Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

In college I thought on-the-go oatmeal was of the instant dinosaur egg variety. What could be a better start to your morning than hatched dinosaur sprinkles swimming in honey? Traditional oats were otherwise bland and unsatisfying, so I ditched them for yogurt and granola for a few years. My meal planning later evolved into searching for healthy breakfast options and I discovered overnight oatmeal. Preparation is so easy, and by morning I have breakfast ready for the next few days without fussing over clean up.

With added toppings this breakfast is far from boring. I ended up on the following recipe after adding in ripe bananas and peanut butter. You could stop here, but why not add raw cacao for a rich, guilt-free, peanut butter cup flavor?

Chocolate Overnight Oats
Topped with fresh strawberries and unsweetened coconut
I blend three cups of roasted, unsalted peanuts in the Vitamix to make homemade peanut butter. That’s it – no sugar or oil. You could substitute with your store bought peanut butter, but omit the honey if yours contains sugar.

I end up with four servings that I store in small, lidded mason jars. If you want to try it out, read on for the recipe:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
2 cup (raw) old fashioned oats
2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup homemade peanut butter
2tbsp raw cacao*
1-2tbsp honey (to taste)
2tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
2tbsp chia seeds (optional)

*Raw cacao is rich in antioxidants and flavor without added sugar. This one is unprocessed unlike the ones you’ll find in the baking aisle. I order this bag from Healthworks via Amazon.

Optional Toppings
Unsweetened Coconut
More banana slices!

Overnight Oats

In a medium bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Mix in peanut butter until combined. Yes, it looks like goo but at least I didn’t Instagram it.

Banana Oatmeal
Stir in oats and almond milk until ingredients are well incorporated. Add cacao, honey to taste, cinnamon, chia seeds and combine.

Healthy Overnight Oatmeal
Using a large spoon, fill mason jars with 3/4 cup of oats. Add your optional toppings. Cover and set in the fridge for 4-6 hours, or overnight. This batch makes 4 servings and will keep for a few days…long enough for you to devour or share them!

• What is your favorite healthy on-the-go breakfast?
• What would you mix into your overnight oatmeal?

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  • Trying this ASAP!!

    • Enjoy! It’s so easy and just sweet enough without added sugar. I want to branch out to more variations, but this one has me hooked for now :)