Overnight Chocolate Protein Oats

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Like I said, I’m super into breakfast these days, I’m even more into make ahead breakfasts with minimal clean up. I love sweets, and I usually like to have a little something sweet with breakfast whether that be honey on toast, fruit or some chocolate in my oats!

These are so simple to make, you place all the ingredients in a jar the night before, shake and wake up to the creamiest, most flavorful overnight oats on the planet. Okay, maybe there are some better ones out there, but I highly doubt it, and I know they’re not as healthy as these bad boys!

These oats are packed with antioxidants and superfoods so you don’t have to feel guilty having chocolate for breakfast, and that’s a win in my book!

Make these and top them with anything you like, I love a nice tart fruit. You really can’t beat the flavor or texture of these bad boys, you’ll feel like you’re having dessert for breakfast!

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  • ½ GF Oats

  • 1 scoop organic Plant Fusion Chocolate protein powder

  • splash of vanilla

  • 1 tsp maple syrup

  • 1 tbsp maca powder

  • 1 tbsp raw cocoa powder (makes it taste like chocolate mousse)

  • 1-2 tbsp chia seeds (1 makes it more like a pudding, 2 is firmer oats similar to museli)

  • ½-1 cup coconut milk (any non-dairy milk works well in this recipe)

Place all ingredients in a mason jar.  Fill remainder of jar with unsweetened coconut milk, shake and place in fridge.  Top with your favorite berries or granola, add chopped nuts and a drizzle of honey or maple, or grab a spoon and dig in.

 If you like dessert for breakfast than this one is for you!  It should maybe be called pudding instead of oats.  It’s just real good and chalk full of good things for you!  This recipe was born because I was sick of protein shakes in the morning but still wanted to find a way to get that protein in first thing.  I happened to have all of these ingredients in my cabinet years ago and it turned out it makes one delicious concoction.  If you’re feeling like you want a little added sweetness or serving it for brunch and want to really wow people top it with my maple coconut whipped cream.  I mean that stuff is really just good on anything!!

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Leafy Green Grain Bowl

Photos by: Valorie Darling

Photos by: Valorie Darling


  • 3 stalks kale
  • handful arugula 
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup rotisserie chicken, skin removed and shredded (I used an organic one from Whole Foods)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice (I used organic frozen brown rice from Vons)
  • Shaved parmesan, optional

Remove stalk from kale and chop.  Combine kale and arugula into a bowl and top with brown rice.  Add chicken, chopped dates, pine nuts and salt and pepper.  Top with go-to lemon dressing.


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  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1-2 tsp grade A maple syrup (2 makes it slightly sweet, 1 cuts the acid)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • ¼ Cup Olive oil, adjust to preferred consistency and flavor (I like it extra tangy so I start with less oil and add more from there.

Add all ingredients to a jar and shake.  If you want a little extra tang, chop or grate one garlic clove into mixture.  That is my fave to add over my paleo tuna salad or basically anything!

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This is such a simple bowl, yet so delicious and highly addicting.  It only takes about 10 minutes to make, including making the dressing.  I love throwing this together after a long day, it's easy, protein packed and fresh!  Pack this for lunch or make it for a quick weeknight supper!

3 Ingredient Strawberry Pops

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  • 1 container ripe strawberries, washed & hulled
  • 2-3 Tbsp raw honey (depending on sweetness)
  • 1 can coconut milk (including the cream from the top of the can)

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender.  Pulse until combined and small chunks of strawberry remain.  Add coconut chips if you like a little extra texture.  Spoon into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.  Makes 6-8 popsicles depending on size of molds.  Enjoy!

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I know, 3 ingredients hardly seems like a recipe, but that is the beauty of fresh, sweet produce!  I was inspired after a trip to my locals Farmer's Market and the brightest sweetest strawberries I've ever tasted.  I bought way too many, and wasn't in the mood for anything that required heating the kitchen up and viola, these bad boys were born.  I'm really on a popsicle kick with this current heatwave, so stay tuned for more, but in the meantime, it doesn't get a whole lot better than these bad boys.  They're naturally sweetened, creamy and oh so fresh!  

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