Oats and whey, a classic bodybuilding meal and one of my favorites. It’s packed with protein, cheap, and delicious. There’s only one problem: the gritty, spongy texture of the whey as it curdles when combined with hot oats. Gag your way through a few bowls of that and you may abandon oats and whey entirely.
Through a lot of trial and error, I’ve found a solution to this common problem. To get started, you will need:
2. Whey (my favorite is this brand in cocoa bean)
4. A medium pot
5. Measuring cup
Measure out the water according to the oatmeal directions, pour into your pot, and place over high heat.
While waiting for the water to boil, scoop your whey into the bowl out of which you will be eating and add a few tablespoons of water. Mix until you have the consistency of chocolate syrup.
Reconstituting the whey before mixing with oats is the KEY to avoiding clumps of curdled whey.
Once the water boils, add oats, reduce heat, and stir. Simmer until thickened, then remove from heat.
Now you can add the cooked oats to the bowl already containing your “whey syrup”. Mix it all together and be amazed by the magnificently creamy texture.
Now you’re free to add anything else you’d like – be creative! Good choices include nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, nut butters, and spices.
My favorite combo is chocolate whey oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter mixed in. In the fall, I also like to mix vanilla whey, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon.
Now I’m not going to lie. This is going to look like prison food. Or dog food. But it tastes awesome and it’s an easy way to sneak more protein into one of your meals. In fact, this is my go-to post-workout meal.
What are your favorite combos? Leave your recipes and tips in the comments section.