Raspberry Coconut Protein Overnight Oats

Half marathon training is bringing on the change and I only just finished week two!

I haven’t exactly reclaimed my motivation from the dream fatigue I wrote about last week but my determination is back in line after taking it easy in July. With a clear goal ahead, my vision is getting sharper—and one of the things I’m honing in on is nutrition.

It’s key to eat healthfully since my mileage is slowly increasing every week—running on empty (literally) is no longer becoming an option. As a result, I’ve been listening to some podcasts and reading lots about nourishment for distance running. I’ve been trying to keep up with protein, eat more greens, and experiment with “super” foods… Just like the small addition of matcha to these delicious, protein-packed overnight oats—

what a segue!

Raspberry Coconut Protein Overnight Oats
Serves 1
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3/4 c. unsweetened almond milk (or other milk of your choice)*
2 tbsp. vanilla protein powder
1 tsp. matcha powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

1/3 c. steel cut oats
1 tbsp. coconut flour
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1/4 c. unsweetened coconut
1/2 c. raspberries
Hemp seeds or other seeds for topping (optional)
Maple syrup or honey (optional)

1. In a small bowl, whisk together almond milk, protein powder, matcha, and extract (if using). Taste and add maple syrup or honey to adjust to your desired sweetness.

2. Pour the protein’d up almond milk into the container you’re making your overnight oats in. (I’m impartial to the mason jar.)

3. Stir oats, coconut flour, chia seeds, and coconut into the almond milk until evenly distributed. Top with raspberries and sprinkle with hemp seeds.

4. Put into the fridge overnight! In the morning, mash and stir in raspberries! Add in nut butters or other toppings to your heart’s content. Nosh!

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Matcha, Date & PB Overnight Oats

I don’t get people who don’t like breakfast.

Forget the fact that every health and fitness article totes the same time-worn “most important meal of the day” schtick, breakfast is the fastest road to eating food! We love food! We love breaking the fast! I’ll take any excuse to innovate something tasty to boost the start of the day, paired with a hot coffee. On that note, have another recipe. These vegan oats are chewy, creamy, sweet, and a little calorically dense to fuel you up until lunch time!

This week, because of St. Patrick’s Day, I was feeling a little green-spirited, and that’s where this matcha-infused recipe came from.

Matcha, Date, and PB Overnight Oats
Serves 1

1/3 c. steel cut oats
1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. agave nectar or other sweetener (or to taste)
4 dates, chopped
1 tsp. matcha green tea powder
1-2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tbsp. smooth natural pb

Optional: to make this creamier, add a few tbsp. of Greek yogurt!

1. Combine milk, vanilla, and agave in a container of your choice. Now, add the matcha powder and whisk until thoroughly combined.
2. Add in oats, dates, and chia seeds, stirring until everything is saturated.
3. Spoon the peanut butter onto the top, but don’t stir it in. It will distribute better when the oats have set in the morning!
4. Cover and let sit in the fridge overnight. Stir the peanut butter through to distribute evenly and nosh away!