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Banana Nut Protein Oats

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This protein-packed bowl of oatmeal, sweetened with ripe banana and just a touch of maple syrup, uses vanilla protein shake, egg whites to add more protein and make the oats creamy.

Banana Nut Protein Oats
Banana Nut Protein Oats

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. I try to start every morning with at least 20 grams of protein, especially after a workout which means I am always looking to incorporate more protein into my meals. This healthy banana nut oatmeal hits the spot with 20 grams of protein and just 333 calories. Plus, this breakfast is super easy and fast to make. For more high-protein breakfasts, try High Protein Oat Waffles, Savory Cottage Cheese Bowl, and High Protein Oat Bread.

Banana Nut Protein Oatmeal

How do you increase protein in oatmeal?

A half-cup of oats has five grams of protein, so I like to add more so it’ll keep me full all morning long. Below are some ways to increase the protein count.

  • Egg Whites: Egg whites in oatmeal are an easy way to add more protein. Not to mention, they make it super creamy, and you can’t even taste them.
  • Protein Shake: I use protein shakes instead of water or milk to enhance both the protein and flavor. Orgain’s Grass Fed Clean Protein Shake (Vanilla Bean) is my favorite. You can also use powdered, just prepare as directed then add.
  • Nuts: I top the oatmeal with walnuts for extra crunch and protein.

Variations:

  • If you prefer to use powdered protein, prepare as instructed and use 2/3 cup powder.
  • Switch up the flavor by using chocolate protein shake. Or, if you don’t want to use a protein shake, sub it with 2/3 cup of your favorite kind of milk.
  • Sub chopped pecans or almonds for the walnuts
  • Switch out the maple syrup with agave or honey.

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Banana Nut Protein Oats

4.80 from 29 votes
5
Cals:388
Protein:18.5
Carbs:63.5
Fat:9
This protein-packed bowl of oatmeal, sweetened with ripe banana and just a touch of maple syrup, uses vanilla protein shake and egg whites to add more protein and make the oats creamy.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Banana Nut Protein Oatmeal
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Yield: 1 serving
Serving Size: 1 bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe banana, halved
  • 1/3 cup quick oats, (check lables for gluten-free)
  • 2/3 cup liquid Orgain's vanilla protein shake
  • 3 tablespoons egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 5 grams chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Slice half of the banana and set aside.
  • Mash the other half of the banana with a fork and place it into a small pot with oats, protein shake and egg whites and mix well.
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  • Cook medium-low and stir until it comes to a boil, once it boils continue cooking until thickened, about 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Pour into a bowl and top with remaining banana, chopped walnuts and maple syrup.

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Notes

Variations:

  • If you prefer to use powdered protein, prepare as instructed and use 2/3 cup powder.
  • Sub chopped pecans or almonds for the walnuts
  • Switch out the maple syrup with agave or honey.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 bowl, Calories: 388 kcal, Carbohydrates: 63.5 g, Protein: 18.5 g, Fat: 9 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 9.5 mg, Sodium: 203 mg, Fiber: 6.5 g, Sugar: 23 g

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73 comments on “Banana Nut Protein Oats”

  1. Wow! I almost passed on this recipe because of the points and I’m not usually an oatmeal fan and I’m glad I didn’t!! I only used 2 tablespoons of egg whites because I didn’t want the taste but I could not taste them at all so tomorrow I’ll do with full amount. I used premier protein cake delight for my protein and it really added a sweetness! Definitely a keeper!

  2. I made this today and loved the flavor! I used orgain powder protein and then added some almond milk as well. Could you make this as overnight oats?

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    Michele Corner

    Just tried this morning. Not my favorite, I think it is because I used protein powder and the brand I have is not the best. I will try again.

  4. I’ve recently gone to a flexitarian diet so am looking for ways to get enough protein in my diet. I am not fond of an “eggy”, flan-like taste but the description said I wouldn’t taste the egg. I did…a bit but I liked the overall recipe enough that I’ll cut back on the egg whites and try again.

  5. I only use half a banana and add 1 Tbs of flaxseed but this this is so good and keeps me full all morning. I have shared it with many friends. Thank you! I do microwave it and stir every 30 seconds for 2 minutes.

  6. This was so good! I’m not a fan of overnight oats – I prefer mine warm so I was excited to try your recipe.
    I omitted the egg whites and maple syrup; used old fashioned oats because that’s what I had on hand, cooked in the microwave for 2 minutes on high. Sprinkled a few dark chocolate chips on top with the slices banana. Ohmygoodness! So yummy!

  7. Very filling breakfast. I didn’t have vanilla protein shake so just substituted a collagen protein powder with milk. 

  8. So good Gina,
    It is very filling. For anyone with a busy morning, this is your recipe.

    Be sure and spray your pan with cooking spray, it makes clean up easier.
    I have made this several different ways. I used strawberry Fair Life protein shake today. It was great. I used fresh strawberries instead of banana for the topping. It was very thick and cooked without boiling. Be careful not to burn when using a whey based protein shake
    It worked great with Quaker Oats Quick gluten free oats.
    My banana was green so I zapped half it the microwave for 1 minute( pierce holes in skin) for a quick ripening. Let it cool first before peeling.

    Thanks again for all your hard work.

  9. I rarely write reviews for recipes I’ve tried, but I absolutely have to for this one. I’ve made this oatmeal countless times now and it is so freaking delicious! I omit the nuts and maple syrup and add a few dark chocolate chips and it’s almost hard to believe this is a healthy dish it’s so decadent. I just tried this with a chocolate protein shake last night and it was amazing. Thank you for this Gina, it really cures my sweet tooth when I have one! The egg whites add such a wonderful texture to the oatmeal, and the serving is huge. I tell everyone I can about this recipe!

  10. I think at the very end of the recipe where it refers to if you’re using powdered protein instead I think it’s supposed to say to make it as instructed and then use 2/3 of a cup of the liquid. Not 2/3 powder.

  11. I’m also wondering if this could be made ahead of time and reheated.  I’d love to make a larger batch and just reheat a serving each morning during the week.  Would that work with this recipe?  Thank you so much!

  12. Is the note written correctly? Add 2/3 cup of protein powder? Not the equivalent amount of powder mixed with water?

    1. It’s protein liquid rather than powder. So if you are using powder, mix as directed with water then measure 2/3 cup for recipe.