July 11, 2015

Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Overnight Oats

I work for Google, one of the greatest companies in the world. But with great perks comes great responsibility. 

I'm very busy these days, but I refuse to let my health/wellness take a backseat to my work. I still hit the gym 5 days a week and make sure I track all of my food with MyFitnessPal so I can achieve my life goal of homeostasis, a geeky word for balance.

My wife and I are both hard working people. My wife is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and saving lives so the last thing either one of us can afford is to get hungry during that peak productivity window 7AM-11AM and get distracted. That's why I created this recipe for overnight oats that has the right mix of slow digesting nutrients to keep us feeling alert and satiated, longer.

I did an A/B test to see if this recipe really does keep you feeling full longer than say a pancake breakfast. Sure enough, my overnight oats recipe kept us feeling satiated 1.5 hours longer than when we eat pancakes!

More importantly, this recipe is delicious. I mean, who doesn't love cookie butter? 

Chocolate Cookie Butter Overnight Oats

Preparation Time: 5 minutes (the night before you eating)
Servings: 1
Serving size: 15oz

Macro Nutrition Information (1 serving):
Fat: 10 grams
Carbohydrates: 44 grams
Protein: 23 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Calories: 343

1/2 cup old fashion oats
1/2 scoop protein powder (I prefer Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl)
2 tsp unsweetened 100% dark cacao powder (I use Hershey's)
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup nonfat milk (or milk of your choice, but note nutritional information will change)
1/2 tbsp crunchy cookie butter (I use Biscoff or Speculoos from Trader Joe's)

Instructions: (This has to be done at least 8 hours prior to eating)
1) Add oats, protein powder, cacao powder, and salt into a cereal bowl (or a mason jar if you're a hipster) and stir until well combined
2) Add milk and stir until there aren't any dry spots
3) Store in your fridge
4) When you're ready to eat, give it a stir, and place in the microwave at half power for 45 seconds.
5) Add cookie butter and stir

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