Peanut Butter & Banana Overnight Oats (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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The combination of creamy oats and tasty peanut butter (or any nut butter!) is a magical match made in heaven. Then add a banana that enhances the flavor even more! This Peanut Butter & Banana Overnight Oats recipe is a perfect way to start your morning by providing lots of healthy fiber and protein.

This recipe makes 2 servings, so you could also enjoy this as a refreshing dessert, in addition to breakfast. Double up on the ingredients if you want to share!

All you have to do is mash a banana, stir in some oats, almond milk, peanut butter, and chia seeds, put the mixture in the fridge while you get your beauty sleep, and BOOM. You’re done. (I like to refrigerate the oats in mason jars because they’re cute and portable, but they’re obviously not essential.) Personally, I’m partial to dressing up my oatmeal with sliced banana and a little bit of honey and cinnamon or dark chocolate shavings, but the topping possibilities are endless.

In addition to their deliciousness and convenience factor, these overnight oats are literally packed with health benefits. First and foremost, oats are an excellent whole grain source of antioxidants and fiber, and they help reduce your risk of practically every disease in the book (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc.). Peanut butter adds protein and healthy fat, and banana gives you a nutritious dose of potassium, mood-boosting tryptophan, and even more fiber.

Then there are the superfood qualities of chia seeds!

Here’s the list of ingredients you’ll need to make Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats: (Serves 2)

1 large ripe banana, mashed (about ½ cup)
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats (Do not use quick cooking oats!)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon light agave or honey (You may use more if you like sweeter oatmeal!)

Optional Toppings:
Sliced Bananas
Drizzle of Agave, Maple Syrup or Honey
Dark chocolate shavings or chips
Coconut shavings

The preparation instructions are on the next page …

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