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Protein-Packed Oatmeal Cups

January 25, 2022

Love oatmeal but want oatmeal with protein powder? With 11 grams of protein in each cup, these customizable protein-packed oatmeal cups make for the perfect breakfast on the go. Customize, bake and then keep them in the freezer so you always have a healthy breakfast waiting for you!

Protein powder and I have an odd relationship. We kind of like each other, don’t quite understand the purpose of one another and neither of us enjoy the process of baking together. And yet I still have it in my home at all times. Honestly, it’s just too convenient to not use.

One thing I do love? Oatmeal. I can never have enough oatmeal. But sometimes I’m looking for a protein-filled breakfast or snack and oatmeal on its own just isn’t gonna cut it. Oatmeal with protein powder is the answer to this. Customizable oatmeal cups with 11 grams of protein in each one. Now that’s a win!

Ingredients in Baked Oatmeal with Protein Powder Cups

  • Rolled Oats – Get the whole rolled oats. Do not use steel-cut oats.
  • Protein Powder – I’ve tried these with whey protein powder and with plant-based protein powder and both work. Roughly 3 scoop of protein powder.
  • Baking powder– Essential. Do not skip.
  • Cinnamon – For flavor. Feel free to add in any other spices you like!
  • Sea salt – to help enhance the flavor
  • Large eggs – this helps bind these oatmeal cups together. I wouldn’t recommend substituting these.
  • Vanilla extract – for flavor
  • Unsweetened applesauce – you can also use mashed banana. This helps keep this high protein oatmeal cups moist without having to add a ton of fat.
  • Greek yogurt – get plain 0% or whole milk if that’s all you can find.
  • Coconut oil – just 2 tablespoons is all you need.
  • Honey – for sweetness.
  • Almond milk – can replace with any preferred milk.
  • Hemp seeds– you can replace with chia seeds or omit but these add a nice dose of protein and fiber.

What is the Protein Content?

This will depend on the type of protein powder you use. You’ll also be getting protein from the greek yogurt as well as the hemp seeds (if you’re using them). I calculated that using whey protein powder, greek yogurt and hemp seeds, each of my oatmeal cups at 11 grams of protein.

Here are some protein powders I like:

How To Make Protein Oatmeal Cups

This oatmeal with protein powder recipe really requires just two steps. Mix and bake. Here’s a breakdown (full recipe below):

–> STEP 1

In a large bowl combine oats, protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt. In a separate bowl combine eggs, vanilla extract, applesauce, greek yogurt, coconut oil, honey and almond milk. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine.

–> STEP 2

Grease a muffin pan very well with coconut oil. Divide batter evenly among muffin tin. Stir in toppings of choice into each oatmeal with protein cup (I.e. chocolate chips in some, blueberries in some etc…) Sprinkle hemp seeds evenly across cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes (or until cooked all the way through). Let cool for 20 minutes before removing to cool completely.

With 11 grams of protein in each cup, these customizable protein-packed oatmeal cups make for the perfect breakfast on the go. Bake then and then keep them in the freezer so you always have a healthy breakfast waiting for you!

Customize your oatmeal cups:

  • Blueberries – stir in 1/4- 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries or other fresh berries
  • Chocolate chips – add 2-4 tbsp of chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter– drizzle your cups with peanut butter or other nut butter

Substitutions:

Chocolate Protein Powder – You can easily sub in a different flavored protein powder. Use whatever flavor you prefer

Maple syrup – no honey? You can substitute maple syrup instead. Most liquid sweetener will work too.

Banana – Replace your applesauce with 1 large mashed banana

Chia Seeds– use chia seeds in place of hemp seeds or skip entirely.

With 11 grams of protein in each cup, these customizable protein-packed oatmeal cups make for the perfect breakfast on the go. Bake then and then keep them in the freezer so you always have a healthy breakfast waiting for you!

How to Store + Freeze Your Oatmeal with Protein Powder Cups

To store – keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To freeze – Individually wrap each oatmeal cup in tinfoil and then store in a ziploc bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. In the morning (or before eating) remove from bag + tinfoil and microwave for 20-30 seconds or until desired texture is reached.

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Protein-Packed Oatmeal Cups

Love oatmeal but want oatmeal with protein powder? With 11 grams of protein in each cup, these customizable protein-packed oatmeal cups make for the perfect breakfast on the go. Customize, bake and then keep them in the freezer so you always have a healthy breakfast waiting for you!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 3 scoops protein powder (about 29 grams each)*
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup plain 0% greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • Add-ins: see above for ideas

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl combine eggs, vanilla extract, applesauce, greek yogurt, coconut oil, honey and almond milk.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine.
  5. Grease a muffin pan very well with coconut oil.
  6. Divide batter evenly among muffin tin.
  7. Stir in toppings of choice into each one.**
  8. Sprinkle hemp seeds evenly across cups.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes (mine took 18 minutes).
  10. Let cool for 20 minutes before removing to cool completely.
  11. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days. See freezer instructions above.

Keywords: oatmeal with protein powder, oatmeal cups, high-protein oatmeal, protein oatmeal

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  • Reply
    Gail
    July 20, 2022 at 10:10 am

    What is the nutritional breakdown?

  • Reply
    Courtney
    July 6, 2022 at 10:01 am

    I calculated the macros
    I made one batch which gave me 18 cups.
    Per cup:
    115 calories
    6 g protein
    16.2 carbs
    3.4 fat
    This was with a cup of blueberries

    • Reply
      niki
      August 29, 2022 at 1:00 pm

      THANK YOU!

  • Reply
    Anna Bradley
    September 12, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Thanks for these protein packed muffins recipe. I am trying to bulk up and build my muscle and anything with protein gets my vote. More than that the taste was just wow too.

  • Reply
    Veronica Macedo
    July 23, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Fantastic recipe! Thank you so much

  • Reply
    Audrey
    January 10, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    Do you have the nutritional breakdown of these posted anywhere?

    • Reply
      Lacey
      April 27, 2021 at 12:18 am

      I would like the nutrition break down also or I can’t use it for my MACROS!!! Please I would love to make them

  • Reply
    Anu Pulikkan
    November 14, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Also, I stupidly bought a Costco sized bag of chocolate protein powder, which is obviously not as versatile as flavorless or vanilla-would they totally ruin the flavor of these muffins? Trying to get rid of it..

    • Reply
      Davida Lederle
      November 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      I think you should be fine and yes to regular yogurt!

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