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With 26 grams of protein per serving, these Protein Overnight Oats have you covered when you’re in need of a quick, easy, and satisfying breakfast. Of course, we can’t forget the fact that they’re absolutely delish and highly customizable!

high-protein overnight oats topped with chocolate and strawberries

Why You’ll Love This High Protein Overnight Oats Recipe

  • Holy Protein, Batman! This protein oatmeal recipe is essentially classic overnight oats, with a few simple tweaks to make them extra high in protein—and, I must say, extra tasty too. Every serving packs a whopping 26 grams of protein in less than 300 calories. Ka-pow!
  • Say Good-Bye to the Hangries. When I’m hungry, I morph into a grouchy, disgruntled bear. It is not pretty or pleasant for those around me. The protein in this overnight oats recipe will keep you fuller, and thus happier, for longer.
  • Tastes Like a Sugar Cookie. I formulated these high protein overnight oats to taste like a sugar cookie. This means they’re delicious on their own and, just like a sugar cookie, a blank canvas for all kinds of toppings and add-ins.
  • Ideal for Meal Prep. Because overnight oats can last in the refrigerator all week; if you make a big batch, you only need to remember to mix them up once (just like this Coconut Chia Pudding). I like to stir mine up on Sunday night, then for the entire week I never need to think twice about what I’m eating, no matter how busy my mornings become.
three glasses of high-protein overnight oats with different toppings

5 Star Review

“I am eating this right now & LOVE IT! I knew when I licked the spoon last night that it was going to be a good one. So happy I made a double batch.”

— Amy —

How to Make Protein Overnight Oats

The Ingredients

  • Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt. Our first source of protein in this recipe.
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. Or another plant or dairy milk you like or keep on hand.
  • Vanilla Protein Powder. I use vanilla whey protein powder because I find the flavor to be ideal for these protein overnight oats.
  • Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats. Make sure you use gluten-free certified oats to make this recipe gluten-free.
  • Sweetener. I like to use coconut sugar, but any sweetener you like for oatmeal will work.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract. To amp up the vanilla flavor.
  • Pure Almond Extract. Almond extract is the little je ne sais quoi in a lot of sugar cookie recipes. Despite its name, it actually has a cherry-like aroma and flavor.
  • Optional Toppings. Feel free to get creative! Nuts, nut butters, fresh fruit, citrus zest, and chocolate are all fab.

Dietary Note

Want to make vegan protein overnight oats? Easy! Just use plant-based yogurt and a plant-based protein powder.

The Directions

whisking overnight protein oats
  1. Whisk. Combine the yogurt, almond milk, and protein powder and whisk or shake until the powder is incorporated into the liquids.
high protein overnight oats mixed in measuring cup
  1. Finish. Stir in the remaining ingredients, minus the toppings. Cover and refrigerate the protein overnight oats. Stir before serving, add toppings, and ENJOY!
creamy protein overnight oatmeal in glasses

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate overnight oats for up to 5 days.
  • To Freeze. Freeze leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Serving Tip

Overnight oats are traditionally enjoyed chilled, but if you prefer your oats heated, you can warm them up in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat before adding your desired toppings.

creamy high protein overnight oatmeal in 3 jars

What to Serve with Protein Overnight Oats

  • Fresh Fruit. I always like to round out my breakfast with a serving of fruit. (Or Fruit Salad if I have the time.)
  • Granola. A crunchy topper for creamy overnight oats! Crock Pot Granola and Healthy Granola are two favorites.
  • Applesauce. Make a breakfast parfait by layering high-protein overnight oats with Crockpot Applesauce.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Make It Your Own. While this protein oatmeal tastes great as the recipe is written, you can also use it as a starting point to add all sorts of toppings. Blueberries, orange zest, and pecans was one of my favorite combos, and apple cinnamon (a la my Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats) is classic too. Drizzle it with chocolate, add peanut butter…you get the idea!
  • Don’t Skip the Yogurt. It offers 12 grams of protein in a half cup and makes the oatmeal taste extra rich and creamy too.
  • Whey Is the Way. Of all the protein powders on the market, I find the taste of whey to be the best. I started adding whey protein to my smoothies and using it to make no-bake protein balls about a year ago, and I am never going back. It makes recipes more filling without detracting from the taste.
three jars of overnight protein oats with toppings

Protein Overnight Oats

5 from 15 votes
Protein overnight oats are healthy and PACKED with 26 grams of protein. This delicious, high-protein breakfast will keep you full all morning.

Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 8 hours

Servings: 1 serving (multiply as needed!)


For the Sugar Cookie Protein Oatmeal:

  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder (1/2 scoop) (I used whey protein—you can also substitute an additional 1/4 cup rolled oats)
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats gluten free if needed
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar or substitute turbinado sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, or other sweetener of choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract optional
  • Small pinch kosher salt

Optional Toppings:

  • Sliced and toasted almonds or other nuts
  • Peanut butter or nut butter of choice
  • Fresh fruit blueberries, strawberries, and bananas are all delicious
  • Orange zest or lemon zest
  • Drizzle of dark chocolate


  • Briskly whisk the Greek yogurt, almond milk, and protein powder together in a mixing bowl or large measuring cup, or shake them together in a mason jar so that the protein powder is as well incorporated as possible. Add the oats, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt. Whisk to completely combine. Cover with plastic wrap (or seal the lid of the jar) and refrigerate for 8 hours or up to 5 days.
  • When ready to serve, stir once more, then transfer to a serving bowl. If the mixture is too thick for your liking, thin with a little extra almond milk. Sprinkle with any desired toppings and enjoy immediately.


  • TO STORE: Refrigerate overnight oats for up to 5 days.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.


Serving: 1(of 1)Calories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 26gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 188mgFiber: 4gSugar: 12g

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. Yum! I am eating this right now :). I usually make your overnight oat recipe from your cookbook, so I was sure I would like this one, and I was right. I used just 1t of brown sugar, and it is plenty sweet enough for me. Thank you!5 stars

  2. These were delicious and kept me full for hours! So easy and quick to throw together, and the texture is spot on. I didn’t even need the sweetener with the protein powder I used.5 stars

  3. This is my go-to overnight oats recipe. I know there are a lot of recipes out there but this one is perfect every.single.time. It’s the perfect proportion of every ingredient and then you can top it with whatever fruit you like! Highly recommend it.5 stars

  4. I tried it as a post workout/recovery snack. The protein and carbs help with both of those goals and helps maintain energy levels for the rest of the day. Definitely will be a mainstay in my workout regiments. Thank you!5 stars

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