Protein Oatmeal

Creamy protein oatmeal thickened to perfection with sweet, ripe fruit and maple syrup, and packed with 26g of protein! Calcium and Iron-rich. My favorite oatmeal—protein-rich, sweetly comforting with satisfying oat goodness!

Protein-Rich, Sweetly Comforting, and Satisfying-Oat Goodness: My Favorite Protein Oatmeal!

With 26g of protein, how can you argue with a steaming-hot bowl of warming protein oatmeal? Don’t like nuts? Leave ‘em out! Want a special treat? Top this incredible protein oatmeal with chocolate chips! Just want 13g of protein? Make a ½ batch. However you like your oatmeal with protein, however you want it, you’ve got it.

Can you feel my excitement over this delicious protein treat? Let’s make this!

pouring maple syrup from a glass container over protein oatmeal

Simple Ingredients for High Protein Oatmeal

We won’t be using any unusual, or hard-to-get ingredients in today’s protein oatmeal. Nosireebob, we’re gonna keep it simple and easy for the creamiest, most satisfyingly thick protein oatmeal packed with sweet fruit goodness.

  • Fruit of choice – Strawberries, blueberries, or any fruit you can think of will do!
  • Rolled Oats
  • Cinnamon – optional
  • Milk
  • Protein Powder or Plant-Based Protein Powder
  • Maple Syrup
  • Nuts – optional
Wooden spatula stirring a pot of protein oatmeal on a cream cloth napkin

How Much Protein Does This Oatmeal Actually Have?

You came for the protein and stayed for the tasty oatmeal, amiright? 🙂 Check out the nutrition facts for your soon-to-be favorite protein oatmeal. I’ve calculated mine based on using this Protein Powder, so be sure to calculate yours with the specific protein powder you use.

  • Protein: 26g
  • Calories: 500 cal
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 78g
  • Dietary Fiber: 11g
  • Sugars: 16g
  • Vitamin A: 23%
  • Calcium: 60%
  • Iron: 22%
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How to Make Protein Oatmeal

Learning how to make high protein oatmeal is actually quite easy. First, you start by mashing the fruit in a small mixing bowl. Then, you fold in the oats and cinnamon to that same bowl. You’ve just made the fruity oat mixture.

Next, place a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat on the stove. You’ll add milk and vanilla protein powder to the pan. Whisk the milk and protein powder together until no clumps remain.

Add the oat mixture to the pan. Using a heatproof spatula, stir the fruits and oats into the protein milk.

Now, add maple syrup, salt and nuts, if using. Stir everything together until well mixed.

When the oatmeal begins bubbling, reduce the heat to medium low. This will allow your oatmeal to cook, but not overflow while doing so.

Make sure to stir the protein oatmeal occasionally, until it’s just about thickened to how you like it. Remember to cook it until it’s right under the amount of thickness you like, as it’ll thicken as it sets.

Serve in a bowl topped with fruits and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Also try my Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, packed full of protein and fiber (also deliciousness).

closeup of the texture in this yummy breakfast recipe

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What to Pair with My Protein Oatmeal? 🤔💭💪

One of my favorite things to do is top this protein oatmeal with caramelized bananas. Think: ooey, gooey vanilla caramel sauce coating cozy coins of bananas that’ve been seared to perfection on a skillet.

Here are a few protein recipes + guides to pair this breakfast recipe with: 

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Creamy protein oatmeal thickened to perfection with sweet, ripe fruit and maple syrup, packed with 26g of protein! Calcium and Iron-rich. My favorite oatmeal—protein-rich, sweetly comforting with satisfying oat goodness!



Protein Oatmeal

  • 1 ripened banana or 2/3 cup fruit of choice
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 ½ cups milk of choice
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 12 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • 24 tablespoons walnuts or nuts/seeds of choice, chopped (optional)


  • Top with fruit slices or Caramelized Bananas (as seen in photos)
  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • A drizzle of pure maple syrup
  • Chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. In a small mixing bowl, add fruit. Mash until mostly smooth. Fold in oats and cinnamon, if using.
  2. Set a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add milk and vanilla protein powder and whisk until thoroughly mixed and nearly no clumps remain.
  4. Add oat mixture. Using a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula, stir out any clumps of mixture that have formed.
  5. Add maple syrup, and optionally, salt and chopped walnuts.
  6. Stir until well mixed.
  7. Reduce the heat to medium-low or low when your oatmeal starts to bubble.
  8. Stir occasionally, until thickened to desired texture. I like to cook the oatmeal until most of the milk is gone, but with just a bit too much left. Remember, the oats will continue to thicken and soak up the milk as it sits there and waits to be served and eaten! You want to leave a bit of extra milk in the pot to be absorbed so that the oatmeal doesn’t dry out.
  9. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl or two.
  10. Serve topped with fruit slices and optionally, a drizzle of maple syrup. For a special treat, top with caramelized bananas—it’s soooo good!


Notes: I used this vanilla protein powder to make my protein oatmeal. If you use another protein powder, be sure to calculate the amount of protein according to that specific product. 😉

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. I’ve been trying to increase my protein intake and this oatmeal was a great way to start the day! It was tasty and easy enough to make anytime – thanks!

  2. I made this oatmeal for breakfast this morning and it was delicious! I loved how much protein it had!

  3. This has been my go to breakfast for the past week. I love that it’s packed with protein and tastes so good.

  4. This looks so creamy; I like the inclusion of fruit! We enjoy oatmeal here and am always on the look out for new flavors. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. This is my new favorite go-to! I love these because it’s high in protein and still tastes so good. Can’t get enough 🙂

  6. I do struggle to get enough protein in my daily breakfasts! I don’t have much time for cooking in the mornings so that rules out a lot. This is such a smart and low-effort way to get what I need first thing in the morning!

  7. Hi! I can’t wait to try this because I love a lot of your other recipes. I wanted to clarify- your recipe calls for 1 scoop of protein powder, but the label on the container of protein powder you endorse says 2 scoops to get 21g of protein. Do you really use just 1 scoop? Or is it 2? I would love to get 21g of protein but I also don’t love the chalky flavor/consistency that protein powder can have. Thank you!!

    1. Hi Christina! Yep, you’ll only need one scoop of the protein powder since the total amount of protein in the recipe comes from all of the ingredients. Don’t worry, it won’t have a chalky taste–I made sure to use just enough to keep it yummy. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

  8. This was delicious! I suck at time management and cooking before work/school is a hassle. Can this recipe convert into an overnight oats version? Would you add the protein powder when making it or mix it in after? 🙂 Thanks!

    1. I’m so happy you liked it, Marcie! 🙂 Oh, I feel you on all of that! Good question, this recipe *might* just work as overnight oats, but I haven’t tried it, so I can’t say for sure. Definitely add the protein powder while making it.

      Also, try my Overnight Oats if you’d like.