Recipes

Overnight Oats, Two Ways

A healthy on-the-go breakfast made from bananas, oats, yogurt, and skim milk.

I love breakfast food.  None of this cold pizza or tortillas and hummus (I’m looking at you, roommate) nonsense.  Eggs, toast, muffins, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit…yes, please!

Now, what if you combined three of those great breakfast foods into one delicious meal that takes zero morning prep time?  And add chocolate?  Sounds even better, right?

There are lots of recipes for overnight oats out there.  Flavor combinations abound, so do a quick search and see what else is out there if these don’t meet your requirements.  I even have a friend who makes mango cinnamon overnight oats.  If you like oatmeal, yogurt, and bananas, though, you should really try these.

I’ll admit, I was hesitant about the concept at first but I’ve been completely converted.  If cold oatmeal sounds like it would be weird and unpalatable, have no fear, because these do not taste like cold oatmeal!

The basic ingredients for chocolate overnight oats.  Please excuse the clutter in the background.
The basic ingredients for chocolate overnight oats. Please excuse the clutter in the background.

I’ve read that these will keep in the fridge for 2 or 3 days, though I’ve never tried that myself.

One more quick note: overnight oats are not all the photogenic.  Hence, I have no photos of the finished product.  But don’t let that stop you because they are delicious!

Before mixing.
Chocolate overnight oats, before mixing.

Chocolate Overnight Oats

Makes: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 small banana, overripe is best
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup yogurt (regular or Greek)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1-2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (to taste)
  • pinch cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 or more tsp chia seeds (optional)
  • honey, maple syrup, or other liquid sweetener (optional, to taste)
  • 1 T peanut butter (optional)

Instructions

In a cereal bowl, tupperware, or empty jar (I use an old peanut butter jar), mash the banana with a fork.  The riper the banana, the better, as the riper a banana is the sweeter your oats will be.  Also, riper=easier to mash.

Add in other ingredients, mix to combine.  Cover with plastic wrap or lid, place in refrigerator overnight.

I’ve started leaving out any sweeteners or peanut butter until the morning so I can decide right before I eat whether the banana alone is sweet enough and whether or not I want peanut butter.  However, you definitely can mix these in the night before!

Enjoy!

Maple almond overnight oats, before mixing.
Maple-nut overnight oats, before mixing.

Maple-Nut Overnight Oats

Makes: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 small banana, overripe is best
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup yogurt (regular or Greek)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Maple syrup (adjust amount to taste)
  • Small handful chopped, roasted, unsalted nuts (I use almonds, walnut would be great, too)
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch cinnamon

Instructions

In a cereal bowl, tupperware, or empty jar (I use an old peanut butter jar), mash the banana with a fork.

Add in other ingredients, mix to combine.  Cover with plastic wrap or lid, place in refrigerator overnight.

In the morning, remove from fridge, make any adjustments, and enjoy!

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