Man. It has been a HOT minute since I have posted a recipe on here, but after accidentally making banana bread overnight oats I KNEW that not sharing this would just be straight up selfish.
Even though it's the midst of summer, I have been craving and loving having oats for breakfast-both hot and cold. Overnight oats, however, definitely have trumped any other way of eating them for me. It takes all the guesswork and prep out of making breakfast, they are super easy to grab for on-the-go, they are cost effective, and best of all-they are dellliiiccciiiouuusss.
So let's just get right to it, shall we?
You will need:
- A mason jar or another empty jar of some sort (making overnight oats in empty nut butter jars is my FAVE)
- 1/2 c Oats. My favorite kind of oats are the Bob's Red Mill quick oats!
- 1 ripe to very ripe banana
- Maple syrup (just a few tsp)
- 1/3 c Nut milk of some sort (I used coconut milk)
- 2/3 c filtered water
- 1 tsp Maca powder (optional- but its super good for hormones and actually tastes pretty great. Alternatively you could probably do a little vanilla protein.)
- 2 tsp of ground flax
- Walnuts (optional)
- A handful of fresh or frozen blueberries (optional)
What to do:
- The night before you are going to have the oats for breakfast, put the oats, maca, flax, milk, and water in a jar. Stir well.
- Chop 1/2 the banana and mix it in with the oats (aka smush it around 'till it's all gooey and delicious). Add in a few shakes of cinnamon and stir again.
- Add in walnuts, blueberries, or any other additional mix-ins you would like (chocolate chips might be damn good in this) and stir one final time.
- The consistently of this should now be thick, but with seemingly a little too much liquid. The liquid will be dissolved into the oats overnight while also makes them easier to digest. I would say it's better to add a little too much liquid than too little.
- Cap the jar and refrigerate overnight
- In the morning, grab the oats and add a tsp or so of pure maple syrup. Stir it around, then add another tsp or so on top.
- Add in the rest of the banana, a few more walnuts or some nut butter, some granola-whatever you want- and BAM. You literally have what tastes like banana bread in a jar, ready to cruise out the door with you.
For awhile, I got so caught up on having smoothies for breakfast and "getting in my greens" that I found myself spending too much money buying them to save time, and to much time stressing to ensure I had said greens at breakfast. I realized that this is STILL an extremely healthy breakfast- just with different nutrients- and I always end up getting in my greens elsewhere throughout the day anyways :)
I hope you enjoy these oats as much as I do! If you end up making them, totally tag me if you post it to your Instagram or social media so that I can see what you thought!
Talk to you soon loves,