What if I told you that in just a few minutes this evening you could prep a nutritious-and-delicious breakfast reminiscent of Reese's PB Cups that would be ready to go for the rest of the week?
Yup! That’s the beauty of these make-ahead protein oats. Honestly, there are few breakfasts as simple and satisfying. You just mix the ingredients together the night before and they soak while you sleep.
This chocolatey nut-free porridge tastes rich and decadent but happens to be absolutely packed with all the goods — vitamins & minerals, antioxidants, adaptogens, fibre, healthy fats, and protein! I used homemade sunflower seed butter here, but baru seed butter would also work well. If allergies aren’t an issue, feel free to substitute your choice of peanut or nut butter.
Crazy for Cacao
The chocolate in here is actually cacao. Cacao is the purest form of chocolate we can consume. It is free of all the unhealthy sugar and other additives found in most processed chocolate. Better still, cacao is loaded with minerals such as magnesium and iron, as well as health-promoting flavonoids. These powerful antioxidants are believed to help reduce the risk of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
And raw cacao actually makes us feel good! It has probiotic effects and has been shown to interact with the gut-brain-axis to trigger the release of natural feel-good chemicals in our bodies such as serotonin and phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA is the same neurotransmitter that is released when we fall in love!
In the Mood for Maca
Maca is a great superfood booster and its slightly earthy, butterscotch taste blends well with chocolate and coffee. 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 “Reese’s” (nut-free) Peanut Butter Proats
Ingredients for 2 servings:
2/3 cup gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
2 scoops protein powder or collagen peptides, or 1 scoop of each (see note below)
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk, nut-free milk, or kefir, plus additional as needed for desired consistency
1/2 cup canned organic coconut milk
1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (see note above)
2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tsp gelatinized maca powder (optional)
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, pure stevia, raw honey, or sweetener of choice, adjusted to taste
optional toppings: fruit, granola, cacao nibs, coconut chips, bee pollen, drizzle of Sunbutter, or toppings of choice
Combine oats, collagen/protein powder, and chia seeds in a bowl or divide evenly into single-serving mason jars. Stir well to combine.
Put both milks, sunflower seed butter, cacao, maca, and sea salt into blender container and blend on high until smooth. Sweeten to taste.
Pour chocolate "smoothie" over the oat and seed mixture and stir well to combine.
Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for a minimum of 6 hours. Before serving, stir in additional milk as needed for desired consistency.
Reese's "Peanut Butter" Proats can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve warm or cold with your choice of toppings (unless made with kefir, which should be kept cold). Enjoy!