Upgrade Your Breakfast with Protein Oats

By: Elisabeth Allie | August 7 2023

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Protein Oatmeal

Power up your mornings with our new protein-packed oats! With 50–60% more protein* than regular oats, our supercharged Protein Oats and Organic Protein Oats pack a lot of punch from just one wholesome ingredient: whole grain oats. Top with your favorite fruits and nuts, drizzle with honey or syrup, sprinkle with cinnamon—there’s no end to the ways you can power up your bowl. They're a simple swap for added nutrition, so experience their whole grain energy in hot cereal, overnight oats, baked goods, smoothies and more!

At Bob’s Red Mill, we’ve been known for our whole grain oatmeal since we opened our doors in 1978. Since then, we’ve made it our mission to provide oats to suit a wide range of tastes and dietary needs—from our creamy, stone ground Scottish Oats to our hearty Gluten Free Organic Extra Thick Rolled Oats. With interest in protein at an all-time high—according to Food Navigator USA, 29% of consumers in the United States said protein has become more of a focus in the last 12 months—we’re pleased to introduce our new Protein Oats and Organic Protein Oats!

What Are Protein Oats?

Protein Oats are grown from a unique variety of oats that is naturally higher in protein—no protein powder needed (although we have some great options if you need)! In addition, our new Protein Oats are absolutely delicious. Enjoy them as a tasty hot cereal, bake them into goodies like oatmeal cookies, or whirl them into your favorite oat smoothie. They cook up like regular rolled oats (NOTE: we do not recommend microwaving our Protein Oats) with a hearty, nutty, slightly sweet flavor everyone at the mill loves. It’s a wonderful addition to our selection of whole grain oatmeal!

How Are Protein Oats Grown?

Organic Protein OatsOur Protein Oats are grown by an exclusive community of family farmers, in a closed system where each oat can be traced back to their farm of origin. These Non-GMO Project Verified oats are identity preserved to each individual farm, then minimally processed, to create a sustainably sourced oatmeal that is kinder to the planet—as well as incredibly delicious!

Is Protein Oatmeal Gluten Free?

We believe that everyone deserves the benefits of whole grain nutrition, which is why Bob’s Red Mill has been a proud leader in gluten free foods since the early 1980s. Today, we have more than 100 gluten free products, including our Protein Oats and Organic Protein Oats! While oats are naturally gluten free, Protein Oats are grown under a purity protocol to ensure they adhere to strict standards.

What does this mean? The community of farmers who grow these oats are committed to following the highest standards, ensuring each oat remains gluten free through the process of harvesting, storage and transport to our mill here at Bob’s Red Mill. From there, these Protein Oats are packaged and processed in our 58,200-square-foot gluten free facility and batch tested using an ELISA Gluten Assay test.

Does Bob's Red Mill Add Anything to Protein Oats?

While many other protein oats on the market include protein powder or other ingredients to bulk up the protein content, our Protein Oats and Organic Oats are made from one simple ingredient: whole grain oats. If you’re looking for a boost of plant-based protein, our Protein Oats are a simple and convenient swap!

Just one serving of Organic Protein Oats provides 9 grams of plant-based protein, while one serving of Protein Oats offers 10 grams. Not only are they absolutely delicious as a hot cereal, with a nutty, slightly sweet flavor all on their own, but they can also be used in baked goods like oatmeal bars and bread, or introduce a boost of protein by adding them to pancakes, smoothies and muffins. You can also grind these oats into oat flour or use them to create oat milk!

Are Protein Oats Good for You?

Protein OatsAll of Bob’s Red Mill’s delicious oatmeal varieties are whole food, whole grain sources of essential nutrients! Eating oatmeal for breakfast is a wonderful way to start the day—just ask our founder, Bob Moore, who enjoys a bowl every morning. Starting with one single ingredient is a great way to customize your breakfast to your taste and nutritional needs. Just remember: always consult your doctor or qualified healthcare professional with any questions or before embarking on a diet or lifestyle change.


Our Organic Protein Oats are a good source of fiber, providing 18% of the recommended Daily Value, while our Protein Oats are an excellent source, providing 21% of the Daily Value of this important nutrient. There are two types of fiber, and oats contain both! (Note: see nutritional information for fat content.)

