Friday, May 11, 2012

Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

This recipe is quite a mouth full, but it's very fitting because I guarantee you'll be shoveling it in! I was honestly just throwing things together in a bowl one night and came up with this gem. B tends to get tired of the same thing over and over, and even though I could eat pumpkin overnight oats every single day of my life, I knew he needed a change up. This recipe was made for him, if I made them for myself I would probably make some changes to cut down on the sugar a little, but for some reason men can eat sugar and drink beer and still have a six pack. I don't get it. [Don't worry, I snuck a bite or 3 so I can vouch for its awesomeness]

Ingredients:
- 1 cup oats
- 1 banana, cut in half (on the riper side is best)
- 1 tbsp all natural peanut butter + 1 tbsp for topping if desired
- 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2-3 Truvia packets, depending on how sweet you like things
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp unsweetened carob chips for topping, if desired

Directions:
1. Mash up 1/2 banana in a bowl until all chunks are gone.
2. Add in all other ingredients and mix well. There should be a thin layer of liquid over your oats so that they can soak it up overnight, if there isn't add more almond milk or water.
3. Cover and place in fridge overnight.
4. In the morning, slice other half of banana for topping and add carob chips and additional peanut butter.

Nutritional Information:
[Before you freak out remember this recipe was for a guy, if I made it I would cut everything in half.]

Calories: 599
Carbs: 81g
Protein: 41g
Fat: 18g
Sugar: 11g

19 comments:

  1. Sounds yummy. So what is the benefit of doing the overnight oats versus just cooking oats in the morning? Is it to help maintain the nutrients that are often lost during cooking?

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    1. Nope, just a way to switch things up! The overnight oats are fluffy and you eat them cold, so it's just a matter of preference :) Oh, and they're easy and ready for you first thing when you wake up!

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  2. What are the benefits to eating unsweetened carob chips instead of unsweetened chic chips? This looks yum btw!!

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    1. Features
      Chocolate is usually processed with harsh chemicals that can be toxic to the liver. It is also caffeinated and very bitter, so it requires sweeteners to make it palatable. Carob is caffeine-free and contains a lot of natural sugars, which reduces the amount of added sugar you'll need in recipes.

      Nutrition
      Carob contains about 60% fewer calories than chocolate, because it is lower in fat. However, chocolate is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates.



      Read more: Carob Chips Vs. Chocolate Chips | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5539079_carob-chips-vs-chocolate-chips.html#ixzz1uaW2AGM2

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  3. Pls add to recipe tab so we can refer back! :)

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  4. Yay! Another overnight oats idea. I'll cut the recipe in half for me as well. I'm not a big chocolate fan, so I'll probably forgo the chocolate chips. Hmm...maybe I can replace with a few butterscotch ones.

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  5. That sounds delish! I make Bircher-style oats dish where you just grate an apple into the oats and leave covered in the fridge over night - naturally sweet and fluffy oats, nice served with low fat natural yoghurt and blueberries &/or raspberries. Drizzle of maple syrup or honey makes a nice treat over the top if you like it sweeter.

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  6. I have been doing overnight oats for a few years now but never thought to use protein powder in the mix and leave it overnight, too. Great!

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  7. I love overnight oats, especially when peanut butter and chocolate are involved...YUM!!
    Have you ever made your overnight oats in an almost empty nut butter jar? To.Die.For!!!

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  8. Instead of adding cocoa, I usually use chocolate protein powder. I never add extra sugar as the natural sugar in the fruits (either banana or berries) is plenty for me.

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    1. Hi Lynn
      Chocolate protein powder is a great idea! Just FYI unsweetened cocoa powder has no sugar ;)

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  9. Do you think quinoa flakes would work for this instead of oatmeal?

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    1. I'm actually not sure, I've never eaten quinoa flakes to be honest! Let me know if you try it!

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  10. Would this still be nice if I microwaved them a bit in the morning? Rushed for time but I prefer warm oats :)

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    1. I would assume so! You may have to add a little extra liquid though.

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  11. Hi!

    Which flavour protein powder did you use - vanilla, banana or the gourmet chocolate one? I can't tell whether the cocoa was 'extra' chocolate or not.

    Thanks!

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  12. I just finished this! OMG soooooo good!!! I heated mine up since its 25*F out this morning!! I cut the recipe in 1/2. REALLY hit the spot...and Im looking forward to having it again tomorrow!!

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