Full of plant-based protein and hidden vegetables, these decadent Brownie Batter Vegan Protein Overnight Oats are the perfect way to start your day!
You'd think that hearing someone say, "Oh man, that's so good!" while eating food would be a good thing, right?
Well, now that I live in China, that sentence has become a red flag to warn me about...
Dun, dun, duuuuuuun...
I didn't think much about or worry about MSG living in the states, except for when I went to certain Asian restaurants, but now that I live in China, I'm practically swimming in those long, clear, salt-like seasonings. I actually don't know much about MSG, but I do know that it's not the best for me...or you. I also know that it makes me want to keep eating and eating and eating, even when my stomach is full.
The other day Brett and I were eating at a restaurant with some friends and I quickly became obsessed with a spicy seasoning. Each bite I took, I would first dip my dumpling into that red, flaky goodness and man, my dumplings tasted goooooood. After indulging in 3 or 4 large, doughy dumplings, I decided to look closer at the seasoning and sure enough, tons of MSG crystals were swimming in the red chili flakes.
Mmmm. Gotta love it.
One of the first sentences I learned to say when I moved to China was, "I don't eat meat." Now, I've also added, "Don't add MSG" to my repertoire. Thankfully I don't eat out very much so I'm not too worried about what all the MSG will do to my body, but I have learned to look before I eat and to ask the restaurant to not add MSG when I can.
Oh Lawd, protect this body!
Thankfully, food can taste ah-mazing even without MSG. I mean, common, just look at these Brownie Batter Vegan Protein Overnight Oats. Oh yum!!
If you didn't know it by now, chocolate is a staple in my diet. Not just any chocolate though. I stay clear of milk chocolate and other forms of chocolate that are laden with white sugar and other processed junk (when I can at least). My chocolate creations are usually sweetened with fruit or pure maple syrup, like these oats! These Brownie Batter Vegan Protein Overnight Oats are sweetened with pure maple syrup and they also contain blended raw zucchini for extra creaminess and nutrition.
Uh, yes please!
I hope you can give these Brownie Batter Vegan Protein Overnight Oats a try! They're delicious, filling and full of plant-based protein. If you give them a try, let me know by leaving a comment below or taking a picture and tagging #theconscientiouseater on Instagram!
- Blend together the milk, zucchini, maple syrup, cocoa powder, and protein powder until smooth.
- Pour the oats and chia seeds into a glass jar or bowl and then add in the blended chocolate mixture. Stir until well combined.
- Cover the jar and place it in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, divide between two bowls and top with additional toppings.
*If you like your oats more liquidy, add 1 teaspoon of chia seeds. If you prefer thicker oatmeal, add 3 teaspoons of chia seeds.