Sugar cookie overnight protein oatmeal
Are you one of those people who is constantly thinking about where your next meal is coming from? Or are you one who, when you are stressed, busy, or simply have your attention elsewhere, sometimes forgets to eat? Whichever category your meal-planning style (or lack thereof) is, this Sugar Cookie Overnight Protein Oatmeal has you covered.
This may not come as a shock to you, but I am definitely one of the "next meal" people. And next snack. I even sometimes fall asleep at night thinking about what I'm having for breakfast the next day. When you have something as delicious as high-protein overnight oatmeal that tastes like a sugar cookie waiting for you in the refrigerator, it's easy to do!
This high-protein oatmeal recipe is essentially classic overnight oats, with a few simple tweaks to make them extra high in protein, and, I must say, extra tasty too. Every serving packs a whopping 26 grams and is less than 300 calories!
Part of the reason I am so often thinking about my next meal (aside from the fact that I ♡ food) is that when I'm hungry, I morph into a grouchy, disgruntled bear. It is not pretty or pleasant for those around me. Protein is one of the most important ingredients for keeping you fuller, and thus happier, for longer.
Also, when I'm hungry, I'm much more apt to reach for non-nourishing items that, while they taste great in the moment, can leave me feeling regretful and, ironically, still hungry. (Bag of sweet potato chips, I'm looking at you.)
Whether you are a pro meal planner who always has a snack in your purse or you would forget to eat if someone didn't remind you, overnight high-protein oatmeal is an ideal way to make sure that a) you start every day with a healthy breakfast (so important!) and b) that breakfast actually sustains you. I find that if I have a generous serving of protein in the morning, I maintain better eating habits the entire day.
Because overnight oats can last in the refrigerator all week, if you make a big batch, you only need to remember to mix them up once. I like to stir mine up on Sunday night, then for the entire week I never need to think twice about what I'm eating, no matter how busy my mornings become.
A few recipe logistics:
Two ingredients contribute to this overnight oatmeal's high protein count. The first is Greek yogurt. It offers 12 grams in a half cup and makes the protein oatmeal taste extra rich and creamy too.
The second is whey protein powder. If you think that protein is only for serious athletes or body builders, it's time to reconsider! I started adding whey protein to my smoothies and using it to make no-bake protein balls about a year ago, and I am never going back. It makes recipes more filling, and I also find that if I drink protein after exercising, I'm less sore the next day. Plus, if you buy the right brand, whey protein is super yummy too!
For today's recipe, I used this vanilla protein powder. Its creamy vanilla flavor mixed with the oatmeal, along with a bit of vanilla extract, almond extract, and a touch of sweetener (I used coconut sugar, but brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup would be lovely too), makes this protein oatmeal taste just like a sugar cookie! I felt like I was eating dessert for breakfast in the best possible way.
While this Sugar Cookie Protein Oatmeal tastes great as the recipe is written, you can also use it as a starting point to add all sorts of toppings. Blueberries, orange zest, and pecans was one of my favorite combos, and apple cinnamon is classic too.
Sugar Cookie Overnight Protein Oatmeal.
Healthy and PACKED with 26 grams of protein. This delicious, high-protein breakfast will keep you full all morning.
YIELD: 1 serving (multiply as needed!)
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 8 hours
FOR THE SUGAR COOKIE PROTEIN OATMEAL:1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
2 tablespoons (1/2 scoop) vanilla protein powder (I used whey protein—you can also substitute an additional 1/4 cup rolled oats)
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
2 teaspoons coconut sugar (or substitute turbinado sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, or other sweetener of choice)
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract (optional)
Small pinch kosher salt
Sliced and toasted almonds or other nuts
Extra coconut sugar, turbinado sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey
Fresh fruit (blueberries, strawberries, and bananas are all delicious)
Orange or lemon zest
1. Briskly whisk the Greek yogurt, almond milk, and protein powder together in a mixing bowl or large measuring cup, or shake them together in a mason jar so that the protein powder is as well incorporated as possible. Add the oats, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt. Whisk to completely combine. Cover with plastic wrap (or seal the lid of the jar) and refrigerate for 8 hours or up to 5 days.
2. When ready to serve, stir once more, then transfer to a serving bowl. If the mixture is too thick for your liking, thin with a little extra almond milk. Sprinkle with any desired toppings and enjoy immediately.
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