5 Ways to Make Protein Oatmeal

Want to make your oatmeal even healthier? I’ve got you covered with 5 delicious and easy ways to boost the protein content of oatmeal so that it will keep you full until lunch.

Everyone is crazy about oatmeal recipes! I guess I’m rubbing off on you… 😉 I wanted to dedicate a full post to protein oatmeal because if oatmeal has one fault, it’s that it typically isn’t very high in protein! For those of you that think oatmeal isn’t very filling or you’re hungry 1 hour after eating it, all you need to do is add some protein and healthy fat.

Once those are in the mix, you’ll have a healthy, balanced breakfast – AKA a bowl of oats will keep you full and satisfied all morning long!

5 ingredients to add protein to oatmeal. Ingredients in bowls and spoons are greek yogurt, cottage cheese, egg whites, nut butter and protein powder.

How to Make High Protein Oatmeal

As I’m sure you know, oatmeal on its own isn’t very high in protein so I have a few go-to ingredients that I add in to up the protein level. I’ll cover each in more detail below but here’s a quick run-down:

  • Protein powder
  • Cottage cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Eggs or egg whites
  • Milk
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Nut butter

Protein Powder in Oatmeal

I know adding protein powder to oatmeal might seem like something only body builders or athletes do, but I have been adding protein powder to my oatmeal and I love it!. It adds a ton of protein, is super simple to add and can add a fun flavor to the oatmeal as well. This chocolate peanut butter protein oatmeal gets its chocolate flavor from the protein powder. Double win! Protein powder works great in pretty much any kind of oatmeal – mix it into overnight oats or to stovetop oatmeal. 1 scoop of protein powder has about 15-20 grams of protein.

Protein powder is also a great option if you’re vegan or avoid eggs or dairy, considering a lot of the easy protein options (like yogurt and eggs) won’t work for you. Wondering which protein powder to use? Check out this post where I share all my favorite plant-based protein powder brands.

Oatmeal in a pot with a spoon mixing in vanilla protein powder.

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Oatmeal topped with nut butter drizzle, chocolate chips, and sliced banana in a blue bowl.

Protein Powder Oatmeal

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1


Add protein powder to your morning oats for a protein-packed breakfast that will keep you full all morning. 


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 banana, sliced (optional)*
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • Your favorite toppings


  1. Add oats, banana slices and sea salt to a pot. Add water and stir to combine. Add cinnamon and vanilla, if using. Heat over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Be sure to stir the oats several times while cooking to make sure the banana slices melt into the oats. You’ll know the oatmeal is done when all the liquid is absorbed and the oats are thick and fluffy.
  2. Remove oats from the heat and stir in protein powder. If the consistency of the oats gets too thick, add in a little more water or milk. Transfer oats to a bowl and top with your favorite oatmeal toppings. I used chocolate chips, peanut butter and bananas.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 325
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Sodium: 206mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Protein: 26g

Keywords: protein powder oatmeal

There Are so Many Ways to Add Protein to Oatmeal

Cottage Cheese Oatmeal

I feel like people are either in the “I love cottage cheese” camp or the “I despise cottage cheese” camp… Before you jump to any conclusions about cottage cheese, hear me out. You won’t taste the cottage cheese in oatmeal! It makes oatmeal so much creamier (win) and ups the protein content (win)! 1 cup of cottage cheese has 25g of protein.

Oatmeal in a pot with a spoon mixing in cottage cheese.

Granted, you probably aren’t going to mix in a whole cup but still! So much protein. Again, you can mix cottage cheese into any kind of oatmeal. I will say that if you’re not a big cottage cheese fan because of the texture, you’ll want to mix it into warm oatmeal so the “chunks” (for lack of better word) break down and mix in.

Check out my cottage cheese oatmeal recipe.

A bowl of egg white oatmeal with granola, freeze dried raspberries, coconut and almond butter.

Egg White Oatmeal

I love adding egg whites to my oatmeal! I’ve found it works best to add in egg whites to stovetop oatmeal while you’re cooking. The key is to avoid scrambling the egg whites. To do this, you simply have to continuously stir/whisk the egg whites while you’re adding them to the saucepan and as they cook. Trust me on this… one time I got distracted and ended up with a bowl of oatmeal with scrambled egg white chunks. Not so appetizing.

