These protein overnight oats are a creamy, delicious and easy to make breakfast which also happens to be really healthy. Packed with protein and nutrients, it's the perfect meal to start your day.
Overnight oats are the perfect meal prep breakfast. After 5 minutes of effort in the kitchen, you have protein oats ready to eat over the next 4 days. This recipe is easy to make in big batches.
I love how creamy these oats are, and the protein powder adds flavor as well as nutrition. This recipe is suitable for kids as well as adults, and at 19 g protein per serving, it's a healthy and filling breakfast option.
Why you'll love it
- Easy to make
- Perfect for meal prep
- Delicious, creamy oatmeal
- Serve it warm or cold
- Stores well
- Easy to customize
Oat milk: The oats will absorb the milk to create the creamy texture. You can substitute this with skim milk, almond milk or soy milk if you prefer.
Greek yogurt: Creamy, thick yogurt gives this amazing oatmeal a fantastic texture.
Rolled oats: These oats give the best texture for overnight oats. You can also use quick cook oats, but steel cut oats will not work.
Protein powder: Use your favorite protein powder. I love to make this with vanilla protein powder, but any flavor will work well.
You can find full instructions + ingredient measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of this page
One: Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Stir to incorporate them evenly.
Two: Leave the oats to chill in a refrigerator overnight, or at least 6 hours. The oats will soak up the liquid, and create a creamy oatmeal texture.
Three: Serve the overnight oats cold, optionally with toppings, or heat it up in a microwave or skillet for 30 seconds before serving.
- Feel free to add more milk to make the oats thicker, or more milk to make them thinner. You can choose the texture you like.
- Add any flavor additions, like flavor essences, or use a protein powder flavor that you like. These will change how your overnight oats tastes.
These oats are best served for breakfast, or as a healthy snack or light meal. You can serve the oats plain, but they are also commonly topped with fresh fruits, berries, sweet spreads, nuts and more. Here are some of my favorite recipes to pair it with:
- Sugar Free Grape Jam
- Blueberry Chia Jam
- Rhubarb and Apple Jam
- Roasted Hazelnuts
- Roasted Walnuts
- Strawberry Basil Sauce
Chocolate protein oats: Use chocolate protein powder, or add a little cacao powder.
With frozen fruits: Add any frozen fruits to the overnight oats, such as raspberries, diced mango, or mixed forest berries.
Gluten free: Use certified gluten free oats, oat milk and protein powder. These can be found in most supermarkets.
Vegan: You can find vegan protein powder and Greek yogurt in most supermarkets.
Store leftover protein overnight oats in containers in a refrigerator for up to 4 days. I like to store them in serving sized container for quick and easy grab and go breakfasts.
If you want to serve the oats with toppings such as fruits or nuts, I recommend only adding these right before serving to keep it as fresh tasting as possible.
Frequently asked questions
No. Steel cut oats need to be cooked with heat to be edible, and are not suitable for overnight oats. Instead, use quick cook oats or rolled oats.
Add protein to your overnight oats by adding protein powder, using high protein milk, or adding seeds or nuts like chia seeds.
You might also like these recipes
- Chocolate Overnight Oats
- Protein Porridge
- Banana Overnight Oats
- Blueberry Overnight Oats
- Kefir Overnight Oats
- Lemon Curd Overnight Oats
- Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats
- Flaxseed Oatmeal
If you make this recipe, make sure to post a photo to Instagram with #hintofhealthy!
Protein Overnight Oats
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup Greek yogurt
- ½ cup oat milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Mix the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Store the oats in a sealed container overnight, or for at least 6 hours.
- Serve the overnight oats cold, or warm them up in a microwave or on the stove.
- Store protein overnight oats in a refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Use any protein powder that you like, such as vanilla, chocolate or strawberry flavored.