Creamy Cherry High Protein Oatmeal
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Warm up every morning with this delicious high protein oatmeal that is not only creamy but bursting with fruit too!
There’s no better way to start your day than with a high-protein breakfast. Getting protein into every meal is just one of the best ways to stay happy and full until lunchtime.
My cherry and almond oatmeal is sure to be as much a winner in your house as it is in mine!
There’s definitely something about the cherry and almond combo! Reminds me of a good old Bakewell tart, and who wouldn’t love cake at breakfast?
Let’s jump in and see just what makes this bowl of oatmeal so tasty.
Here is a list of everything you’ll need for this awesome recipe!
Good old-fashioned oats are a great choice for breakfast first thing in the morning. You could use jumbo oats, or regular-sized ones (it’s fine!).
I chose chia seeds to help bulk up the nutritional value and make it twice as filling.
Throwing in some vanilla extract is going to give a deliciously sweet flavor that will really complement the other ingredients in the recipe.
I made mine with soy milk, but you could use almond milk if you prefer. You could even just make it with water but the milk will give it a creamier consistency.
I love to throw in some fat-free Greek yogurt. It really adds to that creaminess. A warm bowl of oats with Greek yogurt is just so delicious.
Now the star ingredient in this dish for me is definitely the cherries! You can use fresh or frozen they both work really well.
When they burst with delicious juice they are going to give this protein oatmeal a fantastic zingy sweetness.
I’m adding a little sugar to help create the cherry syrup.
Last but not least are my favorite toppings. You can’t have cherries without almonds, right?
It’s like PB and J, orange and chocolate – they just go well together!
And if you fancy it, a drizzle of maple syrup won’t go a miss either.
How many calories are in high-protein oatmeal?
I always work hard with my recipe developer to make sure my recipes have the right amount of nutritional value.
My hot oatmeal has 425 calories per portion which is a great amount for a meal when you are eating a balanced amount of calories.
It also has a fantastic 20 grams of protein.
Here is a quick overview of the other information:
(For more information take a look at the recipe card down below)
Choosing high-protein vegetarian breakfast recipes is the easiest way to fill you up until lunchtime.
Extra protein in your diet will do wonders to help give you energy, boost muscle growth, and even help you reach those weight loss goals.
If you’d like more high-protein meal options you should take a look at the Free 7-day Vegetarian High Protein Meal Plan, or if you are trying to lose weight this Vegetarian Weight Loss Meal Plan will do wonders to keep things exciting.
Chia seeds are like little magic gems, bursting with antioxidants, fiber, and amino acids to help lower your blood sugar levels and risk of heart disease.
The Greek yogurt is going to give you extra protein, as well as a good level of calcium, probiotics, and vitamin B-12.
Finally, cherries are a great option if you want to add fruit to your creamy protein oatmeal. They are full of nutrients and antioxidants and are also fantastic to help aid workout recovery due to their anti-inflammatory properties.
How to make easy protein oatmeal
Time needed: 15 minutes.
- Prep time:
Add oats, chia seeds, vanilla extract, and soy milk into a medium-sized pan.
- Cook time:
On the stove top mix the oatmeal over medium heat and cook until it is nice and thick about 5-7 minutes). Once it’s off the heat fold in the Greek yogurt for extra creaminess.
- Syrup time:
In a medium-sized pot add the pitted cherries with the sugar. Mix and cook until the cherries release their liquid and it boils until having a syrupy consistency.
- To finish:
Transfer the high protein oatmeal into a bowl and top with the cherry compote. Top with chopped almonds, and if you like, some maple syrup, or honey.
Cherry oatmeal FAQs
Let’s take a look at the answers to your top questions on high protein breakfasts like this one:
I would suggest eating your oatmeal fresh when you make it. When oatmeal cools down it does go a bit stodgy. That being said if you needed to reheat it try popping it into a microwave-safe bowl and heat gently in the microwave.
You can add all sorts of flavorings and toppings to oatmeal. You could make it sweet or even savory it is a really versatile base to create a delicious meal with.
If you wanted to make an overnight oats version then that would work for meal prep to make ahead, however, to make this recipe it would probably be best to make it when you’re ready to eat it.
There are several options if you want to add more protein to your oatmeal including Greek yogurt, your favorite nut butter like peanut or almond butter, or you could even add a scoop of protein powder.
There are approximately 5 grams of protein in 0.5 cup (40g) of rolled oats.
The good news is if you want to tweak this recipe I’ve got some great tips for you,
- Different seeds: If you can’t get chia seeds you could add flax seeds or hemp seeds, these also have great health benefits.
- Different milk: If you don’t like soy milk, you can easily change it for coconut, almond, or regular cow’s milk.
- Different fruit: If you prefer, you could make your compote from fresh berries such as raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries.
- Protein boost: If you want to up the protein content in this recipe an easy way to do that is by adding nut butter.
More recipes like this
Here are some other similar recipes I think you’ll love!
- 1 ¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cup soy milk (unsweetened)
- ½ cup low fat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup cherries (pitted. Fresh, frozen or canned, not candied)
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp almonds (chopped)
- In a medium sized pot add oats, chia seeds, vanilla extract and soy milk.1 ¼ cup rolled oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 ½ cup soy milk
- Mix and cook over medium heat until you have a homogenous thick porridge (about 5-7 minutes). Take off the heat and fold in the Greek yogurt.½ cup low fat Greek yogurt
- In a medium sized pot add the pitted cherries with the sugar. Mix and cook until the cherries release their liquid and it boils until having a syrupy consistency.1 cup cherries, 1 tbsp sugar
- Plate in a bowl and top with the cherry compote. Add chopped almonds and some honey or maple syrup if you wish.1 tbsp almonds, Honey or maple syrup
Well, I hope you’ll agree, protein oats are a fantastic way to begin your day. Like most healthy oatmeal recipes, my cherry oatmeal has such a lovely creamy texture.
It’s a big hit in our house and I hope it will become a favorite in your house soon too!
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