Protein Porridge is one of the easiest things you can make with your protein powder. It’s actually how I started ‘cooking’ with protein powders myself – by adding a couple of scoops to my morning porridge. There are several ways you can make and flavor your protein porridge but I want you to pause and actually pay attention because making apple pie protein porridge isn’t just a case of heating up your oats along with your powder; there’s a bit of a method behind it. Don’t worry though, it’s dead easy and once you get a hang of it, you can follow it to make all sorts of protein porridge variations!
200ml milk (I used almond milk but any will do) plus 25g to be added after.
50g rolled oats (gluten-free or regular)
45g vanilla whey protein powder
½ small chopped apple
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick
Step 1: Pour 200ml of the milk into a saucepan and add the oats and cinnamon stick to it.
Step 2: Bring it to a boil.
Step 3: Once it boils, simmer it down while regularly stirring until you get a thick consistency. I actually recommend you leave it until it gets past your threshold of ‘thickness acceptability’ (you don’t want to burn it of course, you just want to ensure it’s very thick). This is because, when you add the whey to it, the oats will lose some of their hold and become slightly more liquid so the more body the oats have before the whey meets them, the better your porridge will be.
Step 4: Remove the porridge from the heat and let it cool down for a couple of minutes.
Step 5: Stir in the remaining (cold) 25ml of milk, your whey, and chopped apples. The reason you let the porridge cool down and bit and then use 25ml of milk is because you don’t want to add the whey right away – or worse, cook it together with the porridge – because this will likely curdle the whey and you want your porridge to be nice and creamy.
Step 5: Remove the cinnamon stick from the porridge, add the whey, apple, and ground cinnamon and mix it in with a spoon.
Step 6: Devour
Make sure you use a really nice-tasting protein powder. This is because you’ll definitely taste it in your porridge so the better its flavor, the better your porridge.
If you want your porridge thicker still, use more oats or thicken it further with a tablespoon of ground almonds.
If you want to give your porridge more of a protein pie feel, I recommend you slice and steam your apples before mixing them in.
Consider adding a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter to your porridge! This adds a wonderful taste and flavor dimension to the porridge while adding some healthy fats and extra nutrition to it.
You can substitute the vanilla whey with chocolate whey if you want to make a chocolatey bowl of protein porridge! Topped with vanilla protein ice cream, it’s absolutely delicious.
Nutrition data per serving (out of the two you get from the mix above):
236kcals, 22g protein, 27g carbs (out of which 4g is fiber) and 5g fat.