So I’m still on my mission to try to find some new, quick and easy breakfasts for us now that our lazy summer mornings have come to an end. I got a bit over excited about smoothies last week. The Coconut Berry Smoothie is my absolute favourite, but this Choco Banana Smoothie got me all inspired to jazz up an old recipe for overnight oats.
I’ve been a big fan of overnight oats for a long time. However I knew that if I was to entice my fussy eater into trying them then I’d have to go above and beyond my standard recipe of just some chopped fruit and a drop of vanilla essence. That just wouldn’t cut it with my little girl!
And so this mammoth Cocoa Banana Overnight Oats recipe was born! I knew it would have to include chocolate of some sort to capture the attention of a fussy eating 3 year old and cocoa is the perfect ingredient. It’s full of natural antioxidants and nutrients. You can also use raw cocao powder, although you may want to alter the amount you include, depending on your taste.
Overall I think this is an excellent well balanced breakfast for children (and adults too!), containing a good amount of fat and protein to fill them up and enough slow-releasing carbs to keep them full until lunchtime.
So no more excuses for bland and boring breakfasts for me. It’s just so easy to throw together a jar of these oats at night time. They will keep covered in the fridge for up to 3 days (although you may have to add a small amount of liquid before you eat). In the morning you can eat them cold straight from the fridge, warm them in the microwave, or pop the jar into your bag and bring them to school or work.
Before I share the recipe I have a few quick notes:
- My measurements are in cups simply because there’s no need for exact precision with overnight oats. The basic recipe is 1 part oats to 1 part liquid. You can alter the milk/yogurt ratio to your liking. Use any cup or mug you wish, as long as you measure both the oats and liquid with the same mug.
- The recipe calls for rolled oats which is your basic packet of oats or porridge that you’ll find in a supermaket or shop. I haven’t tried this recipe with steel cut oats or those packet of instant oats so I cannot tell you if those would work just as well.
- You don’t have to finish your oats off with toppings but I find something slightly crunchy like nuts or maybe some chopped fruit really compliments the soft oats.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1.5 cups milk (cows, almond, hazelnut)
- ½ cup yogurt
- 1 banana (mashed, chopped or sliced, whichever you prefer)
- 1-2 tbsp cocoa
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- toppings of your choice
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl or jar and place in the fridge, preferably overnight or for at least 1 hour.
- When you are ready to tuck in, remove from the fridge and top with toppings of your choice. The oats can be eaten cold or heated in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. They will also keep in the fridge covered for 2-3 days.
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