Brownie Overnight Oats

Brownie Overnight Oats

Who says you can’t have breakfast for dessert? Overnight oats in general are like dessert to me, and I am borderline obsession when it comes to these. Just type in “overnight oats” in the search bar and several variations will come up.  All of the variations are delicious, but THIS variation really is dessert. Chocolate. Walnuts. More chocolate. Brownies. Need I go on?

1/3 cup oats
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (100 calorie scoop)
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1-2 TB cocoa powder
stevia to taste
1 TB chopped walnuts

Stir all ingredients except walnuts in a bowl, cover, and let sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, top oats with walnuts. Eat cold. Lick bowl.

Calories 317
Carbs 32
Fat 13
Protein 25


Blue Cheese and Hot Chicken Bites

I have never been a huge fan of blue cheese.  It kind of smells like feet. Ok…it smells a lot like feet. And tastes like feet. BUT, once in a while if it is in the right combination, I love it!  This blue cheese dressing is one of those combinations. Pair it up with the hot chicken bites, and I am in heaven!  Crazy that my taste buds like this, but they do!  Another perfect appetizer for the big game this weekend. Make a lot of this one as they will definitely disappear quickly!

Blue Cheese and Hot Chicken Bites

1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
3/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 TB lemon juice
1 TB vinegar
1/8 tsp garlic salt
sprinkle of salt and pepper

1 lb raw chicken
1/3 cup Frank’s hot wing sauce

To make the dressing, mash the blue cheese and yogurt together with a fork. Stir in remainder of ingredients until well blended. For the chicken bites, you can use wings, legs, or I used chicken breast. If using chicken breast, dice into small, bite sized pieces. Toss with 1/2 of the Frank’s hot wing sauce. Layer on a baking sheet and broil for 8-10 minutes each side. Remove from oven and toss with remainder of hot wing sauce. Serve with blue cheese dressing.

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

And my overnight oats obsession continues. This time I introduce a new flavor into the mix. Another favorite. Pumpkin!

I have to giggle sometimes when I look at the foods I eat today, compared to the foods I ate when I was a child. I was so picky. So picky. I feel bad for my mom. I’m not sure how she didn’t just ignore me and tell me to starve. She’s a saint. Take this recipe for example…I had never even tasted pumpkin until about 5 years ago (I know…gasp!), and the first time I had oats was probably in college and it was one of those instant packs with the dinosaur eggs that dissolve and you have a little candy dinosaur in your oats. Remember those? What are those dinos actually made of?? Anyways, this is my new favorite and will remain my favorite until my pumpkin frenzy is over for the year. Which is usually in February. Eat up.

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

1/3 cup oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 TB plain canned pumpkin
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
pumpkin pie spice (about 1/4 tsp)

Optional Toppings:
1 TB maple syrup
1 TB chopped pecans

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover bowl and place in fridge overnight. The next morning, top cold oats with maple syrup and chopped pecans. Eat cold.

Cilantro Lime Dressing

If you have lived in Utah for any amount of time, you most likely have an obsession with Cafe Rio. Yes, you do. Admit it. I do, and I’ll shout it from the rooftops! Man….I love those salads. Not more than nut butters, but I do love them. But you know me…I needed a Healthy Mama version to just keep in my fridge and make all sorts of deliciousness using it. So, here ya go!  Trish created, Jesse approved.

Cilantro Lime Dressing

PS – my Cafe Rio Salad version coming soon!

1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
juice of 1 lime
2 tsp garlic
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (more or less to taste)
1/4 cup green enchilada sauce

Mix all ingredients in blender until well mixed. If you want a thinner dressing, add a little milk. Store in fridge.

Peach Raspberry Overnight Oats

I have a little obsession with overnight oats, so I jump at any chance I have to try a different variation.  Since fresh peaches and raspberries are in season right now (and I think they make a beautiful duo), I tested them out this morning. Happy mama approved!  If you haven’t tried this bowl of deliciousness in some form (see below for different ideas), you are missing out big time. Just saying.

Peach Raspberry Overnight Oats

1/3 cup raw oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
cinnamon and stevia
1/2-1 whole peach
fresh raspberries

Mix oats, protein powder, yogurt, milk, cinnamon and stevia in a bowl. Cover and let set in the fridge overnight. The next morning, top with fresh peaches and raspberries.

Some of my other favorite overnight oat recipes:
Original Recipe
Coconut Pineapple
PB & J

Chocolate Protein Pudding

This post needs no story behind it. Sometimes we just need a chocolate fix.  Here is one my favorite chocolate fixes…Chocolate Protein Pudding!! Have a great weekend!

Chocolate Protein Pudding

1/3 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/3 cup 0% plain Greek yogurt
2 TB chocolate protein powder
1 TB plain cocoa powder

Blend all ingredients in a small blender. Add a small amount of water if needed (be careful…you don’t want runny pudding!) Eat immediately or refrigerate. Top with berries for a yummy dessert!