Simple Vanilla Protein Overnight Oats

These Simple Vanilla Protein Overnight Oats contain very few ingredients, making for a simple, quick to-go breakfast option. Make them the night before and grab them on your way out the door the next morning.

Simple Vanilla Protein Overnight Oats

I want to get real for a second.

Life gets hectic. For instance, right now, I am exhausted. It’s a Sunday evening, and I worked [blogged] about 24 hours this weekend, after working 40 hours during the week for my ‘day’ job. And that’s so far.

That’s not to complain. Yeah, I’m exhausted, but I love this blog and sharing deliciousness with you wonderful people. But, sometimes I don’t want to deal with making my overnight oats taste like an ice cream flavor you would see at Coldstone. Sometimes, I just want to throw it together in under a minute and go to bed.

That’s what this recipe is for. It’s to serve as your go-to, lazy-ass, tired-from-work, don’t-feel-like-doing-shit, overnight oats recipe. It’s to prevent you from skipping breakfast because you weren’t prepared, or from getting something less-than-healthy because, well, you weren’t prepared.

Simple Vanilla Protein Overnight Oats

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Besides all of that, these oats taste like dessert.

And, they are totally customizable. Here are a few ingredients you can throw in based on your preferences:

Chia seeds (ground or whole)
Nut butter
Hemp seeds
Goji berries
Cacao nibs

…the list goes on!

Simple Vanilla Protein Overnight Oats

The simplicity of this recipe allows one of my favorite ingredients to shine: cinnamon. I am obsessed with the combination of vanilla and cinnamon, plus sweet almond milk. I’m done. It’s so good.

Simple Vanilla Protein Overnight Oats

Simple Vanilla Protein Overnight Oats
Serves: 1
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Optional:
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Combine ingredients in a jar or a small tupperware.
  2. Shake to combine well. Make sure the mixture is perfectly combined!
  3. Place in the refrigerator overnight.
Dont be afraid to cover your oats with the milk – the oats will soak it up!

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Your turn:
What is your go-to breakfast when you’re lazy af?
Are you hungry right when you wake up or does it take you a while to build an appetite?

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Simple Vanilla Protein Overnight Oats

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  1. says

    Everything you described in the intro is me right now. I was hoping that it slows down at some point, but thanks for giving me a reality check :) Breakfast is by far my favorite meal and there’s nothing that I hate more than a boring breakfast. These oats look so creamy and good and so so easy!

  2. says

    I live for simple and easy recipes like this because I am always starving in the morning that I can’t wait too long or i’ll eat everything in the fridge. I appreciate this simple yet delicious vanilla oats because I could always go for vanilla, always. All I gotta do is add a scoop of peanut butter in the morning and I’m good to go!

  3. says

    It takes me a while to get my appetite in the morning, but once I am done with my workout, my belly is screaming at me…I need to make some oats again..It has been too long. Looks delicious and cannot wait to give it a go! Have a great day!

  4. says

    Wow girl, you are BUSY. I’m pretty lucky cause my day job is literally 8 hours (8 hours and 15 minutes if i stay late…) but the gym plus website take up agessss some days. On sunday i also made overnight oats and im so glad i did because they let me sleep in like 10 minutes longer this week haha! I need to do it more often. Next time i’ll try your recipe :)

  5. says

    I’ve never actually tried overnight oats because every other recipe I’ve seen has 895934759 ingredients in it. I’m so excited to have a “base” I can make my own :)

  6. says

    YUM! This looks amazing! Great recipe… I hear ya, sometimes we need something simple and easy! Besides, this looks so healthy and delicious! I just pinned it! Thanks for the recipe :) Great mix in ideas as well!!

  7. says

    I’ve only ever had overnight oats once in my life, which is pretty sad considering how much I love oats. But I’m just rubbish at being a constructive member of society at night time. So the night before prep never happens. Determined to try this one day next week though! Pinned 😀

  8. says

    This recipe speaks to my lazy-ass, tired-from-work, don’t-feel-like-doing-shit soul. Yes, I copied that from the post because it is truly how I feel about life. Overnight oats are definitely my breakfast go-to, and smoothies. I can’t forget about smoothies. I recently started prepping smoothie ingredients in my nutribullet cups and storing them in the freezer. Then in the morning I pour in almond milk, protein, blend and run out the door!

  9. says

    This looks so good and so easy! I’ve been looking for more breakfast recipes I can take “to go” to eat in the library after my early morning workout and 8 am anatomy lecture! This looks perfect.

  10. says

    this looks SO GOOD! I definitely am planning on trying this this week :) question though, can you sub out the whole oats with oat bran? I know they’re smaller, but I’m assuming they could work?! Excited to try and see !!

  11. Melissa says

    Hi Christina! What type of vanilla protein do you use? I’m going to try this and have it every morning. Helps me lactate for baby Adrian.

    • says

      Hi Melissa :) I use Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake flavor protein powder. You may want to look into a plant-based protein if you’re making this with the intention of increasing lactation. Vega is a good brand for protein – I don’t find it to be that tasty but I’m sure you can mask the flavor.

  12. Ivy says

    Made this last night, but omitted the vanilla extract and used vanilla cupcake protein, added 1 tbsp chia seeds and half a banana. It was perfect!

  13. says

    Your recipe is just perfect! I have a big run tomorrow and wanted to make fuss free oats with nothing fancy that will upset my tummy. I am sure they will make me run faster thank you!


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