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The Best High-Protein Overnight Oats (No Protein Powder)

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Is it possible to make low-calorie high-protein overnight oats without protein powder? Absolutely, and you’re in for a treat!

Even though old-fashioned rolled oats are my pantry staple and there are tons of amazing oat recipes, every new idea makes me love them even more.

The jar with high-protein overnight oats and the spoon are on the marble сut board. Near it, there are two small bowls with kiwi and honey | Hurry The Food Up

This time I decided to create the highest protein oatmeal with the simplest ingredients on hand. It resulted in an amazing breakfast recipe delivering 23 grams of protein per serving with NO protein powder.

What are overnight oats?

Overnight oats are an ideal way to enjoy your morning oats without cooking. They’re a bright example of effortless meal prep and fabulous nutrient count.

Raw oats get soaked in milk, yogurt or water overnight instead of being cooked on the stovetop or in a microwave.

My favorite ingredients to add are milk of choice, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, fresh berries and other fruits.

The jar with high-protein overnight oats and the spoon are on the marble сut board. Near it, there are two small bowls with kiwi and honey | Hurry The Food Up

Health benefits of eating high protein overnight oats

As a rich source of protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats, oats proudly hold the title of a nutritional powerhouse.

They also carry many vitamins and minerals, like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and B vitamins.

While oats are wholesome on their own, turning them into high-protein overnight oats with delicious add-ins paves the way for even more benefits.

Take chia seeds, for example! They’re packed with dietary fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Soy milk—to add more protein and make the most of its beneficial effects on heart health and weight management.

Greek yogurt is another high-protein ingredient that lets you skip protein powder and get a jump on your vitamin, mineral and probiotic consumption.

The combination of these advantages provides a filling meal with 436 calories, 23 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber. What an amazing way to feel full and maintain a healthy weight!

If you want to learn more about high-protein dieting, it’s worth checking out our FREE 7-day vegetarian high-protein meal plan.

Ingredients

Let’s get acquainted with the components of this overnight protein oatmeal.

Dry ingredients

Rolled oats

Old-fashioned rolled oats make beautiful protein oatmeal. They will soak up the milk and yogurt and adopt a lovely creamy texture.

I don’t recommend quick oats because they will get soggy or steel-cut oats due to their firmer and chewier consistency.

Chia seeds

If I can add some chia seeds to a recipe, I will!

In addition to their amazing nutritional benefits, chia seeds will furnish your overnight oats with a nice pearly texture.

Salt

It’s always a good practice to add a pinch of salt when working with oats to bring out their taste. It’ll also help harmonize the sweet flavors.

High-protein overnight oats ingredients like rolled oats, chia seeds, honey, soy milk, Greek yogurt, kiwi, coconut flakes etc | Hurry The Food Up

Wet ingredients

Soy milk

My choice for this recipe was soy milk as the highest protein non-dairy milk. You can substitute it with your milk of choice but if you want that extra boost of overnight oatmeal protein, soy milk (or cow’s milk if you like) is the key.

Low-fat Greek yogurt

I love how the thick and creamy texture of Green yogurt works in overnight oats recipes. Using the low-fat variety will cut extra calories without compromising the taste.

Honey (or maple syrup)

Honey has several advantages over sugar like more nutrients and a less processed constitution. It’s also sweeter meaning you can use less of it.

In case you don’t have honey, maple syrup is also better than refined sugar.

Vanilla extract

It’s an aromatic heaven to open that small bottle of vanilla extract I have stacked in my kitchen cupboard. You’ll only need 1/4 teaspoon of it to add that irresistible vanilla flavor.

You can also skip the vanilla if you’re not a fan or replace it with pure maple syrup, almond extract or even rum or brandy.

Kiwi

Kiwi bestows a new title on this recipe: fruity overnight oats! It pairs nicely with yogurt and honey providing a slightly tropical flavor.

Kiwi is also a vitamin treasure trove, especially high in vitamin C.

If kiwi isn’t your style, free to explore other fresh fruit options. I suggest pineapple or mango to carry on with the tropical vibes.

Optional add-ins and toppings

Roasted coconut flakes

You can bake coconut flakes in the oven for about 5-10 minutes or toast them on the stove. Either way, you’ll get a beautiful nutty and crisp topping for your overnight oatmeal.

If you feel like changing things up, use any of your favorite toppings. Craving some pumpkin seeds or a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips on top? Cacao nibs? Why not?

How much protein in overnight oats

These overnight oats pack 23 grams of protein per serving.

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How many calories

These high-protein breakfast oats contain 436 calories. Considering the balanced mix of nutrients in the recipe, it’s a pleasing calorie count for the first meal of the day.

Here’s a quick overview of 1 serving:

kcal 436kcal

Carbs 59g

Fat 13g

Protein 23g

So these low-calorie high-protein overnight oats provide a satisfying breakfast idea under 450 calories. You can also make a vegan high-protein version using dairy-free yogurt and maple syrup instead of honey.

Equipment needed

One of the perks of this oatmeal recipe is that you need minimal equipment to throw it together.

