This creamy oatmeal tastes like everyone’s favorite schoolyard sandwich, albeit one with more lofty protein levels. Soaking hearty steel-cut oats overnight slashes their cooking time to make this breakfast more conducive to harried mornings. Whole nuts and coconut chips are a great way to add a satisfying crunch.

For more about this recipe: Cooking with Protein Powder

  • 4Servings


  • 1½ cups fresh or frozen (thawed) strawberries

  • 1 Tbs. honey

  • 2 Tbs. chia seeds

  • 1 cup steel-cut oatmeal

  • 1/3 cup milk or unsweetened dairy-free milk

  • ½ cup plain or vanilla protein powder 

  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon 

  • ¼ cup unsalted roasted peanuts (optional)

  • ¼ cup coconut chips (optional)


  1. Blend together strawberries, honey, and 2 Tbs. water. Place strawberry purée in container or bowl and stir in chia seeds. Set aside at least 1 hour to thicken.
  2. Place oats, a pinch of salt, and 3 cups water in medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a mild boil, immediately turn off heat, cover, and let oats soak overnight.
  3. In the morning, stir milk, protein powder, peanut butter, and cinnamon into oats, and cook over medium-low heat, 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Divide oats among serving bowls and swirl in strawberry-chia jam. Garnish with peanuts and/or coconut chips if desired

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Per serving (with whey protein powder):
  • Calories: 390
  • Carbohydrate Content: 43 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 50 mg
  • Fat Content: 14 g
  • Fiber Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 27 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2.5 g
  • Sodium Content: 115 mg
  • Sugar Content: 10 g
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