Soluble fiber can be dissolved in water and digested by the body, and has been shown to lower both glucose levels and blood cholesterol, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Plus, soluble fiber from foods such as oats, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk heart disease. As an additional benefit, much of the soluble fiber found in whole grain oatmeal is beta-glucan, which studies show can help increase your feeling of fullness and slow digestion, which may help keep your energy levels steady for a longer period of time (and avoid sugar cravings).

Of course, our protein oats also contain a good amount of insoluble fiber, which includes plant cellulose and cannot be dissolved in water. While insoluble fiber is not digested by the body, it does pass through your system, promoting good digestion and regularity.


Both varieties of Protein Oats are a good source of iron, a mineral the body uses to make hemoglobin and myoglobin, two important proteins that provide oxygen to the body. One important note: because the iron in this sustainably sourced oatmeal is nonheme, a.k.a. plant based, your body can access it better if it’s paired with meat or seafood, or vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C. This is especially important to vegetarians, so if getting enough iron is one of your health goals, be sure to pair Protein Oats with fruit like kiwi, strawberries or papaya, or make it savory with vegetables like kale, broccoli or peppers.


As we mentioned earlier, more people are prioritizing protein in their diets, and with 9–10 grams of satiating plant-based protein in each 48 gram serving, our Protein Oats are an easy and convenient way to boost your nutrition with one simple swap. Protein, of course, is the building block of basically every part of the human body: from hair and skin to muscle and bone. The body creates protein by synthesizing amino acids, which come from the foods we eat.

Weight Control

The fiber content present in oats can help you feel fuller, longer, which may help you avoid cravings or unnecessary snacking.

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We couldn’t be more excited about our new Protein Oats: find out how to purchase them here. These oats are a wonderful way to increase your nutritional intake with one simple ingredient. It’s a convenient, tasty breakfast that offers an extra boost of plant-based protein straight out of the bag!

Protein Oats Overnight Oats  

Of course . . . you don’t have to keep it to one ingredient. Here at Bob’s, we have a wonderful selection of add-ins that add even more flavor, texture and nutrition. Bob’s favorite is Flaxseed Meal, which provides Omega-3 fatty acids, 3 grams of protein per serving, and is a good source of fiber. We also enjoy amping up our oats with Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Chia Seeds and Hulled Hemp Seed Hearts.

What’s your favorite way to boost the protein in your diet? Have you tried protein-rich oats before? Post your comments below!

*Protein per 48 grams, regular rolled oats 6 grams vs. Protein Oats, 9–10 grams.


  1. Diana
    What is the best oats for me, type 2 uncontrolled diabetes, what about protein oats
    1. Elisabeth Allie
      Hi Diana! Please consult your doctor or medical professional.
  2. Thornbrough Barbara
    Thornbrough Barbara
    Hi could you tell me if the plastic packaging is a good idea for the environment. Quaker uses a cardboard box. Just curious why this plastic is being used by a seemingly health conscious company like yourselves. Thank you. I love your products.
    1. Elisabeth Allie
      Hi Barbara! Please contact [email protected].
  3. Brittney
    Hello, is there a faster method of cooking the protein oat? Can they be done with adding hot water or in the microwave? Thanks!
    1. Elisabeth Allie
      Hi there Brittney! Because of the nature of these oats, they cannot be cooked with hot water or in the microwave. However, they do make great overnight oats. You could keep them in the fridge and they heat them on the stovetop fairly quickly in the morning.
  4. Jacob

    Can you please release a whole groat/kernel version of this particular oat?

    1. Elisabeth Allie
      Elisabeth Allie
      Hi Jacob, thank you for the suggestion! I'll pass that to our decision makers.
  5. Patricia
    Can you make hot protein oats in an instant pot? I’ve only done old fashioned oats in the microwave but decided to try protein oats instead. Noticed its directions say bring water to boil add oats and cook for 15 minutes and microwave not recommended. Purchased mainly for overnight oats and hoping to also use for a nice morning bowl of oatmeal. Going to try it this am anyway.
    1. Ashley Morris
      Hi Patricia, we have not tried the Protein Oats in an Instant Pot but we hope they turned out!

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