High Protein Overnight Oats is a healthy breakfast that is quick and easy to prepare. It's perfect for meal prep and the best part is you can add your favourite toppings such as Greek yogurt and fresh fruits. Only 5 minutes of prep, a few simple ingredients, and you will be all set for those busy mornings!
Why you will love this recipe
- This easy, healthy recipe has 10 grams of protein without the use of protein powder.
- Increase the protein even more by adding toppings like nuts, seeds, almond milk, Greek yogurt etc.. Or mix in your favourite protein powder.
- It's an easy breakfast and a great option for when you are on the go!
- Customize the flavours by adding extras like vanilla extract, cinnamon, or cocoa powder.
- It lasts for day so make a big batch and you are set for the week.
What you need to make this recipe
- old fashioned, large flake, or rolled oats
- almond milk
- almond butter
- hemp hearts
- chia seeds
The sky's the limit when it comes to toppings but here are some suggestions.
Step by Step Instructions
First add the oats, chia seeds, hemp hearts, and nut butter to a mixing bowl, glass jar, or airtight container. Then add a splash of the milk and stir everything together. The small amount of milk added first makes it easer to combine the nut butter into the dry ingredients.
Then add the rest of the milk and either cover or transfer the mixture into an airtight container or glass jars and refrigerate overnight or up to 5 days. These oats are delicious served warm, cold, or at room temperature. To reheat simply pop into the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until you reach the temperature you want.
What type of oats should I use?
For best results use Old Fashioned, Rolled, or Flaked oats. If you decide to use Steel Cut Oats increase the milk added and keep in mind they will have a chewier texture. If using Quick Oats the texture could turn out mushy. Ultimately it's a personal preference buy I found the above mentioned be the best option.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes they are a great source of protein and can be increased even more depending on the extra ingredients you add such as nut and seed butters, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, protein powder, and Greek yogurt.
Lots of protein, fiber and healthy fats can help keep you satiated longer which can aide in weight loss. Plus with this easy make-ahead recipe you are less likely to grab something unhealthy from the coffee shop.
There are many ways to bump up the protein in your oatmeal recipe such as adding nuts, seeds, hemp hearts, nut butter, protein powder, Greek yogurt, and cottage cheese. Make it savoury by adding a poached or fried egg and some cheese.
- Almond Milk - any type of milk will work. Regular milk or other dairy free alternatives such as cashew and coconut milks are delicious! You can also use yogurt keeping in mind the consistency may be thicker.
- Almond butter - and nut butter works in this recipe including peanut butter.
- Nut allergy? - use a seed butter such as sunflower or pumpkin.
- Hemp hearts - any type of seeds can be used in place of hemp hearts keeping in mind hemp hearts provide a good dose of protein.
- Chia seeds - flax or sesame seeds would be great alternatives.
Strawberry or Peaches and Cream - add vanilla extract to the base recipe and top with strawberries or peaches and a splash of cream. Vanilla protein powder would also add some extra flavour and sweetness.
Peanut Butter and Jam - use peanut butter in the base recipe and top with a small spoon of your favourite jam.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup - add chocolate protein powder or cocoa powder to the base and top with a few sprinkles of chocolate chips. This one is perfect for the kids!
Extra Creamy - it's easy to turn these into creamy overnight oats by adding extra milk. You can easily double the amount used in this recipe.
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No fancy equipment is necessary! However, if you like to take your oats on the go I recommend these plastic mason jar lids which are much tidier than regular mason jar lids and don't rust over time.
- Stirring in a small amount of milk first makes it easier to combine all of the ingredients.
- Warm in the microwave in small increments stirring in between for best results when heating.
HIGH PROTEIN OVERNIGHT OATS
- ½ cup oats, rolled, old fashioned, or large flake
- ¾ cup dairy or non-dairy milk
- 2 tablespoon nut or seed butter
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- 2 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon chopped nuts
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin or sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
- extra milk
- unsweetened coconut
- In a glass jar or a bowl, combine oats, nut butter, chia seeds, and hemp hearts. Add a splash of the milk and mix everything together. Add in the rest of the milk and stir to combine.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight, or up to 5 days.
- Serve warm or cold. You can warm it up in the microwave. Heat in small increments, stirring often, until it’s the temperature you like.
- Top with chopped nuts, seeds, and fruit if using. Drizzle with maple syrup or honey if using.