The Best Protein Baked Oats
Written by Jack Schrupp and reviewed by Ella McGonagle, M.S. Nutrition
Sick of protein shakes? Protein baked oats are also a great way to boost your protein intake. Jump to the recipe.
Make the best protein baked oats with drink wholesome.
Why make protein baked oats?
Looking for a quick and easy breakfast option that will keep you full and energized all morning? Look no further than baked oats with protein powder! This simple recipe is perfect for busy mornings, as it requires minimal prep.
These baked oats are not only delicious and satisfying, but also packed with protein and other nutrients to fuel your day. In this post, I will walk you through my favorite way to prepare high protein baked oats, and how to customize them to keep your taste buds happy. Keep reading to learn how to make this delicious and nutritious breakfast at home.
Traditional baked oats are carb-heavy, and carbohydrates, unlike proteins, are not very satiating. One of the benefits of adding protein powder to your oats is that it balances the nutrition profile, keeping you feeling full for longer. This, in turn, helps to curb cravings and prevent overeating, which is key if you are trying to lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight.
Why drink wholesome?
This recipe was made with drink wholesome – the only protein powder made with 100% real foods. Given its simple ingredient list, it makes delicious baked oats. Most protein powders, on the other hand, are not good for baked protein oats because they are made with protein isolates. Isolates, which are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein” and “whey protein” as opposed to “peas” and “whey,” are foods stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients that make food taste good. It follows that protein isolates taste like chalk and turn fluffy oats into a chalky mess. Avoid them at all costs.
Protein Matrix Comprised of (Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumen, Glutamine Peptides), Polydextrose, Sunflower Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Nonfat Dry Milk, Disodium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Yellow 5, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain, Bromelain.
*This is the actual ingredient list of one of the best-selling protein powders in the United States.
Another reason why drink wholesome is perfect for pudding is that it is sweetened with monk fruit. Monk fruit, also known as lo han guo, is a small, melon-like round fruit native to Southeast Asia. It is turned into a sweetener by removing the seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a powder. Monk fruit sweetener is sweet like sugar, unlike the artificial sweeteners and stevias used to sweeten most protein powders. Artificial sweeteners and stevia have an awful bitter aftertaste because they activate bitter taste receptors in addition to sweet taste receptors. They may be sugar-free, but they will ruin your oats. Now without further ado, here is my favorite protein powder baked oats recipe.
How to make protein baked oats.
Making baked oats with protein powder is easy. It requires no cooking skills and or fancy equipment, and can be whipped up in no time at all. Plus, you probably already have all of the ingredients you need at home. It follows that if you are anything like me, you will be making this protein baked oats recipe once a week. Depending on the type of protein powder you use, you may have to adjust ratios, but once you have found the right protein powder, this recipe is foolproof.
The Best Protein Baked Oats Recipe
-2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
-1/2 cup drink wholesome vanilla protein powder
-2 cups milk (any type)
-¼ cup peanut butter, or any nut butter
-2 large eggs
-2 tablespoons maple syrup
-1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
–½ cup fresh blueberries + more for the topping
Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray a 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, protein powder, milk, peanut butter, eggs, maple syrup, and coconut oil. Carefully stir in blueberries and pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining blueberries.
“Really enjoy this protein powder. I like that it doesn’t have a chalky artificial taste, and I like that it’s not overly sweet.” – Mary
Boost your protein with drink wholesome.
Can I use plant-based protein powder in baked oats?
Yes, you can use plant-based protein powder in baked oats. My vegan almond protein powder is a great option. It is made with only four simple ingredients: almonds, coconut, vanilla and monk fruit. If you want to make this recipe vegan, just replace the eggs with a ripe banana.
How much protein powder should I add to my baked oats?
The amount of protein powder you add will depend on your personal protein needs, and the specific protein powder you are using. As a general guideline, it is recommended to add no more than 20 grams of protein per serving.
Can I use flavored protein powder in baked oats?
Yes, you can use flavored protein powder. Using a flavored protein powder will add a tasty twist, and keep things interesting. You can also experiment with different toppings like coconut and almonds.