High Protein Porridge Recipes

What’s not to like about a big bowl of porridge for breakfast? It’s tasty, it’s incredibly cheap, it’s good for you and in the winter there’s nothing better to heat you up first thing in the morning than some warm oatmeal.

The fitness community has been well aware of the various health benefits of porridge for quite some time. It’s good for appetite regulation, with the high dietary fibre content keeping you full and helping balance blood sugar levels. It’s a complex carb, which will take a little longer to digest and will provide you with a steady stream of energy throughout the day, and there’s various other vitamins and minerals which will help keep you ticking over throughout the day.

But there’s one thing that’s hampered porridge in the battle of the breakfast champions (eggs and bacon currently hold the title) and that’s the relatively low protein content. Thankfully, thanks to the prevalence of whey protein available today, that’s no longer an issue and we can combine the two into a high protein, healthy breakfast. Here we’ll look at some delicious high protein porridge recipes to help give you some ideas.

Can You Put Protein Powder in Porridge?

Having seen the way some protein powders mix so poorly with water you’d be well within your rights to question how well some protein powders will mix with porridge. In truth, it actually mixes quite well – provided you do it the right way.

While you’d normally add the protein powder to water, when making protein porridge it’s best to simply wait until the oats are cooked and ready to eat before mixing it in. Whey protein generally works quite well, so just add a scoop just before you start eating and give the mixture a good stir. You should find it blends together smoothly with no lumps.

As for taste, some powders will work better than others. We like to go with the unflavoured whey as it means you can add your own ingredients like honey or fruit to get the taste you want, but many people swear by using chocolate, vanilla and even strawberry flavour. It’s really down to individual preference, so try out a few to see what you prefer.

Honey Protein Porridge

This one’s really straightforward and is pretty much my go-to recipe. It takes almost no effort to prepare and it’s really tasty, so it’s perfect if you’re in a rush.

  • 60g porridge oats
  • 200ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 scoop unflavoured whey protein
  • A tablespoon of honey

Mix the porridge and the milk together in a bowl and pop it in the microwave for about 2 minutes 30 seconds. When it’s warm enough for you, mix in the protein powder and the honey.

Blueberry and Banana Porridge

A fairly simple recipe that uses almond milk, blueberries and bananas to make a rich and hearty breakfast.

  • 75g porridge oats
  • 200ml almond milk
  • 100ml water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 100g sliced banana
  • 100g blueberries

Combine the porridge oats, almond milk and water in a bowl and blast it in the microwave for 2 minutes 30 seconds. Add the protein powder and mix it in thoroughly, and top with the banana and berries. Adding a little honey on top can help add a little extra sweetness.

Almond and Cinnamon Porridge

A delicious, nutty recipe that allows you to reap the various health benefits of almonds, including lower cholesterol and a lower risk of heart disease and colon cancer.

  • 75g porridge oats
  • 150ml almond milk
  • 150ml water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup of ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

As usual, combine the oats, almond milk and water and pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes 30 seconds. Mix in the protein powder and the cinnamon, before topping with the ground almonds.

Chocolate and Raspberry Porridge

Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, this recipe tastes like a dessert while providing you with a nutritious, high protein breakfast.

  • 75g porridge oats
  • 200ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 100ml water
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 80g fresh raspberries
  • A few dark chocolate chips (optional)

Mix the porridge oats, milk and water together and add it to the microwave for 2 minutes 30 seconds. Once it’s warm, stir in the protein powder until it’s fully blended. Top with the raspberries and a few of the chocolate chips.

Porridge Oats in a Protein Shake

Another option available to you if you don’t have the time/inclination to sit down to a warm bowl of porridge is to simply add the porridge oats to a protein shake. It should be noted that this isn’t for everyone – some people really struggle to drink it as the texture can be quite lumpy, so if you’re going to attempt it then try to get fine oats as they help mitigate against this.

Make up your shake as you normally would, adding your protein powder to water or milk, and add between 25g-50g of the porridge oats to the liquid before blending/shaking it all together. You’ll need to remove the filter that some shaker bottles have, otherwise you’ll end up with a lumpy pile of oats at the end.

There’s really no recipe or trick to adding porridge to a protein shake, just mix it together and see if you can get it down!

Combining porridge and protein powder is a great way to start the day – you’ll get a nutritious breakfast that’s great for muscle recovery, energy and appetite control, and it’s a fairly low-cost way of getting some tasty food that’s good for you too.

Try a few of the recipes and let us know what you think!


  • Updated May 26, 2020
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