These oats are great because all you need to do is throw a few ingredients in a mason jar/container overnight or even just for a few hours. This is great to prepare if you are short on time for a meal or snack throughout the day.
1 mason jar or small container
1/4-1/2 cup dry old fashioned oats
1 cup dairy or non-dairy milk (I generally use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1/2 ripe banana
1 tbsp peanut butter or any nut butter (I used no salt/sugar added, freshly ground PB)
ground cinnamon to taste
sweetener (optional, but you may want to add some sort of sweetener..try maple syrup, honey, or whichever sugar you’d like, stevia or non-nutritive sweeteners on occasion only)
Optional add-ins: 1 tbsp wheat germ, 1-2 tbsp chia seeds, protein powder, or dried fruit
Combine all the ingredients in your container, and that’s it. Feel free to mix up the ingredients and add whatever you’d like.
-Dried fruit turns out with a pretty neat texture the next day since it absorbs the liquid, but you do not have to add the dried fruit.
-The banana adds some sweetness to the oats. I broke the banana up into pieces and then placed it in the jar.
-I put the option of 1/4-1/2 C dry oats because sometimes I like to add more fat/protein than carbs in my oats. Your choice, depending on whether you’d like for this to be a snack or more of a meal replacement. Also, depending on whether you follow a specific diet.
-I’ve made these and ate them a few hours later; they don’t always need to be soaked for several hours overnight. I like to make several of these in advance for quick meals throughout the week.
I’ve tried this with chocolate protein powder as well as other fruit combos- blueberries and bananas, pumpkin, sweet potato, ginger etc. I love to eat this with 1/2 C plain greek yogurt for some protein and 1 tbsp cacao nibs.
Let me know your favorite overnight oats combination in the comments below.
Happy eatings all.