5 delicious, easy-to-prepare protein overnight oats recipes
Overnight oats are a breakfast craze that’s here to stay. Any breakfast that can be made in advance is a winner in our eyes, and the ease and versatility of this option means you’re sure to keep coming back for more.
All you need is oats, milk or yoghurt (dairy-free works just as well if you follow a vegan or plant-based diet), fruit and anything else you want to add for different textures and flavours.
Protein overnight oats, or ‘proats’, as they’re sometimes called, include a scoop or two of protein powder as well, for even more filling power. And with so many different protein flavours out there, you can easily switch up your breakfasts to make sure they’re always worth getting out of bed for.
Why overnight protein oats (proats) make a great vegan breakfast
‘Proats’ often refer to standard porridge with a scoop of protein powder added, but you can also turn overnight oats into a protein-packed breakfast, giving you a little bit of extra time in the mornings, and ‘proats’ can refer to this too.
Oats naturally contain complex carbohydrates, as well as fibre; they’re a great example of an ingredient that releases its energy slowly, which can help to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Putting fruit, nuts and seeds to your overnight oats will add extra fibre and vitamins to your breakfast, and including protein powder will increase the nutritional value further.
Protein powder also makes a breakfast more filling, and it can support your fitness regime by helping you to increase your muscle mass over time.
Traditional protein-based breakfasts are off the table if you’re vegan and don’t eat meat or eggs, but our vegan protein powders mean you’ll still get that filling power first thing, and it’ll still taste great.
Basic protein overnight oats recipe
To make protein overnight oats, you’ll need:
- 45g oats (gluten-free oats will work just as well)
- 180ml milk (oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk are all good choices)
- 1 scoop (approx. 1.5tsp protein powder)
- Simply stir all of the ingredients together
- Pour into a container, and leave to soak overnight
Soaking your protein oats overnight means they draw in liquid from the milk, which makes them expand slightly and soften, leaving you with a wonderfully creamy texture. This also provides time for any added flavours to soak into the oats and fruit.
The beauty of overnight oats is that by adding different types of fruit, different spices and different flavoured protein powders, you can create a totally different breakfast, every time.