Banana Bread Overnight Oats

dairy free, gluten free, no added sugar

Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast foods! The combination of complex carbs and fiber is a great way to start the day that keeps me full for longer. Oats mesh well with a variety of flavors and ingredients which make them quite versatile. Bananas are my absolute FAVORITE, though, so I thought I'd start out with my banana bread oats. Traditionally, oats are cooked over the stove and served warm but a few years ago, I was introduced to COLD oats. Yes, cold. It may sound risky but I absolutely love it (maybe even more than warm). Overnight oats hit the spot on summer mornings when a bowl of warm cereal sounds completely unappealing. Even more so, they're perfect for busy schedules! It takes 5 minutes to prep the night before and then it's ready in the fridge the next morning.

P.S. if the thought of cold oats makes you cringe, no worries!!! This recipe is wonderful heated up as well making it still a time saver for those busy days. 

[I also love these oats after a workout. Its a great ratio of carb to protein for muscle repair/growth and enhanced recovery]

Tiff Tips

  1. Add liquid first so your ingredients don't stick to the bottom

  2. Not really a tip, but the recipe calls for 1/2-1 banana because some people have different goals, preferences, and/or appetite but the recipe works great both ways! 

  3. A riper banana will be sweeter and easier to digest

  4. The oats absorb the milk in the fridge so don't worry if it seems too liquidy

  5. This recipe usually fills a mason jar to the brim so stir as you go or stir slowly at the end (I find a butter knife works well)

  6. 2 tsp of maca powder is also a great addition!

Banana Bread  Overnight Oats

Prep Time: 5 minRefrigerate Time: 4+hours

serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats

  • 1/2 - 1 ripe banana

  • 3/4 cup vanilla, non dairy milk (or add 1/4 tsp vanilla extract to plain)

  • 2 Tbsp pb2 (can sub nut butter)

  • 1 serving plain or vanilla protein powder (optional)

  • 2 tsp flax seed

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a container (a mason jar is my personal favorite) and soak for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight

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