Almond Cake Batter Protein Oatmeal

I love dessert! I especially love dessert that tastes decadent but is healthy enough to eat for breakfast. This recipe is a winner because it balances the flavor of cake batter with fiber (from almonds and oats), healthy fats (almonds again!), and protein (vanilla protein powder). These oats are so delicious you’ll probably crave them every day. I still love them, and since I’ve perfected the recipe over the past 3 years, I’m excited to share it with you today!


(Serves 1)

-1 serving of your favorite oatmeal, prepared with a little extra water (I love Coach’s Oats: 1/3 cup dry oats cooked with 1 1/4 cups of water for 4 mins in the microwave at 70% power)

-1 tablespoon chia seeds

-1 serving of vanilla protein powder (I use whey isolate or casein typically)

-2 tablespoons sliced almonds

-1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional) or a pinch of dark brown sugar (optional)


1. Cook the oatmeal according to package instructions. 

2. Stir in chia seeds and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.

3. Stir in vanilla protein powder gradually until it is fully absorbed and not clumpy.

4. Serve sprinkled with sliced almonds. Top with cinnamon and/or dark brown sugar, if desired.

I like to keep all the ingredients at work for days that I don’t have time to pack a lunch or feel extra hungry in the afternoon. My coworkers always ask, “who made cinnamon rolls?” because it makes the office smell so good! If you have a favorite variation of protein oats, please share it in the comments! Be sure to check out the other Recipe Redux “nut” themed entries for October below:

Baked Oatmeal Recipe

I love brunch! How could I not? We have beautiful weather and great friends joining us for bible study this fine day! This recipe is simple, filling, and nutritious. I hope you’ll try it and tell me what you think!


(Serves 4-6)

2 cups rolled oats (or 1.5 cups rolled oats + 1 scoop vanilla whey protein isolate)

2 ripe bananas, sliced into 1/2″ disks

1.5 cups fresh or frozen berries (I used fresh blueberries)

2 cups milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

Dash of sea salt

5 packets stevia (or 1/3 cup maple syrup)

1/2 cup chopped and toasted walnuts or pecans

3 tablespoons melted butter


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease the bottom of an 8×8 square baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Line the bottom of the dish with a single layer of banana slices and sprinkle half the berries on top.

3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, half the butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup (if using).

4. In a separate bowl, stir together the dry oats, half the chopped nuts, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, protein powder (if using), and stevia (if using).

5. Stir the wet and dry ingredients together and pour into the baking dish. Sprinkle remaining berries and nuts on top.

6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the mixture is set and golden brown on top. Allow to cool for several minutes.

7. Top with remaining melted butter (optional) and a sprinkling of brown sugar (optional). Serve with Greek yogurt, sliced almonds, maple syrup, and/or fresh berries!

Dig in!

I topped mine with greek yogurt mixed with vanilla extract and stevia.

And there are still leftovers for tomorrow! Yesss!

Overnight Chia Oatmeal

For days when it’s too hot for oatmeal, try making these easy overnight oats. It’s as simple as combining all the ingredients in a bowl, putting the mixture in the fridge, and topping it with fruit or granola the next day!


1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1-2 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs chia seeds
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk
Various toppings- granola, blueberries, banana slices, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, and/or nut butter

Stir together all ingredients except for topping in a bowl (preferably with a lid). Place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Sprinkle on and swirl in toppings of choice!


Walnut and Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Get out of a boring oatmeal rut with this delightfully sweet and nutty variation. The candied walnuts add a nice chewiness and omega 3’s, while the dollop of greek yogurt lends creaminess and protein. Top this already fiber-rich bowl with a handful of bran flakes for crunchiness!


1 cup cooked oatmeal
1-2 tbs brown sugar
2 tbs candied walnuts
1/4 cup greek yogurt
*optional, 1/4 c bran flakes

1. Stir all ingredients into the cooked oatmeal and enjoy!


Hopefully you know how to make basic oatmeal! My favorite kind is Coach’s Oats. If that’s the kind you’re using, combine 1/3 cup dry oats with 1 cup water and microwave at 70% power for 4 minutes. Otherwise, follow package instructions.

My favorite workday breakfast

Good morning! Five days a week, my alarm goes off at 5am… And again at 5:30… And a final time at 5:39… I roll out of bed and into my workout clothes for my morning workout at the torture chamber, RAW fitness:


Luckily it only takes 10 minutes to drive to the 6 am class, so I’m able to show up before my body is fully awake and aware of what’s about to happen. The workouts are super tough, but I love them! It’s a great way to get some high intensity exercise squeezed into my schedule. Nothing wakes me up quite like a ruthless session of 8 Tabata rounds:


We did each exercise for 30 seconds on, 10 seconds off. We went through the left side of the board 4 times and then the right side 4 times. Ouch! After a killer like that, I’m ready to head home to get some protein in my body. For maximum muscle gains, you should get some protein in you within 30 minutes.

Fortunately, one of my all time favorite breakfasts is protein and veggie loaded and takes only 10 minutes to prepare! Check it out- here’s how to make easy scrambled eggs with spinach, turkey, and salsa

You’ll need:
1-2 slices of low sodium turkey breast
A handful of raw baby spinach
1 medium egg
1/3 cup of egg whites (2 egg equivalent)
1-2 tbs salsa


Start by heating some torn up turkey pieces over high heat on a pan lightly coated with cooking spray. Toss the spinach on when it starts to sizzle.


Move the spinach around for about 30 seconds; it should start to wilt quickly.


Next, crack an egg in there and add the egg whites.


Scramble it all up!


Scoop the eggs into a bowl and top with your favorite salsa. You’re ready to dig in!


After my eggs, I take a shower and get ready for work. It doesn’t take too long since I have this awesome $6 haircut thanks to Great Clips :)


There’s no better way to start the day than a SECOND breakfast to look forward to! I whip up some oatmeal and coffee for work on my way out the door. My favorite oatmeal is coaches oats with brown sugar Splenda blend and sliced almonds.


It’s easy to make, too. Just put 1/3 cups of dry oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and microwave for 4 mins at 70% power. Top with a sprinkle of almonds and brown sugar.


I usually bring this along with me to work with a cup of coffee brewed at home.


Yum! I love a nice medium roast or breakfast blend. To make it extra special, I add a teaspoon of Almond Rocha Splenda based coffee syrup (from Cost Plus) and a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It’s like having a fancy latte every morning for a fraction of the cost and fewer than 40 calories!!


My two breakfasts come out to about 150 calories in the scramble and 200 in the oatmeal and coffee. It’s the best 350 calorie breakfast you could hope for! It’s got it all- protein, whole grains, veggies, and some healthy fats from the almonds.

What’s your favorite weekday breakfast? Do you drink coffee or tea?