Have you heard of PrOATS yet?
Nope, PrOATS are not a new food, but they are one gaining quite a bit of popularity in the health and fitness arenas, and PrOATS are one of my absolute new favorite dishes to make!
PrOATS are basically protein-packed oats, and there are numerous ways to make a PrOAT dish your own. The idea is to take whatever variety of oats you enjoy and pair the oats with protein powder and yogurt (such as coconut yogurt) for a more filling breakfast option that you could even eat for lunch, a light dinner, or as a snack or dessert if you wanted to.
You can also add in whatever other options you enjoy such as shredded coconut, milled flax, chia, you name it!
Pairing a lean source of protein with a slow-digesting, low-glycemic complex carb such as oatmeal is a great way to stay fuller longer and also improve lean muscle mass as well as energy. And although I don’t tolerate a lot of carbs (especially grains), oats work really well for me when I include them with some protein.
I also love my green smoothies first thing in the day, but I have to say, these Lemon Cream Pie PrOATS have to be my new favorite breakfast (or even dessert!) recipe I’ve been enjoying for the spring season. So if you love the flavor of lemon as much as I do and prefer lighter oatmeal dishes that are also filling (as opposed to super heavy meals first thing in the day), this recipe is for you too! 🙂
I prefer to use raw coconut flour to thicken my oats as I find coconut flour is my personal “superfood” for lowering my blood sugar levels, aiding in digestion, and it’s a great source of protein while being low in fat and carbs per serving. (It’s also great for those of us with a history of candida, depression, and thyroid issues too due to its unique nutritional profile and properties.) You could use flax or chia, but coconut flour really makes this dish taste much better in my humble option. It also gives these oats a naturally cakey flavor I just love!
Lemon Cream Pie PrOATS is like eating a lemon cream pie cupcake!:)
Here’s how to make the most of your PrOATS:
If using protein powder: Use a vanilla protein powder (here are some vegan vanilla protein options) and be sure to use 1/2 cup additional unsweetened vanilla almond milk if you don’t use Greek yogurt in your recipe. I suggest using a little protein powder and yogurt for the most filling option!
If using yogurt (which makes it really creamy and more filling), be sure you choose one without added sweeteners or sugars and from a reputable brand (I like Chobani). I also like to use pure stevia to sweeten my recipes, but if you don’t like stevia, choose an option that works for you.
Oat options: If you want to make this with steel cut oats, just be sure your oats are cooked first before adding in your favorite protein powder or yogurt. (Steel cut oats don’t soak well and make creamy overnight oats like quick-cook or rolled oats do). Or, grind your steel cut oats in a coffee grinder before soaking them overnight. They’ll resemble oat bran a little more, but the recipe will still work and they’ll still come out super creamy!
For my recipe, I used Bob’s Red Mill oats, but you can choose whatever brand of oats you enjoy.
Storage: Place these in the fridge for at least 8 hours, and be sure to eat them within 2 days as I find after that point, they turn a little mushy and aren’t as good. Make up a few jars of the dry ingredients, then just add your yogurt and liquids the night before you want to enjoy them!
- 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats
- 1/2 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt (I use Chobani)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/16th tsp. (a tiny dash) of NuNaturals Pure Stevia Extract, or you can use 2 packets or 1 full drop of liquid stevia
- 2 tablespoons raw coconut flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk of choice, such as unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Add all the ingredients in a bowl (or mason jar) and stir well until completely combined.
- Pop it in the fridge to sit at least 8 hours or overnight.
- Enjoy the next day!
- You can also add cinnamon, chia, flax, fruit, or use rolled oats instead of quick oats. Make it your own! 🙂
Have you ever tried PrOATS? 🙂