Friday, April 1, 2016

Culinary Pursuits: Banana & Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Overnight Oats

There are probably a million overnight oats recipes floating around the Internet. Change that to a million and one. I've been hearing about this overnight oats business for ages, but never got around to making them. Well, I finally decided to make my own and I'm very happy with how they turned out. Check out my recipe below:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats (no steel cut or instant oatmeal packs will do!)
1/2 cup of almond milk
1/4 cup of vanilla greek yogurt
1 banana (half for the oatmeal base and half for the topping)
1 tbsp of Kalot Dark Chocolate w/ Coconut Almond Butter Spread (I found this at Fresh Market. If you don't have this a tablespoon of Justin's Vanilla Almond Butter or Chocolate Hazelnut Butter would also be great)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
2-3 tablespoons of granola (optional)

Directions:
Combine all of your ingredients (minus the half of the banana and granola) and mix thoroughly until evenly combined.




If you're not making this using a mason jar or some other lidded container, then cover what you put the overnight oats base in with some saran wrap so that the liquid doesn't start to evaporate. Wrap up your other banana half in saran wrap and put it in the fridge as well.
The next morning, take it out of the fridge and top it with the other half of your banana.
If you like, you can also add a couple tablespoons of your favorite Granola (I love how customizable these can be).
Found this at Target and the nutrition profile was solid. I'm not a "granola" person per se but for the times I do buy it I always check the stats because the sugar and calorie content can get really high.


Enjoy!

What an awesome little invention. This meets all my breakfast criteria:
Quick & Easy to Prepare
Portable
Yummy
Good for You

Doesn't get any better!

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