2 Recipes to Pair Milk & Oatmeal for the Perfect Breakfast Combo

Love oatmeal? Try these variations made with milk and old-fashioned oatmeal.

Together, milk and oats make a breakfast powerhouse delivering protein and other key nutrients you need, like fiber, potassium, calcium and vitamin D. Plus, when you make old-fashioned oatmeal with milk instead of water, you get 2.5 times the protein.

Try some of the recipes below to ensure a nutritious (and delicious) start to your day.

Steel-Cut Oat Pancakes


  • 3 cups organic fat-free milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups organic steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Honey or maple syrup, if desired
  • 1 (8-ounce) glass of milk, to serve with oatmeal squares


  1. Mix together 3 cups of milk and water in medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat just until boiling.
  2. Stir in steel-cut oats, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes until most liquid is absorbed and oats are thick.
  3. Remove from heat and add in walnuts, vanilla, cardamom, and salt, stirring until incorporated throughout.
  4. Line a 13-by-9-inch baking sheet (slightly larger will also work) with parchment and spread oats into even layer. Allow to cool to room temperature and place in fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  5. When ready to eat, cut oats into squares.
  6. Heat frying pan to medium-high heat. Add a bit of butter into pan. Cook oatmeal squares for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  7. Top with strawberries, yogurt, and drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
  8. Serve with remaining 8-ounce glass of milk.

Makes 5 servings

Calories: 450g
Cholesterol: 10mg
Carbohydrates: 61g
Total Fat: 12g
Protein: 26g
Sodium: 300mg

Recipe by Food for My Family

Strawberries โ€™n Cream Oatmeal


  • 1/4 cup Scottish oatmeal (or sub rolled oats)
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup lowfat cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon dry roasted almonds, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 1 (8-ounce) glass of milk, to serve with oatmeal


  1. Combine oats and 1 cup of milk in saucepan over medium heat. Stir consistently as oatmeal begins to bubble.
  2. Once oatmeal has reached desired consistency, about 5 minutes in, add strawberries, cottage cheese and vanilla. Stir to incorporate.
  3. Cook for one more minute. Remove from heat and pour into bowl.
  4. Top with almonds and coconut.
  5. Serve with remaining 8-ounce glass of milk.

Makes 1 serving

Calories: 560g
Cholesterol: 40mg
Carbohydrates: 68g
Total Fat: 20g
Protein: 32g
Sodium: 520mg

Recipe by Kath Eats Real Food

For more delicious oatmeal recipes with protein to power your morning, visit MilkLife.com.

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