These tasty overnight oats get a boost of protein from creamy cottage cheese! They’re a satisfying breakfast that is perfect for busy mornings!

Cottage Cheese Overnight Oats

I’ve been loving overnight oats lately. From my banana bread version to peanut butter oats, I’ve had fun experimenting with different combinations! I’ve recently started eating more cottage cheese because it’s an easy way to add protein to my diet. It got me thinking, why not add cottage cheese to my oats? It worked beautifully and created satisfying, rich, creamy oats — thanks to all the protein! You’ll have a tasty breakfast ready in no time!

Why I Love This Recipe

  • These overnight oats are protein-packed
  • You can make this healthy breakfast in advance
  • There are lots of substitution options
  • It’s absolutely delicious!
Cottage Cheese Overnight Oats ingredients

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Rolled oats: Also known as old-fashioned oats, these oats have a hearty, chewy texture. You can also use instant oats. Do not use steel cut oats as they don’t soften the same way.
  • Almond milk: I used almond milk but you can use any milk you like.
  • Cottage cheese: I used 4% milk fat but 2% works well, too. Cottage cheese is a good source of protein and calcium. You can also make this recipe with Greek yogurt if you don’t have cottage cheese.
  • Honey or maple syrup: Feel free to substitute with any sweetener you like.
  • Vanilla: A splash of vanilla extract adds a little sweetness but you can skip it if you don’t have it.
  • Fresh or frozen berries: I used a blend of frozen raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

How do you make overnight oats?

Making overnight oats is easy! All you have to do is soak raw oats in milk to soften them. It creates a creamy texture without cooking. There are plenty of ways to customize overnight oats, and this particular recipe uses cottage cheese for added protein and berries for sweetness!

How do you add protein to oatmeal?

For this recipe, I added cottage cheese to give this oatmeal a protein boost. But there are other ways you can increase the protein! Add half a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder to the mix. Adjust the sweetener to taste. Or you can add a tablespoon of flaxseeds or chia seeds to increase protein and fiber.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I make this recipe vegan? This recipe relies on cottage cheese for flavor and texture so I don’t recommend a substitute. But you could make my vegan overnight oats instead!
  • Can I use other fruit? Absolutely! Try it with strawberries, cherries, or mango! This recipe works great with fresh or frozen fruit.
  • Can I make it sweeter? Feel free to add more honey or maple syrup to adjust the sweetness, if needed. Sometimes I use stevia if I don’t want to add sugar.
  • Is this recipe gluten-free? Most oats are naturally gluten-free but if you have an allergy, be sure they’re marked as certified gluten-free.
  • Can I add more toppings? Yes! I love adding a sprinkle of granola, but it’s also good with shredded coconut flakes or additional fresh berries.
  • Do I have to use a mason jar to make overnight oats? No, you can use any airtight container. As long as you can stir the oats and seal it up, any bowl or container will be fine.
  • What has more protein oatmeal or cottage cheese? Oatmeal is a whole grain so it does have protein, but only about 5g per 1/2 cup. Whereas cottage cheese has around 14g of protein per 1/2 cup serving.
  • How can I make it thicker? If you want a thicker consistency, add two teaspoons of chia seeds. Stir them in with the rest of the ingredients. They’ll make the cottage cheese oats super thick!
  • Can I add more protein? Yes! If you really want to increase the protein, add half a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder to the mix. Adjust the sweetener to taste.
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Cottage Cheese Overnight Oats

Cottage Cheese Overnight Oats

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Chill Time: 2-3 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


These tasty overnight oats get a boost of protein from creamy cottage cheese! They’re a satisfying breakfast that is perfect for busy mornings!


Units Scale
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (uncooked)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries


  1. Add all the ingredients to a jar and stir. Top with a lid.
  2. Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight, until the oats have softened and the mixture is thickened.

  3. Add additional toppings if desired.

Keywords: Cottage Cheese Overnight Oats