Protein Oatmeal or “Proatmeal” as I like to call it used to be a staple in my diet. I decided to make this lemon berry version one day last a couple weeks ago to attempt to add grains back in my diet (the gluten-free ones at least). It was swimming day so I knew I’d use up the carbs in an hour or so when I would begin my workout. However, after eating it that day I haven’t attempted grains again because I did not feel very well afterwards. I think I also ate quinoa and a tortilla in that same day or week though so I might have overdone it. Oops. Currently I’m just working on getting yogurt back in so we’ll see how that goes.
If you’re fortunate enough to eat a lot of oatmeal in your diet like I used to then you definitely need to give protein oatmeal a try. I think it’s a great way to sweeten oatmeal and add a ton of protein to your breakfast. (Assuming your protein powder is sweetened). Plus you can get super creative with flavor combos which of course I love to do.
The lemon berry one was inspired by the fact that I had a bunch of lemons to use and I had just made some chia jam. It’s mixed berries but you could definitely go the straight raspberry or blackberry route here too. I’m usually not a HUGE fruity fan. I’m more of the banana-chocolate-peanut-butter lover. But this berry and lemon combination is light and refreshing. I can imagine it being a great meal to eat outside on the porch with the sunrise on a just-cool-enough spring or summer morning.
Lemon-Berry Protein Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup quick oats or rolled oats gluten free
- 1/2 cup almond milk unsweetend, or other non-diary milk
- 1 tbsp lemon juice fresh squeezed
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder plant-based
- 2 tbsp jam of choice*
For Quick Oats
Pour milk into oats and microwave for 2 minutes
Stir in remaining ingredients (may need more milk if it's too dry) and top with fresh berries and lemon zest if desired.
For Overnight Oats
Place oats and protein powder in a mason jar and shake to combine
Pour milk in over top until jar is almost full
Add in remaining ingredients. Place the lid on a shake vigorously to combine. May need extra stirring if this doesn't mix it up all the way.
*I use homemade chia jam without any added sugar