Oats, banana, almond milk, chia seeds and chocolate protein powder come together to make a quick and easy, healthy breakfast option that tastes like dessert. You do the prep work the night before so the oats are soft and ready to eat come morning. No cooking required!
If you’ve been reading EBF for awhile you’ll know that throughout the summer months (and occasionally in the winter) I’m all about overnight oats. They’re cool, creamy and so easy. I love that I can whip up a batch before bed and wake up to a healthy and delicious breakfast without having to cook anything.
I’ve made (and shared) so many different overnight oat variations, but this one is a little different because there’s chocolate involved! It’s like dessert for breakfast, only healthy and packed with protein, healthy fats and smart carbs.
Per the usual with overnight oats, the process is quite simple.
Throw your oats and chia seeds in a bowl.
Add the protein powder, mashed banana and almond milk. Stir, stir, stir… until all the protein powder has dissolved.
Put the mixture in the fridge overnight.
Get a good night’s rest. Wake up, take the oats out of the fridge and top with banana slices and cacao nibs.
Add a big spoonful of almond butter… if you please. It’s never a question for me. If I’m having oats, there’s going to be a spoonful of nut butter involved.
That’s it. Time to dig in!
I know the sound of cold oats might sound odd, but don’t knock it until you try it. And if you try it and hate it, you can always just heat them up. 🙂
Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats
- Cut one half of your banana in slices and mash the other half.
- Add mashed banana, oats, almond milk, protein powder and chia seeds into a bowl. Stir well to combine, until all the protein powder has dissolved. Seal container with a lid and place in the fridge overnight.
- Take the container out of the fridge the next morning and stir the mixture. You'll notice that the protein powder, oats and chia seeds soak up a lot of the liquid so you may want to add a little more almond milk before serving. Portion overnight oats into two containers, top each with banana slices, cocoa nibs and almond butter (if using). Enjoy!
by Brittany Mullins
Just in case you’re not in the mood for chocolate, here’s a few additional overnight oat recipes that might strike your fancy: