Breakfast, Vegetarian

High Protein Overnight Oats (3 Flavors!)

A delicious twist on oatmeal, High Protein Overnight Oats are a breakfast you’ll jump out of bed for! Perfect for breakfast meal prep and busy mornings. My recipe for overnight oats with protein powder is a healthier breakfast option because 25 grams of protein are in one serving. Meal prep oatmeal with protein, yogurt, chia seeds, and honey to keep you energized all day.

Don’t let the decadent names fool you, these protein overnight oats are a healthy breakfast option. The instructions below are for a “base” protein overnight oats recipe along with 3 flavor variations: Chocolate Chip, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Strawberry Shortcake. The fun flavors come from adding protein powder in overnight oats.

If you love overnight oatmeal, meal prep my Healthy Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding next time!

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Three mason jars filled with high protein overnight oats. The three flavors include: Chocolate chip overnight oats have chocolate chips on top, blueberry cheesecake overnight oats has blueberries on tope, and strawberry shortcake overnight oats has chopped strawberries on top.
Three flavors of protein overnight oats: Chocolate Chip, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Strawberry Shortcake

Getting enough protein in your diet is important for overall health, and although oats are good for you, they only contain a small amount of protein. Proats (protein oats) are full of, you guessed it, protein!

Overnight oats with protein are the perfect healthy meal prep breakfast (or snack!) The flavors are so indulgent, you will think you are eating dessert for breakfast.

Ingredients needed to make this oatmeal recipe: oats, a scoop of protein powder, a bowl of milk, yogurt, chia seeds, honey, and vanilla extract are on a concrete table.
Oats, milk, yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds, honey, and vanilla extract

Ingredients Needed for High Protein Overnight Oats:

This makes a “base” high protein oatmeal recipe. Continue reading for ideas on how to season oatmeal to make a variety of flavors.

  • Old fashioned rolled oats
  • Milk of choice – As a personal preference, I like coconut milk overnight oats, but any milk will work in this recipe.
  • Protein powder – I like to use Optimum Nutrition whey protein or Signature whey protein, but any protein powder will work great. If you’re wanting a specific flavor for your oats, make sure you use that flavor of powder.
  • Plain Greek yogurt – Although it’s not necessary, when testing this recipe, I noticed that adding Greek yogurt made the oats more creamy. Plus, it adds more protein!
  • Honey
  • Chia Seeds
  • Vanilla extract
A mason jar filled with chocolate chip overnight oats and small chocolate chips on top.
Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats

How to Make Overnight Oats with Protein Powder:

This recipe is easy to double or triple in order to make a large batch for meal prepping. You can make protein powder overnight oats in individual containers (I use mason jars) or one large container to portion out throughout the week. I prefer to make oats in individual containers for a quick, convenient breakfast.

First, line mason jars in a row on the kitchen counter. To make life easier, make an assembly line and add each ingredient to each container one by one. For example, pour oats into every container then pour milk into every container and so forth until all the ingredients have been added.

Next, decide what flavor oatmeal you want to make and add those additional ingredients. Keep in mind that the base recipe tastes amazing as is, so there is no need for add-ins, if you don’t want to use them.

Finally, stir the mixture well and cover with an airtight lid. PRO TIP: if you’re using mason jars, simply tighten the lid and shake the container to mix well. Keep oats in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before eating. Ideally, let them soak overnight to allow the oats to fully soften.

Blueberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats in a mason jar topped with fresh blueberries.
Blueberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

3 Flavor Variations for Overnight Oats

To make protein powder overnight oats, start by looking at what flavor protein powders you have. For example, I have vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavored powders, so I started my recipe creation with what I had.

Start with the “base” protein overnight oats recipe then add the corresponding flavored protein powder and additional ingredients to change the flavor profile. You’ll never have boring oats again. This is a chance to get creative in the kitchen – the flavor possibilities are endless!

Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats

Add chocolate flavored protein powder to the base recipe then add chocolate chips to the mixture. Peanut butter, coconut flakes, and/or sliced almonds are also great additions to chocolate protein powder overnight oats.

Blueberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

Add vanilla flavored protein powder to the base recipe then stir in fresh blueberries to the mixture.

Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats

Add strawberry flavored protein powder to the base recipe then stir in chopped fresh strawberries to the mixture.

Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats in a mason jar topped with chopped fresh strawberries. A large strawberry and oats are scattered around the jar.
Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats

FAQs

What are the best oats for overnight oats?

Old fashioned rolled oats will give you the best texture for overnight oats. Quick cook oats are fine to use, but they will be more soggy. Steel cut oats will not soften much and cause your oats to be more chewy.

What is the best container for overnight oats?

Use an airtight container with a lid. Mason jars are perfect for making overnight oats in. I use 16 ounce wide mouth mason jars when making this high protein overnight oats recipe. Glass Tupperware containers are also a good option.

How long do overnight oats last?

Overnight oats will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container or 3 months in the freezer.

Can you freeze overnight oats?

Yes! Freezing overnight oats will increase the shelf life, but keep in mind that it may affect the taste, texture, and quality. For optimal quality, it’s recommended to freeze the oats right after making them. Freeze overnight oats in a freezer-safe airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw oats in the refrigerator the night before eating them.

What is the best protein powder for oatmeal?

I like whey protein overnight oats. The brands of protein powder I use are Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein and Signature Whey Protein. I have been happy with the results of this recipe using this brand. The exact flavors I use are: Vanilla Ice Cream, Extreme Milk Chocolate, and Delicious Strawberry.

Three mason jars filled with high protein overnight oats. The three flavors include: Chocolate chip overnight oats have chocolate chips on top, blueberry cheesecake overnight oats has blueberries on tope, and strawberry shortcake overnight oats has chopped strawberries on top.

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Three mason jars filled with high protein overnight oats. The three flavors include: Chocolate chip overnight oats have chocolate chips on top, blueberry cheesecake overnight oats has blueberries on tope, and strawberry shortcake overnight oats has chopped strawberries on top.

High Protein Overnight Oats (3 Flavors!)

happyhoneykitchen
High Protein Overnight Oats are prefect for meal prep. This recipe for overnight oats with protein powder has 25 grams of protein per serving!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Refrigerate 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 350 kcal

Equipment

  • 16 oz. wide mouth mason jar or any airtight container with a lid

Ingredients
  

"Base" Protein Overnight Oats Recipe

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 scoop protein powder choice of flavor
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice
  • 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats

  • chocolate flavored protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips or cacao nibs

Blueberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

  • vanilla flavored protein powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats

  • strawberry flavored protein powder
  • 1/2 cup strawberries chopped

Instructions
 

  • Add each "base" ingredient, expect for the protein powder, to a mason jar (or any airtight container).
  • Choose the flavor of overnight oats you plan to make. Add the corresponding flavor of protein powder and add-in to the jar. Stir, or place a lid on the container and shake to mix well.
  • Put the container in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight, to allow the oats to soak and soften before eating.

Notes

  • The protein powder brands I use are Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein and Signature Whey Protein (linked in the post)
  • I find that these 16 ounce wide mouth mason jars work best.
  • Additional toppings or add-ins can include: peanut butter, coconut flakes, nuts, and spices.
Keyword meal prep, oatmeal, overnight oats, protein

6 Comments

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  2. 5 stars
    I’m not a fan of oats since I’m allergic to them, but they look so yummy!

  3. 5 stars
    YUM!!! I love that your recipe includes chia seeds. Simply delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    I love overnight oats! Thanks for sharing your recipes, they look delicious.

  5. 5 stars
    Definitely not my grandmother’s “mush.”
    I’ll try. No guarantee that Sofia will partake in the pleasure, however. I have to sit on her just to eat oatmeal and bananas once or twice a month.

  6. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. It is delicious. The oats are very creamy and flavorful. I made the blueberry recipe, I cant wait to try the chocolate and strawberry.