Chia Seeds + Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats

Good morning! I have been struggling with motivation for breakfast lately, my usual staples just have not been sounding good. What always sounds good for breakfast? CHOCOLATE!

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This combo reminds me of a smoothie I used to order when I was in high school, a Chunky Monkey. It was full of peanut butter, bananas, chocolate, and frozen yogurt. It was amazing, but the nutrition stats were far from desirable. Loaded with calories, fat and sugar, this “smoothie” was more like a milkshake, and should not have been portrayed as even remotely healthy.

These overnight oats are easily prepared in about 5 minutes, and make a deliciously satisfying breakfast that can be eaten on the go, thrown into a lunchbox, or simply enjoyed with a cup of coffee. (Check out our recipe for Strawberry cake batter overnight oats here).

Overnight Oats are extremely versatile and you can create countless combinations with various fruits, nuts, seeds and protein powders. One of my favorite add ins is Chia seeds. I love the texture they have when they have been hydrated, and their nutritional stats are pretty phenomenal as well!

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Chia seeds are considered a “superfood” due to their high nutrient density. Chia seeds are rich in fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids, making them an ideal addition to anyone’s diet. The high fiber content helps to keep the digestive tract healthy, and the omega 3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation and improve overall heart health. As an added bonus, Chia seeds are rich in calcium, a vital nutrient for bone growth/health. Chia seeds can hold 10-12x their weight in water. Soaking them prior to consumption is best, as it makes digestion easier since they can absorb water from your digestive tract if eaten raw.

A few tips when making overnight oats-

–Make sure you use enough liquid (in this recipe I used almond milk)- the oats and chia seed will soak up a lot of the liquid and you will be left with a paste in the morning if you don’t use enough liquid.

— Add the chia seeds the night before, if you wait and throw them on top in the morning, you will have crunchy chia seeds!

— Stir all the ingredients together well before letting it set. This allows all of the flavors to mix and all of the oats to retain this flavor. I have made the mistake of not mixing them thoroughly and have been left with some plain oat bites at the bottom 🙂

— If you aren’t a fan of cold oatmeal, you can easily throw the mason jar (without the top) into the microwave and heat it for a warm, gooey bowl of oatmeal

 

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Let us know if you give this one a try!

 

Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of honey or agave if extra sweetness is desired.
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a mason jar or container that seals.
  2. Allow to set for at least 2 hours
  3. Add additional almond milk to desired consistency.

 

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