Protein Oatmeal with Bananas

5 from 205 votes

Bulk up your oatmeal with protein using whey protein powder and chia seeds with this simple nourishing breakfast that you can make quickly!

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Here’s an oatmeal breakfast full of protein and sweetened with fresh bananas. It will take your oatmeal up a notch with a sweet taste that will really fill you up until lunchtime.

Caramelized bananas on top of protein oatmeal in a mug
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Ingredients to make the recipe

  • Rolled oats: I love the texture of rolled oats in this recipe, but you can also make it with steel cut oats, which will take longer to cook or quick oats which will give you a softer consistency.
  • Almond milk: To keep the recipe vegan, almond milk works really well balanced with water for the liquid to cook the oats in. You can use any kind of milk or cook the oats with just water alone.
  • Protein powder: This vegan based protein powder bulks up the oatmeal to make you feel more satiated. I like using a vanilla powder to go best with the bananas, but any protein powder will work.
  • Chia seeds: To add more protein and substance to the oatmeal, try adding some chia seeds or flaxseeds. Cooking them with the oats will bulk them up to become gel-like and they’ll make you feel more full!
  • Sweetener: To sweeten the oats, but completely optional and I skip it often. You can also use maple syrup or granulated sugar.
  • Bananas: This is added as a topping after the oats are cooked. For an extra treat, try caramelizing it in a separate pan with coconut oil and brown sugar. You can also try it with other fruits like apples or strawberries.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make protein oatmeal

  • Boil the water, milk and salt in a small saucepan.
  • Add the oats and chia seeds and stir to combine.
  • Cook until the oats are soft, stirring a couple times until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat, add the bananas, dissolved protein powder, stir and cover until the bananas soften.
4 image collage to show how to make the protein oatmeal in a small stainless steel pot

Tips for making the recipe well

  1. Whisk the protein powder with the milk and water before adding the oats. The protein powder can clump up sometimes when added with the oats and chia seeds. It helps to whisk first with the liquid for a smoother consistency.
  2. Reheat with the a splash of water or milk. If you’re prepping this ahead, the oatmeal will tend to dry up and even become one large clump. Make sure to add a splash of liquid before reheating.
  3. Don’t skip the salt. When making the oatmeal, a little salt really does make all the difference. It brings out the natural sweetness and nuttiness of the oats, and without it, it can taste quite bland.
  4. Make it quickly in the microwave. I like to make my oatmeal on the stovetop when I have extra time. But you can make it in the microwave if you are short on time. Add all the ingredients for the oatmeal into. a bowl, don’t cover it and heat on high for 2 minutes.

Frequently asked questions

What are the best oats to use?

I prefer to use rolled old fashioned oats for my oatmeal. They have the perfect texture and are fairly quick to cook. Quick oats will give you a much softer and mushy texture. Steel cut oats can be used, but they require a longer cooking time of around 20 minutes. Be sure to also check out my tutorials on how to cook rolled oats and  how to cook steel cut oats.

What is the oats to liquid ratio?

I like a 1:2 ratio of the oats to liquid. However, since we are using chia seeds that protein powder that both absorb a lot of liquid, I increase the liquid slightly in this specific protein oatmeal recipe.

Can you make it ahead of time?

Oatmeal is great for meal prep. It will keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days and can easily be reheated. It’s best to add the bananas just before you have the oatmeal so that they are fresh.

Why does my protein powder get clumpy?

If the protein powder is added to hot liquid, it won’t mix properly and can get clumpy. I recommend to mix the protein with equal amounts room temperature water instead and add it after the oats are cooked.

Top down view of two bowls with protein oatmeal topped with sliced bananas and pecans

The taste of this protein oatmeal simply magical for a seemingly boring breakfast staple. It tastes like dessert, smells like heaven and feels like breakfast victory!

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Protein Oatmeal

Bulk up your oatmeal with protein using whey protein powder and chia seeds with this simple nourishing breakfast that you can make quickly!
5 from 205 votes
Servings 2 servings
Course Breakfast
Calories 453
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
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  • In a small saucepan, bring the water, milk and salt to a boil. Reduce the heat to low.
  • While the liquid is cooking, dissolve the protein powder with 2 tablespoons water until smooth and consistent.
  • Add the oats, chia seeds and light brown sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the oats are soft and have absorbed most of the liquid, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the dissolved protein powder and sliced bananas, cover and let stand for 2-3 minutes.
  • Divide into two bowls. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon, if desired and enjoy warm.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 5 days in the fridge.
Make Ahead Tips: You can make the oatmeal in the microwave or on the stovetop in advance. To reheat, simply add a splash of milk or water and microwave for 1 minute.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However you can use all milk or all water in the recipe instead of using the water and milk combination I used. You can also use any type of milk you’d like.


Calories: 453kcal, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 418mg, Potassium: 706mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 334IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 375mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Breakfast
5 from 205 votes (195 ratings without comment)

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  1. Jennifer says:

    This was tasty, filling, and easy to prepare! I’ve been looking for ways to boost my fiber intake and this is a great way to start my day with a good serving of both fiber and protein. This is very good as is but also yummy with some raisins added in 🙂

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Yay! I love starting my day with a healthy serving of fiber and protein as well, so this is one of my go-to breakfast recipes. Raisins sound like a sweet and yummy addition—thanks for sharing, Jennifer!!

  2. Olga says:

    My husband is so picky with food. But he actually loved the oatmeal this way. He asked me to make more of it. I said tomorrow. It was delicious. Thank you.

    1. Yumna says:

      Glad it was a hit!

  3. Sarah A says:

    Awesome oatmeal—fluffy, flavorful, filling!!! Plan on making again!! Thank you for this recipe!

    1. Yumna says:

      SO happy you enjoyed it!

  4. Sarah says:

    Delicious with plant based protein. 100% awful if using whey protein. Do not assume they are interchangeable. Heated whey will curdle and ruin the oatmeal. The only way to use whey in protein oatmeal is cold overnight oats.

    1. Yumna says:

      Yes, my favorite protein powder to use is a vegan vanilla option!

  5. Lisa says:

    My first foray into using protein powder! Turned out quite good. Left out the sugar and only had Quick oats on hand, so was a bit creamier than I would prefer, added blueberries in place of banana but all in all I enjoyed the meal and will use this recipe again. Maybe add nuts next time

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Nuts do add a great texture and fats!

  6. Sarah says:

    Great recipe! I personally do not like protein powder in my oatmeal. I left out the sweetener because there is enough sugar for me in the protein powder & banana. Next time, I will leave out the protein powder and maybe sub in almond butter, and sub the sugar for honey.

  7. Sarah says:

    I just made this. So yummy and filling. I served a 5 oz portion weighed on food scale and that was plenty with about 6 Pecans. I subbed Coconut sugar for brown sugar. This will be my breakfast the next 4 days. Not sure how leftovers will be but I will make sure to add water as suggested prior to heating.

    1. Yumna Jawad says:

      I’m glad to hear it! Yum!! Hope you continue to enjoy it.

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