High Protein Oatmeal Without Protein Powder

This easy, vegan oatmeal recipe is made with high protein without the protein powder! Old fashioned rolled oats, chocolate, almond butter, chia seeds, and milk are mixed together and topped with a freshly sliced banana to create the creamiest and richest oatmeal you will ever eat.

bowl of oats with sliced banana on top

Mmm, creamy oatmeal. This high-protein recipe is highly versatile and made with pantry staple ingredients that are minimal and cost-effective–no protein powder required!

Within minutes, you can relish the fact you will have a warm bowl of sticky oatmeal ready to be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or as a filling snack at home. Don’t forget to pour your favorite almond or oat milk into the bowl of oats right before serving to make this gluten-free recipe ultra-delicious.

Sweetened with maple syrup and drizzled with almond butter, this protein oatmeal is the perfect combination of sweet and nutty. For chocolate peanut butter oats, just use peanut butter instead of almond butter!

What to Add to Oatmeal for Protein

There are so many different options when it comes to these chocolate protein oats. I will list some of my favorite ingredients to add to oatmeal to make it extra filling:

  • Flax meal
  • Chia seeds
  • Nuts like almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, etc.
  • Nut butter like cashew butter, peanut butter, almond butter, or seed butter like sunflower seed spread. Feel free to use crunchy nut butter for extra crunch.
  • Protein-rich plant-based milk options like oat milk, hemp milk, cashew milk, etc.
  • Plant-based protein powders with chocolate or vanilla flavors
bowl of oats with sliced banana on top

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Quick and easy; you can cook these protein oats either in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • High versatile; swap up the ingredients and use different fruits and nuts to easily customize your oatmeal.
  • Family-friendly; those of all ages can enjoy this protein oatmeal recipe. This recipe is great for toddlers and kids who do not have nut allergies and need something filling for breakfast!

Ingredients for Chocolate Oatmeal

With very minimal prep and ingredients, this recipe will be ready in no time!

Dry Ingredients

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats– I used rolled oats because that is what I had on hand, but feel free to use steel-cut or quick oats. Keep in mind that different oats will yield different cook times.
  • Salt– This ingredient is used to give the oatmeal a burst of flavor and balance. The salt aids in the oats cooking, too.
  • Cocoa powder– Cocoa or cacao powder allows the oats to be rich with chocolate flavors. Of course, if you are not a chocolate fan, then you can omit this ingredient.
  • Cinnamon– Aromatic bold cinnamon gives the oats a little bit of spice that tastes delightful with the cocoa powder and sweetener.
  • Chia seeds– Tiny chia seeds are made of fiber, protein, and omega-3s and are great sources of protein to add to oat recipes like oatmeal or overnight oats.
  • Flax meal– Natural flax meal is also a great source of fiber and protein and allows these oats to be high in protein. You can find containers of flax meal at most grocery stores in the baking aisles.

Other

  • Dairy-free milk– Plant-based milk is a staple in this oats recipe and allows the oats to be creamy, smooth, and subtle. Keep some milk on hand for serving, too.
  • Water– Filtered water is used with the milk to give the oats plenty of liquid to cook in. The more liquid you have, the creamier the oats will be.
  • Nut butter– As said above, any kind of nut butter can be used in this recipe. For these oats, I used almond butter, but I love to enjoy oatmeal with peanut butter, too.
  • Maple syrup– Sweet and sticky maple syrup is used as a sweetener to make sure the oats are filled with plenty of flavors. If you do not have maple syrup, then you can use your choice of sweeteners such as monk fruit, coconut sugar, or granulated cane sugar.
  • Fresh banana– Freshly sliced banana is perfect for this recipe! One whole banana is used to give these oats a whiff of freshness. Other fruits may be used in place of banana-like apples, strawberries, blueberries, etc.

Optional Toppings

  • Nuts
  • Coconut flakes
  • Extra fruit
  • Milk
  • Sweetener

How to Make Chocolate Protein Oats

  1. First, measure the oats and other ingredients, then place the oats in a microwave-safe bowl with milk and water. Microwave the oats until they are hot and creamy.
bowl of oats
bowl of oats
  1. Next, allow the oats to cool–careful, they will be hot! While the oats are cooling off, prepare the toppings.
  2. Now you can pour all of the other ingredients into the oatmeal such as the additional milk, nut butter, chia seeds, optional nuts, sweetener, flax meal, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. Stir all of the ingredients together with a spoon until the oats are thick and creamy.
bowl of oats with sliced banana on top
  1. Top the oatmeal protein with a sliced banana and enjoy! Adjust the milk as needed.
  2. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container such as a jar or storage container.

FAQs

Are oats a good option for a post-workout meal?

Absolutely! Oats are filled with carbs and protein which will give your body energy and the glucose it needs to be strong and active.

Should I use milk or water when preparing oatmeal?

I like to use both! Instead of using both, you can easily use one or the other. Just be sure to supplement with whatever choice you’re using. Both water and milk are great options for creamy oatmeal.

What is a good protein to prepare with oatmeal?

There are several tasty protein options that can be served with oatmeal such as pistachios, almonds, cashews, tofu bacon, yogurt, beans, spinach, nut butter, and more!

Is banana high in protein?

Banana is not high in protein but high in potassium instead! One banana contains 1.3 grams of protein so they are slightly filling. Bananas will energize your body for the day.

Chef’s Tips

  • Cooking times may vary depending on what type of microwave or stovetop you are using.
  • Keep this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free oats.
  • Create overnight oats simply by pouring the milk into the oats, covering it with a lid, and storing it in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to serve, top the overnight oats with your toppings.
  • Omit the cocoa powder if you do not like chocolate flavors.
bowl of oats with sliced banana on top

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Vegan Chocolate Protein Oats

Sea Salt Savorings
This easy, vegan oatmeal recipe is made with high protein without the protein powder! Old fashioned rolled oats, chocolate, almond butter, chia seeds, and milk are mixed together and topped with a freshly sliced banana to create the creamiest rich oatmeal you will ever eat.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 869 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats or other type of oats
  • ½ cup dairy-free milk plus more for serving
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter; creamy or crunchy
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder or cacao; can omit
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or other sweetener of choice
  • 1 banana peeled and sliced

Instructions
 

  • First, place the oats in a microwave-safe bowl with salt. Add the milk and water, then warm the oats in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Allow the oats to cool, then add flax meal, chia seeds, cinnamon, nut butter, sweetener, and cocoa powder. Top with one sliced banana.
  • Top with extra toppings like chopped nuts, extra fruit, coconut flakes, etc.

Notes

  • Cooking times may vary depending on what type of microwave or stovetop you are using.
  • Keep this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free oats.
  • Create overnight oats simply by pouring the milk into the oats, covering it with a lid, and storing it in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to serve, top the overnight oats with your toppings.
  • Omit the cocoa powder if you do not like chocolate flavors.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 869kcalCarbohydrates: 127gProtein: 26gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.02gSodium: 372mgPotassium: 1334mgFiber: 22gSugar: 44gVitamin A: 547IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 469mgIron: 7mg

Nutrition values are estimates, for exact values consult a nutritionist.

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