Choco-Banana Overnight Oats

Prepare to be jealous! Or envious… Or hungry, at least!

I mean seriously, check this out. THIS is what I had for breakfast this morning.

Oh me, oh my, oh yum! Be still my heart…

Wait, wait, wait… there’s more!

Oh yum!!!!!! This was U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-Y good! I want some MOOOOORE!!!!

This is another one of those dishes that I would just love to eat until the end of time. I would want to eat nothing but that for the rest of my life. I mean, the whole time I was eating, I couldn’t help but think this is way too good, there is no way it can be healthy. How can this be? Healthy food CANNOT be this good…

Well, apparently, it can!

What’s that you say? You would like to eat some of that too? And, of course, in order to do that, you would need a recipe! Well, it will be my pleasure to share the love!

Please, do yourself a favor and try it…you can thank me later ;)

Oh, and speaking of thanks… I would really like to thank Kris here, over at Young Married Chic, because I got the inspiration for this baby while visiting her site after she had made this wonderful entry about my blueberry cobbler oatmeal. :D

You’ll see that this one is very similar to my previous overnight oats recipe, but it’s like 2 million times as good!

Hey, and it’s got carob on it! CAROOOOB! God I love that stuff!

Alright, enough talk. Here goes…

Ingredients
(1 serving)

  • ½ ripe banana, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp bulgur wheat
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp millet
  • 1 tbsp buckwheat groats
  • 1 tbsp extra dark pure cocoa powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tbsp chocolate flavored protein powder
  • ¼ cup milk (I use unsweetened soy)
  • A dozen carob chips to garnish

Instructions

The previous night

  • Bring water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a plastic container with a fitting lid, mix all ingredients except for protein powder and milk. Add boiling water, stir until well combined. Put the lid on and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours)

In the morning

  • Stir in protein powder. Transfer to serving bowl and add milk.
  • Garnish with a few carob chips, slices of banana or coconut shavings (like I did), if desired.
  • Sit back and prepare to visit heaven!

Look at that… chocolate milk!!

OK, one last picture.Viewed from heaven…

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Comments

  1. Maude says

    Wow, ça donne faim tout ça!!! Quel est la marque de protein que vous utilisez ? J’ai un mal fou à en trouver à Mtl qui n’est pas bourré de sucre, pareil pour l’oat, les supermarchés sont bourré de trucs sucrés et ayant quelques livres (ok beaucoup de livres) à perdre j’essaie de m’y retrouver mais c’est pas facile.

    • says

      Protéines? Bourrées de sucre? Ça me laisse un peu perplexe comme concept… C’est vrai que la plupart contiennent du sucralose, mais en très petite quantité. On ne peut pas vraiment dire qu’elles en sont bourrées. Si on veut vraiment éviter à tout prix, il y a les protéines natures, sans saveur ajoutées, que j’utilise assez souvent aussi. D’ailleurs, je coupe toujours mes protéines moitié moitié. Une partie vanille pour une partie nature, par exemple. De cette façon, je réduis encore la quantité de sucralose que j’ingère avec chaque portion. Et bien entendu, chaque fois que j’utilise des protéines en poudre dans une recette, je n’utilise aucun sucre, si ce n’est celui qui provient des fruits, comme dans le cas de cette recette de gruau.

      Pour ce qui est du gruau, justement, il faut choisir les flocons d’avoine régulier, pas les rapides ou instantanés. Toutes les épicieries en tiennent. D’ailleurs, la plupart des épiceries ont maintenant des sections “biologique” et tiennent une multitude d’aliments santé et de grains de toutes sortes. Il s’agit juste de s’y retrouver, et c’est là qu’est la grosse part du défi! ;)

      C’est certain qu’au départ, ce n’est jamais facile de commencer quelque chose de nouveau. Il faut lire beaucoup, s’instruire, chercher de l’information, transformer nos habitudes. Mais assez rapidement, ça devient une seconde nature, ça fait partie de notre naturel. Je t’invite à me visiter régulièrement, tu y trouveras sûrement des recettes et de l’inspiration pour poursuivre dans cette voie!

      Un jour à la fois… un repas à la fois… Le chemin vers la santé est pavé d’une série de petits succès! Surtout, il ne faut pas abandonner! :D

      • Madam Ish says

        Oh, I like that: One day at a time, one meal at a time…!

        I quite agree, healthy eating is a long term goal, and I think many people give up on eating better because they get hung up on all their little failures instead of their little successes. I’m really enjoying your culinary adventures — thanks for posting them!

      • says

        So true! If you fall off the horse, get right back on and keep riding!

        And thank you for reading my culinary adventures and trying some of my recipes! :)

  2. Verna says

    I’m just going to put this together for the morning. I tried your chia/buckwheat porridge the other day and liked it, but this one sounds like a hit right out of the ballpark. Yum!

