Protein Oatmeal

Breakfast just got a whole lot more interesting and delicious.

Protein Oatmeal

Oatmeal has been a staple in our house since I was a kid. The smell alone brings back memories of Saturday mornings, family time cooking and cartoons. 

Ahh the good ole days. 

This protein oatmeal recipe brings back all the flavor the family breakfast had, and takes it to a whole new level. By no means is this your average bowl of porridge. No way, this kicked up version is packed full of the healthy and nutritious goodies to keep you going all morning long. Whether you are off to work or about to hit the trail on a weekend hike, this delightful meal will fill you up and keep you satisfied for hours.

I love this recipe. The fresh bananas, hints of vanilla from the protein powder and sweetness from the brown sugar all jam pack this dish with flavor. The chia seeds add in a nice bit of body and a little pop of taste and texture. Sprinkle a little cinnamon and toss in a small handful of walnuts and you have something akin to banana bread in a bowl.

A few facts about oatmeal

Oatmeal has a rich and vast history. There are records of this incredible grain being cultivated in China as early as 7000 BC. However it wasn’t until much later that the Greeks created the porridge style recipe we still use today.

Oatmeal is a whole grain and loaded with soluble fiber which helps to keep your blood sugar from rising after a meal. They are also filled with heart healthy antioxidants. These antioxidants help to relax your arteries, and reduce inflammation, both of which are excellent for your heart. Add in all of the other vitamins from the milk and chia seeds like, C, and A, as well as iron and calcium and you have one heck of a healthy meal. Who knew breakfast could be so good for you while also being so crave-ably delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water plus 2 tablespoons (divided)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk of choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 banana sliced
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How to Make Protein Oatmeal

Step 1: In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water, milk, and salt. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer.

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Step 2: In a separate bowl, whisk together the protein powder with the remaining 2 tablespoons of water until it’s smooth.

Step 3: Stir in the rolled oats, chia seeds, and brown sugar into the simmering liquid. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring now and then, until the oats are tender and the liquid is mostly absorbed.

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Step 4: Take the saucepan off the heat. Mix in the protein blend and banana slices, cover, and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Serve the oatmeal in bowls, maybe with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top for extra flavor.

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FAQs & Tips

How to Make Ahead and Store?

To make this Protein Oatmeal ahead of time, cook the oats as directed in the recipe, then chill. After they have cooled place the oatmeal in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to five days. Just be sure not to add the bananas until you are ready to eat your oatmeal, bananas turn brown very quickly.

How can I get even more protein in my oatmeal?

Adding protein to your oatmeal is a snap. Try adding in Greek yogurt for a creamy texture and extra heart healthy fats. Cottage cheese or even egg whites are also great additions and add nice texture.

Can I make this dairy free?

Yes you can. Substitute the dairy milk for your favorite oat, nut, or even coconut milk.

Are quick oats ok to use in this recipe?

Yes, quick oats can be used but the consistency of the final product is a little softer, they still have all that amazing taste though.

Is oatmeal gluten free?

Yes, oatmeal by itself is gluten free, just make sure the other ingredients you add are too.

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Serving Suggestions

Here comes the exciting part where you get to be a kid again and try all those fun flavors, because Protein Oatmeal is even more versatile than the PB&J. In fact you can add in some fresh fruit and a touch of peanut butter and you have PB&J oatmeal! I recommend trying different flavors of protein powder as well. Switch out the vanilla flavor for a chocolate protein powder and top with shaved coconut and you got yourself I mighty tasty combo. Fruits and nuts are always a good addition to any bowl of protein oatmeal, the nuts and fruit also add vitamins and healthy fats you body needs. Consider this dish a blank canvas and paint it full of delightful flavors.

Do you love the chia seeds in this recipe? If the answer is yes why not try making our Chia Pudding With Almond Milk, or this Matcha Chia Pudding. In the mood for something even different try these Breakfast Potatoes.

Protein Oatmeal
Protein Oatmeal

Protein Oatmeal

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 367 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water plus 2 tablespoons (divided)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk of choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 banana sliced

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water, milk, and salt. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer.
    Protein Oatmeal
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the protein powder with the remaining 2 tablespoons of water until it's smooth.
  • Stir in the rolled oats, chia seeds, and brown sugar into the simmering liquid. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring now and then, until the oats are tender and the liquid is mostly absorbed.
    Protein Oatmeal
  • Take the saucepan off the heat. Mix in the protein blend and banana slices, cover, and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Serve the oatmeal in bowls, maybe with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top for extra flavor.
    Protein Oatmeal

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 18gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 583mgPotassium: 472mgFiber: 10gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 44IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 405mgIron: 3mg
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