Overnight oats are all over Pinterest boards and Instagram videos show how easy it is to make them. Some people think oats are bland and boring, but you have to dress them up a bit to maximize flavors. That’s one of the reasons overnight oats work so well. Because the jar of ingredients sits in the fridge overnight, the flavors intensify and create harmonious marriages by the time you eat it. You can grab it from the fridge, add some optional toppings, and take it on the go with you. That’s why overnight oats are perfect for anyone who wants to save time in the morning.
One of the reasons why we love oats is because they contain a lot of complex carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. They help keep you full until your next meal, reducing your cravings and unhealthy snacking habits. The slow release of energy is the reason why you don’t crash after you eat a cup or bowl of oats. This is excellent if you need to remain productive. This recipe calls for oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon, and banana. That’s it, folks. Just try to purchase all natural peanut butter that doesn’t contain added sugars, flavors, and excess sodium.
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- 1/2 c rolled oats
- 2 tsp. chia seeds
- 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk (+ 2 tablespoons)
- 1/2 tbsp. grade A maple syrup (optional)
- Add the mashed banana, oats, chia seeds, peanut butter, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup of almond milk to a 16-ounce mason jar. Stir well to mix everything together.
- If the oat mixture is too thick, add the 2 extra tablespoons of almond milk. You can also add the maple syrup if you enjoy sweeter flavors.
- Screw on the lid and refrigerate the oats overnight.
- Remove the oats in the morning and enjoy your breakfast. You can also top with a couple slices of banana.