“Gingerbread High Protein Overnight Oats” recipe was developed by Fiona Mainolfi and reviewed/edited by Rivah Goldstein, MScFN, RD and Jackie Silver MHSc, RD
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Last updated: November 22, 2023
Gingerbread High Protein Overnight Oats
The holidays are just around the corner, and what better way to get into the spirit of the season than kickstarting your mornings with these nourishing and festive gingerbread high protein overnight oats. These oats are simple to make, require few ingredients and are perfect for meal prep throughout the week!
Unique Health Benefits of These Gingerbread High Protein Overnight Oats
This recipe contains a variety of nutrient rich ingredients. In particular, the oats are packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and copper. Whole oats are rich in an antioxidant called avenanthramides which has been found to have anti inflammatory effects as well as lower blood pressure levels.
In addition, oats contain a soluble fiber called beta-glucan that has many health benefits including blood glucose regulation, cholesterol-lowering effects, promoting the growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract, and management of type 2 diabetes.
Did you know that cinnamon also has a variety of health benefits? This recipe contains cinnamon, which is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory effects. Some studies have found that cinnamon may also reduce risk factors that contribute to heart disease including lowering triglycerides, bad cholesterol and blood sugar.
This Gingerbread High Protein Overnight Oats Recipe is:
Gingerbread High Protein Overnight Oats Storage Tips:
These gingerbread high protein overnight oats store best in air tight containers in the refrigerator. You can also separate them into individual portions. I personally love using mason jars such as these or these. The overnight oats should be consumed within 3-5 days.
Recipe Variations and Substitutes:
- Instead of adding maple syrup you may use honey instead.
- If you do not like chia seeds you can omit them and add 1 cup of milk instead of 1 ¼ cup of milk.
- If you prefer having oats with a more liquid texture you can omit the chia seeds or add more milk.
- Use high protein vegan yogurt instead of greek yogurt.
- Use a plant based milk.
- To increase protein you can add in your favouite protein powder. Please note that this will give your high protein pumpkin overnight oats a thicker texture, so you may want to adjust the milk content.
- You can also add fruit to the oats for added fiber, such as pomegranates, banana or apple slices.
Equipment and Ingredient Suggestions:
These 16 oz wide mouth mason jars are perfect for your gingerbread high protein overnight oats meal prep. They are the perfect size for a serving of oats and they will store well in your backpack or purse.
These overnight oat containers are perfect for your high protein gingerbread overnight oats meal prep. They have an airtight seal which ensures your oats stay fresh. These containers are also leakproof which makes them perfect to throw in your bag for an on the go breakfast or snack.
This set of measuring cups and spoons is great for accurately measuring the ingredients in your gingerbread high protein overnight oats recipe as well as any future recipes you choose to make. My personal favourite aspect of these measuring cups is that they come in a beautiful teal color!
Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats are the ideal oats to use for this overnight oats recipe. Rolled oats are typically recommended over steel cut oats for overnight oats recipes as they have a softer texture and will therefore absorb the liquid quickly overnight.
These Prana chia seeds are excellent for this gingerbread high protein overnight oats recipe. These chia seeds are non-GMO and gluten free. Chia seeds are also a great source of omega-3s, calcium, and fiber.
Almond milk is a great plant based milk alternative. This product is self stable, soy free, vegan and non-GMO. An added bonus is that this product is made in Canada!
Try out this Gingerbread High Protein Overnight Oats Recipe!
If you are neurodivergent, live a busy lifestyle or struggle to make time for breakfast or snacks, this overnight oat recipe is perfect for you. Not only are these gingerbread high protein overnight oats nutritious, but the gingerbread flavor adds an element of festivity and warmth, perfect for the holiday season.
Overnight oats are a convenient and delicious way to increase your daily consumption of protein and fiber – you have to try these! If you make this recipe tag @accessiblewellness on Instagram or comment below; we would love to see what you have created!
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Gingerbread High Protein Overnight Oats
- ½ cup vanilla greek yogurt
- 1 ¼ cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup oats
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp vanilla greek yogurt
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- ½ medium banana sliced
- Pinch of cinnamon
- In a mason jar or container of choice, stir together greek yogurt, almond milk and maple syrup. Stir until a homogenous liquid is formed.
- To the liquid mixture add in salt, chia seeds, oats and spices. Combine ingredients until the liquid and dry mixtures are fully combined.
- Place the high protein pumpkin overnight oats in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight for best results. (Note: if you are making these notes for meal prep you can divide the mixture into smaller containers before allowing the oats to set).
- Once the overnight oats are set you may garnish with greek yogurt, maple syrup, banana and cinnamon.
- You may also add more or less maple syrup to adjust the sweetness of your oats.
- If you would like to enhance the gingerbread flavor of your oats you can double all the spices in the recipe.
- For meal prep I would recommend making the oat mixture in a large container and then dividing the mixture between smaller jars and containers.
Please note: Nutrition facts are provided for Google and SEO purposes only. There is no right or wrong serving size and I do not preach counting calories. You get to decide how much you want to eat.
Hi! My name is Fiona and I am studying nutrition and dietetics at Western University. I love cooking, creating new recipes and learning about the way food can impact our mental and physical health. I am going into my final year of undergrad this fall and I can’t wait to see what opportunities await after I graduate. I’m looking forward to sharing new recipes and providing some education about how to fuel your body effectively!
Jackie is a Toronto-based Registered Dietitian whose mission is to empower and support the neurodivergent and physically disabled communities through nutrition. Jackie runs a virtual private practice and blog which has simple recipes and health information tailored to these communities. She loves cooking, exercising, traveling, journaling, and spending time with family and friends.
Hello! I’m Rivah, a registered dietitian passionate about helping teens and adults with neurodivergence and mental health conditions. Additionally, I support individuals with chronic disease management, plant-based diets, and mindful eating. My counseling approach is weight inclusive, client-centered, and evidence-based where we create realistic nutrition goals, prioritizing physical, mental, and emotional health. In my free time, I enjoy reading, cooking, and outdoor activities.