My go-to breakfast recipe for something quick, easy, and healthy is a bowl of easy protein oatmeal, otherwise known as protein power oats. Protein oatmeal is a big bowl of oatmeal packed with protein, healthy fats, and delicious ingredients that will fuel you for the day!
If you know me at all, you know I have an obsession with protein oatmeal. One of my absolute favorite ways to start the day is with a big bowl of oats topped with all of the goods. And because I am frequently asked how I make my protein oats, I present to you this post. It includes an ingredient list (which can vary based on what toppings you like), cooking directions, process pictures, and a few bowls for inspiration. I hope you enjoy a bowl of power oats as much as me!
THe secret ingredient
I always, always add protein to oatmeal because it helps keep me full and fueled—it’s where the power comes from! My not-so-secret secret to adding protein to oats is not protein powder, but egg whites! When I tell people I add egg whites for protein, they usually are skeptical, but hey: don’t hate it until you try it. Liquid egg whites are high in protein and they add a thick and creamy texture to the oats. Starting your day with protein power oats will help keep you fuller for longer!
WHat you’ll need
The base ingredients for this recipe are oats and egg whites. All of the ingredients are toppings, so you can add exactly what YOU like and what you have on hand. I like to add nut butter, fruit, and granola because they add sweet and crunchy to the hot and creamy bowl. This recipe will round out to having a balance of carbs, protein, and healthy fats to keep you fueled!
This recipe for making oatmeal with this method is quick and low-key. At one point you will need to stir with a whisk continuously for two minutes, but other than that, you can empty your dishwasher, pack your lunch for the day, or make a cup of coffee while your oats cook. Let me walk you through this fool-proof process!
Place rolled oats, water, and salt (optional) in a small pot over medium-low heat.
Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the oats.
Raise heat to medium, add egg whites, and whisk continuously for about 2 minutes, until egg whites have cooked and oatmeal is thick and creamy.
Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.
Top the oats with fruit, nut butter, and yogurt.
Sprinkle with granola and enjoy!
If you try this recipe and love it, please rate it and me know your thoughts! Get creative with toppings as well. Try what you love and make this your own!
- small pot
- ½ cup quick oats
- 1 cup water
- 1/3-1 cup liquid egg whites
- 1/2 cup fruit
- 1 tbsp nut butter
- 1 tbsp granola
- dash salt optional
- Place rolled oats, water, and salt (optional) in a small pot over medium-low heat.
- Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the oats.
- Raise heat to medium, add egg whites, and whisk continuously for about 2 minutes, until egg whites have cooked and oatmeal is thick and creamy.
- Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.
- Top the oats with fruit and nut butter.
- Sprinkle with granola and enjoy!
MORE OATMEAL INSPIRATION
While each bowl of protein oatmeal has the basics (oats & egg whites), the variety comes from the toppings! Every bowl of oatmeal looks different based on what you have in your pantry or what YOU like to eat. Check out my IG feed and other breakfast recipes for even more oat inspiration! If you don’t like oatmeal, try getting protein with my protein yogurt parfait.
- Have you ever had protein oatmeal?
- What are your favorite toppings for oatmeal?
- Why do you fuel with protein power oats?
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