Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats

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Forget homemade oatmeal cookies, toast or pastries for a quick bite in the morning as you start your busy day. Even if you are in a rush to leave for work or school, you can still have a balanced breakfast that is little effort, such as this peanut butter and banana overnight oats recipe. This cereal recipe is a combination of oats, bananas, and peanut butter, with the added healthy ingredients of almond milk and chia seeds. This dish doesn’t require any cooking to prepare, and it can sit all night in the refrigerator, so all you have to do is pull it out of the fridge to eat as is or warm in the microwave in an instant.

This oatmeal recipe could easily serve two people, but can be scaled up easily if you are hoping to serve this oatmeal to more people. If desired, mix the cereal ingredients in mason jars that can be sealed for individual portions. In the morning, you can dump the porridge in a bowl if desired, or you can take the entire jar with you on your way out the door for a handy breakfast. For those who don’t enjoy porridge in the morning, this peanut butter, and banana oatmeal recipe if full-flavoured with sweet banana, nutty peanut butter and the distinct taste and sweetness of maple syrup. This cereal recipe will be delicious enough to serve to kids even, and so healthy that you won’t mind serving it to them. If desired, you can even change substitute the fresh banana for whatever fruit is in season at the time. Strawberries will provide the same necessary sweetness and give you plenty of vitamin C, while sliced fresh peaches could also be a flavourful option.

Nutrition Facts for: Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats from Center Cut Cook

Ingredients: Old fashined oats, unsweetened almond milk, peanut butter, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, banana.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 1 serving. *The calorie count is high as it calls for 1 cup of old fashioned oats, but you could easily cut that down to the daily recommended serving which is 1/2 cup.

* Per Serving:Calories 1079, Calories from Fat 327, Total Fat 36.3g 56%, Saturated Fat 6.3g 31%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 330mg 14%, Potassium 1669mg 48%, Carbohydrates 163.5g 55%, Dietary Fiber 27.8g 111%, Sugars 33.6g, Protein 33.9g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 19%, Calcium 43%, Iron 113%

The variety of oats used in this banana oatmeal recipe is crucial to its success. Instant oats would become too soft whereas steel cut may remain hard. Old-fashioned oats, also known as large flake or rolled oats are the grain of choice here because they soften in the almond milk without becoming too soft; they still provide a toothsome texture to the mixture, which is desirable in a cold cereal and works equally well when the cereal is warmed. The good news is that all three varieties of oats have nearly the same nutritional value, so you can feel good eating large flake even if you prefer to consume steel cut in your hot porridge recipe concoctions. Steel cut oats do have a slightly higher fiber content than rolled oats or instant oats, but the additions of chia seeds, fresh banana and peanut butter amp up the fiber content of this cereal. Bananas health benefits include twelve percent of your daily-recommended intake of potassium, which helps control blood pressure and maintain cell function. Bananas are also high in vitamin C, an infection-fighting antioxidant, and very high in vitamin B6, which is necessary to the immune system and nervous system. Healthy banana recipes, whether it be banana bread or this hot or cold cereal recipe, are excellent choices for breakfast with their wealth of nutrition. Thank you to Ashley, the author of ‘Center Cut Cook’ recipe blog, for sharing her peanut butter and banana overnight oats recipe with us.

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