While the combination of egg whites and oatmeal may sound odd to some, this high-packed oatmeal bowl is a very popular breakfast combo. Made with rolled oats, egg whites, and milk, these 3 simple ingredients create a light, fluffy, and filling bowl of egg white oatmeal that is perfect for busy mornings.
If you enjoy a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast but you’re looking for a way to boost the protein content and create higher protein oatmeal, this egg white oatmeal recipe may be the perfect solution.
Is oatmeal and eggs a healthy breakfast?
Oatmeal and eggs are an incredibly healthy breakfast combination. Oats are a good source of complex carbohydrates and fiber, while eggs are rich in protein, healthy fats, and numerous essential vitamins and minerals. While whole eggs are a wonderful source of nutrition, the egg white specifically is high in protein and low in fat making them a great way to boost the protein content of any recipe. The combination of eggs and oatmeal creates a well-balanced breakfast that will fill you up and fuel you for the day.
Can you add egg whites to oatmeal?
You can cook egg whites with oatmeal. Not only do egg whites help to boost the protein content of a bowl of oatmeal but they puff up and fill with air to add a light and fluffy texture to any bowl of oatmeal. However, egg whites can only be added to a warm bowl of oatmeal or baked oatmeal, as they need to be cooked and this cannot be done in an overnight oats recipe.
What does egg white oatmeal taste like?
Eggs white have a neutral taste and, therefore, do not affect the taste of oatmeal very much. Rather, they puff up when cooked to add a thick and fluffy texture and the oatmeal takes on the flavor of any seasonings, sweeteners, or toppings you add.
How to Make Egg White Oatmeal
Make with only 3 ingredients, egg white oatmeal is quick and easy to prepare, simply:
- Warm the oats and milk in a small pot and bring to simmer,
- Once the oats have absorbed most of the liquid, pour in whisked egg whites, and stir to combine,
- Continue to stir constantly until everything is well combined, eggs are cooked, and the remaining liquid is absorbed,
- Transfer the egg white oatmeal to a bowl,
- Serve with toppings of your choice and enjoy!
To Make them Dairy-Free: Swap the milk for almond milk, rice milk, or soy milk.
To Make them Gluten-Free: Use certified gluten-free oats.
To Make them High Protein: Egg white oatmeal is quite high in protein as is, however, if you want to add extra protein, you can add a scoop of protein powder to the oats when you add the egg white. I think vanilla protein powder would work best.
How to make egg white oatmeal in the microwave?
To make egg white oatmeal in the microwave, combine the oats and milk in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 1 minute, then remove them from the microwave and stir in the eggs whites, and return to the microwave to cook for 30-second increments, stirring the mixture in between, until oats are cooked, and a creamy consistency is reached.
Best Toppings for Egg White Oatmeal
Once cooked, you can add endless toppings to your bowl of egg white oatmeal, some of my personal favorite toppings include:
- Nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans
- Nut butter, such as almond butter or peanut butter
- Fresh berries, such as blueberries or strawberries
- Fresh fruit, such as apple, pear, or banana slices
- Greek yogurt
- Cottage cheese
- Maple syrup
- Shredded coconut
- Chocolate chips
I must admit, I personally found this concept a little strange when I initially saw it but after giving it a try, I think it’s a great way to add protein to your oatmeal. Plus, once you’ve got the basic recipe down you can flavor your egg white oatmeal any way that you like to create endless flavor combinations. While I think cinnamon, berries, and peanut butter are delicious and nutritious choices, as they add fiber and healthy fat, you can add any toppings you like!
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Egg White Oatmeal
Made with only 3 ingredients, this protein-packed egg white oatmeal is a great breakfast to keep you fuelled and full for the day ahead.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Stovetop or Microwave
- Cuisine: American
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 cup milk, or water
- 1/4 cup egg whites*
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- 1 tablepsoon honey (optional)
- In a small saucepan on medium heat, add rolled oats, salt, and 3/4 cup of the milk and bring to a simmer. Once bubbling, reduce the heat slightly and cook for 4-5 minutes until most of the milk has been absorbed.
- Once the oats have absorbed most of the milk, add the eggs white, cinnamon (optional), honey (optional), and remaining 1/4 cup of milk, and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the oats are cooked, roughly 1-2 minutes.
- Once complete, remove the oatmeal from the heat, transfer it to a bowl, and serve with toppings of your choice.
Egg Whites: If using whole eggs, omit the egg yolks and use the whites from 2 eggs, otherwise, use 1/4 cup of liquid egg whites.
- Serving Size: 1 bowl
- Calories: 305 calories
- Sugar: 13 grams
- Fat: 5 grams
- Carbohydrates: 39 grams
- Fiber: 4 grams
- Protein: 20 grams
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