This strawberries and cream overnight oats recipe is a high-protein breakfast idea that’s made ahead of time for the ultimate easy morning.
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These strawberry-filled oats are more than just pretty to look at – they’re also packed with flavor and nutritious ingredients!
As a registered dietitian who spends a LOT of time researching the latest in nutrition science, I can tell you that a high protein breakfast is super important for getting your day off on the right start.
And while eggs are usually what we think of when it comes to protein, there are so many other nutritious high-protein foods. Including these overnight oats.
Thanks to Greek yogurt, vanilla protein powder, and oats (yup! Oats contain a decent amount of protein!), one jar will keep you nice and satisfied all morning long.
Or in other words, unlike sugary breakfast cereals, this high-protein breakfast won’t cause you blood sugar to plummet, distracting you from your work (or play).
Plus, if you eat these after working out, these overnight oats can also help repair and build muscles.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s talk about how to whip up a batch of high-protein strawberries and cream overnight oats!
Unfortunately there’s no one “best” protein powder for everyone.
While whey protein is generally shown to be most effective for muscle building post-workout, plant-based protein powders are often more slowly digested and will help keep you fuller for longer.
And of course, dietary preferences, allergies, and intolerances will also affect your final decision.
Just be sure to do your research ahead of time, as some powders may contain potentially dangerous amounts of heavy metals and other chemical contaminants – especially if you’re consuming the powder often.
I recommend checking out The Clean Label Project to find out which ones are the safest bet. Also be sure to look at the ingredient list and try to choose an option that contains minimal added ingredients and ideally no artificial additives.
My go-to brands are Naked Whey, Ora So Lean So Clean, Aloha, and Owyn.
Making overnight oats is simple: combine everything in a mason jar or small container, stir, and refrigerate overnight.
To make these high in protein, we’re adding Greek yogurt and protein powder.
However, you can up the protein even more by using soy, Ripple, or cow’s milk instead of almond or oat milk. You could also add hemp seeds or a spoonful of almond butter.
While layering looks prettier, I also like being able to choose how much of each layer I get in a bite.
However, it does require an extra step when preparing this make ahead breakfast, so feel free to skip layering altogether and just mix everything at once.
To make the layered version, first mix everything except for the strawberry puree in a small mixing bowl. Add ⅓ of the mixture into your jar and then add ½ of the strawberry puree. Repeat this layering with the remaining mixture and puree.
Nope! You can also just dice your strawberries instead of blending them.
Or, you can use a few spoonfuls of my 3-Ingredient Strawberry Chia Seed Jam instead — SO good!
Yes! Just wait to add the yogurt until after you’ve microwaved them.
Nope! The great part about overnight oats is that soaking them overnight helps to break down some of the fibers, making them nice and soft by the morning.
If you prefer your oats on the thinner side, there are some adjustments you can make as well as additions after soaking overnight:
-Use ½ the amount of Greek yogurt and replace the other half with more milk.
-Eliminate the yogurt altogether and use all milk (just note the protein content will be affected).
-Use fewer, or no, chia seeds.
-Add an extra splash or two of milk in the morning.
Overnight oats should keep for up to 5 days in the fridge. However, I find the flavor of the chia seeds tends to get stronger the longer they sit. As a result, I prefer to make only 1 to 3 jars at a time.
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I have made Chocolate and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats before but would love to try this recipe too.
I’ve never put chocolate in my peanut butter overnight oats, but now I’m questioning why I haven’t – that sounds so good! I hope you give this recipe a try 🙂 It’s a nice change up especially in the summer!
I love overnight oats,will be trying this recipe for sure 🙂
Definitely give them a try! I think they’re perfect for summer!
This is exactly how I love my overnight oats!
It’s so yummy! Do you mix yours or layer them?