Protein Hack: Can You Add Protein Powder To Oatmeal

Putting some whey protein powder into your oatmeal is a good idea if you want a healthy, fulfilling snack packed with some protein.

You can add whey protein powder to your oatmeal to give it a boost in protein. This is the perfect snack early in the morning to get your body the fuel it needs for a hard workout or a long workday. And it’s fairly simple to make protein powder oatmeal.

That’s probably one of the reasons why fitness enthusiasts love making overnight oats or adding protein powder to their morning oats.

Below, I’ll go over how to make protein powder oatmeal, my favorite ways to mix protein powder into your oats, what the benefits are, and other common questions people may have.

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Adding Protein Powder To Oatmeal

There are a few things to remember when trying to add some protein powder to your oatmeal. Protein powder can easily dry out your oatmeal. It can also make it into a grainy, clumpy mess.

The reason is that you mix protein powder directly into something very hot. It has a tendency not fully to dissolve and start to clump up.

Don’t worry, I got you back. I’ll share a few methods on how to properly mix your protein powder and make the best-tasting protein oatmeal you’ve ever had.

But first, let’s talk about the benefits of eating protein oatmeal and why people love to mix protein powders into their oats.

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The obvious benefit is the additional protein intake you are getting from adding protein powders to your oatmeal.

This is great if you are trying to hit a specific macronutrient goal or want to add more protein to your diet. Since protein can help build muscle and recovery.

Better Tasting Oatmeal

Another benefit is you can enhance the flavor of your oatmeal with protein powder. There are some great whey protein powder flavors out there that would pair well with your protein oatmeal recipe.

It’s up to you to find the best-tasting powder that you will enjoy.

Stay Full Longer

Protein oatmeal can help you stay full longer. Protein is the macronutrient that helps you feel satiated. So, when you’re making protein oatmeal, you’ll have the benefit of feeling full for longer periods of time.

This is great if you are on a diet and trying to lose weight. Since it may help keep your appetite at bay.

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What To Look Out For

But there is something you want to be careful with. Adding whey protein directly into hot liquids can make the protein powder a clumpy mess.

Also, protein powder tends to absorb liquid. So sometimes, when you are making your protein oatmeal, it can end up being on the dry side.

To avoid this. I will share with you my two favorite methods to make protein oatmeal.

Oatmeal With Strawberries Blueberries And Nuts

Making Protein Powder Oatmeal

Whey protein powder is an amazing ingredient. Using this powder, you can make protein versions of cookies, pancakes, waffles, etc..

But sometimes, it can turn your favorite foods into a horrible-tasting disaster if used incorrectly with the wrong ingredients.

And my goal is to save your taste buds from experiencing that. ( I can’t promise you anything, though)

But below are the two methods I use to make protein oatmeal successfully without tasting bad.

First, you want to make sure you are using protein powders with flavors you enjoy and think will pair well with a protein oatmeal recipe. (I can’t stress this enough.)

Method One

This first method is my favorite way to make protein oatmeal. But this protein oatmeal recipe takes the longest time to prepare.

That’s because we are going to be making overnight oats.

It’s very simple to do. You are going to mix your protein powder with either water or your liquid of choice (almond milk, regular dairy milk, soy milk, etc.). After you thoroughly mix your protein powder into your liquid of choice.

You will take a container with the amount of oats you want. Then pour in the liquid protein powder mix you’ve just created and mix the two together.

After that, you will put this in the fridge overnight, and when you wake up in the morning, you’ll have a nice bowl of protein oatmeal to enjoy.

You’ll want to mess around with the ratio of liquid to oats to get the right consistency.

You can also add other ingredients to your protein oatmeal, like almond butter (or any other nut butter), maple syrup, chia seeds, chocolate chips, fruits, or berries.

Whatever you feel will taste good, you can go ahead and add it in.

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Method Two

This method takes the least prep time and is great if you like your warm oatmeal. (notice I didn’t say hot!)

With this method, you will cook your rolled oats like you usually would, but try cooking your oatmeal on the dryer side. That’s because we will be adding liquid after it’s done cooking.

Now, while your oats are cooking, mix together your protein powder with the liquid of your choice. I prefer milk. The idea is to make a protein slurry to mix in with your oatmeal.

