If you want a breakfast that requires minimal preparation, then you need overnight oats in your life. You simply combine several ingredients in a jar, mix it up, and pop it into the refrigerator. Come morning time, your breakfast is ready to grab out of the fridge and enjoy. That makes overnight oats a great meal prep options, especially since one batch can last for three days in the fridge.
You don’t have to be a Michelin star chef to make overnight oats. This recipe calls for bananas, which you’ll mash in a mixing bowl before whisking in the other ingredients. Once the oats, cacao powder, vanilla, maple syrup, chia seeds, and cinnamon are thoroughly combined, portion the mixture into a few jars. Place the jars in the fridge overnight and then grab it one out of the fridge the next morning. Perfect for busy or hectic mornings, or when you need to have breakfast ready for the kids. For the best texture, enjoy the overnight oats within three days of making them.
If you want to doctor up your overnight oats after removing them from the fridge, you have that option. Consider stirring in some chopped walnuts or almonds, an addition pinch of cacao powder or cinnamon, or the fresh fruit of your choice.
- 1 ripe banana
- 6 tsp. raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 c old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/4 c unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- In a medium size bowl, add the peeled banana and mash completely. Add the cacao powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
- Pour the oats, almond milk, chia seeds, and cinnamon into the bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Spoon the mixture into two jars and refrigerate overnight, allowing at least six hours for the oats to come together.
- Remove from the fridge in the morning and add some optional toppings of your choice. Enjoy!