I’ll get to the recipe for Banana Split Overnight Oats in a minute, but let’s talk about different types of breakfast people first. Sound good?
I’ve come to two conclusions:
- Two groups exist in this world: people who usually eat sweet breakfasts and people who usually eat savory breakfasts.
- This preference is usually established during childhood.
Of course, the veggie-filled-omelet lovers occasionally indulge in pancakes or french toast before noon. Individuals who eat parfaits filled with fruit, yogurt and granola every day also enjoy bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches from time to time. These instances occur, but most people prefer one type of breakfast to the other on a regular basis.
Despite my brief obsession with eating scrambled eggs, broccoli and chicken sausage for breakfast this past winter, I’ve always been a fan of dessert before noon.
As a kid, I ate a single pop tart, always of the chocolate variety, before school EVERY DAY. My tune didn’t change on the weekends either. Mickey Mouse pancakes with chocolate chips, cinnamon rolls with sticky icing and glazed chocolate cake Munchkins from Dunkin’ Donuts made regular appearances until the age of 14.
I now realize consuming loads of sugar first thing in the morning is a recipe for crashes and stomach aches. My sweet tooth still rages before noon, but I’ve learned to satisfy the cravings with naturally sweet breakfasts like the batch of Banana Split Overnight Oats pictured below.
Overnight oats in a jar wins the award for “best lazy-person breakfast”. Aside from smoothies, it’s summertime’s perfectly portable breakfast you make the night before.
I brought this batch to campus one Friday, stored it in the fridge where I work for an hour and dug in to the jar while reading the Independent Florida Alligator during a mini break.
Chunks of dark, sweet cherries combined with chewy, chocolatey oats and tangy strawberry Greek yogurt proved to be the perfect base for banana slices. However, let’s be real. The best part of this meal is scraping the bottom of the jar to find the last tablespoon or two of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter.
Chopped walnuts would have really made these overnight oats a replica of the banana split dessert. I blame the childhood nut-hater in me for the oversight of this addition.
If you’re in a super chocolaty mood, I suggest adding dark chocolate chips or chunks. If you’re feeling really crazy and maybe not-so-healthy, I suggest stirring in mini marshmallows and/or marshmallow fluff (regular, raspberry or strawberry).
Just a suggestion. 🙂
Banana Split Overnight Oats
Total preparation time: Two minutes (+ overnight “cooking” time in the fridge)
- 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
- One container of strawberry Greek yogurt (I used Stonyfield Organic nonfat)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I used Silk’s version)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- One tablespoon chia seeds (Trader Joe’s sells a bag for $4.99.)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- One heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- Five to six dark, sweet cherries, chopped in half
- One small banana, sliced
- One almost-empty nut butter jar (P.S. Dark Chocolate Dreams is kinda the star of the show, but regular peanut butter or almond butter would also work.)
- Optional: chopped walnuts, dark chocolate chips or chunks, mini marshmallows and/or marshmallow fluff (regular, raspberry or strawberry)
- Mix oats, cinnamon, cocoa powder and chia seeds in the almost-empty jar until everything is evenly distributed.
- Add the milk and vanilla extract. Stir.
- Add the yogurt. Stir the mixture.
- Screw the lid on the jar. Place it in the refrigerator to “cook” overnight (about seven hours).
- If desired, add up to 1/4 cup milk to the mixture in the morning. Stir in the cherries and top with banana slices and any additional ingredients.
- Do you prefer sweet or savory breakfasts?
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