Protein Overnight Oats

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With protein overnight oats you can have your oatmeal and get your protein in! This simple breakfast packs over 20 grams per serving.

Lately I’ve been focusing on my protein intake and looking for easy ways to increase the amount of protein I’m eating each day.

I eat oatmeal for breakfast almost daily and love it, but on it’s own it’s not super protein-rich. So recently I took my basic overnight oats recipe and added protein powder to create this protein overnight oats recipe.  

Jar of protein overnight oats topped with berries, almonds and peanut butter.

Why Overnight Oats?

During the summer months, when it’s 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?

I am a huge proponent of making protein oatmeal (aka proats)!

If you have ever eaten oatmeal and been hungry an hour later, it’s likely because you didn’t add any protein to your oats!

Adding protein to overnight oats ensures that breakfast will keep me full for hours and the vanilla protein powder I use adds extra flavor (and sweetness) as well.

Bowl with chia seeds, oats, almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla and protein powder.

Protein Overnight Oats Ingredients

Here’s everything you’ll need to make these protein-packed overnight oats:

  • old fashioned oats – make sure you’re using old fashioned oats and not quick/instant oats.
  • unsweetened vanilla almond milk – you can use any type of milk, but I prefer almond milk because it’s low in sugar and calories.
  • 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. Chia seeds 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.

Other Protein Options

If you don’t have protein powder on hand or simply don’t want to use it, here are some other ways to add protein to your overnight oats!

Greek yogurt: Add 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt to the overnight oats mixture. This will add about 4 grams of protein, depending on what brand you use.

Cottage cheese: Add 1/4 cup cottage cheese to the overnight oats mixture. This will about around 7 grams of protein.

Nuts and nut butter: Chopped nuts and/or nut butter are a great way to add a little bit of extra protein to your overnight oats. They also add healthy fats, which will make the oats even more filling!

Spoon with a spoonful of protein overnight oats from a bowl.

Do You Have to Soak the Oats 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 prefer to soak the oats overnight. But if I forget to prep them, I just make the oats in the morning and let them soak for about 2-3 hours. 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, but I don’t mind!

Jar of protein overnight oats topped with berries, almonds and peanut butter.

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 for extra flavor! 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.

Jar of protein overnight oats topped with berries, almonds and peanut butter.

More Protein Packed Recipes:

Protein Overnight Oats

3 from 85 votes
With protein overnight oats you can have your oatmeal and get your protein in! Each serving has over 20 grams of protein! 
Jar of protein overnight oats topped with berries, almonds and peanut butter.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, not instant
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 – 2 scoops vanilla protein powder, (25g total)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • toppings: berries, sliced almonds, almond butter (for topping)

Instructions
 

  • Prep oats: Combine all ingredients except the toppings in a small container.
  • Soak: Cover container with a lid and place in the fridge overnight (or at least 1-2 hours).
  • Stir: 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.
  • Add toppings and enjoy: Top with toppings of your choice and enjoy. I love berries and sliced almonds or almond butter.

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Notes

If you don’t have protein powder on hand or simply don’t want to use it, here are some other ways to add protein to your overnight oats!
  • Greek yogurt: Add 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt to the overnight oats mixture. This will add about 4 grams of protein, depending on what brand you use.
  • Cottage cheese: Add 1/4 cup cottage cheese to the overnight oats mixture. This will about around 7 grams of protein.
  • Nuts and nut butter: Chopped nuts and/or nut butter are a great way to add a little bit of extra protein to your overnight oats. They also add healthy fats, which will make the oats even more filling!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving without toppings Calories: 282kcal Carbohydrates: 33g Protein: 22g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Sodium: 406mg Fiber: 8g Sugar: 1g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: protein overnight oats

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    48 comments
    1. Koryna
      July 28, 2021 AT 6:40 pm

      5 stars
      Looks super yummy! I’m just confused on the protein powder portion. It says just two spoons of a 20gram per serving powder. So is that still the 20grams or just the two spoonfuls that would be less than 20. sorry this is so long omg

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2021 AT 9:38 pm

        Hey Koryna – Sorry for the confusion. It should be 1-2 scoops of protein powder (25g total).

    2. Jackie
      July 9, 2021 AT 2:09 pm

      5 stars
      This is my first foray into oats for breakfast, and this one is smashing.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 9, 2021 AT 5:21 pm

        Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Jackie. So pumped you loved your first oatmeal recipe!! Thanks for making it and for the review.

    3. Windee
      May 16, 2021 AT 1:56 pm

      5 stars
      I made this using one scoop of PB2 with dutch cocoa instead of the protein powder and omitted the cinnamon. It was soooo delicious! I topped it with sliced almonds and unsweetened coconut. As soon as I started eating, I feared that the bowl would disappear too quickly and that I would want more. It was satisfying to the last bite, and just the right amount. Thanks for such a great recipe! This is my first attempt at overnight oats, and I am sold.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 17, 2021 AT 11:58 am

        Woo! I love hearing this, Windee! I’m so glad these overnight oats were such a hit! Thanks so much for the review. I really appreciate it!

    4. Lorraine Scott
      May 14, 2021 AT 2:42 pm

      I have a question about protein powder. I’ve tried a couple kinds and find they leave have a grainy texture. does your protein powder do this? I just haven’t found one I like it.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 14, 2021 AT 3:11 pm

        I’ve found Nuzest to be one of the best protein powders texture and taste wise! You can use the code eatingbirdfood for 15% off if you want to try it. 🙂

    5. Claudia Vazquez
      October 14, 2020 AT 1:07 am

      5 stars
      Love this recipe! Wondering if instead of powdered protein we can use a protein shake?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 14, 2020 AT 11:32 am

        I’m sure that would work just fine!

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