Chocolate Overnight Oats – 2 Ways!

When you’re as busy as I am, especially heading into a new school semester, overnight oats are the perfect on-the-go breakfast. You can make them in less than 10 minutes the night before and in the morning you just grab them on your way out. I try to save time anywhere I can – yet I am still always 5-10 minutes late for everything (I’m working on that). I love chocolate, so I usually try to make chocolate-based oats, which ends up tasting like a dessert for breakfast! Here I am sharing my go-to recipe, which can be adapted to fit any chocolate-y craving. My favorites are chocolate, coconut, and almond and chocolate, banana, and peanut butter!

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Chocolate Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

Directions:

1.) Mix all ingredients together in an airtight container. Top with desired toppings and leave in the fridge overnight (covered).

2.) In the morning, mix everything together. Add more maple syrup if not sweet enough. Enjoy hot or cold!

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Mini Banana Breakfast Cheesecakes

Happy hump day! I love breakfast, but I tend to eat the same things during the week…usually peanut butter and banana toast, yogurt parfaits, or overnight oats. I like things that I can grab and eat in the car or at work. So I wanted to try something new! These cheesecakes are the perfect little treat…feels like you’re eating a dessert for breakfast! Grab one with a piece of fruit and you’re good to go. I also tried freezing some and they were just as good defrosted, so you can make these ahead and defrost them as you need them!

Note: I adapted these from a recipe that was supposed to make 2 cheesecakes, and I wanted to double it to make 4. I ended up having way too much filling but only enough crust to make 4. So for the other 4, I used Larabars that I smushed into a crust. Larabars are made from dates, nuts, and spices…so simple yet so yummy! You could actually make your own “Larabar crust” if you use a recipe similar to this or this and press it into the muffin tins. I actually ended up liking the taste of the Larabar-crust cheesecakes best, and they’re easier to make 🙂 But I put both options for crust in the recipe below!

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Mini Banana Breakfast Cheesecakes

Adapted from: Amy’s Healthy Baking

Ingredients:

Cheesecake filling:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 12 oz light cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3/4 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

Crust:

  • 4 Larabars (I used Pumpkin Pie, which was a seasonal flavor, but any fruit-based flavor would be good!)

OR

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 300 F. Spray 8 muffin tin wells with non-stick cooking spray.

2.) IF USING LARABARS: Split each bar in half and press each half into the bottom of the muffin tin wells. (don’t need to bake)

IF USING OAT CRUST: In a small bowl, mix together oats and applesauce. Divide evenly among the 8 wells and press into the bottom. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool in pan.

3.) In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese and honey until smooth. Then add in the mashed banana, vanilla extract, coconut, and cornstarch and mix well.

4.) Pour filling over crusts and bake for 20-25 minutes (centers will be slightly jiggly). Cool to room temp in the pan, then cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Overnight Oats

Overnight oats…what the heck are those? Basically, they are the easiest and most delicious breakfast EVER! Since I am always on-the-go, and not a morning person, they are perfect for me because they are made the night before. Then in the morning I just grab them and go – no heating or cooking required. I had seen overnight oat recipes all over Pinterest for awhile, but never tried them. I think I assumed they would be too much work or something. But once I tried them, and realized how easy they are to make, I’m hooked!

The main ingredients are whole oats, yogurt, and milk. I played around with the proportions of these for awhile until I found the combo that tasted best. Then you just add your other ingredients – fruit, nuts, cocoa powder, peanut butter, coconut, etc. Just stir everything together in a bowl (I usually use a Tupperware so I can take it with me), leave it in the fridge overnight, and in the morning…boom! The oats get thick and creamy and breakfast is ready! So versatile, easy, and yummy. This banana, chocolate, and peanut butter combo is my personal favorite; it tastes like dessert but it’s good for you and super filling. The perfect breakfast (or snack)!

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Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup milk (I use almond or soy)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (I use plain Greek)
  • 1 tbsp natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup (or another preferred sweetener)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a few dark chocolate chips for garnish, optional

Directions:

1.) In a small bowl or Tupperware, mash the banana. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and cover. It will be slightly watery, don’t panic! Place in the refrigerator overnight.

2.) In the morning, uncover the bowl, grab a spoon, and enjoy!

