Kickstart your day with a powerhouse breakfast! Our high-protein oatmeal recipe, crafted with just three simple ingredients, is the perfect blend of nutrition and convenience for your busy mornings.
Imagine a breakfast recipe that aligns with your health goals and fits perfectly into your bustling morning routine. This oatmeal recipe is a harmonious blend of simplicity and nutrition. It's the kind of breakfast that makes you pause for a moment, savoring the balance of flavors and textures, all while knowing you're fueling your body right. It's more than just a meal; it's a positive start to your day.
In crafting this delightful breakfast recipe, we drew inspiration from two of our favorite creations: the vibrant breakfast fruit bowl and the comforting brown-sugar cinnamon oatmeal. These dishes have always been a hit, beloved for their wholesome goodness and irresistible flavors.
💚 Why you will love this recipe
- Quick to Make: 10 mins
- Staple Ingredients
- Easily Customizable
The ingredients that make this oatmeal bowl SO good are:
- Quick Oats, Gluten-Free: A great source of fiber and a gluten-free option, ensuring a hearty and inclusive breakfast base.
- Soy Milk: Chosen for its higher protein content compared to other plant milk, enhancing the overall protein level of the oatmeal.
- Vanilla Protein Powder: Adds a sweet flavor and a significant protein boost, making the oatmeal more satisfying and muscle-friendly.
- Walnuts: These nuts are a crunchy delight and a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids and additional protein.
- Flax Meal: Rich in omega-3s and fiber, it contributes to a nutritious texture and aids digestion.
- Water: Used to adjust the consistency of the oatmeal, ensuring it's perfectly creamy and not too thick. If you want your oatmeal super thick and with even more protein, replace it with more soy milk.
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- Moringa: packed with nutrients, is a superfood that not only enriches your dish with its unique, earthy flavor but also boosts it with moringa nutrients. Alternatively, you can opt for cocoa or matcha powder for a different taste.
- Banana: Offers natural sweetness and potassium, complementing the oatmeal's texture and taste.
- Strawberries: Provide a fresh, juicy contrast and a dose of vitamin C, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
- Quick Oats, Gluten-Free: Substitute with rolled oats for a chewier texture or steel-cut oats for a nuttier flavor, keeping in mind cooking times may vary.
- Soy Milk: Almond milk can be used for a lighter texture or coconut milk for a creamier, more tropical taste.
- Vanilla Protein Powder: Chocolate or unflavored protein powder can be used for a different flavor profile and chocolate or pea protein for a soy-free option. Add a teaspoon of almond or vanilla extract if opting for flavorless protein powder.
- Walnuts: Almonds or pecans are great alternatives for a different nutty crunch or sunflower seeds for a nut-free option.
- Flax Meal: Chia seeds can substitute for a similar nutritional profile and add a different texture.
Small saucepan and whisk.
To make this oatmeal breakfast, start by washing thoroughly your fresh ingredients.
Step 1: Boil the oats, water, and plant milk in a saucepan (set your electric stove to 7).
Step 2: Stir continuously to dissolve any clumps.
Step 3: Lower the heat to a gentle simmer (adjust to 5 on an electric stove). Once the oatmeal is almost ready, add any additional flavorings or nuts.
Step 4: Take it off the heat and add a personal touch with your choice of sliced fruit on top.
💡 Expert Tips
Consistent Heat: Maintain a medium-low heat while cooking the oatmeal. This ensures even cooking without burning or sticking to the pot.
Stir Regularly: Keep stirring the mixture occasionally. This helps in evenly distributing the heat and ingredients, preventing lumps.
Adjust Consistency: If the oatmeal is too thick, add more plant milk or water until you reach your desired consistency.
Flavor Balance: Taste as you go, adjust the sweetness, or add a pinch of salt if needed. This helps in balancing the flavors according to your preference.
Chocolate Delight: Stir in a tablespoon of cocoa powder for a chocolatey twist. Top with your choice of nuts and fresh raspberries for a rich, indulgent start to your day.
Cinnamon Spice: Add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the oatmeal while cooking. Serve with caramelized bananas and a sprinkle of nutmeg for a warm, spiced flavor.
