If my parents had fed me oatmeal that tasted like this as a child, then they might have had better luck with me eating it for breakfast. The sticky, gooey warm oatmeal that’d slowly slip its way down my throat was my least favorite way to start the day. When I saw my grandparents or parents cooking up a pot of oatmeal on weekend mornings, I’d instantaneously head towards the cupboard to pull out one of my go-to cereals.
Growing up, most breakfasts for me consisted of sugary boxed cereals: Cocoa Pebbles, Cocoa Puffs, and Frosted Flakes. Had my parents known any better about the amount of sugar that was in each bowl that I’d consumed, then maybe they wouldn’t have purchased any. After all, I was quite the hyperactive/accidentally destructive child.
Yeah…I’m sure my parents are wishing they’d known about this overnight oats or my Peanut Butter Chocolate Overnight Oats sooner now. For all you parents out there with hyper children, this may be one morning meal to mellow them down. No artificial flavors, coloring, or sugars to make them bounce off the walls.
And if you have a picky eater in your home, hopefully they will all say yes to this. The rule of thumb for this recipe is that if you don’t have a problem with bananas, then you’ll love this. For me, I’m all about taste and convenience on weekday mornings. A jar of this sweet, oat-y goodness that’s jam packed with nutrients is my ideal way to start the day. One jar actually lasts me two breakfasts.
- ¾ cup instant oats
- 2 Tbsp almond butter (sweetened or unsweetened, and it could be any nut butter of your choice)
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 ripe banana (diced)
- 1 cup almond milk
- Optional: 1 tsp honey, agave, or date puree
- In a jar, pour in the oats, chia seeds, and almond milk. Mix them together. Add the banana and almond butter. Give the jar a quick stir and then set it in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours before eating it.
This is an incredibly quick and simple overnights oats recipe. I’ve found that I don’t need to add any sweeteners to it, especially if I have it sitting in the jar overnight. The sugars from the bananas generally sweeten the entire thing, but for those of you who do prefer sweeter foods, add some natural sweetener.
With the weather becoming increasingly warmer, cold breakfasts are becoming preferable. Start your day power packed with omega 3’s, protein, fiber, and more! Hey, maybe you can make yourself a jar of this tasty nutritious breakfast right now! What are you waiting for?
Have a great night and thanks for reading. Hang in there, tomorrow is Friday! Gosh, it feels like the days are flying by. Stay happy and healthy, y’all!
Also, just a random side note for those of you who have read or watched the Hunger Games series. I absolutely love the series because it was purely fictional and the author was fantastic at spinning a gripping tale that made me immediately attached and rooting for Katniss, the protagonist. But I mean, the series was fictional, and so all of the horrifying events that did transpire didn’t quite matter as long as the main characters made it out alive. Who would’ve thought that Russia would be creating a Real-Life “Hunger Games”??? Any thoughts on this?