This healthy and easy protein overnight oats recipe is jam-packed with rich peanut butter and filling protein powder for a perfect grab-and-go breakfast! Made with fewer than 10 ingredients and only 5 minutes of active time, this delightful recipe has been my savior since giving birth to my baby boy a few months ago.
I love opening the fridge and having breakfast all ready to go. There’s nothing worse than being in a rush on busy mornings and having to think through what you’re going to eat — especially when there’s a newborn in the house. 🥱
These high-protein overnight oats are one of the easiest breakfasts you can make. Simply stir the ingredients together, pop them in the fridge, and wake up to a yummy and satisfying meal the next morning that will easily tide you over until lunch. They’re a great option compared to going through the drive-thru! Oh, and did I mention toddlers love these premade porridge cups, too?
As if that weren’t enough to love, these overnight oats with protein powder are super versatile — eat them hot or cold, easily change the flavor, and swap in your favorite toppings so you never get bored. They’re also easy to make nut-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan if needed.
Whip up a batch on your meal-prep day and reap the benefits all week long!
What do overnight protein oats taste like?
These make-ahead oats are smooth, creamy, and thick, like the best stovetop oatmeal porridge without any fuss or extra dishes. This recipe is flavored with peanut butter, banana, cinnamon, and vanilla — a delectable high protein combo I turn to time and again!
I personally like to make them as stated in the recipe, then add a little more almond milk and heat them up in the morning for delightful warm oatmeal. It makes them a little more milky, cozy, and all-around comforting. Feel free to eat them chilled like an oatmeal pudding if you prefer.
As promised, you need fewer than 10 simple ingredients to make this overnight oats protein powder porridge. Here’s what to grab:
- Old-fashioned rolled oats – These are the best type of oats to use for this overnight oatmeal recipe, because they get soft while still maintaining a lovely texture. Don’t use instant oats, quick oats (they get really mushy) or steel cut oats (they never soften up enough).
- Unsweetened almond milk – To give your oats a creamy, dreamy consistency.
- Chia seeds – I like to add chia seeds to most of my breakfasts, simply because they add a ton of fiber and are a great source of healthy fats, aka omega-3 fatty acids.
- Peanut butter – For an added boost of flavor and extra protein. I’m a fan of creamy peanut butter, but you can use crunchy if you like extra texture.
- Vanilla extract – For added flavor and complexity. Make sure to use pure vanilla extract for great flavor and avoid imitation flavoring, which is highly processed and definitely not good for your health.
- Maple syrup – The main sweetener in this recipe. It adds some sweetness without overpowering the other flavors. Just like vanilla extract, make sure to use 100% pure maple syrup!
- Cinnamon – I love adding cinnamon to this recipe. It makes the oats taste a little sweeter without adding more sugar.
- Vanilla protein powder – Use a high-quality scoop of protein powder that isn’t chalky and doesn’t have a weird aftertaste. Designer Whey is my favorite go-to protein powder, and I use it in all kinds of recipes like protein coffee, protein donuts, and all of my morning smoothies.
- Banana – The last ingredient, sliced bananas on top of your overnight oats gives them texture and another delicious flavor!
While I love this overnight oats recipe with protein just the way it’s written, there is PLENTY of room for you to make it your own. Here are a few quick and easy substitutions you can make depending on your needs and preferences:
- Old-Fashioned Oats – While neither instant/quick oats nor steel-cut oats are appropriate for this recipe, feel free to swap in certified gluten-free rolled oats if needed.
- Almond milk – I like to use the unsweetened vanilla flavor, but you can use any type of milk you’d like to! Regular dairy milk, soy milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, oat milk, rice milk, or any non-dairy milk would all work great in this protein-packed breakfast recipe. You can also substitute part or all of the milk for leftover coffee to get a little caffeine with your meal. Just note that the nutrition facts listed below are based on almond milk. 🤓
- Chia seeds – You can easily swap in golden flax seeds here, or omit them altogether.
- Peanut butter – You can also swap in any nut or seed butter you want. Almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower butter would also work great.
- Vanilla extract – You’re welcome to use an equal amount of vanilla powder or vanilla paste, or half as much ground vanilla seed instead. You can also experiment with different flavors here like almond extract, lemon extract, or maple extract.
- Maple syrup – Feel free to experiment with other liquid sweeteners like honey, agave nectar, date syrup, or brown rice syrup.
- Cinnamon – Other warming spices like pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, cardamom, ginger, or nutmeg are excellent options. Feel free to mix and match to find your favorite flavors! You’re also welcome to use cocoa or cacao powder for a chocolate-flavored breakfast if you like.
