If you’re looking to increase your protein intake at breakfast, try these cottage cheese overnight oats! Each serving provides more than 15 grams of protein from whole food sources including cottage cheese, soy milk, and chia seeds. Perfect for meal prep, overnight oats take 5 minutes to make the night before so you have a healthy, protein-packed breakfast ready to eat in the morning.

two glass cups with cottage cheese overnight oats topped with fruit with gold spoons

As a Registered Dietitian, I know the importance of eating a high protein breakfast; protein is filling and satisfying, gives you energy, and helps stabilize blood sugar levels.

When creating overnight oats or oatmeal recipes, I’m always mindful to add a source of protein.

I usually put plain Greek yogurt in overnight oats to add protein.

I’ve got a whole collection of overnight oats with Greek yogurt recipes – such as my reader favorite cinnamon roll overnight oats, high protein overnight oats without protein powder, and blueberry pie overnight oats.

But once I realized that you can easily boost protein in oatmeal with cottage cheese, I now love making cottage cheese overnight oats!

Putting cottage cheese in overnight oats adds 6 grams of high quality protein per serving, without affecting the flavor.

Combined with the protein from other sources in this recipe, each serving has 17 grams of protein, not including any toppings you may add.

This overnight oats recipe makes 2 servings. It is vegetarian, nut free, and can be gluten free if you use certified gluten free oats.

cottage cheese overnight oats ingredients

Ingredients

Everything you need to make cottage cheese overnight oats is listed below, as well as the protein content from each ingredient.

  • Old fashioned rolled oats: I always recommend using old fashioned oats (aka rolled oats) for overnight oats instead of quick oats. They have a chewier texture and don’t get mushy. Oats provide 5 grams of protein per serving in this recipe.
  • Cottage cheese: You can use whatever type of plain cottage cheese you like, but I recommend using 4% milkfat for the creamiest overnight oats. Each serving of this recipe gets 6 grams of protein from the cottage cheese.
  • Chia seeds: Chia seeds provide 1.5 grams of protein per serving in this recipe, as well as other important nutrients like fiber and omega-3 fatty acids .
  • Unsweetened soy milk or regular cow’s milk: Compared to other plant-based milks, soy milk provides the most protein. Soy milk and cow’s milk will both provide 4 grams of protein per serving.
  • Maple syrup: A bit of maple syrup adds the perfect light sweetness to this recipe. You can also use honey.
  • Cinnamon: This sweet spice tastes delicious with the flavors of oats and maple syrup.

Kitchen equipment needed

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Jar or airtight container
  • Stirring spoon

Step-by-step instructions

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1. Add all the cottage cheese overnight oats ingredients to a tupperware or jar.
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2. Mix everything together thoroughly.
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3. Cover the container or jar and put it in the fridge to set overnight, or for at least 2 hours.
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4. The next morning, portion the overnight oats into two servings and add toppings, such as fresh fruit or nut butter.

Storage

Overnight oats are ideal for meal prepping!

They keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days, stored in an airtight container or jar.

Just give them a stir before eating them in the morning.

Toppings for overnight oats

Boost the nutritional value of your overnight oats even more by adding toppings. Here are some suggestions:

  • Fresh fruit: blueberries, strawberries, banana, raspberries, stewed apples
  • Dried fruit: raisins, cranberries, chopped dates
  • Nut butter: peanut butter, almond butter, tahini
  • Nuts and seeds: walnuts, toasted pecans, toasted almonds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds
two glass cups with cottage cheese overnight oats topped with fruit with gold spoons

Cottage cheese nutrition benefits

While cottage cheese is known for its protein content, it also provides several other nutrients!

One half cup of 4% milkfat cottage cheese provides:

  • 12 grams of protein
  • 80 mg calcium (6% of your daily needs)
  • 0.71 mcg vitamin B12 (30% of your daily needs)
  • 0.186 mg riboflavin (14% of your daily needs)
  • 10.17 mcg selenium (18% of your daily needs)
  • 151.42 mg phosphorus (12% of your daily needs)

More healthy cottage cheese breakfast recipes

If you love these overnight oats with cottage cheese, here are some other breakfast recipes with cottage cheese to try:

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two glass cups with cottage cheese overnight oats topped with fruit

Protein-Boost Overnight Oats with Cottage Cheese

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh, RD
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Refrigeration time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

If you’re looking to increase your protein intake at breakfast, try these cottage cheese overnight oats! Each serving provides more than 15 grams of protein from whole food sources including cottage cheese, soy milk, and chia seeds. Perfect for meal prep, overnight oats take 5 minutes to make the night before so you have a healthy, protein-packed breakfast ready to eat in the morning.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 4% milkfat
  • 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup


Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to an airtight container or jar.
  2. Mix everything together thoroughly with a spoon.
  3. Cover the container.
  4. Set it in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or ideally overnight, to thicken and to allow the oats to absorb all the liquid.
  5. The next morning, portion into two servings and add toppings of choice.

Notes

Overnight oats are ideal for meal prepping!

They keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days, stored in an airtight container or jar.

Just give them a stir before eating them in the morning.