Whether your mornings are leisurely or rushed, these Maple, Almond Butter and Banana Overnight Oats make the perfect breakfast. Sit down and enjoy them at the table together, or grab and go. Either way they make a delicious, healthy breakfast…pretty too, don’t you think?
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WHY ‘OVERNIGHT’ OATS?
Soaking grains overnight makes them easier to digest and gives them a firmer texture than cooking. People that object to cooked oats because of the ‘mush factor’ often appreciate overnight oats because they feel a little more muesli like. Oats contain more protein and fat than most grains and are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds. Half a cup (78 grams) of dry oats contains:
- Manganese: 191% of the RDI
- Phosphorus: 41% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 34% of the RDI
- Copper: 24% of the RDI
- Iron: 20% of the RDI
- Zinc: 20% of the RDI
- Folate: 11% of the RDI
- Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 39% of the RDI
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 10% of the RDI
- Smaller amounts of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B3 (niacin)
ENJOY AT A LEISURELY PACE OR GRAB AND GO!
Another benefit of overnight oats is that you prepare them the night before, so you can simply grab and go in the morning, eating in the car, at the gym or at work. Hey we know you’re busy. Of course you are welcome to enjoy them at your kitchen table or snuggled under a blanket on the sofa too.
SO WHAT’S IN THEM AND ON THEM?
In this case, we mix whole old fashioned rolled oats, almond milk, chia seeds, almond butter and maple syrup and let soak overnight. The next morning we top with more almond butter, bananas, shredded coconut and more chia seeds!
Want to Make Your Own Almond Milk?
It’s much easier than you might think to make your own almond milk and it tastes so much better and is much creamier than store bought!
THE RECIPE: MAPLE, ALMOND BUTTER AND BANANA OVERNIGHT OATS
Tips and what you need: If you are making this for a ‘grab and go’ I recommend using small mason jars or two small containers with a lids. I love black chia seeds for this recipe.
Oats prepared the night before so you can grab and go or enjoy at your leisure the next morning!
- 3 tablespoons almond butter
- 3 tablespoons real maple syrup (not maple flavored corn syrup)
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk (or your favorite milk with drop of vanilla added)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons black chia seeds
- Banana slices
- Shredded coconut
- A pinch of chia seeds
- reserved almond butter/syrup
In a small bowl use a fork to blend almond butter and maple syrup until smooth
In another bowl mix oats with milk, chia, cinnamon and 3/4 of the maple/almond butter mixture, reserving the rest for topping in the morning
Mix well, separate evenly into two smaller bowls (or mason jars with lids), cover and refrigerate overnight allowing oats to soak up liquid
In the morning remove from the fridge, top with banana slices, coconut, reserved maple/almond butter and more chia if desired. (Note: overnight oats are usually served cold, but if you prefer them warm, heat for 30-60 seconds in the microwave, then add toppings)
Grab and go, or enjoy at your leisure!
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