Oats are a great way to start the day, but why not supercharge them by following our best protein powder overnight oats recipe?
Overnight oats are an easy and nutritious breakfast and a delicious way of getting an extra scoop of protein powder into your body.
Full of carbohydrates, dietary fibre, protein, vitamins and with a low GI, a bowl of rolled oats when you get out of bed can really set you up for the day – especially if you bump them up with a few nutrient-rich extras. And it was this thinking that led to the following protein powder overnight oats recipes.
If you’d like to know more about the nutritional properties of rolled oats, please see here.
When you think of oats and breakfast, the chances are that a bowl of steaming porridge comes to mind. Well as comforting as porridge can be on a chilly winter’s morning, oats are far more versatile than that. And did you know that soaking them for a few hours rather than cooking them actually increases their level of resistant starch? All you need is some oats, milk and time.
Oh, and a reliable base recipe. And lucky for you, we’re sharing one!
Another great breakfast idea is our Easy Banana Oats Protein Pancakes.
Protein Powder Overnight Oats Recipe
These overnight oats are yummy as they are, but you can add all kinds of tasty extras to make them even more appetising. There are some suggestion at the end of the recipe.
1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
3 tbsp Chia Seeds
3 tbsp LSA mix
2-3 scoops Vanilla Flavoured Protein Powder
1 litre Milk of your choice – I like to use Oat Milk as it goes with the oaty theme, but Almond Milk, Soy Milk, Coconut Milk/Water and Cow’s Milk all work well
If you’d like to know more about amazingly nutritious chia seeds, see here.
- Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix.
- Add your milk and stir.
- Leave to soak overnight, stirring occasionally.
The next morning, spoon as much as you want into a bowl and you can either eat your protein powder overnight oats as they are, or pimp them up with some added extras.
- Chocolate Protein Powder Overnight Oats – as the name suggests, swap out the vanilla flavoured protein powder for your favourite chocolate version (we like Premier Protein Whey Protein Powder, Chocolate, or Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder, Creamy Chocolate Fudge if you’re after a plant-based protein.
- Berries – fresh or frozen berries are perfect in this breakfast. Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries can either be mixed directly into the soaked oats or pureed and swirled through as a puree. Remember that berries are packed with vitamins, fibre and antioxidants – so be generous! (If you’d like to test our celebrated berry-packed best protein shake recipe, please see here)
- Coconut & Lime – add 1/2 cup desiccated coconut and the zest of 1 lime to the oats when you soak them. Top with toasted coconut flakes to serve. You can also toast the desiccated coconut in the oat mix, if you want to boost the flavour. Another suggestion is to swap out the oat milk for coconut milk or coconut water.
- Coconut & Mango or Pineapple – similar to the coconut & lime recipe, but add slices of mango or pineapple (or both) to the oat mix before serving. You can also leave out the lime, if you prefer – though coconut, lime and pineapple makes a very moreish Pina Colada flavoured breakfast!
- Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Fudge – Mash together 2 large, ripe bananas, 2 tbsp cacao powder (or increase your protein intake further by adding 1 scoop of a chocolate flavoured protein powder), 2 tbsp peanut butter and a pinch of salt. This gives you a nutrient-rich, sweet, fudgy paste which you can layer with the soaked oats. This is my exercise-focused son’s favourite brekkie!
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- Stewed Fruit – stew fruits like apples, pears and rhubarb by peeling and chopping them and placing them in a saucepan over a low heat. Add a little water or apple juice to help get them started. Once they have cooked to the texture you want, add sugar, honey or maple syrup if they are too bitter and leave to cool. Layer with the spoonfuls of your protein powder overnight oats or swirl through.
- Dried Fruit – either add dried apricots, cranberries, sultanas etc directly to your oats when you soak them or before serving, or soak them in a little warm water overnight to plump them up first. (If you’d like to test our legendary protein-rich bliss balls recipe, please see here)
- Nuts & Seeds – a handful of chopped almonds, walnuts, cashew nuts, macadamia nuts – whatever you fancy – either toasted or natural, will add texture as well as their impressive nutritional gains. The same goes for seeds. Yes, you’ve already got some LSA mix in there, but throwing in a few pepitas or sesame seeds won’t do you any harm.
- Spices – if you are make the stewed or dried fruit versions above, try adding some ginger, allspice, cinnamon or even chilli to the fruit. Remember that not only do they taste good, but many spices have medicinal properties, especially for ancient holistic practices like Ayurvedic medicine.
And if you’d like to try some more Overnight Oats with Protein Powder Recipes, see here.
You can eat your protein powder overnight oats straight from a breakfast bowl, if you like, but they look particularly appetising served in a glass with their layers on display.
Another idea is to actually prepare them in recycled jam jars or mason jar. This is a really great idea if you want to make your brekkie portable. Simply put your soaked oats and their accompaniments together in your clean jar and pop them in the fridge for when you want to grab one and go.
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Store in an airtight container or sealed jars in the fridge
The basic protein powder overnight oats will last 5-6 days refrigerated. Some topping, like fresh fruit, might expire a bit quicker.