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Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

Posted by LoveandZest
July 24, 2015
Featured in: Athlete Eats
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Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats are the ultimate no-cook healthy breakfast. This gluten-free overnight oat recipe combines the classic flavor combo of chocolate and banana, sneaking in cottage cheese for added protein. Perfect grab and go breakfast for busy mornings.

by Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD

You know how the saying goes: breakfast is the most important meal of the day! There’s a million excuses in the book to skip breakfast – lack of time, lack of hunger, or you just don’t like breakfast foods. But skipping this crucial meal can negatively impact your athletic performance. The food choices you make provide your body with the fuel it will use to power your busy day and your workout. Start your day off the right way by trying out these Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats!

That’s right – chocolate at breakfast! These oats are made using cottage cheese and chia seeds to provide a boost of protein and fiber. A high-protein breakfast will keep you fill and fueled throughout the morning, preventing mid-day snacking or mindless eating. Protein has never tasted so sweet!

For the on-the-go athletes among us, this is the perfect recipe for you. Overnight oats are made the night before and left in the fridge to soak, making for the perfect grab-and-go breakfast choice. Plus – there’s no cooking involved! Simply mix and enjoy. With a mason jar of chocolate banana overnight oats waiting for you in the fridge, you won’t have an excuse to skip breakfast!

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

Yield

serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup quick cooking steel cut oats
  • 1 ripe banana, smashed
  • 2/3 cup 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a large mason jar; tighten the lid.
  2. Shake it up; place in fridge overnight, or at least 8 hours.

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Calories 377
Carbohydrates 54.5g
Fiber 10.5g
Sugar 15g
Fat 10g
Protein 18g
Sodium 341mg
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Kristina LaRue is the author of the ATHLETE EATS on HealthyAperture -- a feature that hopes to inspire creativity in the kitchen to fuel active lifestyles! As a board certified sports dietitian, Kristina cooks up healthy menus for collegiate and professional athletes in her day job. In authoring Athlete Eats, she shares simple, energizing recipes designed for the athlete and hopes readers will learn sports nutrition tips along the way so that they can be their best self and fuel for performance. Kristina is a Registered & Licensed Sports dietitian for the Orlando Magic and University of Central Florida Athletics. She provides nutrition services for Tara Gidus Nutrition Consulting and works in the treatment of eating disorders with Joyful Nutrition. She is a co-author of The Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies and the blogger behind Love & Zest where she shares recipes, life, and nutrition. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at Oakwood University in 2011. She loves running and training for marathons and triathlons, gardening, creating (mostly healthy) recipes, decorating, blogging, photography, and volunteering with the women’s recovery ministry at her church. On the weekends you can find her at the Farmer’s Market or a local coffee shop spending quality time with her husband, Eric.
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