This Protein Powder Oatmeal is a healthy, creamy high-protein oatmeal breakfast bowl perfect for any day of the week.
Plus, this oatmeal recipe is also dairy-free and vegan-friendly.
Can You Put Protein Powder In Oatmeal?
Yes, absolutely! Actually, adding protein powder to oatmeal is a healthy and tasty way to boost your morning proteins intake.
Protein keeps you full for longer, and it makes your bowl of oatmeal much more satisfying.
So let me share with you how you can add your protein powder to your oatmeal to make a creamy oatmeal bowl.
How To Make Protein Powder Oatmeal
It’s very easy to make oatmeal but a bit trickier to add protein powder. In fact, protein powder is highly liquid absorbent, and therefore, it can dry out oatmeal pretty fast.
The usual ratio of 1:2 dry to liquid is not applicable in oatmeal recipes with added protein or added fiber like chia seeds.
So to make creamy protein oatmeal, you need to increase your liquid ingredients.
- Old-fashioned oat or quick oats – I didn’t try the recipe with steel-cut oats, so I can’t recommend that option. It will probably take longer to cook and request more liquid since it has more fiber.
- Unsweetened almond milk or your favorite non-dairy milk, including oat milk, coconut, or soy milk.
- Vanilla protein powder or chocolate protein powder for a chocolate oatmeal flavor.
- Maple syrup or any sweetener you like, granulated sweeteners like sugar, and coconut sugar work as well. I like the flavor of maple syrup in vanilla oatmeal.
- A pinch of salt – to boost the flavor, totally optional.
Step 1: Combining Dry Ingredients
In a small mixing bowl, whisk your protein powder oats, and salt. Set aside.
Step 2: Boiling The Liquids
Then, in a non-stick saucepan, add water and almond milk and bring to a light boil. Reduce to low heat.
Step 3: Adding Protein Powder
Now, stir in rolled oats mixture prepared in step 1, maple syrup, and salt.
Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally or until the liquid has almost totally evaporated and the oats start to soften.
Step 4: Cool Down
Finally, stir, stop heat, cover, and set aside 2-3 minutes or until the oatmeal is creamy and thickened.
Remove from heat and stir in some optional ingredients like 1/4 cup mashed bananas, a tablespoon of peanut butter, or almond butter for flavor and extra plant-based proteins.
In a microwave-safe bowl, stir the quick oat (quick oats cook better in the microwave than rolled oats), protein powder, and salt. Then, stir in liquid ingredients: almond milk and maple syrup.
Microwave in bursts of 1 minute, stir and check the consistency.
Stop when the texture is creamy, and the liquid has evaporated.
It generally takes the same time as in a saucepan, 2 to 3 minutes.
Then, stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and set aside 2-3 minutes.
Note that microwave cooking time depends on the type of oats you use: quick oats cook faster and better in the microwave than old-fashioned oats.
Serving Protein Oatmeal
Serve this oatmeal recipe with some delicious toppings, including:
- Drizzle of almond milk
- Fresh berries – strawberries are great!
- Drizzle of nut or seed butter – peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter
- Drizzle of maple syrup
- Crushed nuts like almonds or peanuts
- Shredded coconut
Cooked oatmeal won’t store very well even in your fridge. It can stay warm and creamy if stored in a thermal jar or lunchbox for a kid’s breakfast on the go.
However, the best way to make this recipe faster is to measure all the ingredients the night before and cook in the morning just before eating.
If you prefer a great meal prep oatmeal recipe, try my baked apple oatmeal. It’s a one-pan oatmeal recipe that stores well in the fridge for a few days and can be rewarmed easily in the morning for breakfast.
Best Protein Powder For Oatmeal
There’s no good or bad protein powder to add to your oatmeal recipe.
They basically all work the same way, but we always choose to use plant-based protein powder for our recipe.
Plant-based proteins are less liquid-absorbent, create creamier oatmeal, and are, of course, vegan-friendly.
The main difference between protein powders are:
- Their flavor – Some protein powders have a strong earthy flavor, like hemp protein powder.
- Rate of liquid absorbance – some protein powders need more liquid to dissolve than others.
- Protein content – it varies from 25 grams to 35 grams per scoop, and the scoop size also varies. That’s why we measure protein powder with standard measuring scoops in our high protein recipes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Best Oats For Oatmeal?
Old-fashioned rolled oats are the most nutritious version of oats for breakfast.
It’s higher in fiber and adds more texture to the oatmeal.
However, it takes longer to cook, especially if you use your microwave. So for a microwave method, quick oats are the best choice.
Can I Add Chia Seeds?
You can add some chia seeds to the oatmeal when you add the rolled oats, stir in 1-2 teaspoons of chia seeds.
However, this makes the oatmeal dryer, so you may want to increase your almond milk by 1/4 cup to keep a creamy texture.
Can I Add Bananas?
You can skip the maple syrup and instead add a small mashed banana at the end in your hot cooked oatmeal for sweetens and extra creaminess.
More Vegan Protein Powder Recipes
Below I listed a range of delicious protein powder recipes for you to try.
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Your friend, Carine
Protein Powder Oatmeal
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk protein powder, rolled oats, and salt. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, add almond milk, cold water and bring to a light boil.
- Reduce to low heat, stir in the dry ingredients mixed before, maple syrup, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until all the liquid is almost absorbed by oats and the texture of the oats softened.
- Remove from the heat. Cover and set aside for a few minutes until creamy and thick.
- Serve with berries, a drizzle of extra almond milk, a dollop of peanut butter, and chocolate chips.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, stir quick oat (quick oats cook better in the microwave than rolled oats), protein powder, and salt. Then, stir in liquid ingredients: almond milk and maple syrup
- Microwave in bursts of 1 minute, stir and check the consistency. Stop when the texture is creamy and the liquid has evaporated. It generally takes the same time as in a saucepan or 2-3 minutes.
- Set aside a few minutes before serving.