Sometimes I wish I could come up with a genius invention to cash in on. For example, the person who invented the Post-It note is a total genius. I use those every day! While I do get creative in the kitchen when it comes to recipes, I can’t claim the overnight oats idea. It’s a brilliant recipe that is incredibly simple to make and you can flavor it up any way you like with mix-ins. If you’ve got a mason jar and oatmeal, then you’re halfway there.
Peanut Butter Banana Honey Overnight Oats combines many of my favorite flavor combinations and includes heart-healthy ingredients. Many recipes for overnight oats call for chia seeds. I wasn’t going to drive all the way to the store just for fancy seeds and I think my recipe came out just as great or even better.
While I made a large batch of overnight oats, which I’ve eaten on for two mornings, you could make a half size mason jar for one serving. Simply layer the ingredients (see recipe card below), shake, and refrigerate overnight. Don’t be put off by the look of the mixture when you spy it in the refrigerator the next morning. It will taste delicious!
Open the jar and top it with your favorite flavors. You can use everything from dark chocolate to fruit. Let your imagination go wild as you enjoy a guilt-free, healthy breakfast.
The first time I read about “healthy fats” I thought it was an oxymoron. It turns out that healthy fats are r-e-a-l! Monounsaturated fats are actually good for your body and they have positive effects on your health. The nuts in this recipe contain protein, vitamins, and fiber.
Walnuts contain fatty acids which are good for heart health and peanuts have compounds that keep your cholesterol on the level. You can feel good about eating dark chocolate chips in your breakfast. A study noted in a 2014 article “Why is Dark Chocolate Good for You? Thank your Microbes” in Scientific American by Katherin Harmon, found that dark chocolate “improves vascular function and cardiovascular health in general.”
And what’s all the buzz about using honey in recipes? Honey is high in antibacterial properties and published studies confirm that a daily consumption of the liquid gold helps boost the memory of women experiencing menopause.
1 large jar
Overnight oats sound labor-intensive, but they're incredibly simple to make and delicious. The mix-in combinations are limitless!
10 minPrep Time
8 hrCook Time
8 hr, 10 Total Time
- Overnight Oats Mixture:
- 1/2 c. quick oats
- 1/2 c. plain low-fat yogurt
- 1/4 c. soy milk (vanilla flavor optional)
- 1 T cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp honey
- Mix-In Toppings:
- 1 T. whole walnuts
- 1 T. peanut butter
- 1 T. dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 sliced banana
- 1 tsp honey
- Layer all ingredients in a mason or Bell jar starting with the oats.
- Secure the lid.
- Shake for 5 seconds.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- After the oats have refrigerated overnight, open the jar and top with sliced banana, walnuts, dark chocolate chips, peanut butter, and a honey drizzle.
Use the One Delightful Life graphic to try other mix-in combinations.