Nutrition Info (Per serving, from My Fitness Pal):

Calories 434
Fat 13 g (2 g saturated)
Fiber 8 g
Carbs 63 g
Sugars 24 g
Protein 19 g

Banana and Coconut French Toast

There’s nothing better than sleeping in on a Sunday and then making a yummy breakfast. My breakfasts during the week are always taken on the go, so it’s nice to have a hot, sit-down breakfast once in awhile! Today I was craving French Toast, so I whipped this recipe up. It was really yummy, quick, and easy – perfect for a lazy Sunday. Have a great week! 🙂

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Banana and Coconut French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread (or your favorite whole wheat bread!)
  • 1/8 cup soymilk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I didn’t have nutmeg!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2/3 small banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup

Directions:

1.) Mix milk, spices, vanilla extract, and egg whites in a bowl and whisk together. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray.

2.) When skillet is hot enough, dredge one slice of toast in egg white mixture, making sure to soak both sides. Lay on skillet and cook both sides evenly until browned and egg is cooked. Repeat with second slice.

3.) Cut up banana into slices and put on a plate. Drizzle with a little maple syrup and coconut and heat for about 20-30 seconds in the microwave. Lay banana slices on top of French Toast, drizzle with maple syrup, and then sprinkle the rest of the coconut on top.

Nutrition Info (Per serving, from My Fitness Pal):

Calories 361
Fat 3 g (2 g saturated)
Fiber 8 g
Carbs 70 g
Sugars 33 g
Protein 15 g

Banana and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Happy March! Spring is on its way (although we did get 3 inches of snow last night.) But I’m hopeful! Only 2 weeks until I will be down South and away from the snow…I can’t wait!

I also just finished all 12 weeks of the Amanda Adams Bikini Body program (which I raved about here). I loved how the workouts were broken down into 3 phases, 4 weeks each, because you never get bored. I’m now starting back at Phase 1 to go through it for another 12 weeks. Looking forward to seeing even more progress, as well as focusing on my nutrition more this time around. The Facebook support group for the program is the absolute best; it’s so nice to have a support group of fit and fabulous women right at my fingertips!

So now for the best part of this post…COOOOOKIES. Who doesn’t love cookies?? Unfortunately, I try to stay away from them most of the time because 2 cookies often turns into 4 which turns into a dozen which turns into a day full of  stomach aches and regret. Why can’t apples taste like Oreos?

Luckily, there can be such a thing as a healthy, clean cookie. This recipe packs in a healthy dose of fruit, has only 4 ingredients, and each cookie is only 73 calories! They are so yummy, especially warm, and I can’t wait to make another batch. You can also play around with the additional ingredients; try adding nuts, raisins, etc. Enjoy!

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Banana and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

  • Servings: 10 cookies
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Adapted from: Skinnytaste

Ingredients:

  • 2 small ripe bananas, mashed (make sure they’re ripe!)
  • 1 cup dry quick oats
  • 1 tbsp nut butter
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli 60% Cacao Chips)

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.

2.) Mash the bananas in a small bowl. Add the oats, nut butter, and chocolate chips and mix together well.

3.) Roll the dough into small balls (makes about 10 cookies). Bake for 15 minutes. Enjoy warm!

Nutrition Info (Per cookie, from My Fitness Pal):

Calories 73
Fat 3 g (1 g saturated)
Fiber 2 g
Carbs 12 g
Sugars 4 g
Protein 2 g

Berry Oatmeal Bake

I’ve been trying to switch up my usual breakfast of toast with banana and peanut butter, so when I had a second snow day (this week!) on Tuesday, I decided to make this oatmeal bake I had seen on Instagram. It was super easy and made 6 servings, so breakfast for the week is ready! Each morning I just heated a slice and poured a tablespoon of maple syrup on top…delicious! And there are so many ways you can mix this up; I’m picturing peanut butter and banana, blueberries and strawberries…yum!

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Berry Oatmeal Bake

Adapted from: Broke and Bougie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup 100% pure maple syrup (the good stuff, not Aunt Jemima’s corn syrupy concoction!)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup raspberries (I used frozen and just thawed them in the microwave)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 banana, cut into slices

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, syrup, cinnamon, baking powder, walnuts, and 1/2 cup raspberries.

2.) In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, milk, and vanilla extract.

3.) Spray a glass baking dish or brownie pan with cooking spray and spread the oat mixture evenly. Pour the egg mixture over the top and shake a little to settle it evenly. Top with remaining raspberries, banana slices, and a little cinnamon and bake for 35-40 minutes. Serve each slice warm with a tablespoon of maple syrup, if desired, and enjoy!

Nutrition Info (Per serving, without syrup on top, from My Fitness Pal):

Calories 351
Fat 16 g (2 g saturated)
Fiber 7 g
Carbs 47 g
Sugars 23 g
Protein 8 g