Simply Healthy Family: Over Night Banana Bread Oatmeal

2.9.15

Over Night Banana Bread Oatmeal



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. 



Over Night Banana Bread Oatmeal  from Simply Healthy Family





Week three of before school morning madness and everyone is still alive and thriving. Well, we're all alive anyway that's if you don't count the fact that I haven't had a decent cup of coffee in weeks. How many times can you re-re-re microwave a cup of coffee with out it containing more radiation than caffeine? And while we're asking questions, why, Dear Lord why does it take an act of God to get 3 kids under the age of 10 out of the house without near losing my sanity in the process?



Over Night Banana Bread Oatmeal  from Simply Healthy Family






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.






Over Night Banana Bread Oatmeal  from Simply Healthy Family


 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!

Over Night Banana Bread Oatmeal  from Simply Healthy Family




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.








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28 comments:

  1. I LOVE this, we have hemp hearts almost every morning. I will be making this soon!

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  2. currently craving a good oatmeal recipe! yes, this one!

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  3. I will most definitely be making this! It looks fantastic :)

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  4. Oh, I so don't envy you on this one Gwen! You deserve a big bowl of this amazing oatmeal. I haven't earned it as much, but I'll take it!

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    1. HaaHaaa! I'm sure you deserve it equally as much ;)

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  5. What a great breakfast for a busy school morning. Looks delish.

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  6. I've never tried hemp hearts, looks like I need to pick some up! This looks delish

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    1. They're pretty good! A slightly nutty flavor and goes great on yogurt parfaits.

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  7. I can attest to the fact that without a make-ahead breakfast, I'd never get to eat in the mornings! Thanks for the recipe!

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  8. Nothing wrong with a thermos of coffee for the kiddies once in a while :-) Witty, clever and delicious post here! Love every hemp seed about it! xo nic

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  9. I'm telling you mornings are my least favorite time of the day - but banana bread, in a bowl, made ahead of time could change my mind! I'd even skip coffee for this :)

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  10. Steel Cut Oatmeal is my favorite. I eat it every morning. Your version sounds like my breakfast tomorrow! :)

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  11. This is real clever, and sounds so yummy. I'm avoiding almond milk because most of it has carrageenan, which causes havoc on my daughter's intestinal system. Milk it is!!

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  12. Sounds so good! I love banana bread. Will have to try this!

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  13. This is AWESOME! Love banana bread so I know I will adore this oatmeal!

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  14. You are BRILLIANT....and....HILARIOUS!!!! I am so impressed that you came up with this recipe because I would be in the comatose stage of 'where's the coffee?'!

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    1. That's pretty much me in the morning! My auto pilot doesn't kick on until after my coffee!

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  15. I've been thinking of make ahead oatmeal for a while now. I read your post and was all set to go start a batch. Just need bananas! Soon. It looks like a fantastic way to start the day!

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  16. I'm a fan of oatmeal and anything to that's easy in the morning is a bonus! I keep meaning to pick up some hemp hearts to give them a try. Such a delicious and healthy breakfast!

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  17. School mornings are quite hectic and this made ahead breakfast is just the right thing!

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  18. YUM!! This looks amazing! What a great recipe!! Perf for kids and adults!! Thanks for sharing! I Love oats! ...especially this time of year!

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  19. I love the add of hemp hearts there. This is a wholesome breakfast, Gwen.

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  20. Thanks for sharing- it's always great to find an easy and delicious breakfast option (I am NOT a morning person!)

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  21. Overnight oats are my SAVIOR on weekday mornings. There's just no other way! Love that these taste like banana bread...can't go wrong there!

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  22. Ok so banana bread is the best and oatmeal fills me up! Thanks for combining the two and making breakfast feel like dessert!

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