Part of me wants to shout this recipe on the rooftops because it’s SO YUMMY, and then there’s this little part of me wants to keep this delicious little masterpiece a secret because it’s just seriously that mouthwatering!
Luckily, the angel on my shoulder won so I’m sharing it with you all!
Overnight oats are one of the best ways to meal prep for the week. It’s super quick, easy, healthy and very versatile. If you aren’t familiar with this breaky option, you literally just throw oats, fruit and nut milk in a jar, mix it up and leave it in the fridge overnight. You can add other super foods to it as well like hemp seeds, chia seeds, cacao nibs, ground flax, spices, and stevia or maple syrup to sweeten.
I usually like making strawberry/blueberry, almond butter banana, or cinnamon apple… but this time I felt like getting fancy!
Bananas Foster is one of my Dad’s favorite recipes and the caramelized, gooey bananas have left a lasting impression on me. My goal was to create a very healthy version of this treat and be able to eat “dessert” for breakfast. And it was a success!!
This recipe takes one extra step of cooking the bananas, but let me tell you, the aroma of banana/cinnamon/maple that engulfs the air while you’re cooking, alone makes it worth it!!
Okay, I know I personally get annoyed when bloggers “talk” too much and I start thinking, “Get to the recipe already!” Just me? 😉
So here it is…
BANANAS FOSTER OVERNIGHT OATS:
- 3 very ripe bananas, sliced
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 cups vanilla unsweetened almond milk (or other nut milk)
- 4 Tbsp shelled hemp seeds (or chia seeds)
- 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
- 20 drops liquid vanilla stevia (optional)
- 2 Tbsp 100% maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil (other options: grass-fed butter or ghee)
- Pinch of Himalayan pink salt (or sea salt)
- Heat up coconut oil over medium heat in a saucepan. Add sliced bananas, cinnamon and pinch of pink salt and begin to sauté. The bananas will start to breakdown and natural juices of sugar will begin to turn them golden brown. This should take about 3-4 minutes.
- Drizzle in the maple syrup and vanilla extract + stir to combine. Cook for another minute + remove from heat.
- In 4 small mason jars, pour ¼ cup old fashioned oats, 1 Tbsp hemp hearts, ½ cup nut milk and 5 drops of liquid vanilla stevia (optional). Mix well.
- Divide the cooked bananas and top each mason jar. (You can choose to mix now or in the morning.)
- Screw on lid + refrigerate overnight.
- Grab in the morning and try not to eat it too fast hehe!
- I used Orgain Vanilla Unsweetened Protein Almond Milk (from Sprouts Farmers Market) which has 10g of protein per serving. It’s super creamy and added a great texture to this recipe.
- Definitely make sure the bananas are at least starting to get some brown freckles. The more ripe the banana is, the more the natural sugars come through and help with the sweetness of this recipe. (The store unfortunately only had pretty green bananas when I went)
In Health, Happiness and Ooey Gooey Banananess,