A simple bowl of overnight oats topped with bananas, sweet potatoes, almond butter, and my special mix of crunchy goodness.
Overnight oats recently gained a lot of speed, and for good reason. It’s simple, it’s healthy, and it’s super versatile – the trifecta for my favorite kinds of foods.
One qualm that I have about overnight oats is that it still tastes a little like raw oats (because that’s exactly what it is). I don’t really like that chalky taste, so I do a quick cook on my oats, then proceed with the regular overnight oats procedure. Yes, that’s one extra step, but I think it’s worth it. You can still do it in advance, and I actually make 4 times the recipe, pack it up into 4 separate tupperwares, and eat it for breakfast all week long. (If you do this, don’t put the magical crunchy stuff on there until right before you eat it).
If you look up “overnight oats” on pinterest, you’ll run into a thousand different recipes and lots of flavor inspiration. All the ingredients are about the same (oats, some sort of milk, chia seeds or flax seeds, sometimes greek yogurt, and optional sweetener), but the proportions are a little different. Below, I’ve listed the proportions that I use, but feel free to add more liquid or oats or chia seeds, etc to tailor it to your taste.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CRUNCHY GOODNESS
One of my favorite things about food is texture. Oatmeal has a very creamy texture, and topping it with bananas and sweet potatoes makes for a dish that just cries out for lots of crunchy stuff. I make a mix of crunchy, delicious, nutritious-packed things, and basically put it on any/everything. My special concoction consists of roasted almond slivers, cocoa nibs, granola, pumpkin seeds, and ground flax seeds. I originally made this magical mixture for this dish, but I found myself putting it on yogurt, sprinkling on my peanut butter banana toast, or just eating it like cereal.
Once I make my oats, put sweet potato and bananas on it, add a dollop of almond butter, and top it off with my magical crunchy goodness, I like to pour some almond milk over the whole thing. It adds the little extra moisture and make it reminiscent of a grown-up, delicious and nutrition-packed cereal. Give it a try- trust me!
I hope you love this as much as I do. I literally have been eating it for breakfast every morning for at least a month straight. Hugs & kisses and all my best wishes!
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- 1-2 tbsp honey, or sweetener of choice
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup greek yogurt*
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cooked sweet potato
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp crunchy stuff (almond slivers, cocao nibs, granola, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds)
- Place oats and water in a pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
- Add milk, sweetener, chia seeds, and yogurt if using, and mix thoroughly. Place in a container and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
- Top with sliced bananas, cooked sweet potato, almond butter, and crunchy stuff.
- I pour additional almond milk over the top for a little extra moisture (it's almost like eating super fancy, delicious, nutritious cereal)
- *Greek yogurt can be subbed for nondairy yogurt or can be omitted for vegan option
- SUGGESTION: Making 4 times the recipe is great for breakfast meal prep