Mason jar or airtight container

Use a 400 to 500-ml mason jar or a food-safe airtight container for convenient storage and transportation. They have secure lids so you can take your high-protein oats on the go.

These containers are also great for storing oatmeal overnight as they seal in the freshness and allow the flavors to blend.

Keep the recipe card open in case you need to go over the ingredient list. You can even print it out and keep it for your future meal prepping needs.

How to make high protein overnight oats

Finally, let’s get to the fun part!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Gather all of the necessary ingredients

If you have all the basic and additional ingredients, you’re on the right track to make protein-packed overnight oats.

Let’s review the complete ingredient list again: rolled oats, chia seeds, salt, soy milk, low-fat Greek yogurt, honey, vanilla extract, kiwi, and roasted coconut flakes.

Add dry ingredients to a mason jar or airtight container

Gather rolled oats, chia seeds, and salt and add them to your jar or container.The process of adding dry ingredients in the jar | Hurry The Food Up

Stir in wet ingredients and mix well

Add low-fat Greek yogurt, honey, vanilla extract, and kiwi and mix them with the dry ingredients.The process of adding wet ingredients in the jar | Hurry The Food Up

Secure the lid on the mason jar or airtight container and place in refrigerator

Close your container and put it in the fridge overnight. It can be tough to wait but it takes a minimum of 4-6 hours to develop the right texture.

All that matters is that you have a deliciously healthy breakfast option waiting for you in the fridge!
Stir your overnight oats mixture and top it with roasted coconut flakes before digging in.The process of adding honey on the top of coconut flakes | Hurry The Food Up

I usually eat my overnight oats cold but it’s not a problem to heat them up and enjoy them as a regular oatmeal.

Variations for high protein overnight oats recipes

You can design an overnight oats recipe with pretty much anything.

A good splash of milk or yogurt, fresh fruit, frozen berries, nut butter (almond butter, peanut butter or seed butter), and various additional toppings provide exceptional flavor variations.

You can explore your options with regular milk, coconut milk, almond milk, and even pea milk which doesn’t lag behind soy milk in protein content.

More recipes like this

Whenever I need a quick and nutritious breakfast, I choose one of our overnight oats in a jar recipes and I’m ready to conquer the day.

You can also explore other oat high-protein recipes:

Creamy Cherry High Protein Oatmeal
Healthy Protein Baked Oats
Protein Powder Oatmeal With Winter Apple
Healthy Oatmeal Banana Pancakes
Swiss Bircher Muesli
Peach and Nut Butter Overnight Oats

High-Protein Overnight Oats (No Protein Powder)
5 from 2 votes
Enjoy the best high-protein overnight oats recipe, no protein powder needed! Quickly prepped for a 23g protein boost!
Diet: egg-free, gluten-free
Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes
Servings:1
Calories:436kcal
Author: Abril Macías
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Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add rolled oats, chia seeds, honey, salt, vanilla, soy milk, yogurt and diced kiwi to a 13.5 to 16.9 oz (400 to 500 ml) sized mason jar. Mix well.
    ½ cup rolled oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp honey, Salt to taste, ¼ tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup soy milk, ⅓ cup low fat Greek yogurt, 1 kiwi
    The process of adding wet ingredients in the jar | Hurry The Food Up
  • Close the jar with lid and rest overnight in the fridge.
  • Stir the overnight oats and top with roasted coconut flakes. Add extra honey or syrup per taste. Enjoy!
    1 ½ tsp coconut flakes
    The process of adding honey on the top of coconut flakes | Hurry The Food Up

NOTES

  • Tips: Almost any fruits works in the Overnight Oats, and the more tropical, the better!
  • Make-ahead? Yes, prep the night before, it’ll be even more flavorful that way.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
High-Protein Overnight Oats (No Protein Powder)
Amount per Serving
Calories
436
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
0.02
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
4
mg
1
%
Sodium
 
131
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
681
mg
19
%
Carbohydrates
 
59
g
20
%
Fiber
 
12
g
50
%
Sugar
 
19
g
21
%
Protein
 
23
g
46
%
Vitamin A
 
632
IU
13
%
Vitamin C
 
68
mg
82
%
Calcium
 
519
mg
52
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Chef’s tips

Even though this recipe requires very simple ingredients and methods, I have a few tips for you to make the most out of your fruity overnight oats:

  • If you want your oats to have a nice natural sweetness, a pinch of salt is a must.
  • Sprinkle additional toppings just before serving. You want those coconut flakes to keep their crunch!
  • Don’t forget to stir your oat mixture before eating to combine the textures at the top and the bottom of the jar.
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People also ask

Can you put protein powder in overnight oats?

If you need an extra protein boost, you can sneak in a scoop of protein powder. There are various brands that offer flavored (vanilla or chocolate protein powder) and unflavored types.

Just make sure to check the ingredient list to avoid any nasty components.

Are proats good for weight loss?

Proats (protein oats) are good for weight loss because they’re packed with protein which helps you stay full for longer. Oats are also rich in beta-glucan—a type of fiber known to help lower bad cholesterol.

I hope these tropical overnight oats will offer a delicious flavor and boost of proteins! What optional toppings and add-ins would you choose for your protein-packed breakfast?

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