With protein overnight oats you can have your oatmeal and get your protein in! This simple breakfast packs over 20 grams per serving.
As I mentioned a couple times lately, I’ve been increasing my protein intake. The original overnight oat recipes I started out making don’t have much protein so I decided to come up with a new version to have on days I don’t have time for stove-top oatmeal and I’m not craving a protein smoothie.
Why Overnight Oats?
I love having oatmeal for breakfast, but during the summer months it can get too hot for warm oatmeal. Overnight oats are the perfect way to satisfy your oatmeal craving. You still get to chow down on a bowl of oats, but they’re cool and refreshing.
Added bonus: they’re so easy to make and you can prep everything the night before.
Why Add Protein?
If you have eaten oatmeal and then are hungry an hour later, it’s likely because you didn’t get any protein! I love adding protein to this overnight oats recipe because they keep me full for hours (seriously!) and add an extra vanilla flavor.
Protein Overnight Oats Ingredients:
old fashioned oats – make sure you’re using old fashioned oats and not instant! Grab gluten-free oats if needed.
unsweetened vanilla almond milk – you can use any type of milk or actually water as well but I prefer almond milk.
vanilla protein powder – my favorite protein powder is Nuzest. Use code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order!
chia seeds – for added fiber, protein and healthy fats. These also absorb some liquid, making the end result a little thicker.
vanilla extract – a staple ingredient for overnight oats!
cinnamon – I love adding a hint of cinnamon to bring the flavors together.
optional toppings – berries, sliced almonds and almond butter.
Another Protein Option
If you don’t have protein powder on hand or simply don’t want to use it, you can use 1-2 Tablespoons of Greek yogurt instead.
If you’re looking for a dairy-free option, I’ve been loving coconut yogurt and almond milk yogurt.
Do You Have to Soak Overnight?
You actually don’t! I know the name is “overnight oats” but you actually just need to soak oats for a few hours. When I am on top of my meal prep, I actually do prefer to soak the oats overnight. When I forget to prep the night before I will make them quick in the morning and enjoy 2-3 hours later. Just note the longer you soak the oats, the softer they will be. When I only soak for a few hours, the oats are a little chewier which I don’t mind!
How to Eat Protein Overnight Oats
This is a great “base” recipe for protein overnight oats. It’s designed to eat cold but if you would rather eat them warm you can heat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds after the oats soak.
You can enjoy the overnight oats plain but I recommend adding some toppings! I love adding fresh berries, sliced bananas, drizzled nut butter and/or sliced nuts.
How Long do Overnight Oats Last?
One of the best parts about overnight oats is that they can be prepped in advance! After prepping your oats, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. You can make a double or triple batch and enjoy for multiple days! The longer you store overnight oats, the more liquid they will absorb so you may need to add an extra splash of milk before serving.
Combine all ingredients except the toppings in a small container, seal with a lid and place in the fridge overnight.
Bring out of the fridge in the morning and stir. You’ll notice that the protein powder, oats and chia seeds soak up a lot of the liquid so you may want to add a little more almond milk or water before serving.
Top with toppings of your choice and enjoy. I love berries and sliced almonds or almond butter.
Serving Size:1 serving with berries and almond slices
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