I really want to be a morning person. I really need to be a morning person. There’s so many valuable minutes to utilize before having to get to work; what am I doing wasting those precious minutes sleeping?! Even more frustrating than not being a morning person is that every night, I feel like a changed woman. As if come tomorrow a.m. I’ll miraculously be a total morning person from that day forward. Each night, I happily set my alarm for an early hour and plan out all the fun I’ll have leisurely watching the news with a cup of coffee and picking the perfect outfit. My problem is that when the morning actually arrives, I’m just so comfortable in my bed that no plan even compares to staying cozily cuddled up under the covers [enter snooze button, x5).
But if there’s one thing that can get me out of bed in the morning, it’s the thought of breakfast. I love breakfast. Anything from egg sandwiches to pancakes, I’m into it. So when I want to get into the habit of waking up earlier, a fresh and exciting breakfast does the trick. That’s where this new overnight oats trend comes in. I’ve seen it all over the place (Instagram, Pinterest, etc), and have been meaning to try it out. So a couple weeks ago I started making overnight oats in a variety of ways, and my favorite version so far is a sweet concoction of ripe bananas and chopped pecans. It’s simple, yes, but that’s the point, right? If you haven’t tried overnight oats yet, this is a solid recipe to start with. And if you’re already a fan, this banana nut rendition will only solidify your liking.
Overnight oats are especially great because they are food allergy- and diet restriction-friendly. The cow’s milk can easily be swapped for almond milk or soy milk. And oats are naturally gluten-free.* While I love any dish that anyone and everyone can enjoy, that’s not the best part. The best part about overnight oats is that they are made in and eater out of single serving size mason jars. So not only do I feel super cool eating them, but I can throw them in my bag to eat at work when I press snooze too many times….again….oops.
Banana Nut Overnight Oats
Serves: 1 Active Time: 5 minutes
1/2 cup Organic Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Milk (dairy, soy, almond, etc.)
1 teaspoon Raw Sugar**
2 tablespoons chopped Pecans, divided
Salt (recommended but optional)
1 medium ripe Banana
1 Mason Jar
Combine oats, milk, sugar, 1 tablespoon pecans and a pinch of salt in a mason jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, top oat mixture with slices of banana and another tablespoon of chopped pecans. Leave layered until ready to eat…at which point use a spoon to combine the layers.
*Oats processed in facilities also processing wheat (and other gluten grains) could be contaminated with gluten
**Sweeten to taste. A half of a teaspoon of sugar is sweet enough for me. Try not to use more than a teaspoon though (moderation!!)