When your oats are done, you can add in the slurry you’ve just made, and boom, you’ve got yourself a bowl of protein oatmeal.

Try And Experiment

You can feel free to experiment with different strategies and other protein oatmeal recipes, but these two methods are my favorite ways to make protein oatmeal.

If I have time, I prefer the first method and don’t mind waiting overnight, but if I need something fast and quick, I’ll use the second method.

Protein Powder Into Shaker Cup

Common Questions About Mixing Whey Protein Powder

Want to learn about all the other things you can mix and create with protein powder?

Then, read this post on what to mix with protein powder. It’ll get your brain flowing with different ideas on what you can make with this versatile powder.

Below are some common questions I’ve seen being asked around the internet about protein powder and protein oatmeal.

So, just in case you might have a similar question. I’ve decided to try and answer them all in this one post to save you time searching for the answers.

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Should You Add Protein Powder To Oatmeal Before Or After Cooking

This is a great question. I believe the order in which you add your protein matters when making protein powder oatmeal.

As a general rule, it’s better to put your protein powder into your oatmeal after cooking. You’ll want to dissolve the protein powder into milk or water first. Then, stir this mixture into your cooked oatmeal for the best results.

People usually run into issues when putting protein powder before cooking their oatmeal. Doing this can lead to either a dry, rubbery, clumpy, or grainy-tasting oatmeal.

If you want the best results, I recommend you check out the two methods I’ve listed earlier in this post.

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Why Do People Add Protein Powder To Oats

You might think mixing protein powder into your oatmeal might be for bodybuilders, but this is far from the truth.

People add or mix protein powder into their oatmeal for various reasons. They might find it a convenient way to increase protein intake throughout the day. Protein and oats can also make you feel fuller for longer periods of time. Or they might want to enhance the flavor of their oatmeal.

Protein oatmeal is very versatile and can be used in many different ways. Oatmeal is a good source of carbs, fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants. Protein powder is a great source of protein.

People love to combine the two for a quick and easy, well-balanced breakfast food. And if you want a complete rounded meal. You can even add almond butter into the mix for some healthy fats.

If you have a sweet tooth. You can even add your favorite fruits and berries with some low-calorie maple syrup to curb those cravings for sweets.

And these are the reasons why protein oatmeal is such a popular dish to make.

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How To Add Protein To Oatmeal Without Protein Powder

Another question I see getting asked is how to make protein oatmeal without protein powder.

There are plenty of ways to add protein naturally into your oatmeal without using protein powders. You can use a few things: high protein milk, add some peanut butter or pb2 powder, or use non-fat Greek yogurt in your oatmeal. These can help boost protein naturally in your oatmeal.

Look, I get it. Not everyone is a fan of protein powders like I might be. But the good news is that you can use other ingredients and add them to your oatmeal to make high-protein oatmeal.

Unsweetened almond milk has a good amount of protein in it compared to other kinds of milk. You can use this instead of water when making your oatmeal. My personal favorite milk is Fairlife 2 percent milk. Has a good amount of protein per serving.

The thing to remember with peanut butter is that there is usually more fat than protein. I’d try pb2 powder for a better macronutrient profile unless you want the extra fat in your diet.

If peanut butter isn’t your jam, you can add some protein-packed nuts to your oatmeal as well.

And another option is to use nonfat Greek yogurt in your protein. I personally do not like the taste and texture of Greek yogurt in my oatmeal. But this is a good option if you are looking for a solution without the use of a protein powder.

Final Thoughts About Adding Protein Powder To Oatmeal

This concludes my post on making a protein-packed breakfast with protein oatmeal. You should now understand the benefits of adding protein to your oatmeal.

And you even know my two favorite methods to avoid making protein powder oats into a disaster. You are also free to experiment with other strategies as well.

Lastly, I’ve answered a few other questions people have when trying to make some high-protein oatmeal without using protein powder.

So, I hope I was able to answer your question about this topic, and I hope you were able to find value in this blog post. Thank you again for being here on my blog. I appreciate it, and I’ll see you in the next.

Jordan Arenas

My name is Jordan Arenas and I am the owner and author of RFKN Fit. I created RFKN Fit to help others achieve their fitness goals. My mission is to share helpful workouts, nutrition tips, delicious recipes, tips on mindset, some motivation, and some good ol' gym humor with this blog of mine. Hope you enjoy!

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