Overnight oats with protein powder is one of the best ways to start the day. This recipe includes over 30g of protein per portion! So you’ll be well on your way to hitting those macro goals. Protein powder overnight oats are super versatile, great for meal prepping and super filling. For fans of Vegan Baked Oats.
🌟 Why this recipe works
- Easy and convenient – probably one of the easiest and most simple recipes on our website! Making overnight oats with protein powder is a great way to start the day, and especially if you like to do a workout in the morning too. Plus, it’s great for meal prepping or making in advance. Make it the night before you want to eat it, so you can just grab it out the fridge in the morning! You may also like to try Bircher muesli overnight oats too.
- Protein powder – protein powder oats is a super efficient way to get a high amount of protein into a meal. These protein powder overnight oats actually have 33g of protein in them! You can use whatever protein powder you like. We like MyVegan and we used vanilla protein when we made them this time. We have used chocolate protein powder too (same brand), both work just as well. Remember to check that the protein powder is vegan though!
- Versatile – use whatever flavour protein powder you love (we like vanilla or chocolate), use whatever non-dairy milk is your favourite and add toppings to pack some extra vitamins or protein in like fresh fruit and peanut butter. We like to serve vanilla protein overnight oats with strawberries, peanut butter and vegan salted caramel yoghurt. For chocolate protein powder overnight oats, a great combination is banana, cacao nibs and vanilla (or plain) vegan yoghurt.
📋 Ingredient Notes
- Oats – we use chunky steel-cut (or porridge) oats because the texture is great, but most oats will work for protein overnight oats. However, we wouldn’t recommend using quick oats, as they are often finer and will lose texture after sitting in the fridge.
- Protein powder – we use MyVegan vanilla soy isolate powder which has 27g of protein in it per 100g. However, this recipe doesn't require any particular brand or flavour of protein powder to work. Just check that it's a vegan one! Alternatively, you could try a tofu scramble for a protein filled breakfast. Try this curried tofu scramble for something a bit different.
- Chia seeds – a classic overnight oats ingredient and one that we use a lot. Not only do chia seeds pack in great nutrients like magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, but they also contain protein too! (Source.) In addition, chia seeds help the protein overnight oats to set, so it’s a pretty important ingredient.
Check out the recipe card at the bottom of this article for exact measurements to make this protein powder overnight oats recipe.
🔪 Step-by-step Instructions
This is a step-by-step overview with photos for overnight oats with protein powder. The full recipe, along with measurements and detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
1. Put the protein powder into a protein shake cup, then pour in the liquid.
2. Shake well until the powder breaks down and turns into a smooth shake.
3. Pop the oats and chia seeds into a large tupperware container. Mix so that the chia seeds are running throughout the oats, so they are not clumped up.
4. Pour the protein shake onto the oats and chia seeds. Next, stir well with a spoon until it’s all combined
5. Refrigerate overnight, or at least for 2 hours.
6. When you’re ready to eat the protein powder overnight oats, portion half of the full mix into a bowl, jar or whatever container you want to eat them from. Then top with your favourite toppings. For vanilla protein overnight oats, we recommend chopped strawberries, peanut butter and salted caramel vegan yoghurt.
👩🍳 Expert Tips
- Combine your favourite flavours – we went for vanilla protein powder and strawberries when we made our overnight oats with protein powder this time around. However, we have also made them with chocolate protein powder, banana and peanut butter (for even more protein!). Experiment with your flavour combos to see what you like the best!
- Extra milk – different protein powders require different measurements to hit your protein goals and also different amounts of liquid! For example, the MyVegan vanilla soy protein isolate requires more powder than the chocolate protein mix by the same brand (which is not soy) and a lot more milk otherwise it ends up too thick and gloopy. So it’s important to add more milk if it looks a bit dry or solid. That’s just because all brands and products are a bit different, this isn’t a big deal though.
- Top tip – for the best protein powder overnight oats, we recommend first making the protein powder into a shake with the almond milk. If you’ve made a protein shake before, then we’re sure you’ll know why! However, if you haven’t, protein powder can take a fair bit of shaking to get all of the powder to break down and turn into a shake. Making the powder into a shake first means that you won’t have this problem in your protein overnight oats.
Yes! Adding protein powder to overnight oats is a simple yet effective way of adding a big hit of protein to your diet. Just make sure to make the shake up first, otherwise the protein overnight oats could end up a little powdery, which wouldn’t be so enjoyable!
Oats provide 16.9g of protein per 100g (source) so they do contain a fair amount of protein, but combining them with protein powder means you can pack even more protein into your breakfast!
No! But it is a great type of plant milk to use in overnight oats. We’re not looking to add extra protein from the milk in this breakfast so it’s all good.
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Overnight Oats with Protein Powder
- 60 g protein powder – or the equivalent of 1 measure of your protein powder
- 1 cup oats
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Peanut butter
- Cacao nibs
- Vegan yoghurt
- Put the protein powder into a protein shake cup, then pour in the liquid. Shake well until the powder breaks down and turns into a smooth shake.60 g protein powder, 2 cups almond milk
- Pop the oats and chia seeds into a large tupperware container. Mix so that the chia seeds are running throughout the oats, so they are not clumped up.1 cup oats, 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Pour the protein shake onto the oats and chia seeds. Next, stir well with a spoon until it’s all combined.
- Refrigerate overnight, or at least for 2 hours.
- When you’re ready to eat the overnight oats with protein powder, portion half of the full mix into a bowl, jar or whatever container you want to eat them from. Then top with your favourite toppings. For vanilla protein overnight oats, we recommend chopped strawberries, peanut butter and salted caramel vegan yoghurt.Peanut butter, Strawberries, Cacao nibs, Banana, Vegan yoghurt
- Use whatever protein powder you like (but check that it's a vegan one!), but we find vanilla or chocolate flavour to be a good starting point.
- You may need to use a little more or a little less than the 30g stated in this recipe. Use the amount for one serving of protein powder, as it reads on the packet instructions.
- Make up the protein powder with the almond milk before pouring it onto the oats. Otherwise the finished dish could be powdery!
- Add more milk if needed once you serve the oats, this will depend on personal preference.