We know not everyone is a breakfast fan or even a morning person and breakfast certainly doesn't have to be skipped as part of some diet or weight loss plan. We love quick and filling breakfast meals when there is a busy day ahead. Particularly if our breakfast is packed full of fiber and protein to keep us satisfied as we go about our daily tasks.
Overnight oats are a great quick, easy, healthy recipe to have in your recipe book. This overnight oats recipe is made the night before to make your morning that much easier. Plus it involves chocolate! Need we say more ;). For many of us, having a large meal in the morning might be too much for our stomachs. Easing into the day with a simple meal will be easier on your body and help you feel better all day long too!
Studies have shown when people eat a balanced meal report feeling less hungry. This is because of a hormone called ghrelin, increases when we skip meals and promotes hunger and fat storage. Less ghrelin, less hunger. The flavor combination of chocolate and banana can feel like you're having a treat. You can use your favorite protein powder or substitute with 1 cup of Greek yogurt to get a similar amount of protein. Add more flavor to the oats by adding spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. If you need more fiber in your diet, you can also try adding 1-2 Tbsp of chia seeds or ground flaxseeds. Simple recipes with minimal ingredients like this can be a great solution for even the busiest of us (and we know life gets busy).
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Banana & Chocolate Overnight Oats Recipe
Prep Time 2 min
Cook Time none, it sets overnight in the refrigerator
1 cup (240ml) unsweetened almond milk* (other other unsweetened nondairy milk)
2 scoops (60g), vanilla protein powder*
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp. cocoa powder, unsweetened
1/2 cup (80g) rolled oats
2 tbsp. cocoa nibs
Place the almond milk, vanilla protein powder, banana and cocoa powder into a high-speed blender and blitz until smooth.
Pour the mix into a sealable container, add the rolled oats and mix well. Set aside in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
When ready to eat, top with cocoa nibs.
*Check the Ingredient List and Nutrition Facts to make sure these foods are fortified with calcium if you need more of that nutrient in your daily diet. It's especially important if you don't eat a lot of dairy products in your daily diet.
This recipe has 36 grams of carbohydrates and 35 grams of protein per serving.