Banana Bread Overnight “Oats”
Hearty, creamy, satisfying, naturally sweet…. Mmmm, these Banana Bread Overnight “Oats” are just what I need in the morning. I have to say, I was pretty excited when I came up with this recipe because before I started eating (mostly) paleo, I used to have steel cut oats every morning. Even before I went gluten free I used to have those oatmeal packets all the time. There was just something so comforting and satisfying about a nice hot bowl of creamy maple oats in the morning or even for a bedtime snack.
For a while I got over my craving for oats and oatmeal, but for some reason I have really been in the mood for it lately, so I decided to come up with a recipe that would be just as delicious and satisfying and would still agree with my body.
*(Side note: I recommend always making your own hot cereal instead of those packets no matter what…. Usually they are filled with unhealthy preservatives, hidden gluten, and refined sugars… Yikes! I wish I would have realized that back then…)*
Subbing Quinoa for Oats
While some people can tolerate oats and be just fine, others may still have a reaction even if they’re certified gluten-free oats. My digestive system is always extremely sensitive, so I tend to avoid them, but you should do whatever feels best to you. I’m sure this recipe would work just as well with oats if you’re not a fan of quinoa flakes. However, if you’re looking for an alternative or feel like trying something new, quinoa flakes are a great option! They have a little more of an earthy flavor and are much more delicate than rolled oats, but they still make a great substitute! I can satisfy my craving for oats with just one bowl of this recipe!
Benefits of Quinoa
Plus, quinoa is a complete protein and is an excellent source of fiber as well as essential vitamins and minerals! This recipe keeps me full and satisfied for hours so that I have the energy to tackle my day.
So if you need an alternative to that hearty, comforting bowl of oats in the morning, try this recipe out and see what you think! I hope you like it as much as I do 🙂
- ½ cup quinoa flakes
- 1 small ripe banana, mashed
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any dairy free milk)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 3-4 drops English Toffee Sweetleaf Stevia (optional, but adds a nice flavor)
- Sea salt to taste
- Optional toppings: Foodie Fuel, fresh bananas, berries, or other kind of fresh fruit, nuts, dried fruit, peanut butter/any nut butter, etc.
- First, mash your banana and add it to a mixing bowl. Optional: heat the mashed banana (in a microwave safe bowl) for 30 seconds to give it more of that cooked banana bread flavor.
- Then, add the peanut butter, maple syrup, almond milk, cinnamon, and stevia (optional) to the mashed (cooked or raw) banana and whisk it all together until the mixture is smooth.
- Next, gently stir in the quinoa flakes until everything is well-combined. Mix in the sea salt to taste.
- Then, pour the mixture into a mason jar or airtight container and refrigerate it overnight.
- In the morning, you can throw all of your favorite toppings on and choose to eat it cold or you can heat it in the microwave or over the stove briefly so that it's more like oatmeal.
- Then, top it with your favorite toppings (you may need more milk if you heat it up depending on how runny you like your oatmeal). I love to top mine with Foodie Fuel (usually the Butter Toffee flavor) and fresh bananas.
See why I LOVE this peanut butter.