This pumpkin protein oatmeal is creamy, delicious, and tastes like a piece of pumpkin pie! It’s quick, easy, and packed with protein to fuel your day.
EASY PROTEIN OATMEAL
Hi, my name is Jordo and I love oatmeal! One of my absolute favorite ways to start the day is with a big bowl of protein oatmeal topped with delicious ingredients! This pumpkin protein oatmeal recipe is very similar to my original easy protein oatmeal recipe, but totally welcomes the fall season because it tastes like a creamy piece of pumpkin pie. This bowl of pumpkin protein oatmeal is quick, easy, healthy, and an incredibly delicious breakfast.
WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED?
The recipe only requires a few ingredients. I love recipes that are EASY and use what I already have in the pantry and this recipe definitely meets those requirements. You’ll need:
- Oats – Oatmeal is one my breakfast staples because it’s a slow-digesting carbohydrate that will steadily provide energy. For this recipe, I prefer quick oats, but you could use steel-cut, rolled, old-fashioned, or whatever kind of oats you like best.
- Water – This will be used to cook the oats.
- Chia seeds – A scoop of chia seeds doesn’t add flavor, but several nutrients. They can also help thicken up the oatmeal for a creamy texture.
- Egg Whites – I always add egg whites to my oatmeal if I’m able! It is a great way to add protein using whole foods, plus it gives a thick and creamy texture.
- Vanilla – A little bit of vanilla will add some extra sweetness to the oats.
- Pumpkin – These wouldn’t be pumpkin pie oats without pumpkin! Pumpkin puree from the can will work great for this recipe.
- Cinnamon – Some cinnamon will add great flavor to these oats. Plus, there are awesome health benefits to cinnamon.
- Honey Bear Bites – The key to the pie crust texture of the recipe is to add crushed honey bear bites (or graham crackers or teddy grahams).
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – A little bit of pumpkin pie spice will add some extra pumpkin flavor to these oats!
- Optional Add-Ins: Vanilla protein powder, cashew butter, syrup, honey, stevia, slivered almonds, coconut, almond milk, etc.
SHOULD I REALLY ADD EGG WHITES?
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 SUBSTITUTIONS CAN I MAKE?
- Oats – Because this recipe is for overnight oats, you definitely need some sort of oats. I use quick oats but you could use gluten-free, flavored, or whatever kind you like best.
- Chia seeds – This is an optional ingredient and the recipe will still turn out great if you don’t add these seeds.
- Almond milk – Any other kind of milk or water will work well for this recipe so you can choose whatever matches your dietary needs.
- Pumpkin – Pumpkin is a necessity for this recipe!
- Egg whites – I would recommend keeping egg whites so you get the creamy texture and nutritional benefits. However, you can totally leave the egg whites out if you desire.
- Honey Bear Bites – I would definitely add some sort of graham cracker-like thing, whether it’s a regular graham cracker or honey teddy graham. My favorite are Honey Bear Bites because they’re packed with protein!
- Vanilla, Cinnamon and Pumpkin Pie Spice– I like to add vanilla, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice for extra delicious flavor, but you could leave these out and it would be okay.
HOW DO I COOK THIS?
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Pumpkin Protein Oatmeal
- small pot
- ½ cup quick oats
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
- 1/4 cup pumpkin
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 cup bear bites or graham crackers, crumbled
- 1 tbsp chia seeds optional
- Place oats, water, and salt 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.
- Add pumpkin and remaining ingredients. Let the oatmeal cook until thick and creamy.
- Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.
- Top with additional ingredients of choice.