protein oatmeal.

protein oatmeal is a great way to get a balanced meal in one bowl. the added protein not only tastes great, it will help keep you full for hours!

 protein oatmeal

i have experimented with several kinds of protein powder, and i have found that the best kinds to use are anything except 100% whey. 100% whey CAN be used, but it may clump up and cause the oatmeal to have an undesirable texture. currently, my favorite protein powder to use for protein oatmeal is syntha-6 vanilla made by BSN.

i like using vanilla protein powder (although in the photos below i did use chocolate) because it creates a blank canvas and you can flavor your oats. for example:

  • add 1 T cocoa powder to make chocolate
  • add 1/2 tsp extract to make whatever flavor extract: vanilla, almond, maple, orange, hazelnut, lemon, etc

you can also add various toppings after cooking the oats to change the flavor profile and up the nutritional stats. some ideas:

  • nut or seed butter
  • ground flax seed
  • jam or jelly
  • fresh fruit: bananas, blueberries, strawberries, etc
  • chopped nuts

you can check out the photos below for some of these combos!

now, here is the recipe and method.

 pro oat

nutrition stats before stir ins and/or toppings: 300 calories, 8g fat, 31g carbs, 27g protein

ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 serving (scoop) vanilla protein powder (stats were calculated using BSN synta-6 brand)
  • optional: cinnamon, cocoa powder, vanilla extract (or other extracts), sweetener (although protein powder is pretty sweet as it is)
  • optional toppings.. some ideas: peanut butter, blueberries, ground flax, bananas, chia seeds.. possibilities are endless!

directions:

1. combine oats and water in saucepan and boil over low/medium heat for about 20 minutes. it is all about the slow and low method.

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2. when all the water has soaked up into the oats, you are ready to start stirring things in!

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3. add your protein powder (chocolate shown here), cinnamon, and/or extracts. you can also add sweetener, but the protein powder adds enough sweet for me.

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4. stir, stir, stir. real fast and vigorous.or use a whisk.. and in that case, whisk, whisk, whisk.

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5. turn off the burner and transfer oats to bowl. add toppings, if desired, and eat immediately.

here are a few of my favorite bowls.

cinnamon + peanut butter.

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peanut butter + raspberry jam.

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mighty maple peanut butter + blueberry flax.

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apricot preserves + vanilla.

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peanut butter + cinnamon + chia seeds.

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chocolate + mighty maple peanut butter.

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hope this has given you some breakfast ideas!

xo. janetha g.

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