I’m starting to have sweet breakfasts more often since I have given up eggs for 30 days (UPDATE: I gave up eggs permanently since this was first written). This means protein waffles and oatmeal galore!! And I’m cutting back on the healthy treats I always bake to try to eliminate my constant chocolate cravings. The less I eat the less I will want. I’m substituting with fruit instead. To replace the protein content eggs used to give me for breakfast I’m using protein powder in things like this oatmeal, then replacing my post-workout shake with other snacks so as not to overdo the protein powder supplementation.
So this strawberry cashew protein oatmeal is perfect for starting your day. It’s sweet and delicious, but supports pre-workout nutrition needs. It has complex carbs and fiber from the oats (gluten free ones if necessary) that provide sustainable energy AND are heart-healthy. Did you know whole grains help lower bad cholesterol?
The protein from my all-natural plant based protein powder helps rebuild muscles.
And the antioxidants and vitamin C from the strawberries keep your immune system in high gear. (Did you know exercising compromises your immune system if you don’t recover enough?). Last but not least, it has healthy fat from the cashews and homemade cashew butter which basically keep our brain functioning and our hormones in control.
That’s enough nerdy nutrition talk (if you want more of that, subscribe to my newsletter in the sidebar!). I love the strawberry and cashew combination. In my opinion, strawberries go best with either cashew butter or almond butter. You should all know by now my obsession with nut butters. I have several different types in my pantry at any given time that I make from scratch. It’s way cheaper to just buy nuts in bulk and doesn’t take too long to whip up a 16oz jar of the stuff. Plus I LOVE to get creative with some flavor add-ins or different nut combinations. One of my favorites is my salted dark chocolate almond butter!
UPDATE: This post is coming back to you this month for a couple reasons. One is because it’s Heart Awareness Month, meaning I’m focused on some heart-healthy recipes that can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Oatmeal is a great heart-healthy meal. Whole grains in general help to lower cholesterol. So fuel up on oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, and many other options out there. And the second reason I brought this back is – DUH – strawberries! Because isn’t February all about some strawberries? It’s a shame they aren’t technically in season yet. Which really leaves me wondering how they became such a popular Valentine’s Day food…
Strawberry Cashew Protein Oatmeal
This strawberry cashew oatmeal gets a protein punch from all natural plant-based protein powder, cashew butter and additional cashews for some crunch!
- 1/2 cup Rolled or Quick oats gluten free, if neccessary
- 1/2 cup almond milk unsweetened*
- 1 vegan vanilla protein powder See link in content for the brand I use
- 1 tbsp cashew butter
- 1 tbsp raw cashews optional
- 4-5 strawberries sliced or diced
For Quick Oats
Mix oatmeal and milk in a bowl and microwave for 2-3 minutes
Stir in protein powder and cashew butter*
Top with strawberries and cashews
For Overnight Oats
Shake up oats and protein powder in a mason jar.
add milk and cashew butter (may need to melt cashew butter for easier stirring)
Stir well, close the jar and shake up vigorously
toss in cashews and strawberries or wait until you're ready to eat to top it with them
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. These can be eaten cold or microwaved for 2 minutes.
*milk quantity will vary by type of protein. Thicker protein requires more. I like to fill it just enough to cover the oats, and as I stir in the protein I may add a little extra splash if it's needed.
**Nutrition Facts: Calories: 390 Fat: 21g Carbs: 30g Protein: 21g