Tip: Eat Your Oatmeal Cold

It's even better for you and it's frickin' delicious. No, really. Check out this easy recipe.

Fancy Hotels and Cold Food

Do this: Book a weekend stay at a really nice hotel that offers a breakfast buffet. Take a close look at the cold selections and you may find something interesting, like... cold oatmeal?

Sounds weird, but that's exactly what I saw (and reluctantly tried) fifteen years ago. To my surprise, it was delicious and it's been a staple ever since. Now, the swanky hotel's version of this dish probably wasn't that physique-friendly. The recipe below is.

By the way, this process also turns oats into more of a resistant starch if you're into that.

High-Protein Cold Oatmeal


  • Rolled oats (not instant)
  • Metabolic Drive® Protein, any flavor
  • Water or milk of choice (almond milk works great)
  • Options: Fruit chunks, nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, dark chocolate chips


  1. Soak your oats in almond milk. Water works too in a pinch. Add just enough liquid to cover the oats. They'll absorb most of it and soften in 10-15 minutes. Yep, that's right, there's no need to cook rolled oats.
  2. Once your oats have absorbed all the liquid, add Metabolic Drive and stir. After this, the options are endless. Vanilla protein is great with fruit. Chocolate is awesome with nuts.
  3. Add your fruit, nuts, coconut, etc. and mix it all together and stick it in the freezer for about 30-60 minutes. You want the sides to be partially frozen and the middle to be creamy.

Some favorite additions:

  • Vanilla protein powder, coconut flakes, crushed pineapple.
  • Chocolate protein powder, slivered almonds, a teaspoon or two of pure unsweetened cocoa powder.

This is great for breakfast or dessert. Give it a shot, no 5-star hotel required.

Note: The calories and macros are going to change depending on how much you make and the options you choose. With some experimentation, you can turn this into a diet meal or make it into a tasty "weight gainer" if you're in a mass phase.

Chris Shugart is T Nation's Chief Content Officer and the creator of the Velocity Diet. As part of his investigative journalism for T Nation, Chris was featured on HBO’s "Real Sports with Bryant Gumble." Follow on Instagram