A healthy and delicious way to start the day Protein Overnight Oats with Berries has you covered! Rich and creamy with a combination of protein, complex carbohydrates, and antioxidants.
I likely eat oatmeal for breakfast at least four days a week. I’m a big fan of oats to say the least, and I’m always on the lookout for new plant-based breakfast ideas.
When I have time on the weekend I make it stovetop with steel cut oats. When I’m hungry and need something quick, I use quick oats and throw in whatever I’m in the mood for.
If I’m making oats for a crowd I make my vegan baked oatmeal.
Then there’s overnight oats. A thick creamy make ahead oatmeal that doesn’t require any cooking at all. It’s just the thing to make ahead when I know I have a busy morning coming up.
As I was making my simple overnight oats I started experimenting with ways to increase the protein and make it a more well rounded nutritional breakfast.
I recently started implementing a more intensive strength training schedule, and was looking for more ways to sneak in a bit of extra protein for tissue repair and muscle building.
That’s when I came up with this recipe for Protein Overnight Oats. It’s got the complex carbohydrates from the oats to give you energy, a boost of protein for muscle development, and added antioxidants to protect against free radicals.
If you’re waking up early and need a nutrient rich breakfast on the go, this is the breakfast for you!
Why You’ll Love Protein Overnight Oats with Berries…
- High in protein
- A good source of complex carbohydrates
- Added antioxidants
- Low in fat and calories
- High in nutrients
- Vegan and Plant-Based
- Naturally sweetened
- Rich and creamy
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Rolled Oats-There are many different types of oats on the market. Quick oats will end up creating a soupy mixture, while steel cut oats will not reduce down enough to be edible overnight. Use rolled oats which is a nice in between of the two.
- Unsweetened Plant-Based Milk-I use almond milk, however if you have a nut allergy you can use a different plant-based milk such as oat or soy. I recommend using unsweetened and unflavored milk.
- Plant-Based Protein Powder-I use a plain unsweetened pea protein powder. The only ingredient is pea protein. Keep it simple when it comes to protein powders. You don’t want one with added sugar, artificial flavors, or artificial sweeteners.
- Maple Syrup-To give this recipe natural sweetness without using refined sugar I use a small amount of maple syrup, which is both vegan and refined sugar free.
- Vanilla Extract-Added vanilla extract brings out the natural flavors of the other ingredients and elevates the flavors as a whole.
- Organic Blueberries and Strawberries-When it comes to berries I recommend using organic for improved flavor. In addition, berries (especially strawberries) are known to have a higher concentration of pesticides than other fruits and vegetables and are in the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list.
Tools You’ll Need
In the morning you can transfer your oats to two cups or serving bowls, and top with fresh berries.
How to Make Protein Overnight Oats with Berries – Step by Step
Step 1: Fill mason jar 1 cup of rolled oats. Cover oats with 1 cup of unsweetened plant-based milk, protein powder, maple syrup and vanilla.
Step 2: Stir with a spoon to evenly distribute ingredients. Cover with lid and place in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours.
Step 3: When you are ready to serve transfer to two cups, and top with fresh berries. Enjoy!
Top Tips for Making the Perfect Protein Overnight Oats
- Make the night before, and eat the next morning. I don’t recommend making a bunch of overnight oats for the week and letting them sit in your refrigerator. They taste best and retain their consistency better when eaten the next morning.
- Use rolled oats, not quick oats or steel cut oats.
- Be sure to thoroughly stir all the ingredients together. You don’t want to end up with clumps of protein powder.
- Adjust the sweetness for your preferred taste. You can add a bit more maple syrup but it will add additional sugar.
- Use unsweetened plant-based milk, and unsweetened protein powder so that you have control over the sugar.
- If you want to warm up your oats microwave them for about 45 seconds per serving. Watch it in the microwave so that it doesn’t bubble up too much and create a mess.
Variations and Substitutions
When you’re making overnight oats you likely want to use the ingredients you have on hand. Here are some simple variations and substitutions to make this recipe work for you using your pantry ingredients.
Don’t have rolled oats? Use quick oats, but only refrigerate for half of the time.
Don’t have almond milk? Use the plant-based milk of your choice. I recommend going with an unsweetened plain version.
Don’t have vanilla extract? Try almond extract if you have it. It gives a nice nutty flavor to the oats. Or use a vanilla plant-based milk or vanilla flavored protein powder.
Not sure what type of protein powder to use? Use the type you have on hand. I’m pretty picky when it comes to my protein powders. There are some not so healthy types on the market that are filled with additives, sugar, or artificial sweeteners. I also stay away from stevia.
Are Protein Overnight Oats healthy?
High in Protein-One serving has 16 grams of protein. A great start to the day to get your recommended protein intake!
High in Fiber-Oats are a complex carb meaning they include needed fiber that helps keep you feeling fuller longer and improves your digestion.
Rich in Vitamins and Nutrients-The added berries provide needed antioxidants, while the oats, and plant-based milk provide calcium and iron!
Why add protein powder to overnight oats?
It might seem a bit out of the ordinary to add protein powder to your oats, but it gives this breakfast a true boost in nutrients. Adding the vanilla and berries helps to disguise the flavor of the protein making this a delicious and healthy way to start the day!
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Protein Overnight Oats with Berries | Vegan and Gluten Free
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or plant-based milk of choice
- 1/4 cup unsweetened plant based protein powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup strawberries slices
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- Fill mason jar 1 cup of rolled oats. Cover oats with 1 cup of unsweetened plant-based milk, protein powder, maple syrup and vanilla.
- Stir with a spoon to evenly distribute ingredients. Cover with lid and place in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours.
- When you are ready to serve transfer to two cups, and top with fresh berries. Enjoy!