delicious!
Most of you know I am a huge texture person, so I love to add an additional crunch to my overnight oats. Cacao nibs, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, chia seeds and help seeds all offer a little crunch. You can add them during meal prep or add them right before you eat them (like me!) This way, they still retain their crunch and won’t get soggy.
Circling back to my texture issues, in case you are wondering, the soft texture of these overnight oats don’t bother me AT ALL. As a matter of fact, I love how creamy and smooth they are!
Some people have mentioned they can’t get into the “cold” oatmeal AKA overnight oats. I always tell them to make these ahead of time and just quickly heat them up before you eat them if you’d like.
There are NO rules for overnight oats. GO FOR WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.
Tell me, what are your favorite ways of staying healthy during the holidays? Do you tend to exercise less because you are too busy, or do you try to work out more because you may be eating and drinking more?
Also, I would love to hear some recipes that you prepare on your meal prep days! I am always looking for new ideas and tips. And recipes!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you love these as much as I do!
Gingerbread Chocolate Overnight Oats
- 2 cups oats
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons 100% pure maple syrup
- 2 packets or scoops of ALOHA Chocolate protein powder
- Cacao nibs for topping
Place all of the ingredients except for cacao nibs in a small bowl or jar.
Stir well and cover.
Place in the refrigerator overnight.
Top with cacao nibs.
Eat and enjoy!