This is the best overnight oats with protein powder recipe. These protein overnight oats are easy to make and perfect for meal prep. They taste amazing and are high in protein with 34 grams of protein per serving! Made with rolled oats, peanut butter, flaxseeds, protein powder, and maple syrup, they're a simple, healthy breakfast or snack.
Why you will love this recipe:
- These overnight protein oats are so delicious! They are rich, creamy and so filling.
- These high protein oats only take a few minutes to make and are so simple to put together.
- All you need to make this recipe are a few pantry staple ingredients: rolled oats, milk, nut butter, protein powder, flax seeds, honey, and any toppings you love.
- This is a healthy breakfast that is high in protein, with 34 grams of protein per serving! They can easily be made gluten free, dairy free or vegan too.
- These make ahead oats are perfect for your weekly meal prep.
- These healthy overnight oats make a great after workout snack and are great for body building and muscle building!
- Putting protein powder in overnight oats is a great way to add both flavour and protein to oatmeal or porridge.
- These oats are made without yogurt and without chia seeds.
- If you love overnight oats you will also love apple pie overnight oats, berry cheesecake overnight oats and orange chocolate overnight oats.
Taste and texture:
This oatmeal is creamy, a little nutty and slightly sweet. Depending on the flavour of protein powder you use these oats can also take on a vanilla taste.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Rolled oats: rolled oats absorb more liquid than other oats, while still holding their shape nicely. I use sprouted rolled oats which are certified glyphosate free and gluten free. Be sure to use rolled oats and not quick oats or steel cut oats for this overnight oats recipe.
- Milk: use any milk that you like. I like to use coconut milk because it has a perfectly creamy, rich texture but you can use other milks such as almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, or soy milk.
- Nut butter: I prefer to use peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter for this protein overnight oats recipe but you can use any nut butter or seed butter that you like. Be sure to use unsweetened nut or seed butter for these oats. I also prefer to use a smooth nut butter, but if you like a chunky texture then you could use a chunky nut butter instead.
- Protein powder: you can never go wrong with a protein packed breakfast. The added protein powder makes these oats extra healthy and filling and turns oatmeal into high protein overnight oats. I would recommend using vanilla or plain protein powder but you can use whatever flavour you like including whey protein powder or vegan protein powder!
- Ground flax seeds: flax seeds are a nice addition to these overnight oats because they're filled with omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, which helps to improve digestive health. They also add a nice texture to this overnight oatmeal recipe.
- Sweetener: honey and maple syrup are great options to naturally sweeten this oatmeal and keep it refined sugar free. If you're following a vegan diet, use maple syrup.
- Additional toppings: I recommend bananas, berries or chocolate chips!
How to make this recipe:
First, add all of the ingredients to a bowl or mason jar and stir well to combine.
Next, cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 4 hours.
Then add any additional toppings that you wish before serving. Then enjoy!
- The longer you leave these overnight oats in the fridge, the more liquid they will absorb. Depending on how long you refrigerate them you may need to add a bit more milk before serving to give them the consistency you like.
- You can eat these overnight oats cold or heat them before serving.
- Feel free to double or triple this recipe if you are meal prepping or serving more than one person.
- I recommend using a plain, vanilla or chocolate flavoured protein powder depending on the flavour you like.
- Use rolled oats rather than instant oats for this recipe.
Variations and add ins:
- To make vegan overnight protein oats: use a dairy free milk such as coconut milk or almond milk, vegan protein powder, and maple syrup.
- Gluten free variation: be sure to use certified gluten free oats and gluten free protein powder.
- Dairy free variation: use a dairy free milk and a dairy free protein powder.
- To make these oats a little sweeter, add an extra tablespoon of honey or maple syrup.
- When you serve these healthy overnight oats feel free to add your own toppings such as yogurt, berries or even chocolate chips.
How to store:
Store this recipe for up to a week in the fridge in a sealed jar or container.
You can freeze overnights oats in a small container and thaw them in the fridge the day before eating.
This recipe is not low carb or keto but it is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and safe for diabetics to eat.
Frequently asked questions:
Here are a few ways to increase the protein content of oatmeal and overnight oats without using protein powder:
Top oatmeal with hemp hearts.
Add your favorite nut butter such as peanut butter, cashew butter or almond butter before serving.
Top it with some yogurt or greek yogurt.
Top it with cottage cheese.
These are the best protein powders for making protein oats:
Nuzest protein powder – this is both vegan and gluten free
Natural Force Organic Grass Fed Vanilla Whey Protein
Raw Grass-fed Whey Protein
Better Nutrition Grass Fed Whey Protein
Organika Collagen Peptides
Ancient Nutrition Keto Collagen Vanilla Flavour
Yes! Putting protein powder in overnight oats or oatmeal is a great way to add extra protein to oatmeal as well as give it a different flavour. You can use any flavour of protein powder that you like including chocolate to make chocolate protein overnight oats.
This overnight oats recipe has 660 calories per serving including 34 grams of protein, making it a healthy, complete meal.
Other recipes you will love:
- Apple pie overnight oats
- Protein baked oats
- Baked oats for one
- Oat milk pancakes
- Peanut butter oatmeal balls
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Overnight Oats with Protein Powder
Optional Topping Ideas
- banana, sliced
- chocolate chips
- Add all the ingredients to a bowl or mason jar and stir well to combine.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 4 hours. Add any optional toppings before serving.
- Note that nutritional values are an estimate and will vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.
- Top this oatmeal with whatever you like. Some of my favourites include: fresh berries, chopped banana, ground cinnamon or chocolate chips.
- Store this oatmeal in the fridge in an air tight container for up to a week.
- Use any type of milk that you like for this recipe.
- Top this oatmeal with whatever toppings you prefer.