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High Protein Oatmeal – 4 Ways

$3.75 Recipe/$3.75 Serving

Start your morning right with these recipes for high protein oatmeal!

These protein oatmeal recipes are so simple to make and packed with fiber, these healthy oatmeal recipes are sure to become your favorites!

You only need a few ingredients and there is 20 grams of protein and 2 full servings of veggies in each serving!

4 Bowls of High Protein Oatmeal

Why you will love high protein oatmeal

  • These high protein oatmeal recipes are exciting to eat and not boring at all.
  • Breakfast that taste like dessert and so easy to make!
  • These recipes are also high in fiber and will help you feel full for hours.
  • Four different recipes for protein oatmeal will keep you excited for breakfast!
  • These protein oats are ready in just 5 minutes and you can easily make these recipes at work too!
White bowl filled with Blueberry Almond High Protein Oatmeal with a spoon
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Why is it important to add protein to oatmeal

Protein provides the building blocks to repair and build muscle, skin, tissue and bones! It’s also extremely satiating (meaning it help you feel full for longer), which is why it’s great to start your day with protein. Adding protein to your breakfast can help you feel full for hours and feel really satisfied instead of hungry again in just an hour or two. 

How to add protein to oatmeal

You can increase the protein in oatmeal a number of ways:

White bowl filled with Banana Nut High Protein Oatmeal with a spoon

Best protein powder for oatmeal

The reason I love using protein powder is because it helps the oatmeal get extra creamy and rich!

Protein powder helps give it all the flavor of the instant oatmeal packs without the added sugar, sodium or artificial colors or flavors. I love using Nuzest Vegan Protein Powder.

TIP: When you are adding protein powder to your oatmeal, you will likely have to add additional liquid! For vegan protein, you might have to add 2-4 tablespoons. For whey or collagen protein, you may not have to add any, it depends on the brand you use.

I also love to use collagen peptides in my coffee and I often add them to my oatmeal if I did not add them to my coffee that day. I usually buy my Collagen Peptides from Thrive Market but you can also get them at Amazon. They are high quality, from grass fed cows and they are much less expensive than anything else on the market!

You can get 25% off your first order from Thrive Market today!

Bowl with Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl High Protein Oatmeal with a spoon

How to make oatmeal healthy

To make oatmeal healthier, add in things like vegetables and Omega-3 rich chia seeds or flax seeds, protein and vegetables. These recipes for all have 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and 2 cups of frozen cauliflower rice added to the oats to make healthier oatmeal.

Chia seeds are full of Omega-3’s, and are also a great source of fiber. I love chia seeds because they are like little sponges and absorb up to 5 times their weight in water. This makes you feel full for longer!

The combination of chia seeds and protein powder really helps increase the satiety (how full you feel).

TIP: If you don’t have chia seeds, you can also use 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds instead! Ground flax seeds are also a great source of Omega 3’s and fiber!

What vegetables can be added to oatmeal

Increase the nutritional value of your protein oatmeal by adding some veggies! My favorite go-to vegetables to add include:

  • Cauliflower (I used frozen cauliflower rice)
  • Zucchini (shredded, with the moisture squeezed out)
  • Carrots (shredded)
  • Pumpkin (canned)
White bowl filled with Walnut Cranberry High Protein Oatmeal with a spoon
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How to make protein oatmeal

  1. Start with your favorite oatmeal. I like to use rolled oats (sometimes called old fashion oats), and I always buy them gluten free. You could also use instant oats or steel cut oats but the cooking times might change for those.
  2. Add chia seeds to the oats.
  3. Add water and stir the chia seeds so they don’t stick together.
  4. Add the frozen riced cauliflower rice to the bowl. Make sure you have a big enough bowl to fit the frozen cauliflower rice. Microwave for 3:30. You could also cook this on the stove on low heat, covered, stirring occasionally.
  5. Once the oatmeal and cauliflower rice is done cooking, stir it well to make sure the chia seeds are not all stuck together. Add the protein powder and stir well.
  6. Add the rest of your ingredients/toppings and serve hot or place in the fridge and serve cold, up to 24 hours later.
Steps to make high protein oatmeal

Ingredients and flavors

Blueberry Almond Oatmeal

  • Start with your healthier base (oatmeal, chia seeds and cauliflower rice).
  • Vanilla protein powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk of choice
  • Top with defrosted frozen blueberries and almond butter
Spoonful of blueberry almond high protein oatmeal

Cinnamon Walnut Cranberry Oatmeal

  • Start with your healthier base (oatmeal, chia seeds and cauliflower rice).
  • Vanilla protein powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk of choice
  • Top with chopped walnuts and dried cranberries
    • Make sure you use apple juice sweetened cranberries to reduce the added sugar
Spoonful of Walnut Cranberry High Protein Oatmeal

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl

  • Start with your healthier base (oatmeal, chia seeds and cauliflower rice).
  • Chocolate protein powder,
  • Cacao powder
  • Milk of choice
  • Top with peanut butter and cacao nibs
Bowl of Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl High Protein Oatmeal, banana in background

Banana Nut Oatmeal

  • Start with your healthier base (oatmeal, chia seeds and cauliflower rice).
  • Vanilla protein powder,
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk of choice
  • Top with sliced bananas and pecans
Banana Nut high protein oatmeal with sliced banana in background
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Bowl of blueberry almond oatmeal with wooden handle spoon.

High Protein Oatmeal | 4 Ways

$3.75 Recipe/$3.75 Serving
These four recipes for high protein oatmeal are the perfect healthy breakfast or snack! These recipes are gluten free, vegan and simple to make! 20 grams of protein and 2 servings of veggies, you are going to love these recipes for kids too!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana nut oatmeal, blueberry almond oatmeal, peanut butter chocolate oatmeal
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 4 servings

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Ingredients

Oatmeal Base

Blueberry Almond Oatmeal $3.94 Recipe/Serving

Cinnamon Walnut Cranberry Oatmeal $3.75 Recipe/Serving

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl $3.50 Recipe/Serving

Banana Nut $3.82 Recipe/Serving

Instructions

Oatmeal Base

  • Add the oats, chia seeds, cauliflower rice and water to a large bowl. 
  • Microwave for 3:30 on high. 

Blueberry Almond Oatmeal

  • After the oatmeal base is done microwaving, remove it carefully. 
  • Add cinnamon, vanilla protein powder and almond milk. Stir well
  • Top with defrosted blueberries and almond butter

Cinnamon Walnut Cranberry Oatmeal

  • After the oatmeal base is done microwaving, remove it carefully. 
  • Add cinnamon, vanilla protein powder and almond milk. Stir well
  • Top with chopped walnuts and dried cranberries.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl

  • After the oatmeal base is done microwaving, remove it carefully. 
  • Add cacao powder, chocolate protein powder and almond milk. Stir well. May need up to 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Top with peanut butter and cacao nibs

Banana Nut

  • After the oatmeal base is done microwaving, remove it carefully. 
  • Add cinnamon, vanilla protein powder and almond milk. Stir well
  • Add the sliced banana and chopped pecans.

Notes

If you do no have frozen cauliflower, you can also use shredded zucchini that the moisture has been squeezed out of.
If you do not have chia seeds, you can also use ground flax seeds.
These recipes are written to use vegan protein powder, so if you are not including vegan protein powder, you may need to reduce the amount of dairy free milk you use
Other dairy free milk alternatives that will work in these oatmeal recipes include: unsweetened coconut milk, cashew milk, oat milk.  
 
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
313
Fat
 
15
g
Carbohydrates
 
24
g
Fiber
 
7
g
Sugar
 
8
g
Protein
 
25
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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Recipe Rating




Jaclyn

Thursday 13th of August 2020

For the oatmeal base, can I store the leftovers (if I'm only using one portion?)

Samantha Rowland

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

For the oats, chia and cauliflower rice combo? You can likely store that up to 3 days in the fridge or even freeze it after cooking! I would hold off on adding the protein until you are ready to eat!

evelyn

Sunday 24th of May 2020

what should i do it the cauliflower rice isnt frozen? still microwave it with everything?

Samantha Rowland

Sunday 29th of November 2020

Yes, you will want to microwave it even if it's fresh because you want the cauliflower to be softened.

Hellen

Monday 1st of April 2019

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl and blueberry almond are my favs!

Cassie Lei

Thursday 10th of January 2019

Your photos are so enticing that I want to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl right now. But I won't be adding cauliflower rice, just oats and chia seeds.