There are few breakfasts as simple and satisfying as overnight protein oats or “proats”. You simply mix the ingredients together in a matter of minutes the night before, and they soak while you sleep. In the morning, they're ready whenever you are!
This blueberry & maca version is one of my favs. It tastes great and is absolutely packed with all the goods — vitamins & minerals, antioxidants, fibre, healthy fats, protein, and adaptogens, too! What a great way to start the day!
Bring on the Blue
Blueberries are bursting with flavour and nutrition. They are packed with amazing phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fibre.
Blueberries get their deep blue hue from anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants. In fact, blueberries contain among the highest antioxidant capacities of all the commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. These natural disease-fighting agents are believed to help in the prevention of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and even cognitive impairment!
In the Mood for Maca
Maca is a great superfood booster and its slightly earthy, butterscotch taste blends well with blueberry. In addition to providing extra vitamins and minerals, maca is recognized as a herbal "adaptogen". This means it helps the body to regulate cortisol levels and deal with stress. And I used that expression for a reason! Maca may actually help to relieve anxiety while boosting mood, energy, concentration, and even libido.
Recipe for Blueberry Maca Overnight Proats
Ingredients for 2 to 3 servings:
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened almond or nut-free milk
1 cup canned organic full-fat coconut milk
2 Tbsp white chia seeds
2 Tbsp gluten-free flaxseed meal
1/4 cup vegan protein powder OR collagen peptides OR 2 Tbsp of each (optional, see note below*)
2 tsp gelatinized maca powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries
optional toppings: toasted coconut chips, warm blueberry compote (frozen berries heated up), nuts, seeds, or nut butter
I usually double this recipe and prep a big batch of these hearty oats for my family of 5. However, they can also be made in single-serving mason jars to grab-and-go.
Put all of the ingredients in a bowl or single-serving mason jar(s) and stir well to combine.
Cover and refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours.
In the morning, stir and serve chilled or heat if desired. Add toppings and enjoy!
Blueberry Maca Overnight Proats can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.