If you’ve ever perused Pinterest before (and honestly, who hasn’t?), then you’ve likely stumbled upon thousands and thousands of overnight oats recipes. You might be thinking, “Why in the world are there so many of these things?” And the answer is, of course, because they’re AMAZING! Your next move is to try them out! If you’ve already tried them out, and LOVED them (because, again, who hasn’t?), then I’m here to share my new favorite flavor 🙂
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
Whew, that’s a mouthful! Last time I shared a different overnight oats recipe (with bananas and chocolate chips!) and it’s delicious, don’t get me wrong, but I think these new ones take the cake! Doesn’t mean I won’t go back and make the banana chocolate chip ones again, but there’s just something about the chocolate, peanut butter and banana that is heaven in my mouth!
This recipe is so awesome because there are only a few, simple ingredients. I get all of my stuff from one of my favorite stores – Aldi. (check out some other great items I buy at Aldi, here!) What you need for this recipe is: old-fashioned oats (these are perfect for oatmeal peanut butter energy bites too!!), chia seeds, milk, chocolate protein powder, a banana, and peanut butter. THAT’S IT!
Your old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, and banana are pretty much standard ingredients, but the rest? They can be customized!
I have to be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of protein powder. I don’t know why, I guess I just always thought eating the right kinds of foods would be enough. And for the most part it is. BUT protein powder enables me to make sure I’m getting enough protein throughout the day, especially on those days I when I do a workout like this or this or even this! So, I decided to give it a shot, and I got some of the chocolate flavor from Aldi. After a workout I’ll mix it with some skim milk and it’s really not bad! Reminds me of my days back at the University of Dayton drinking our recovery shakes after each soccer game! Anyways, if you have a favorite protein powder use that one! With everything else in this breakfast, you won’t even be able to tell it’s protein powder, just that it’s chocolatey deliciousness!
For the peanut butter, I like to experiment! Usually I’m a “normal” peanut butter type of girl. But I tried this almond butter out and I think I might be in love! It’s delicious, and what I’m starting to use for all my nut butter desires! I haven’t tried it with my energy bites yet, but that’s next on the agenda! Like the protein powder above, use what YOU like for your nut butter 🙂
And finally, the milk! I use skim because that’s what we have in the house. But you can try 1%, or almond, or even Greek yogurt (although I don’t think the consistency would work out very well if you swapped out all the milk for yogurt!). I wouldn’t recommend using anything flavored though because that will change the whole taste of this breakfast.
Now all you need to do is measure the appropriate amount of each ingredient, mix together in your cute mason jar (or Tupperware container, whatever works!), and refrigerate overnight. Could that honestly be any more straightforward? I didn’t think so.
Why I Love This Recipe
I am obsessed with this new recipe for several reasons.
- There’s peanut butter and chocolate involved. Do I really need to say more?
- There’s only 6 ingredients!! How easy is that?
- Protein powder keeps me fuller for longer in the morning! And we all know that’s a great way to avoid unhealthy snacking before lunch!
- With the fiber from the oats, protein from the powder,and carbs from the banana, you have a full and balanced breakfast that is not only healthy, but also downright delicious.
- All the ingredients are customizable! You can skip the chia seeds; use Greek yogurt, or 1% or whole milk; use whatever kind of protein powder you’re partial to; and you can switch out whatever type of nut butter you like.
- You can make more than one at a time. Meal Prep is my jam, and overnight oats are no exception. I make 2 to 3 days’ worth of oats in advance so I’m good to go ahead of time. In the morning, just pop one out of the fridge, mix it up a bit, maybe add a few extra toppings, and there you have it!
Usually now is the time where I yell at you to “GO MAKE THESE!!” So go! Run to Aldi! Grab your ingredients (you probably have most of them in your pantry already) and make these bad boys! But first, the recipe!
What’s your favorite type of overnight oats? Have any other oats recipes you love?