  3. says

    Mmmm, I love chocolate oats :D Although I have carob powder in the cupboard I’ve never tried it. I really need to try it in something. Love all the extra grains and things you added to your oats, that sounds so good :)

    • says

      By all means Heidi, try your carob powder in this. I only used cocoa because that’s all I have… haven’t been able to put my hands on carob powder yet, only the chips. Heck, this stuff is sooooooo good! I think I like it better than chocolate! :D

  4. sweetie says

    hiya, looks yummy. can you double confirm for me that the bananas need to be boiled the night before? the instructions read, “ix all ingredients except for protein powder and milk” but i’m not sure we’re meant to boil the banana because then later you wrote “Garnish with a few carob chips, slices of banana or coconut shavings (like I did).” did you garnish with bananas in addition to the 1/2 banana on the ingredient list?

    looking forward to a yummy one!

    • says

      OK, guess this wasn’t too too clear on my part. You don’t actually boil anything. You can make this cereal in a plastic container that you would take to work with you, for instance…

      What you do is you mix the half banana, the cocoa powder and the grains together, then you add your boiling water, give all that a good stir until it’s nice and smooth and then put it in the fridge to rest overnight. Then the next morning, you add your protein powder and milk, and if you want to, you can garnish with additional banana slices (theoretically, you still have a half banana lying around in your fridge…) and / or carob chips and / or coconut shavings (I used carob chips and coconut shavings because I didn’t have leftover banana). You don’t have to use any garnish if you don’t want to.

      I hope that clears it out for you. I somehow get the feeling that I might just have confused you even more… I tend to do that sometimes. If that’s the case, let me know! I’ll try again! ;)

  5. says

    These look amazing! Another one of your wonderful oat creations… and thank you for the lovely website compliments!

    • says

      Hehe! Thanks for dropping by Kris and thanks again for inspiring this wonderful creation!
      And your blog IS lovely. How could I ever say otherwise? :D

  6. Claire says

    Hi, I’m planning on making this but will likely omit the protein powder because it’s not something I keep on hand. So I’m wondering, is the protein powder you like to use sweetened? If so, I’m wondering whether I’ll need to add some extra sweetener to this to achieve balance. Perhaps a bit of honey?

    • says

      Well, the banana is pretty sweet and will give you quite a lot of sweetness, but I admit that the protein powder plays a big role in that department… so yeah, maybe a tsp of honey, if you find it’s too bitter without. Or maybe a handful dried cranberries… why not? ;)

  7. says

    This looks amazing! You have provided another delicious yet healthy breakfast idea! I got a little bored with my overnight oats and haven’t had them in a while, but this looks like just the recipe to bring them back into my life!

    • says

      Oh, Lindsay… your life will never be the same! Prepare to be amazed! ;)
      I could not live without overnight oats anymore! In fact, I don’t know how I ever lived without it! :D

  8. Jeannine says

    Those pictures look so good, it looks like dessert!
    I wanted to add, though, that the boiling water isn’t really necessary. I know because I do something very similar to this (except for the carob/cocoa) and I call it muesli: I mix together raw flakes (spelt, oats, etc), buckwheat, millet, quinoa, nuts, seeds, powdered pumpkin seeds, coconut, raisins, cinnamon, and allspice. I keep a large jar of this in the fridge, and the night before, I mix some in a bowl with a mashed banana and kefir, yogurt, or milk. (I’ve read it can also be soaked in water or juice, but I haven’t tried this yet.) I leave the muesli in the fridge overnight and the next morning, the grains have absorbed liquid and softened up, and I eat it as is, sometimes adding a touch of honey. It’s delicious and a nutrition powerhouse. Now I’m going to try adding cacao and/or carob chips. Thanks for the idea!

    • says

      Thanks Jeannine! You are quite right when saying that one does not need to use boiling water. However, I have tried using both cold and boiling water and I much prefer the results that I get from the boiling water. I find the texture to be much creamier, closer to that of cooked oatmeal… In the end, it’s only a matter of taste, really!

  9. Laurel says

    I don’t have the millet, groats, or chia seeds, just plain old oatmeal. I will still give this a try though! Looks amazing!

  10. Judy says

    I haven’t tried adding the bulgur, millet, groats,or protein powder but I have added sunflower and sesame seeds, shreded coconut, and cinnamon with the chia, banana, honey, oats and cocoa. Sometimes I don’t add milk and it tastes like eating no bake cookie mix! I’ve found by adding the cocoa in the oatmeal, I don’t crave chocolate the rest of the day, and with the chia seeds, sometimes I forget to eat lunch! Thank you for all the great recipes!

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