- Vanilla protein powder – You can also swap out the flavor like chocolate protein powder, to give your oats a makeover! Just make sure to choose a high-quality type of protein powder that isn’t chalky.
- Banana – Depending on what’s in season or what’s in your budget, you can easily trade out the bananas for your favorite fruits. Try fresh or frozen berries, stewed apples or pears, or fresh or frozen mangoes. You’re also welcome to use a dollop of Homemade Chia Seed Freezer Jam if you prefer!
This recipe for protein powder overnight oats comes together in a flash. Here’s how:
Step 1: Combine all ingredients except the banana in a medium glass jar or airtight container, stirring until uniform. (If you are making a larger batch, add to a large mixing bowl then portion out into jars).
Step 2: Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
Step 3: Garnish & Serve. Top with sliced bananas. Add a little more almond milk or peanut butter on top for best results! Serve warm or cold!
Tips & FAQ
- Feel free to make a bigger batch! Simply hover your cursor over the “servings” portion of the recipe card and drag to however many you like. This is a great move for families so everyone has a cup ready to go in the morning. It’s also ideal if you like to meal prep. They’ll keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Use a mason jar for simple storage. Not only are they airtight (perfect for tossing in your bag as you walk out the door), but can also be stacked in the fridge, and microwaved (so long as you remove the metal lid).
- Cut down on dishes by mixing the protein oat mixture directly in your storage container.
Protein overnight oats have a lot more fiber and protein than regular oatmeal, making them a healthy and filling breakfast any day of the week! The fiber and protein keep you full, and also helps improve your gut health, too!
Yes, you can! I’ve found that adding protein powder to hot oatmeal doesn’t always turn out great, and can often be dry and chalky. However, by adding protein powder to cold oats and refrigerating overnight, you avoid that dry, chalky oatmeal.
In general, these protein overnight oats are really great for keeping your GI tract healthy and keeping you full.
If you’re trying to limit your carbohydrate intake, overnight oats may not be the best option for you, but check out my Protein Cookie Dough (3 Flavors!), Low Carb Green Smoothie, Vegetable Breakfast Casserole With Sausage, or Cold Brew Coffee Protein Smoothie instead.
My 2-year-old loves overnight oats, so I make her a jar at the same time I make mine, just without protein powder. Most toddlers and children don’t need extra protein supplements, so I keep her oats as simple as possible.
Dried fruits, nuts, seeds, puréed pumpkin, chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, berries, fresh fruit, cocoa powder, nutmeg, dry ginger, or other flavors of protein powder would all work great in this oats recipe!
This peanut butter protein overnight oats recipe is a complete single serving breakfast that’s made with all-natural, whole-food ingredients you can feel good about feeding your family. These grab-and-go breakfast cups make for a filling, healthy overnight oats recipe that’s ready to eat when you are.
Oats, maple syrup, and bananas are all naturally high in carbs, which is why this recipe seems to be pretty carb-heavy. That said, the high fiber content means that some of those are insoluble carbs, bringing the net carb count down to 48 grams. Adding extra protein and fat from the protein powder and peanut butter also helps to balance out the macros for a deliciously balanced meal. With that being said, the amount of protein is high. There are 22 grams of protein per serving!
Total nutritional content per serving is:
- Calories: 445 calories
- Protein: 22 grams
- Total Fat: 18 grams
- Sodium: 225 mg
- Carbohydrates: 62 grams
- Fiber: 14 grams
*This nutritional information is an estimate and calculated based on the ingredients used to create the recipe. The nutritional value of your ingredients may differ slightly. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.
Looking for another easy way to add extra protein to your morning routine? Try making protein coffee at home!
Here is what I personally paid to make this recipe:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (in bulk): $.08
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk: $.41
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (in bulk): $.10
- 1 tbsp peanut butter: $.05
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract: $.25
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup: $.19
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon: $.02
- 1/4 cup sliced banana: $.05
- 2 tbsp Designer Whey Protein Powder: $.45
Total for this recipe, which is 1 serving, comes out to be $1.60!
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Easy Protein Overnight Oats
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- ¼ cup banana sliced
- Combine all ingredients except the banana in a medium glass jar or container. Stir until well combined, then refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
- Top with sliced bananas. Add a little more almond milk or peanut butter on top, if desired. Make these up to 3 days ahead of time. Serve warm or cold!
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These protein-packed overnight oats are the perfect make-ahead breakfast for you and your whole family! Keep your morning healthy and productive with this high-protein breakfast recipe!