Looking for a protein & healthy fat-packed breakfast or post-workout meal? Then this recipe is for you!
These oats are loaded with goods, so please forgive me for the lengthy name. I just couldn’t bring myself to leave out any of the ingredients because they are all equally important and equally delicious.
Also, yes, I am aware that we are halfway through May, which means it is basically summer (and almost my birthday!!!), and I am posting a recipe for oatmeal. Sue me. I love oatmeal all year round and I’m pretty sure I will continue to eat this meal on repeat this summer. I used to be a huge fan of Greek yogurt, but I haven’t been in the mood for it in months. I must have eaten it too much and burnt myself out. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Maybe once it is consistently hot outside I will convert back to Greek yogurt (and smoothies!), but for now, I am sticking with my beloved warm, hearty steel-cut oats. Soon you will understand why.
Although steel-cut oats are the main ingredient, I must say that the almond butter is the real MVP of this recipe. I have this new-ish found obsession with almond butter and I swear I’m going through about a jar a week, which is going to get very expensive and may not fly when Ethan and I get married. Haha, but let’s be real; if he ever told me that I couldn’t have my almond butter, there would be some serious problems. That’s like telling me I can’t eat when I am hungry. In other words, very dangerous territory. So I have a feeling he’ll let it go. 😉 The good news? He loves almond butter too! So we’ll eat the pricey stuff and continue to feed our pup Harley cheap ol’ JIF peanut butter, and we’ll all live happily ever after.
I’m a huge fan of the creamy almond butter from Costco (Kirkland’s brand) and it is way more affordable there than anywhere else. However, I also love Trader Joe’s creamy almond butter, as well as their crunchy peanut butter. So. Dang. Good. My favorite thing about almond butter is that it is so drizzly and makes everything that you pour it on look that much prettier. Oh, and obviously it is freaking delicious, and takes these oats to the next level.
Banana Almond Butter Chia Protein Oats
- 1/3 cup Quaker 3-minute Steel Cut Oats
- 3/4 cup water or unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop Further Food Collagen* or 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 small banana sliced
- 1-2 Tbsp creamy almond butter of choice
- Cinnamon to taste
- Chopped walnuts
- Pumpkin seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Combine oats, water/milk, collagen/protein powder and chia seeds in a bowl and stir to combine.
- Microwave for 1 minute; remove from microwave, stir, and place back in the microwave for another 45-60 seconds, or until oats reach the desired consistency.
- Next, add your toppings: banana slices, almond butter and some cinnamon!
I like to eat my oats along with 2 scrambled eggs with spinach in them for some extra protein (and veggies) post-workout!
Have a wonderful week everyone!