These Peanut Butter Cup Collagen Overnight Oats have become a weekly meal prep staple for me and they also seem like a snack/dessert, so it feels wrong, but oh so right. These are easy to make and even easier to eat. You’re welcome.
FYI, while I’m hoping to get you a minimum of 2 recipes per week, I’m also working on some website improvements, some new packages to offer and hoping to have the content rolling on here consistently, so please bear with me 🙂 In the meantime, enjoy this simple recipe that gets me through busy weeks.
Quick & Easy Breakfast
I hear complaints all the time that breakfast is so hard. Clients/friends/gym-goers complain that there is no time for breakfast and/or no good options. Well, I get it, but if you plan ahead and have some good fall backs, you don’t really have that excuse anymore. I think that many of us want an excuse to eat a donut or a granola bar or a bagel in the break room. Those choices are easy, quick, accessible, and appear as if they will make us happy, full, and fueled.
The truth is none of those really ever satisfy us. If anything they make us more hungry and do NOT set us up for success. I’m not expecting you to make a 4 course meal for breakfast, but what I am asking you to do is to prep ahead and stop making excuses for a lackluster (read: non-nutritious) breakfast. Breakfast (or any meal for that matter) doesn’t need to be complicated in order to be healthy. It also doesn’t need to be the tastiest meal in all the world to satisfy & fuel you, end of story.
Speaking of quick & easy, overnight oats fall into that category. They aren’t always the prettiest looking meal. Seriously, sometimes it looks like baby poo BUT at least it normally tastes good.
Overnight oats are basically a cold version of souped up oatmeal. You throw a bunch of ingredients together, mix them on up, and then store in an airtight container in the fridge OVERNIGHT. So there you have it OVERNIGHT OATS. Or cold oatmeal mixed with random things, thrown together super quick and hope that you get a congealed end product by the next day…
Many complain that oatmeal a. takes too much time, b. is flavorless, c. isn’t filling, d. if they use store bought packets, filled with too much sugar and/or e. all of the above. I’m with you, oatmeal doesn’t always excite me, however, overnight oats may help to make me a believer. Not to mention, oats have been heavily researched and are shown to help reduce risk of heart disease, stabilize blood sugar, and much more. So, I guessssss we all could try harder to get them in our diet on a regular basis, okay?!
Peanut Butter Cup
Wait, hold up, I know I called oats healthy, but also called these peanut butter cup collagen overnight oats. So, are peanut butter cups healthy? Maybe not. I know, you are really only here for the peanut butter cup part of this, aren’t you. Well the good news is that there are peanuts and chocolate in this recipe. The bad news is that there are no actual peanut butter cups in this recipe. I suppose you could use peanut butter cups as one of the toppings, but I never told you that, okay?!
I love the flavor combination of peanut butter and chocolate, so it is no surprise that I make my overnight oats this way. Sometimes I top with fruit, like cherries or berries. Other times I’ll top with nuts/seeds/chocolate. However, most of the time I eat it as is, with a spoon, right out of the jar because I hate dishes. So, while peanut butter cups may not be healthy, peanuts and chocolate are, so le’ts make this an adult peanut butter cup that satisfies our sweet tooth, fills up up AND fuels us with nutritious ingredients. #sassyapproved
One more piece to this bad boy, the main protein source, collagen. I will write a whole post on this at a later date, but collagen peptides (I use Vital Proteins) are great for skin, gut, and joint health. It is an easy protein powder to mix into almost anything and is virtually flavorless. I like to mix it into water, coffee, tea, and now my overnight oats. It’s a great way to get more protein in the day and be able to maintain the flavor profile of whatever is I am trying to make/eat.
I’d recommend trying some out, but make sure (as with any supplement) that you check in with your trusty health care professional and you start with a small dose to ensure you tolerate it. No need to overdo it on your first try. This recipe calls for 4 scoops but you can easily substitute any other protein powder in it’s place.
Pro Tip: swap in any milk alternative, and add milk slowly! Some protein powders absorb more liquids than others. You want the consistency to be a thick batter of sorts, so to ensure it’s not a thin soup, pour in milk by 1/4 cups.
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