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Healthy and fast breakfast: peanut butter and banana overnight oats

Overnight-Oats.jpgComing from a college student, I know I make sure to wake up early to get ready and have a healthy filling breakfast before starting my day. Skipping breakfast can lead to lower test grades and not focusing in class and it is terrible for your health.

I know time can be hard to manage in college and to be honest sometimes you don’t want to make that walk to the dining hall because you’re tired or it is cold outside or you accidentally overslept.

If you know me well you know that peanut butter is one of the best things in my life. I love it and can eat it every day and not get tired of it. I want to share a healthy recipe that you may have heard of and can make right in your kitchen/dorm room for those busy mornings! It is fast and simple and prepared the night before so all you have to do in the morning is grab it and go! Very easy to eat in class, walking to class, sitting in the car or office. Exam week is currently happening so I will be making this in my dorm room so I can eat fast before class and not have my stomach growling during testing.

Overnight oats are placed in the refrigerator and left over night so the dry oats can soak up the milk and turn into a creamy consistency. They can be made many different ways and can be consumed hot or cold, whichever you prefer.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Quaker oats (or any dried oats)
  • 1/2 cup of milk (any milk you like, I prefer skim-milk or almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup bananas sliced (or half a banana)
  • 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
  • optional for taste:
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds (I love these!)
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

The night before, add oats to a mason jar, pour in milk then add bananas and peanut butter in layers. Mix well together. Can add chia seeds, cinnamon and vanilla for a sweeter taste and can top with a honey drizzle. Place in the refrigerator over night for about 6 plus hours and eat in the morning hot or cold.

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