Pot of oatmeal stirring in egg whites.

Obviously this method of making high protein oatmeal only works for oats that you’re cooking – please don’t add raw egg whites to overnight oats! 1 cup of egg whites has about 26 g of protein. Again, you won’t be adding in 1 cup of egg whites but they pack a punch! Try this protein pumpkin oatmeal with egg whites whipped in or try my egg and oat combo bowl with egg whites scrambled on the side.

Check out my egg white oatmeal recipe.

Greek yogurt oatmeal with bananas, blueberries, granola and peanut butter on top.

Greek Yogurt Oatmeal

Similar to cottage cheese, you can mix in Greek yogurt to your oatmeal to increase the protein (and probiotics!). I typically reach for full fat and plain just because the flavored kind can have a lot of added sugar. Greek yogurt works great in any kind of oatmeal – cold or hot!

Oatmeal in a pot with a spoon mixing in plain Greek yogurt.

1 personal container of Greek yogurt (about 5 ounces) has 17 grams of protein… that’s as much as a scoop of protein powder! I love using Greek yogurt in overnight oats like this banana bread overnight oats.

Check out my Greek yogurt oatmeal recipe.

Peanut butter oatmeal with a drizzle of peanut butter and granola on top.

Nuts or Nut/Seed Butter Oatmeal

Adding nut and seed butter is another great way to increase the protein in oatmeal. You can mix it right into the oats or drizzle on top for added flavor. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter has 8g of protein, 2 tablespoons of almond butter has about 7 g of protein and 2 tablespoons of sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) has about 6g of protein. Try my 3-minute peanut butter protein oatmeal or my peanut butter cup overnight oats.

Pot of oatmeal with a wood spoon mixing in peanut butter.

Other Ways to add Protein to Oatmeal

  • Use milk instead of water or almond milk to cook the oats. Most non-diary milks don’t have that much protein, but 1 cup of soy milk has about 8 grams and 1 cup of skim milk has 8 grams as well.
  • Top oats with high-protein toppings like hemp seeds, chia seeds and flaxseed.

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  1. I’m not an Oatmeal fan. (don’t like the smell) But I tried this, because today was cold and I didn’t want a cols smoothie after CrossFit. I used cappuccino flavored Protein Powder. I used coffee as the liquid added chia seeds and ground flax just as I would in my smoothie. I was impressed. I added the 1/2 banana and some Lilly’s dark chips. Yum! I’m so glad I stumbled on to your site.

  2. A serving size of the protein powder I typically use is two scoops. Should I still only use 1/2 a scoop of protein powder for this recipe or was it your intention that I use half a serving (in my case, 1 scoop) of protein powder? Thanks!

    • Hi Leah! You could do either, but I’d start with 1/2 scoop and then add more if you want more! I recommended doing 1/2 scoop because sometimes too much protein powder can make the oatmeal tacky or dry. Hope this helps!

  3. Do you think using steel cut oats would change anything? Also…if adding the protein powder or cottage cheese or yogurt, could these be made the night before and kept refrigerated?

  4. The protein powder oatmeal was the first oatmeal recipe I ever used (I used to make an omelet every single morning) and now I make oatmeal even more than omelets! Like it is literally one of my favorite foods ever; I always add a tbsp of brown sugar & top it with peanut butter, a spoonful of vanilla yogurt, banana slices, and berries. Like this is the perfect oatmeal recipe, I cannot stress it enough!

  5. OMG, thank you. I tried a few recipes for oatmeal as I don’t like the taste of it only cooking with water. This one is by far the best. I added a bit of granola on top too.

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Amanda!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this oatmeal. Thanks for giving my recipe a try and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

  6. Hi!
    Had a couple of questions:
    1. If you put the protein powder in while the oatmeal is cooking (stove top) does that change the properties/effectiveness of the protein? (I’m not a huge fan of the flavor of protein powder)
    2. When using greek yogurt, could you add it in while its cooking on the stove top? Or is it best to add on as a topper?


    • Hey Joana – No, adding the protein powder to the oatmeal while cooking shouldn’t change anything about the protein powder. You can add the Greek yogurt in while it’s still cooking on the stove top, I just prefer to mix it in once I remove the oats from the burner.

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