I am writing this on the train as I head home for the weekend! (Yay Amtrak! Even though your wifi sucks...) I have been getting absolutely horrible sleep lately, so I gave up on trying to write this last night so maybe my sleep would be a little less horrible. (It didn't really make a difference.)
The fact that I have been a zombie lately explains why my photos kind of suck and this recipe is super simple. But everyone needs recipes like that right?!
If you remember to take a few minutes to make this recipe before you go to sleep, you can stay in bed until the last possible second because the fridge does most of the work for you! Just mix up a bowl of oatmeal, but don't cook it, put it in the fridge overnight (a few hours will do the trick as well if you're looking for a snack), and wake up to a delicious and nutritious meal! If you prepare it in a jar or Tupperware container, it's easy to take on the go.
This recipe is very forgiving, and you can make any swaps you want or get creative and make something entirely new! Enjoy!
Basic Banana Overnight Oats
Serves 1 (easily multiplied)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2+ hours, ideally overnight
1 banana (also: try 1/2 c. applesauce, pumpkin/sweet potato/butternut squash pureé)
dash of cinnamon (and/or any other spices you like)
1 tbsp. chia seeds or ground flax seeds (helps to thicken the oatmeal; add more or less depending on how milky you like your oats)
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. milk (I like cashew milk, but any kind will work. Add more or less depending on how milky you like your oats, or wait until the morning to add extra to see how it turns out. I have seen some people use yogurt as well.)
Toppings/mix ins: fresh berries, peach/nectarine/plum chunks, more banana slices, dried fruit (I'm a fan of golden raisins.), nuts, seeds, chocolate chips/cacao nibs (or add 1/2-1 tbsp. of cocoa/cacao powder when you add the cinnamon... or maybe do both), nut/seed butter, coconut flakes, maple syrup
- Mash the banana in your bowl/container. Add all of the other ingredients. Some toppings do fine being mixed in overnight, like some of the fruit, and the flavor will soak in with the rest of the ingredients. However, I would wait until the morning on things like nuts and seeds so they don't get all soggy.
- Mix everything up and put it in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, stir in additional toppings. You can add some more milk if you want things to be more soupy. I'm a fan of thicker oats though! The longer you can keep it in the fridge, the thicker it will likely get.
- Enjoy the meal your secret gourmet chef made you! 😉
If you can get your berries and/or other produce, I highly recommend that you do so! You haven't eaten berries until you've eaten some homegrown berries from a farmers market (or even your own garden if you're into that)!
"Shake the hand that feeds you." - Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto