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Make Your Own Yummy Breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats

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I’ve always been a cereal lover. Cold milk and crunchy, sweet cereal really have their way of refreshing me in the morning. But I have to say, lately I’ve started completely avoiding the cereal isle at the grocery store. All of these “good-for-you” cereals parading around like they’re curing cancer and preventing your future children from getting autism. It’s a bit much, to say the least.

Then I thought, well what if I could make my own cereal? Ah, yes…no lies, just delicious truth in the simplest form. Oats! But not just tired old oatmeal…these oats are the next best thing in breakfast. Why? Because they’re delicious, they’re healthy (if you want them to be), and most importantly, they “cook” while you’re sleeping. All you need is for someone to bring it to you in bed. Here’s how to make ’em.

Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats Breakfast

What You’ll Need:

  • A cereal bowl
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Spoon

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Almond milk
  • 1/2 Cup Rolled oats
  • 2 TBSP Peanut Butter
  • 1 TBSP Maple syrup (I used an organic agave maple syrup. You can also use a packet of Stevia, or a tablespoon of honey)
  • 2 TBSP Ground flax seed (whole chia seeds can be substituted here)
  • 1/2 TSP Cinnamon
  • 1 Banana
  • Slivered almonds

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix together the almond milk, maple syrup, flax seed, and cinnamon.
  2. Add your peanut butter and swirl into the mixture. Don’t completely mix so that you achieve the swirl look. It’s also a fun surprise when you get a bite with a bunch of peanut butter!
  3. Pour in the oats and stir ’em up!
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator overnight. This will both soften the oats and activate the flax/chia seed to thicken your oatmeal. Flax and chia contain Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, and magnesium, and have been rumored to lower your risk of certain maladies including heart disease and diabetes. It is also an egg/butter substitute (its purpose here).
  5. In the morning, stir it up again. Check the consistency. Depending on how thick you like it, you can add a bit more almond milk (I usually end up adding about a  tablespoon more because I like it a bit more loose).
  6. Cut up your banana and stir into the oatmeal.
  7. Top your delicious treat with a healthy dusting of cinnamon, a delicious drizzle of maple syrup, and some of those crunchy slivered almonds.

There you have it, folks. It’s delicious, it’s good for you, and best of all you can experiment and use your creativity to make it your own. Want a more indulgent overnight oats? Try whole milk (or dare I say, half and half). Use strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and granola in place of bananas and almonds. Use praline pecans and swirl in dulce de leche. Or how about chocolate swirl with banana? Or marshmallow fluff swirled with chocolate chunks and topped with toasted chopped graham crackers!? You get the point. GO NUTS. The oatmeal world is your oyster. Until next time, stay hungry, my fellow foodie friends!

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