This overnight oats recipe is easy, affordable and bursting with plant goodness. Perfect as a breakfast meal prep for all you busy bees, or slathered with toppings for slower mornings. However you have them, these High Protein Oats are the best way to keep you energised and nourished throughout the day.
I think if we were to look back at the foods that have made the biggest comeback in recent years, oats would have to be up there. The humble bowl of oats has had a complete revamp, and is now one of the most versatile, nutritious and widely loved of all breakfast foods. Gone are the days of boring, soggy porridge. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I am treating it like royalty.
Plant Based Protein
If you’ve visited my blog or instagram before, you’ll know i’m not a huge fan of overly processed vegan protein alternatives. I find that they’re not always the kindest to the gut, and I much prefer to keep things natural. Theres plenty of natural, plant-based sources of protein that really don’t cost the earth – you just need to know where to look.
Nuts and seeds are a fantastic natural protein source, and they also boast a plethora of other body-loving nutrients, like healthy fats and vitamin E (great for glowy skin and boosting the immune system). They’re a fantastic way to pack some extra protein into your breakfast without the need for any powders.
Flax seeds are a seriously underrated superfood. They’re high in omega-3 fatty acids; which are essential to keep your body healthy. Flax seeds are also high in protein and fibre, and are fantastic for your digestive health.
I absolutely love nut butters. Peanut butter, almond butter, coconut butter…whatever-nut butter! They’re all absolutely delicious, and nut butters are a fantastic, accessible source of protein, healthy fats and other nutrients. I’d definitely recommend opting for a natural nut butter, or taking a look at the ingredients list before you buy. Good quality nut butters should only really contain the one ingredient, and maybe a little salt. Some commercial brands can be full of nasties that you might want to avoid like palm oil or sugars.
For this high protein oats recipe, I used peanut butter for its classic nutty-sweet flavour, as well as its nutritional values. PB is high in monounsaturated fats, particularly oelic acid, which boasts a whole array of health benefits. It’s also high in vitamin E, B3 and B6, which are all essential for healthy bodily function. Plus, that abundance of healthy fats and vitamin E does wonders for your hair and skin. I love Manilife peanut butter in all it’s smooth, crunchy original and deep roast varieties.
Making the Perfect High Protein Oats
The key to this is the oats. We want JUMBO oats. None of that powdery stuff. Jumbo oats will give your breakfast a far superior texture and a creamier consistency. The addition of vanilla will really highlight the creamy, comforting flavour too.
No only does incorporating flax seeds provide a healthy boost to these high protein oats, but it also helps to thicken them up. So don’t panic if you forget to make these oats the night before, thanks to the flax seeds all you’ll need is 15 minutes for perfect oats.
Make sure you use a good quality plant based milk (or feel free to use dairy if you’re not vegan or DF). My personal choice would be Plenish cashew or almond milk, as they’re oh-so creamy without any sugars or fillers – just nuts, water and a pinch of salt.