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Protein Overnight Oats

Protein Overnight OatsMake breakfast while you sleep with our high-protein overnight oats recipe. I love hot oatmeal, but there are days I don’t have time to wait. Our overnight oats with protein powder are a healthy, make-ahead breakfast perfect for those busy mornings, and the added protein will keep you full longer. For more oatmeal ideas, check out our Overnight Oat Recipes.

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ARE OVERNIGHT OATS HEALTHY?

Overnight oats are high in protein, fiber, and vitamins. And like our Matcha Overnight Oats, this meal is so versatile, you can easily add toppings like seeds, nuts, and fruit to fortify the oats for even more health benefits.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Oatmeal: Old-fashioned oats produce the best results, whereas steel-cut oats wind up chewy since they don’t absorb the liquid properly, and quick oats turn out mushy.
  • Chia Seeds: In addition to texture, the chia seeds provide protein, fiber, and healthy fat.
  • Almond Milk: You can use water or any milk, like oat, soy, or coconut milk. I prefer almond milk for this recipe because the nuttiness complements the chocolate protein powder and almond butter topping.
  • Protein Powder: Use any flavor of protein powder, but I highly recommend chocolate. I love this plant-based protein powder. If all you have is vanilla protein powder, you should try our Overnight Oats with Frozen Fruit.
  • Toppings: The toppings are optional, but almond butter rounds out the flavor of the overnight oats perfectly and adds even more protein. And why not throw a couple of chocolate chips on top because you can?

SUBSTITUTIONS AND VARIATIONS

  • Dairy – Adding Greek yogurt or cottage cheese adds even more protein to the overnight oats mixture.
  • Fruit – Top the oats with fresh fruit like raspberries, blueberries, or banana slices.
  • Nuts – Finish the oats with chopped almonds, pecans, or walnuts.
  • Nut Butter – I love melting almond butter and drizzling it over the top, but you can use any seed or nut butter.

HOW TO MAKE PROTEIN OVERNIGHT OATS 

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Divide the oats and chia seeds into two containers.

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Combine the almond milk and protein powder in a cup and stir until fully incorporated.

Almond milk and protein powder combined in a cup.

Then, divide the milk between the two containers. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

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When you’re ready to eat, top the oats with a drizzle of almond butter and chocolate chips.

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PREPARATION TIPS

  • Take the time to combine the almond milk and protein powder before adding them to the oatmeal; this helps to disperse the protein powder and prevent the oats from clumping and becoming chalky as they set.
  • Store overnight oats in a jar with room to spare since the oatmeal and chia seeds expand as they rehydrate, and so will any mix-ins you add.
  • Before adding the toppings, stir the mixture before digging in.

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HOW LONG DO OVERNIGHT OATS LAST?

  • TO STORE – Store the oats in an airtight container for five days in the refrigerator. If the oats seem dry after sitting in the fridge, add another splash of almond milk.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Do you eat overnight oats warm or cold?

Serve overnight oats chilled straight from the fridge for a convenient, no-cook breakfast that doesn’t need to be heated. However, if you find yourself craving something warm, microwave the oats for 30 seconds to a minute before adding the toppings.

What is the ratio of oats to liquid for overnight oats?

It’s a matter of preference. I find a 1:1 ratio of one part old-fashioned oats and one part almond milk for the best result. Use less liquid if you want thicker oatmeal and more if you like it runny.

Can I use Instant Oats?

I suggest avoiding instant oats to make our protein overnight oats recipe because they become mushy as they set.

Are overnight oats a good source of protein?

Have your oatmeal and get your protein too! Overnight oats are a great source of protein, and they make for a well-balanced meal with whole carbs to keep you fuller for longer. The protein comes from plant-based sources like pea protein, chia seeds, almond milk, and almond butter.

Do you have to soak the oats overnight?

Despite the name overnight oats, they only need to soak for a 2-3 hours before you can enjoy them. However, the longer you soak the oats, the softer they will become.

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A container of protein overnight oats topped with almond butter and chocolate chips.

Protein Overnight Oats

Tressa Jamil
Protein overnight oats are a healthy, make-ahead breakfast perfect for those busy mornings, and the added protein will keep you full longer.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Soaking Time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 346 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • cup rolled oats, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds, divided
  • cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter, melted, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon Lily's Chocolate chips, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Divide the oats and chia seeds into two containers.
  • Combine the almond milk, protein powder, and sea salt in a glass and stir until fully incorporated. Then, divide the milk between the two containers. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • When you're ready to eat, top the oats with a drizzle of almond butter and chocolate chips.

Notes

Serving Size: ½ Cup
Preparation Tips:
  • Take the time to combine the almond milk and protein powder before adding them to the oatmeal; this helps to disperse the protein powder and prevent the oats from clumping and becoming chalky as they set.
  • Store overnight oats in a jar with room to spare since the oatmeal and chia seeds expand as they rehydrate, and so will any mix-ins you add.
  • Before adding the toppings, stir the mixture before digging in. 
Nutritional Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 ServingCalories: 346kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 19gFat: 19gSodium: 284mgFiber: 10gSugar: 3g
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Recipe Rating




Shari

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

We found this recipe on Google and have been making them at least once a week since. Thank you for the recipe.

Tressa Jamil

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

I am so happy to hear that these protein overnight oats have been a win for you; thank you for taking the time to rate and comment.