Making coffee and breakfast are two things that take up time in the morning. So, why not prepare both at the same time with coffee overnight oats?
As a dietitian, personal trainer, and homecook, I understand just how hard it can be to find the time to make a nutritious breakfast in the morning.
That's why I'm so excited to talk about my recipe for protein coffee overnight oats - an incredibly tasty and easy way to start your day off right.
This delicious and protein-packed breakfast takes only minutes of prep time the night before. The busy mornings are made even easier since we are preparing and adding coffee to our breakfast the night before.
I love adding in collagen powder to my overnight oats, since it is such an easy and quick way to add a protein boost in the morning. The combination of protein and whole grains is a nutritious way to start the morning and leaves me feeling full and satisfied until lunch.
What makes this protein overnight oats recipe so good?!
The flavor of the coffee overnight oats is an indulgent treat that makes breakfast feel like dessert.
The organic rolled oats have been sweetened perfectly with maple syrup and flavored with espresso, making it reminiscent of tiramisu. It's creamy, luxurious texture and rich flavors will have you coming back for more.
It's made with protein-packed and wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, greek yogurt, collagen powder, and chia seeds.
Coffee Overnight Oats Ingredients
To make coffee overnight oats you'll need:
- Rolled oats. Use gluten-free oats to make this recipe gluten-free.
- Espresso or brewed coffee. Freshly brewed or leftover will work.
- Chia seeds
- Collagen powder
- Greek yogurt or non-dairy yogurt (optional)
- Maple syrup. I love the flavor of maple syrup and coffee, but any liquid sweetener of your liking will work.
How to Make Protein Coffee Overnight Oats
Combine all of the ingredients
Combine all of the ingredients for the overnight oats in a clean glass mason jar or ceramic container and leave in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Add yogurt on top
Once the oats and chia seeds have fully absorbed the liquid, spread a layer of greek yogurt on top. If you'd like, sift cacao powder on top for a chocolatey kick.
Substitutes for Coffee Overnight Oats
If you're not a fan of maple syrup, there are many options for alternate liquid sweeteners that can make the oats just as tasty. Honey is a great option for those looking for a milder sweetness, while agave nectar provides a slightly more intense sweetness. Brown sugar syrup and date syrup are other good choices for added depth of flavor.
A great substitute for espresso shots in this recipe can be ½ cup of freshly brewed coffee or cold brew. This recipe would be a great place to use any leftover coffee you might have from the morning. You could also use ½ teaspoon of espresso powder and ½ cup of water to make instant espresso.
For those that don't have access to chia seeds, flaxseed makes a great alternative. If you'd like, you can combine both chia and flax together for an even more healthy fats in the morning.
You do not need to add yogurt to this overnight oats recipe if you don't have any yogurt or don't want to. I like the added boost of protein that it gives, but it is optional.
Coffee Overnight Oats Recipe
Coffee Overnight Oats
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
- ¾ cup brewed coffee cooled to room temperature
- 1 scoop collagen powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ tablespoon honey or maple syrup optional, for sweetness
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Brew the coffee: Start by brewing ¾ cup of coffee and allowing it to cool down to room temperature.
- Combine the ingredients: In a small mixing bowl, add the rolled oats, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, collagen powder, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Mix everything together until well combined.
- Add the coffee: Pour the cooled coffee into the oat mixture. Stir thoroughly to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
- Sweeten to taste: If you prefer a sweeter taste, you can add honey or maple syrup. Adjust the sweetness according to your liking and mix it well.
- Cover and refrigerate: Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. Let it sit overnight or for at least 4-6 hours to allow the oats and chia seeds to absorb the liquid and thicken.
- Serve and enjoy: The next morning, take the bowl out of the refrigerator, give the oats a good stir, and enjoy your delicious coffee-infused overnight oats. You can top it with fresh fruits, nuts, or a drizzle of additional honey or maple syrup if desired.
Is it OK to drink coffee with oats?
Yes it is definitely OK to drink coffee with oats! In fact, they make a delicious combination together. Research has shown that the antioxidants and other bioactive compounds in coffee and oats can be beneficial for overall health and liver function (Garza-Juarez, G-Buentello, Islas, Delgado-Gallegos, 2021).
What can I use instead of protein powder in overnight oats?
Instead of protein powder in overnight oats, you can use powdered peanut butter such as PBFit, nut/seed butter, collagen powder, or greek yogurt.
Why do people add protein powder to oats?
Since oats are a neutral-tasting grain, it is easy to add protein powder or collagen to oats as a quick and easy way to get in additional protein. Adding protein powder to oats makes it more filling and helps you stay fuller for longer.
Are overnight oats eaten cold?
Overnight oats can be consumed hot or cold. I typically enjoy my overnight oats cold during the warmer months. In the winter, I prefer my overnight oats warm. To warm up overnight oats, I typically pop them up into the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Do you need to soak the oats overnight?
No, the oats do not need to soak overnight. If you're using rolled oats, 4 hours is enough time for the oats to soften. If you're using instant oats, soaking them for at least 1 hour will be sufficient.
What container can I use for overnight oats?
The best containers to use for overnight oats are glass mason jars, glass/plastic containers, ceramic bowls, or my favorite: old nut butter jars. Once you finish a jar of nut butter, don't throw the jar away! You can use it as a vessel to prepare your overnight oats in.
Why You Should Make This Recipe for Coffee Overnight Oats
This recipe for protein coffee overnight oats with collagen powder is the perfect recipe for busy working professionals, moms, or college students that want a healthy and convenient breakfast. The combination of coffee, vanilla, and maple syrup make you feel like you're eating dessert for breakfast.
With the addition of collagen powder and greek yogurt, coffee overnight oats is the perfect way to start my day. If you love this recipe, then I think you'll enjoy the other recipes that I have on my blog.