*subtitled: Without using protein powder!
I think protein powder has a time and place. I do. But I really hate it for breakfast. It’s just a little TOO much. So when I looked for a protein-rich baked oatmeal recipe, I naturally found a lot with protein powder.
This one was the winner though. No protein powder – it uses eggs – to achieve 15g of protein per serving. Pretty darn good for baked oatmeal!
I made mine with bananas and blueberries instead of just the mixed berries listed in the original. You can really use any combination of fruits you like in something like this. I also topped mine with a sprinkling of brown sugar, because I love it with my oatmeal.
The only thing about this recipe…it filled my 8×8 pan to the BRIM as you can see in my picture. It’s also very, very dense – when I re-heated it throughout the week I broke it up so it would heat evenly.
The original author also says you can prep this the night before and bake in the morning if that’s helpful to you.
Protein-Rich Baked Oatmeal
3 cups mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cups oats
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups skim milk
1/4 cup walnuts, crushed
Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray an 8 x 8 inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Line the bottom of the pan with the berries. Sprinkle with the sugar.
In a medium bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Pour over the top of the berries.
Bake for about 45 minutes until the top is golden brown. Serve warm.
Nutrition Content (per serving):
315 calories, 7 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 53 g carbohydrates, 8 g fiber, 15 g protein, 476 mg sodium, 290 mg calcium