Fruit Fusion: Mix in a variety of fresh fruits like blueberries, diced apples, or pears. Consider caramelizing your bananas and strawberries for a sweet, luxurious topping that complements the nutty undertones of the oatmeal.
Add seeds: For those looking to amp up the nutritional value of this dish, consider adding a sprinkle of chia seeds or a flax meal. Both are fantastic for enhancing the meal's fiber, antioxidant, and protein content. Chia seeds bring a unique texture and health benefits, while flax meal can be a more subtle addition. Just a tablespoon or two can make a significant difference.
🥢 How to serve
Straight-Up Warm: Enjoy this High-Protein Oatmeal served warm right off the stove. It's the classic, comforting way to savor the creamy texture and rich flavors, especially on chilly mornings.
Chilled & Refreshing: Let the oatmeal chill in the refrigerator overnight for a cool twist. Serve it cold for a refreshing breakfast option, ideal for warmer days or when you crave a pudding-like consistency.
Baked Oatmeal Bars: Transform the oatmeal into baked bars for an on-the-go snack. Spread the prepared oatmeal in a baking tray, add your favorite nuts and fruits, and bake until set. Cut into bars for a convenient, tasty, and nutritious snack anytime. Check our baked chocolate oatmeal recipe for inspiration.
In the Fridge: Store your High-Protein Oatmeal in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 5 days. When you're ready to enjoy it again, reheat it in the microwave or stovetop. Add some plant milk or water to restore its creamy consistency while reheating.
Freezing and Reheating: This oatmeal can be frozen for up to 3 months. Portion it into freezer-safe containers for easy access. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave. Reheat on the stove or microwave, stirring well and adding a bit of plant milk or water if needed to regain the perfect texture.
Meal Prep Option: Prepare a large batch at the start of the week for a ready-to-go breakfast. Portion the cooked oatmeal into individual containers and store them in the fridge. Each morning, you can grab a portion, reheat, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy a quick, nutritious start to your day.
Rolled oats can be used as a substitute for quick oats in this High-Protein Oatmeal recipe. Remember that rolled oats have a thicker texture and may require a slightly longer cooking time. They absorb more liquid and offer a chewier texture, which can add a delightful variation to your breakfast. Adjust the cooking time and liquid quantities to achieve your desired consistency.
To boost the protein content in your oatmeal, consider adding various protein-rich ingredients. You could add protein powder or incorporate nuts and seeds like chia, hemp, or pumpkin seeds. Another great option is to stir in some nut butter, like almond or peanut butter, which increases the protein and enhances the flavor. If you're using plant milk, choosing one with a higher protein content, like soy milk, can also contribute to a higher protein total.
You can make this oatmeal with water instead of plant milk. Water is a great option if you want a lighter version of the oatmeal or want to avoid any additional flavors that plant milk might bring. However, remember that using water instead of plant milk may result in a less creamy texture and slightly reduced richness and flavor. If you choose water, you might want to add a bit more of the flavoring ingredients, like vanilla or cinnamon, to enhance the oatmeal's taste.
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High-Protein Oatmeal Recipe
- 1 cup quick oats Gluten-free
- 2 cup soy milk or your favorite dairy-free milk (soy milk used for more protein)
- ½ cup vanilla protein powder 60 g
- 1 cup water
- Boil: Add oats, water, protein powder, and plant milk to a saucepan and heat on medium-high (electric stove at 7).
- Stir: Keep stirring to ensure a smooth, clump-free texture.
- Simmer: Reduce heat to medium-low (electric stove at 5) and add any extra flavorings or nuts as the oatmeal nears readiness.
- Top Off: Remove from heat and garnish with your favorite sliced fruit for a personal touch.
- Plant milk: any milk works for this recipe. We like using soy milk to increase the protein content of our breakfast.
- Spices: play with your spices. You can use only cinnamon, but we like adding cardamom, nutmeg, and ground cloves. The more spices, the more zero-calorie nutrients and minerals you get.
- We like keeping the spices to a maximum of ¼ teaspoon per serving.
- Fruits and nuts: add dried fruits while the oatmeal is cooking and fresh fruit when the cooking is over.
- Sweeteners: use any kind of sweeter or a mix of two. i.e., 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup.
- Seeds: they are not necessary, but we like adding them to add antioxidants and Omega 3 healthy oils and protein to our breakfast.
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