There’s something so comforting about starting your day with a bowl of your favorite cereal.
It’s also a super quick way to get food in your belly if you’re on the go in the morning. But what if you find your cereal isn’t filling you up for as long as you hoped it would?
You could try having your cereal with some eggs or a smoothie, but that adds a lot of extra steps to your morning routine. And you may just not have the time for it.
Are there other options you can try to fill out your breakfast a little more and maybe add some extra flavor and fun to your bowl?
What about protein powder? It’s a quick and easy way to up the protein content of any meal, but can you add it to your cereal? Would it dissolve? And how would it taste?
So, can you put protein powder in cereal? Absolutely you can! It’s a great way to add protein content and fill yourself up. Just mix it with your milk first to dissolve the powder and pour over your cereal to enjoy. There are lots of flavor combinations you can try.
Read on to discover the best way to mix protein powder into cereal and some of the best flavor combinations to try out.
How To Mix Protein Powder Into Cereal
Adding protein powder to your cereal is a great way to up the protein content and make sure you’re eating a well-rounded breakfast. Protein helps fill you up, so when it’s mixed with cereal, you’ll have a great meal to start your day.
However, if you just sprinkle your protein powder right onto your cereal or try to mix it into the bowl once everything else is already in there, you may end up with lumpy bits of undissolved protein powder and a big mess. No one wants to start their day like that.
If you want to make sure that you don’t end up with lumps of dry protein powder throughout your cereal when mix them together, you’ll want to try this trick.
Just follow the steps below and you’ll be able to add an extra delicious hit of protein to your cereal like a pro!
- Pour your cereal into a nice big bowl and set aside.
- Combine about 1/2 cup of milk with a scoop or spoonful of protein powder in another small bowl or mug.
- Whisk together the milk and protein powder until the powder has dissolved and there are no lumps left.
- Pour the milk and protein powder mix over your cereal and top up with more milk if needed.
- Enjoy your protein packed breakfast!
What Flavors Of Protein Powder Taste Best With Cereal?
When it comes to mixing protein powder into cereal, the flavors that taste best depending on your taste buds and the type of cereal that you’re using.
There are lots of combinations that might sound weird initially, but that would taste great once you actually try them.
Before you get started, make sure you actually enjoy the flavor of your protein powder as it is.
A lot of powders can be sweetened with stevia to keep the carbohydrate count low, so if you’re not a fan of this taste, you’ll want to look for brands that use a different sweetener.
If you don’t like the flavor of your protein powder, it’s unlikely that adding it to cereal is going to change your mind. So take the time to find a brand and some flavors that you really enjoy.
From there, you can start combining your protein powders with all kinds of cereals to find your perfect match.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your protein powder flavors and cereals. You could stumble on something really brilliant!
With that said, here are a couple suggestions to get you started on your protein powder and cereal breakfast combos.
You might want to start with an unflavored protein powder. Unflavored protein powder shouldn’t interfere with the flavor of your cereal too much and could be a good place to start.
You could look for a sweetened unflavored protein powder if you want that bit of sweetness.
Vanilla protein powder is another basic, but delicious flavor to start with. Since vanilla complements so many flavors, it won’t interfere too much with most cereals out there.
Something a little more plain like Shreddies or Wheaties will be enhanced by vanilla flavor.
Cereals with a little more flavor, like some Kashi granola cereals, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or anything along those lines will also go pretty well with vanilla.
A lot of these cereals have flavor profiles that complement vanilla really well, so it’s another relatively safe bet.
Chocolate protein powder would taste really great with cereals that aren’t overly flavored, like Cheerios and such, since it’s such a powerful flavor on its own.
That said, I don’t know many things that don’t taste better when chocolate is added, so it’s another flavor you can play around with. Peanut butter protein powder is a flavor that a lot of people can get behind.
I honestly think it would taste really great on lots of different cereals except maybe fruity ones – though that could taste like a peanut butter and jam sandwich for breakfast. Which could be delicious if you’re into that!
I also think peanut butter protein powder could taste great combined with chocolate to make a super decadent peanut butter chocolate protein powder.
Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven and adding a combo of them to your cereal sounds like a pretty great idea.
Berry flavored protein powders can be a little more divisive since not everyone likes combing fruit and chocolate, for example.
That said, adding some berry flavored protein powder to your cereal could be a really interesting way to change things up.
By mixing your berry flavored protein with milk, it’s almost like adding strawberry milk to your cereal.
So you will want to think about the types of flavors you enjoy adding berries to before you mix this one in. Plain cereals are going to be a great place to start, then maybe chocolate.
Unflavored, vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, and berry are the most common protein powder flavors on the market, but you can definitely get creative with some specialty flavors as well.
If you’re curious whether your protein will taste good with your cereal, do a small test bowl to figure it out.
And don’t be afraid to mix and match protein flavors to come up with a unique blend all your own. Adding protein powders to your cereal is a super fun and tasty way to fill up and get creative at the start of your day.
How Much Protein Powder Should I Mix With My Cereal?
If you’re looking for a good ratio of cereal to protein powder for your morning meal or post workout refueling, look no further.
Most protein powders will come with a scoop that measures out the right amount for one serving. That scoop is what you will want to use for this combination.
Typically, you will want to combine about 1 scoop of your preferred protein powder with 1.5 to 2 cups of your favorite cereal. This combination will provide you with lots of protein and carbohydrates to fuel your day and fill you up.
Can I Add Protein Powder To My Oatmeal?
Another common question is whether folks can combine their protein powder with their bowl of oatmeal. In fact, this combination may be even more delicious that protein powder and cereal since oatmeal is a blank canvas in terms of flavor.
By adding protein to your oatmeal, you will have an incredibly filling and balanced breakfast. And it is super easy to do. All you have to do is mix your oatmeal and protein powder together. Then add your hot water/milk and give it a good stir.
The protein powder should dissolve easily in the hot water or milk and add a nice creamy texture to your bowl of oats. Pretty much any flavor of protein powder will work with oatmeal, since the base flavor is very neutral.
You could make a delicious peanut butter chocolate protein packed oatmeal bowl by mixing chocolate and peanut butter protein powder together.
Berry vanilla would be another delicious combo. Or if you’re a purist, just stir in some unflavored protein powder and top with maple syrup.
Once you mix in your protein powder(s) you can add all the delicious toppings you like to make it even more special. Some of my favorites include:
- Fresh berries
- Cut up slices of apple or pear
- Hemp seeds
- Shredded coconut
- Chocolate chips
- Frozen mango
However you like your oatmeal, there’s definitely a protein powder that you can add to the mix to take it to the next level.