High protein oatmeal, proats, protein oats, or whatever you want to call your bowl of oatmeal with protein powder has to be one of my favorite breakfast recipes. The most popular recipe on this blog, at least for now, is a actually a recipe for Butterfinger Protein Oatmeal. And while I’ve yet to come up with a protein oats recipe to top that one, but I genuinely think this comes the closest.
If you’re familiar with Biscoff or Speculoos Cookie Butter, you know how this could give the Butterfinger flavors a run for their money. It’s hard to put a finger on what exactly makes cookie butter taste so good, but I’ve done my best to replicate it.
And just in case I didn’t come close enough, this high protein oatmeal is topped with real cookie butter.
How to Make High Protein Oatmeal
There are plenty of ways to make high protein oatmeal. I typically take the easiest route and simply microwave quick oats with unsweetened almond milk or some form of liquid before mixing with protein powder and other ingredients.
In this recipe, however, I’ve added vanilla Greek yogurt for extra creaminess and a handful of spices to mimic the scrumptious Biscoff cookie.
You can see the steps in the photos above. Even with the added ingredients, this high protein oatmeal will be ready to eat in less than 5 minutes.
Ingredients for Cookie Butter High Protein Oatmeal
Other than the cookie butter spices, the ingredient list is a short one. I’ll briefly run through everything and touch on potential substitutions.
Rolled oats or whole grain oats will work fine, but you may need to microwave them a bit longer than quick oats.
I don’t recommend using something like steel cut oats for high protein oatmeal recipes.
Almond Milk and Greek Yogurt
Feel free to use any milk you’d like. You could also use water.
If you wanted to use a plant based protein powder and make this recipe dairy free, you can use a vegan yogurt option, a fat source like coconut oil, or simply skip the yogurt altogether.
This high protein oatmeal uses Bowmar Nutrition’s Frosted Cookie Protein Powder, which is a whey concentrate and isolate blend with 120 calories, 22g of protein, 2g of carbs, and 1g of fat per scoop. For comparison, the flavor profile is similar to a slightly sweeter vanilla if you’re looking to use another protein you have on hand.
The recipe calls for Biscoff Cookie Butter which you should be able to find at most grocery stores. You can also use the infamous Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s.
Also, if you wanted to make your own cookie butter with a better nutrition profile, you can blend Biscoff cookies with protein powder and a fat source. That’s what I did for the aforementioned No Bake Cookie Butter Protein Balls above.
Final High Protein Oatmeal Recipe Notes
Good luck finding the magic combo of spices to replicate the wonder of Biscoff cookies, but this is what you’ll need for this recipe (though they’re entirely optional):
I find it’s quite similar to gingerbread without the heat of ginger. The recipe goes light on everything above, so feel free to add more to fit your taste preferences.
For more flavor ideas, check out my protein oatmeal guide.
All right, I think that’s all the recipe notes I have for you. If you make this recipe, let me know what you think. You can leave a comment on this post or feel free to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram @mugsformuscles.
- 1/2 C (40g) Quick Oats
- 1/2 C (120mL) Unsweetened Almond Milk, or your choice of milk
- 1/4 C (57g) Vanilla Fat Free Greek Yogurt
- 1 scoop (28g) Frosted Cookie Protein Powder , I used Bowmar Nutrition
- 1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon, optional
- 1 dash Ground Nutmeg, Cloves, and Allspice, optional
- 1/2 Tbsp (8g) Biscoff Cookie Butter, or Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joe's
- Mix the oats, almond milk, Greek yogurt, and optional spices in a bowl.
- Microwave for 90 seconds or until the oats are cooked around the outside with a bit of liquid remaining in the center of the bowl. (If you're using a smaller bowl, the oats may cook faster.)
- Add the protein powder and stir well.
- Add the cookie butter and stir. Or if you’d like a drizzle, microwave it for 10-15 seconds and pour it over the oatmeal.
- This is a large bowl of protein oatmeal so feel free to cut the recipe in half if you're on a lower calorie diet or have a smaller appetite.
Serving Size1 bowl
Amount Per Serving Calories 370Total Fat 8gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 38gProtein 34g
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