We all know how important a good, healthy breakfast is right? This simple recipe for overnight banana bread oatmeal will give you energy all morning long. This Banana Bread Oatmeal is even healthier than most oatmeal recipes out there because it uses my favorite whole grain oats, protein and Omega rich hemp hearts and almond-coconut milk to make it creamy delicious.
I mean how many times do I have to go over why it's important to wear underwear, not to wear cleats, that it is in fact not ok to wear a pajama top even if it matches your shorts to school??? Before 8 am in the morning with zero cups of un-nuked coffee.
I'm still telling myself that I
absolutely have the energy to make 3 healthy, well rounded school lunches aaaand a healthy, filling, brain boosting breakfast in the morning on top of making sure everyone is wearing underwear, matching socks and not smuggling explosives into school in lieu of work books.
One week at a time people.
So most days it's scrambled eggs with maybe some bacon and sprouted whole grain toast with fruit. Whole grain blueberry or banana pancakes with grapefruit, a Yogurt Parfait or French toast for breakfast. On the days that I work during the week and when my husband is in a rush I may even allow a bowl of 'healthier' cereal in the morning but who can afford that on a regular basis with 3 hungry kids?
Then there are those days when I just know that I will be in no mood to make anything for breakfast and that sending my kids to school with a thermos of black coffee and a doughnut is somewhat frowned upon....... by some.
Those are the days that I'm utterly and completely thankful for make ahead breakfasts. Yes, you heard me, make.ahead.breakfast. It's totally a thing. You just mix your whole grain oats, some cinnamon and coconut-almond milk (yes, you can use cow's milk if you must) in a bowl, cover and let it sit in the fridge overnight and when you wake up, presto! Breakfast is ready! If you're in a hurry you can just grab it and go but I prefer to pop it in little ramekins and heat in the oven for a few minutes while I rearrange and put together the little darlings.
Mmmmmmm, warm Banana Bread in a bowl for breakfast!
TIME PREP 5 MINUTES INACTIVE 24 HOURS SERVES 6
YOU WILL NEED
2 cups Coach's Oats (or other whole grain/steel cut oat)
3 cups almond-coconut milk (*or hemp milk)
2 ripe bananas, sliced
1/2 cup *hemp hearts
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons *real maple syrup
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 tablespoon cold pressed, Organic coconut oil
In a medium size bowl mix together oats, milk, maple syrup, bananas, cinnamon and hemp hearts. Cover and chill for 24 hours. With whole grain oats, it is better to let it sit longer.
Either serve as is or place in individual ramekins or a casserole dish coated with coconut oil. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes until warmed through.
TIPS AND NOTES
*Stay away from soy milk which is a GMO and can cause many health problems such as hormone irregularities, bloating and digestive problems to name a few. The same goes for cow's milk.
*Stay AWAY from fake maple syrups that aren't maple at all but in fact High Fructose Corn Syrup and chemically made. Look at the ingredients.
*After shelling or de-hulling the whole hemp seed, you are left with only the center – the ‘Hemp Heart’. With its raw nutrition, rich nutty flavor and tender crunch. Hemp Hearts may look little, but they contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas per 30 gram serving - more than a comparable serving of Flax or Chia.