Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats Recipe. A no cook, heathy breakfast that is packed with all the nutrients to kick start your day with a bang. Just prep by combining all the ingredients and let it rest in your fridge over night and your breakfast is ready the next day. If that is not so cool, then I don’t know what is….
Back in the 80’s, only very premium Medical shops stocked oats and the only one available was Champion White Oats that came in a tin. When I first had a taste of the cooked oatmeal, I did not know what I was supposed to expect, but what I tasted was not something I liked.
May be my mom, who was not used to oats did not cook it as it was supposed to be, or may be my expectations were higher, I don’t know but from that point on I had developed a healthy hatred for oatmeal. That’s one of the reason I hopped onto the overnight oats band wagon very late. But now that I’m on board, I refuse to get down.
Fast forward 20 years, now even a very ordinary kirana shop stocks oats and oh man… with the numerous brands and the varieties you are spoiled for choices…. and now i nmy case, the tables are turned, I’m literally obsessed with this banana peanut butter overnight oats.
Ever since I began eating this, I have started to actually look forward to eating breakfast and this comes from the person who doesn’t like to eat breakfast and hate oatmeal porridge. And why not???, digging into this is no hardship at all as it actually feels like eating dessert for breakfast.
I had been on a gluten free diet after finding out that I’ve become allergic to it and all my symptoms were gone after a long time and I was in a really happy place when Morgan dropped the bomb by saying that I must try out Oats to find out whether I react to it or not. I do know that Oats, as in itself is gluten free but due to growing it in the same fields next to wheat and by processing both in the same unit, it gets contaminated with gluten. But I still was hesitant, fearing recurrence of the symptoms.
But she promised me that most people can handle oats in small portions as its not a direct source of gluten. So she gave me a basic recipe and told me to enhance it to my nutritional needs. Well, first day when I had it, I loved it. The texture was really good unlike the sticky and slimy oatmeal which I hated. I also found that when I kept my portion not exceeding more than ½ cup a day, it did not cause me any problems.
And this banana peanut butter overnight oats, suited me so well. I make it following the given quantity in the recipe below, divide it into two portions, to enjoy it as a breakfast for 2 days without having to break a sweat in the kitchen. And looking at me enjoying it, my children also started eating it for their breakfast. Though I make it different while I prep it for them to make it more healthy and appealing to them.
If you are making for children:
- Use either creamy or crunchy peanut butter and double its quantity.
- Be a bit liberal with sweetener as children will refuse to eat bland overnight oats.
- Use whole milk, add in some cream as well instead of using skimmed milk.
- Double up the quantity of homemade vegan protein powder.
- Use vanilla extract for flavoring.
If you are a weight watcher or into wholesome eating:
- Instead of using peanut butter, you can use PB2. What is PB2? It is nothing but peanut butter in powdered form and is comparatively low in its calorific value. For ex., while 2 tbsp of peanut butter contains about 200 calories appox., and 16 gms of fat whereas PB2 claims to have only 45 calories and 2 grams of fat.
- You can also use powdered peanuts, which is what I do while prepping it for myself, cutting down on calories while still getting the benefits of protein and healthy fats. Just powder the peanuts in a mixie jar and use.
- Instead of peanut butter, you can use flax seed butter.
- Skip adding sweetener.
- Use cinnamon powder.
Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats Recipe details below:
Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats Recipe
- Rolled oats or Quick cooking oats - ¾ cup or 150 gms
- Milk or any plant based milk of your choice - 1 cup
- Ripe Banana - 1
- Peanut Butter or Flax Seed Butter - 2 tbsp
- Chia Seeds - 1 tbsp
- Homemade Vegan Protein Powder - 2 tbsp
- Cane Sugar or honey - 2 tsp (optional)
- Cinnamon powder or Vanilla - 1 tsp
- Slice the banana into 2 lengthwise, then continue to chop it fine. This step is optional but since you will get a piece in every mouthful, you can totally avoid adding any sweetener.
- In a bowl, add chopped banana and all the other ingredients. Mix it well to make sure that there are no lumps.
- Close with a lid and refrigerate overnight.
- Next day, remove one half to a bowl for your breakfast and refrigerate the remaining again.
- If the overnight oats appears very thick, add little milk or water to dilute it a little.
- Add toppings like fresh fruits like sliced banana, pom pearls, sliced figs or chopped nuts and dig in immediately.