These Protein Powder Overnight Oats with Peanut Butter and Cherries will get your day started quickly and easily. In just 5 minutes the night before you’ll have a healthy balanced breakfast with enough carbs and protein to keep you going all morning.
The Basic Concept of Overnight Oats
Overnight oats aren’t new and I’m not claiming ownership. They are however making a difference to how some people enjoy an on-the-go morning routine. The concept is simple, combine ingredients the night before, shake, wake up and eat. Sounds simple right? That’s because it is. No trickery, no hidden steps, or uncalculated prep time to accomplish this magical feat. Just add, shake and go!
The basic recipe for protein overnight oats is pretty simple. With just 1/2 cup rolled oats and some milk tossed into a jar and you’re done. That’s it. That’s how easy overnight oats are. But to really add flavor, protein, and just an all-around better experience, recipes like these are the way to go.
Rolled Oats – The Base
Quaker Old Fashioned Oats are pretty much a staple in any pantry. These are your standard all-around rolled oat and used typically for oatmeal. We shop on Amazon almost every couple of days it seems. With that, we’ve come to find these. They’re yummy, gluten-free, usable in cookies, oatmeal, and even ground up to use as flour.
It really doesn’t matter whether you prefer Quaker, our favorite, or whichever brand you like, you just need oats!
There are tons, and I mean tons, of protein powders on the market today. I like to use a whey protein powder during the day and a casein protein in the evening. Casein protein is a slower-release protein that helps continue protein synthesis in my body while I sleep.
I have several varieties and flavors around the house right now. Each flavor has its uses for me. I have the chocolate protein I typically use for shakes and smoothies. The vanilla protein powder gets used occasionally on my oatmeal or overnight oats. There are some vegan protein powder flavors I’d like to try, just not made of money over here.
If you are counting calories, be sure to check the per serving calories for the protein powder you use. Although the protein is typically around the same, 20 grams to 25 grams, the calories and additives can be drastically different. Just be sure to read what it says on the nutrition label and adjust the serving size if need be.
Soak it Up with Almond Milk
Growing up I always used 2% milk from the local dairy. It wasn’t until I was older and realized the number of calories and the amount of fat cows’ milk has. While there are low-fat and skim milk options, they always tasted like water to me. This is where almond milk comes in.
I have two, half-gallon containers of vanilla almond milk in my refrigerator at all times. I usually go for the unsweetened for calorie counting reasons, but even the sweetened one gets some loving.
Try out different kinds of milk and find your favorite. It can be anything from cashew milk to goat’s milk, nothing is off the table. Just find the one that works for you and go with it!
This is my favorite part and allows me to experiment with ingredients I have on hand. Imagination, creativity, and sometimes having guts are the ways I look at it. If I want to make a peanut butter banana smoothie and put chia seeds, greek yogurt, and some vanilla extract, I must be prepared for the disgust I may encounter. But that’s what it’s all about here, trying new flavors and flavor combinations.
I eat overnight oats about 3 or 4 days a week and I always try to make them a bit different each time. Sometimes I will add chia seeds or flaxseed if I feel like increasing my fiber. Lately, I’ve been a huge fan of PBFit Peanut Butter Powder. Almost half the calories of regular peanut butter with 1/3 less fat. Mixed in a bit of water it reconstitutes into some tasty peanut butter spread. Now if only they could create fat-free peanut butter with zero calories.
So go ahead and throw in those blueberries or cut up apple. You probably won’t be upset you did.
Shake it Up
This is quite literally the easiest thing I’ve ever made for breakfast. If it wasn’t for weighing all my ingredients to the precise gram it’d be even easier. By taking 5 minutes the evening before, or even days before, you can save yourself the worry of missing breakfast.
I use a small glass mason jar with a plastic lid. It’s the perfect size for my portions and makes clean up quick and painless. I toss all my dry ingredients in first. Oats, then powders, fruits, seeds, etc. Then I slowly add my almond milk. Sometimes I need to wait for the milk to soak down before I can add the total amount, but that’s only 20 seconds or so. You could use a wood spoon handle to poke everything around but I really find this unnecessary and a waste of clean utensils.
Once I have everything in there, I screw the lid on tight and shake. Usually for about 30 seconds or so is all that’s required. Take a look at it and make sure you got any powders unstuck from the sides. Then just place it in the fridge for breakfast the next day. I’ll make 2 or 3 at a time and enjoy them throughout the week as needed.
Protein Powder Overnight Oats Recipe
Protein Powder Overnight Oats with Peanut Butter and Cherries
- 1/2 cup Quick Cooking Oats
- 25 grams Protein Powder I prefer Snickerdoodle or Vanilla.
- 10 grams Peanut Butter Powder
- 50 grams Bluberries, Strawberries, Cherries, etc. Whatever you have on hand, frozen or fresh.
- 190 ml Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- In your mason jar, combine oats, protein powder, peanut butter powder, berries, then finally the milk.
- Tightly close the lid and shake for a few minutes to combine everything.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
- In the morning, simply open your jar, give it a stir, and enjoy!
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