For the past year I’ve been driving myself crazy trying to find new ways to get more protein into my diet. For me, the best way is to somehow incorporate it into the food that I already eat rather than stuffing my face with protein bars or protein shakes.
And with my newfound love of oatmeal recipes I thought, why not find a way to add more protein to my to my daily dose of oatmeal in the mornings.
I personally always have 2 servings of oatmeal but even with that I don’t always feel full later. Adding protein makes a big difference in having my breakfast hold me over until my first snack of the day.
If you’re an oatmeal lover like me and you haven’t already tried to add protein to your oats, check out these 3 ways to make high protein oatmeal that tastes great!
3 Ways to Make Protein Oatmeal
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The best thing about making a high protein oatmeal is that it’s much more filling than having oatmeal without it. Also, depending on the method you use to add protein to your meal, you’ll have multiple flavor varieties to choose from.
My go-to ingredients for packing more protein into my oatmeal breakfasts are:
- Protein powder
- Nut Butter
- Greek Yogurt
There are a few other ways to up the protein but these are the ones that I’m most familiar with. They all give it a different texture but also a nice change in flavor.
Other ingredients that I like to add to my oatmeal for taste are:
- Almond milk
- Sweetener (brown sugar, maple syrup, honey)
- Dark chocolate chips
- Fresh fruit
Feel free to mix and match as you see fit!
Protein Powder Oatmeal
Taking a scoop of protein powder is probably the easiest way to get a lot of protein into a serving of oats. Just one scoop of powder usually has at least 20 grams of protein. And the best part is you can choose whatever flavor you want. Chocolate and vanilla are popular but I’ve also made my oatmeal taste like cake batter before too.
The important thing to note when adding protein powder to oats is to mix it in after the oats are already cooked. The first time I tried adding protein powder to oats I made the mistake of putting it in the pot while the oats were cooking and it ended up with a very undesirable texture.
Nut Butter Oatmeal
The 2 nut butters that I tend to reach for the most are peanut and almond. More recently, I’ve really taken a liking to white chocolate peanut butter. I thought it was crazy to put the two together at first but when I tasted it, the sweetness reminded me of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Adding it to oatmeal makes it taste even better. The best way to add this is right after the oatmeal is cooked while it’s still warm. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter has 8 grams of protein and 2 tablespoons of almond butter has 7 grams.
Greek Yogurt Oatmeal
I’ll be honest, Greek yogurt isn’t my favorite. But with the right combination of foods and flavors it actually tastes pretty good. When it comes to yogurt I always go for the the full fat vanilla. It tastes better than plain or fat free and it’s a nice base to add whatever toppings I want to it.
Same as always, be sure to mix the yogurt in after the oatmeal is cooked. It does change the taste of the oatmeal slightly, so if you don’t want to mix it in you can always throw it on top. And if plain or vanilla doesn’t suit you, take your favorite Greek yogurt single serving cup and add it on top of your oatmeal.
One single serving of Greek yogurt gives you about 18 grams of protein. Almost as much as a protein powder.
You can always throw in some granola and fruit while you’re at it for good measure.
Other ways to Add Protein to Oatmeal
There are a few other ways to add protein to oatmeal that I did not include because I have yet to try them…
- Milk. Adding regular milk instead of water or almond milk gives you 8 grams of protein in your oats.
- Cooking your oatmeal with egg whites. Make sure to continuously stir and keep an eye on the sauce pan so that the eggs don’t cook seperately.
- Adding cottage cheese. You can do the after the oats are cooked just as you would with the Greek yogurt.
- Topping the oat meal with chia seeds or flaxseed.
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