Overnight Protein Mocha Oats

This recipe is for my chocolate, coffee, and oat lovers out there! A high-quality breakfast option to get your motor revving for a great day filled with plenty of high energy. Not only is this protein oat recipe tasty, but it is also nourishing and simple! Be sure to omit the espresso if you wish or use decaffeinated for young adults.

For kids and teens, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests those between the ages of 12 to 18 should not exceed caffeine intake beyond 100 mg (the equivalent of about one cup of coffee).

Feel free to pair the mocha mason jar oats with a few hard-boiled eggs for added protein. Or you can increase the whey protein serving to meet protein needs.


  • 1 cup Low-fat Fair life milk
  • 1 cup whole-grain oats or Kodiak Cakes Oats
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate Quest Whey Protein Powder
  • 1.5 Tbsp. baking cocoa
  • 2 Tbsp. instant espresso powder or decafinated espresso powder
  • 1.5 Tbsp. honey


Add fruits, healthy fats, and additional seeds for toppings


  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Cover and refrigerate all of your ingredients for 12 hours or overnight (minus the toppings- add those later)
  3. Distribute contents into mason jars and add desired toppings


**Serves 1-2


Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day because as I say, “all meals matter”! But breakfast is important to kick start the day for energy and you can do this by powering up with protein and quality carbohydrates. Be sure to check out my previous breakfast blog for other ideas on simple grab-n-go options for both young athletes and adults trying to be healthier!


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In good health and God bless,

Wendi Irlbeck, MS, RDN, CISSN