These protein overnight oats without protein powder is a great and delicious way to get the morning started, you just need 5 minutes and a bowl with a lid. Make extra for breakfasts for the week.
[This recipe was originally posted in April 2018. It has been updated with new photos, cooking instructions, expert tips, FAQ, related recipes, video and ways to repurpose/use up ingredients]
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How will these overnight oats make your life easier?
if you're someone who doesn't like the taste of protein powder, peanut butter is a great substitution for overnight oats, like in these protein overnight oats, smoothies, and other breakfasts.
These Healthy Breakfast Tacos, Homemade Zucchini Bread, yogurt with this Peanut Butter Granola, Sausage & Egg Casserole are all breakfasts you can make ahead of time and heat up quickly for a delish easy breakfast.
What makes these overnight oats so good?
- Greek yogurt
- Old fashioned oats
- Peanut butter
- Chia seeds
- Vanilla extract
How do I make these overnight protein oats?
Start making your protein overnight oats recipe by adding plain Greek yogurt, old fashioned oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, and vanilla extract to a bowl or mason jar with a lid.
Sprinkle cinnamon over your protein overnight oats ingredients, slice up banana and add to jar, then cover with milk.
Remove your protein overnight oats from the fridge prior to eating, you can heat it up or eat cold depending on preference.
- Use your favorite type of milk, and as much as you'd like.
- You don't have to stir your oats either, you can stir it right before eating in the AM.
- Use a light weight jar if you're taking it to work. It'll be just as easy but not as heavy.
- Adjust the amounts of each ingredient to your preference
- Store your overnight oats in the fridge for up to 5 days, that means you can make extra for more breakfasts.
- Other great add-ins: other fruit like berries or apple slices, flax seeds, other seeds, chocolate chips, chocolate protein powder, or vanilla protein powder.
Overnight oats can have different amounts of protein in them depending on what ingredients you add to them. These protein overnight oats, for example, have Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and oats for protein.
Overnight oats are made with oats, which are a whole grain. As a non-diet dietitian, I usually stay away from calling certain foods healthy, but knowing that oats are a whole grain, they can improve your heart and digestive health.
As you add other ingredients to your overnight oats, you'll get nutrients from those foods as well, so it can easily be a whole meal with different food groups, which is a healthful way to eat.
High protein add-ins: Greek yogurt, peanut butter, peanut butter powder, cottage cheese, protein powder, etc.
What can I make with leftover ingredients?
- Oats: Peanut Butter Granola, Overnight Oats with Yogurt
- Peanut butter: PB Caramel Sauce, Chunky Monkey Chia Pudding, Peanut Butter Granola, PB Greek Yogurt Dip
- Banana: Mixed Berry Smoothie with Granola, Chunky Monkey Chia Pudding
- Greek yogurt: Homemade Zucchini Bread, Lentil Stroganoff, Spiced Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce, Curry Pumpkin Soup & Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
Did you make these protein overnight oats? Leave me a comment & rating to share how they turned out!
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with Banana
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- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¾ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- sprinkle cinnamon
- ½ medium banana sliced
- 1 cup milk or adjust depending on personal preference
- Add all ingredients, with milk last, cover and refrigerate until use (up to ~5 days). You can heat it up or eat cold depending on preference.
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