Michaela’s Overnight Oatmeal

 

What do you think of when you think of oatmeal? For me, it’s memories from my childhood of a huge pot of piping hot oatmeal that took seemingly forever to cook, spooned into a huge bowl and then topped with equal amounts of brown sugar and milk. Not exactly healthy. Tasty, but not healthy.

Or maybe it makes you think of bland, tasteless, gloppy breakfast food.

Whatever your memory, I am here to change your perspective! Oatmeal can be a delicious, nutritious, EASY part of your healthy diet. Let me tell you why, from a nutrition standpoint, you should include a hearty bowl of oatmeal to your meal plan a few times a week. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which stays in your stomach longer, which in turn helps you feel fuller for longer (it also contains insoluble fiber). Fiber also helps maintain the health of your GI tracts, in part by helping to prevent constipation.

But let’s get back to the non-TMI benefits! Oatmeal, with it’s high-fiber content, can help reduce LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol), regulate your blood-sugar, and decrease the risk of colon cancer (as part of a high-fiber diet). Oatmeal also contains nutrients like thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron. 

So now what you’ve been waiting for–the method I use to make oatmeal a fast, easy part of our morning routine. You can grab it and go, or warm it up in the microwave or on the stove.

Michaela's Overnight Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Serves 2
A simple, no-cook, healthy way to enjoy oatmeal.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
8 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
8 hr
312 calories
46 g
0 g
11 g
10 g
1 g
238 g
56 g
9 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
238g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312
Calories from Fat 80
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 56mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 46g
15%
Dietary Fiber 9g
35%
Sugars 9g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
9%
Calcium
29%
Iron
15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oatmeal
  2. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk of milk of choice
  3. 4 teaspoons peanut butter, or 2 Tablespoons powdered peanut butter
  4. 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1 ripe banana, reserved
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together all ingredients except banana.
  2. Cover and chill overnight.
  3. Divide into two bowls.
  4. Slice half the banana over each serving.
  5. Eat cold or if you prefer, it can be warmed up in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Notes
  1. You can also divide into two individual containers to refrigerate, just to save a step in the morning.
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fat
11g
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10g
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There truly are countless ways of making overnight oats, just keep the basic ratio of one part oats to one part milk. Use 1/2 cup of oatmeal per serving. So this recipe uses one cup of oatmeal, so it makes two servings. I like to add in fruit for flavor, and some peanut or almond butter for some healthy fat (adding to the satiety factory), along with chia seeds if you have them. If not, simply omit.

 

 

Get other perfectly portioned, easy oatmeal recipes from my favorite cookbook, Fixate.

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