I actually made this overnight oatmeal the same day I made the Mushroom Risotto. While the Risotto was in the oven, I mixed up the ingredients and put them in the jars. I made a double batch, because I was making it for my husband and wanted to make sure there was enough. He loves instant oatmeal in the mornings, so I thought this would be perfect for him, and maybe a little better for him. I really shy away from just about anything instant, so I have to believe this tastes much better.
You can use just about any type of mason jar that you want for this, but I find that wide mouth jars are much easier to use if you’re going to actually eat from the jar. I found these ones at Walmart and I think they were about $8.50 for four. It doesn’t hurt that they are kind of cute, too.
Here’s the recipe.
BANANA BREAD OVERNIGHT OATS
INGREDIENTS: 1 mashed ripe banana
½ cup rolled or steel cut oats
½ cup plant based milk, unsweetened
2 Tbsp chopped pecans or walnuts
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp cinnamon
dash of sea salt
1 Tbsp ground flax
2 tsp 100% pure maple syrup
DIRECTITONS: 1) Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until all ingredients are incorporated well. Pour into single serve bowls or mason jars.
2) Refrigerate overnight (at least 4 hours).
3) Serve hot or cold.
4) Garnish with some sliced banana or more nuts if desired.
I used chia seeds instead of the ground flax, because I just like chia seeds in everything and I’m not really crazy about the flavor of ground flax. Since I was making this for my husband, I thought I’d better stick to something I thought he might like, maybe I can gradually steer him toward eating some more healthy stuff a little at a time. This is actually the first time I’ve got him to try chia seeds and it was a success!
Remember I doubled the batch, so I put half in each jar. Then as a garnish, I put chopped walnuts and dried cranberries. My husband loved it. Maybe I can replace his instant oatmeal with something a little healthier, and probably a little more filling too.
There are so many variations of overnight oats you can try. You can eat them cold or warmed up, too. My husband put his in the microwave for about a minute I think, just make sure you stir it before you try to eat it. I really don’t like using a microwave for rewarming things, but sometimes you just don’t have any other way.
Revolution recipe # 2, a success and approved by my husband. 🙂