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Protein Overnight Oats Recipe – Make these easy peasy protein-packed overnight oats the night before, place them in the fridge, then enjoy in the morning! A nutritious, healthy and filling breakfast recipe.

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Easy Protein Overnight Oats Recipe

You are probably wondering what are overnight oats. Overnight oats are raw rolled oats that have been soaked overnight with milk with a handful of other ingredients. They will be ready to eat in the morning. Easy to make and a nutritious heart-healthy breakfast recipe that’s usually topped with your choice of fruits, nuts, or any other fun toppings. This overnight oats recipe is a bit different from the classic overnight oat recipe in a sense that it contains added protein powder for that added protein boost to your morning breakfast.

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Do you eat overnight oats cold

There is no right answer as to whether you should eat overnight oats cold or hot. It all comes down to your personal preference. Do you like it hot or cold? Overnight oats are supposed to be removed from the fridge in the morning and eat it cold. But there is no reason why you cant pop them in the microwave and warm them up if you like your oatmeal to be warm.

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What kind of oats is good for overnight oats?

Most overnight oats recipe will have rolled oats as one of the staple ingredients. But you can use any oats you like which include, quick oats, rolled oats, muesli, steel-cut oats, etc. Quick oats do not have to be soaked for too long. Whereas, overnight oats are just perfectly ready in the morning when soaked overnight.

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Can I make overnight oats in a Tupperware?

Tupperware works just as well as any container, glass jar, or mason jar. So, have any jar or container that’s a decent size that has a lid laying around your house somewhere? It should work just fine.

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Ingredients you need to make overnight oats

An overnight oat recipe will mostly require very minimal ingredients like oats and milk. Some basic ingredients you will need to make easy and quick overnight oats:

Oats: Most common oats used are rolled oats which are also called old fashioned oats. You may also other oats like quick oats, steel-cut oats, muesli, etc..

Milk: So many choices for which milk to use. You will need some sort of liquid for the oats to soak in. You won’t go wrong with whichever milk you choose. Low fat, skim, full fat, almond milk, coconut milk and so on will all work well. Vegans can always use non-dairy milk.

Sweetener: My favorite is a bit of honey or maple syrup. But, you can use any other artificial sweeteners like stevia for example. Sweeteners are always optional if you plan on adding some fresh fruits for toppings.

Chia Seeds: This is optional but tastes great with overnight oats. They act as a thickener and has loads of health benefits so why not?

Yogurt: Go with either plan greek yogurt or vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt. You can essentially use any yogurt of choice. Vegans can go for coconut yogurt or any other non-dairy yogurt.

Whey Protein: Protein is not required at all. Used in this recipe for just an added protein boost. You can skip this ingredient and not need to make any changes to the Overnight oats recipe.

Toppings: So many toppings to pick from. You can either go with nuts, dried fruits, fresh fruits, nut butter and so on.

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5 from 13 votes

Protein Overnight Oats Recipe

By: Rena
Servings: 2 Servings
Prep: 5 minutes
overnight: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
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Make these protein-packed overnight oats the night before, place them in the fridge, then enjoy in the morning!


  • 1 cup Rolled oats
  • 1 cup Almond milk or skim milk
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 Scoop Whey Protein, vanilla flavor
  • 1 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 cup Fresh fruit such as berries, kiwi, bananas, etc.
  • Optional garnishes: chia seeds, mint sprigs


  • Place the oats, milk, yogurt, protein powder and chia seeds in a bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Cover the bowl and place in the fridge overnight.
  • In the morning, divide the oat mixture into two bowls. Top with fruit and serve, garnish with chia seeds and mint sprigs if desired.


Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 360kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 17gFat: 8gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 226mgPotassium: 457mgFiber: 9gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 645IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 272mgIron: 3.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    I used your recipe as a base then made some modifications to increase the protein and fibre. Here’s what I came up with per serving:
    1/2 c. rolled oats
    1/2 c. almond milk (Sprouts brand – unsweetened)
    1/4 c. Fage 2% Greek Yogurt
    3 Drops Vanilla Stevia (Sprouts brand)
    1/2 scoop (13g.) Sprouts brand Whey Protein Vanilla
    1 T. ZenBasil Seeds (higher protein than chia)
    Pinch Salt.
    Here’s the nutrition per serving:
    Cal: 320 Fat: 8g Carbs: 39.5 Fibre: 12 Net Carbs: 27.5 Protein: 23.5g.
    Great balance here. Add 1/4c berries or 1/4 chopped green apple to keep sugars low + 1-2 T Walnuts, Pecans, etc. This is a lower carb option. The fibre slows absorption to mitigate blood sugar spikes.

  2. Can you help me understand how can this recipe is healthy? …21G of sugar? …and seems high in fat (content (8G), and very high in carbs (57G) ? … Readers of this article may not understand what a “kcal” is (this recipe states 360 kcal). A kilocalorie (kcal) is equivalent to a Calorie (C), the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one (1) kilogram of water one by (1) degree Celsius (C).
    What is the fat content broken down…? …good/bad ? …Saturated Fats, Trans-Fats, Monounsaturated Fats, and Polyunsaturated Fats …..
    There are nine (9) Calories in every Gram of Fat, regardless of what type of fat it is.
    Fats are more energy-dense than carbohydrates and proteins, …which provide four (4) Calories, per Gram of fat.
    The bad fats, …Saturated Fats and Trans Fats raise bad cholesterol (LDL) levels in your blood.
    The good fats, …Monounsaturated Fats and Polyunsaturated Fats can lower bad cholesterol levels and are beneficial when consumed as part of a healthy dietary pattern. Possibly, you can provide a comprehensive analysis of the suggested meal, ..the good, the bad?…Thanks, …Appreciate your guidance and help!

    1. 5 stars
      carbs are not bad for you and a this will be all of the sugar I consume in my entire day, this is a healthy meal for an active person.

  3. 5 stars
    2 questions how many grammes in a scoop, mine is only 10gr. Secondly is the. 360 cals for the 2 portions or for one? Thanks, great recipe!

    1. I am not sure what the gram value is. I will have to check on this and get back to you. The calories are for a single serving.

  4. 5 stars
    PERFECT. I’ve tried so many recipes and nothing tastes better than this! i would add a little less milk because i like oatmeal more mushy than watery. I also added chia and hemp seeds!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve been using this recipe as a base, and love it! I usually use one banana as one cup of fresh fruit. It adds sweetness and fills me up!