Protein-Packed Porridge

Oatmeal lovers, rejoice! Popular vegan recipe author Kathy Hester has just released a new book devoted entirely to one of bodybuilding’s classic staple foods. Appropriately titled OATrageous Oatmeals (Page Street Publishing, September 2014), this cookbook offers a variety of wholesome oat recipes that satisfy all palates and cater to any fitness goal. For those interested in building muscle while staying lean, we recommend this concoction straight from the book.

Protein-Packed Peanut-Butter-Cup Overnight Oats
This may be a smaller portion, but it will keep you feeling full for a long time, thanks to the chocolate-flavored protein powder and powdered peanut butter. You can use fresh nut butter instead if that’s what you have on hand. You also can use plain cocoa powder if you don’t have any protein powder.

Makes 1 serving

  • ¼ cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter (plain or chocolate) or fresh nut butter
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup plant-based milk (plain or vanilla)
  • sweetener of choice, to taste, if needed

Layer all the ingredients but the plant-based milk in a quart mason jar or a dish with a cover. Add ¼ cup of milk. Stirring the milk in will give you the room needed to add the other ¼ cup of milk. Mix well and let sit in the fridge overnight. Stir and eat.

Nutrition Facts

206 calories, 20 grams protein, 22 grams carbs, 5 grams fiber, 4 grams total fat