Easy Egg White Oatmeal Recipe
Egg whites and oats might sound like a weird combo, right? But egg whites will actually make your oatmeal fluffier and add protein without changing the flavor!
I personally like eating a mix of carbs and protein for breakfast. Eating carbs will give you energy for the day, and protein will make you feel fuller for longer, creating a satiating and delicious meal.
Why Should You Add Egg Whites to Your Oatmeal?
The main benefit is added protein with minimal calories. ¼ cup of egg whites has about 6.5 grams of protein and 32 calories. Mix ½ cup egg whites with ½ cup of rolled oats, and you’ll have a breakfast with over 18 grams of protein. Egg whites also have no fat and no cholesterol.
Tips for Making Egg White Oatmeal
Making egg white oatmeal is nearly as simple as making regular oatmeal on the stove. Here are a few tips so you can make it just the way you like it!
- Change the amount of liquid to your liking. For rolled oats, it’s most common to use a 2:1 ratio of liquid to oats. I tend to use a 1.5:1 ratio because I prefer a less soupy texture. Any type of milk or water will work.
- Add up to 1 cup of egg whites. I’ve added anywhere from ¼ to 1 cup of egg whites. The subtle flavor of egg whites doesn’t change the taste of the oatmeal much, but it will change the texture. ½ cup of egg whites is good for adding fluffiness to your oatmeal without overpowering it.
- Steel oats work too. While it’s most common to use old fashioned oats, you can also use steel oats! Remember, steel oats need a 3:1 ratio of liquid to water and take longer to cook.
- Don’t forget to stir! Add the egg white gradually, whisking constantly so that the egg whites don’t cook too quickly or unevenly.
Can You Make Egg White Oatmeal in the Microwave?
Yes, you can, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Because microwaves don’t always heat food evenly and you won’t be stirring the egg whites as frequently, the oatmeal won’t be as fluffy.
If you do want to cook your egg white oatmeal in the microwave, heat it for 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the oatmeal is completely cooked. This should take about three minutes.
How Long Can You Store Egg White Oatmeal?
If you want to make a batch of egg white oatmeal, you can refrigerate it for about three days and heat it up in the microwave for about a minute in the morning! I prefer making my oatmeal fresh for the best texture or making overnight oats if I’m going to refrigerate it.
Egg White Oatmeal Topping Ideas
The best part of oatmeal is spicing it up, literally. Here are a few of my favorite oatmeal toppings and add-ins to make your breakfast feel like a treat. You can also add sweetener like honey or maple syrup.
- Pumpkin spice
- Ground ginger
- Cocoa powder
Toppings and Mix-ins
- Nut butter
- Cocoa nibs
- Chia seeds
- Shredded zucchini
- Shredded carrot
Egg White Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup almond milk (or liquid of choice)
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1 dash salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 mashed banana (optional)
- Bring almond milk to a boil.
- Add oats and reduce to medium heat, stirring regularly until the milk is absorbed. This should take about 5-6 minutes.
- Add the mashed banana (if using) and cinnamon to the pot and stir until combined. Reduce to medium-low heat.
- Mix in egg whites, stirring constantly until the egg whites are cooked. It’s helpful to add the egg whites gradually. This should take about 1-2 minutes.
- Place in a bowl and serve with your favorite toppings!