So I’ve been on a meal-prepping binge for the last couple months and making different flavors of “protein oatmeal” has been one of my biggest successes. The whole idea materialized when my husband decided to ween himself off his morning $5 protein shake and said he was tired of protein bars followed by a pathetic, helpless “I don’t know what to make” look. I started making him homemade oatmeal mix made with protein powder and wholesome mix-ins that he can then prepare in the microwave (without my help – haha) in less than one minute.
I’ve done several flavor combinations, including Strawberry Cacao Nib Protein Oatmeal Mix and Cinnamon Apple Protein Oatmeal Mix, but today’s recipe for Apricot Ginger Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Mix is his favorite to date.
I could get upset that my husband doesn’t cook, but I don’t – he has other strengths. For example, consistency and dedication. My man gets out the door EVERY weekday at 5am to head to the gym before work. He NEEDS a protein-rich morning meal without fuss. Those convenience protein shakes and bars had been a doable solution for this no-cook kinda guy to, so who am I to judge?! Especially, when I’m in a similar situation.
This protein oatmeal has been a bona fide life sustainer on our frantic Monday through Friday mornings. In fewer than 60 seconds, a hot, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs meal is ready – my husband even makes his in a plastic storage container so that he can eat it on his commute. While I usually just prep the mix all in one big zip-top baggie or large glass jar, I’ve also portioned it into single-serves to take on travel – it can be made in your hotel room with boiling hot water from the coffee pot!
The basic Protein Oatmeal Mix concept is simple – quick cook oats, protein powder, dried or dehydrated fruits, and an assortment of nuts, seeds. Today’s recipe features chopped dried apricots, bits of candied ginger, ginger powder and chopped toasted macadamia nuts.While you don’t have to toast your nuts, I go crazy for the rich, crunch taste that toasting brings out in nuts. When I’m doing just a handful of nuts, I often just use the toaster oven – it’s that simple.
As I previously hinted, the flexibility and endless possibilities of protein oatmeal mixes and DIY oatmeal packets is endless. If you don’t like an ingredient in my Apricot Ginger Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Mix, just swap it out for something else. Or, add in extra stuff – I just had a light bulb that coconut flakes would be delish in this morning dish. When prepared with water, this recipe has under 200 calories and about 8 grams of protein per serving. Get the recipe and remainder of nutritional details at the bottom of this post.
Here are two other versions of protein oatmeal mix you must try!
Pitch me a flavor combo idea for my next batch of protein oatmeal in the commets below — I love new ideas! Hope you had a great weekend, do anything special? XOXO, Jennifer