Recipe: Overnight Oats with Peanut Butter & Bananas

by Cate on June 22, 2015

A healthy breakfast that takes just five minutes to prepare, and is ready in time for you to grab it as you head out the door in the morning.

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Whether it’s during the school year or the summer time, mornings are a little chaotic. Everyone trying to get those last few minutes of precious sleep … hello snooze button … and scrambling to get out the front door in time.

So when I have time to do some pre-planning over the weekend, I grab it.

Anything to make the mornings smoother … and allow for extra sleep. Because, I mean, #priorities.

A co-worker gave me this recipe last week. I used to eat oatmeal regularly for breakfast or a late morning snack, but that was before I started clean eating in 2011 … and reading labels.

This is way better than that.

No junk. No preservatives. No chemicals. Nothing you can’t pronounce.

Just super simple ingredients that you like have on hand already. Mix it all together, pop it in the fridge in the morning, and grab on your way out the door.

I warmed it up for a minute before eating it, and topped it with sliced banana and a drizzle of honey.

Delicious and filling.

Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats
Recipe courtesy of Healthy Living

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 large ripe banana, mashed (about ½ cup)
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup rolled oats (Do not use quick cooking oats!)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional) (I used flax seeds)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon light agave or honey (You may use more if you like sweeter oatmeal.)

Optional Toppings:
Sliced Bananas
Drizzle of Agave, Maple Syrup or Honey
Cinnamon
Dark chocolate shavings or chips
Coconut shavings

Instructions:
In a medium bowl, mash your banana with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl. Mix until well combined. (And I mean, well combined. That peanut butter may take a little extra elbow grease to smooth out.) Pour the mixture into two airtight containers. (Yes, you can just cover the mixing bowl tightly with plastic wrap. I prefer to refrigerate individual servings, but you do what you have to.) Refrigerate the oats for at least 3 hours or overnight. When ready to eat, give the oats a good stir. Add toppings of your choice and ENJOY!

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