Spring seemed to be here, briefly, and I decided to change up my peanut butter banana protein oats I had been enjoying for something a little different. Peanut butter and bananas are a match made in heaven but bananas and caramel are right up there too! Not just any caramel though a raw caramel made with dates for the whole food win! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and even though my list of things to do is a mile long and the girls are scrambling about getting ready for school I am enjoying every bite of these Caramel Banana Overnight Oats. Starting your day with a jar or bowl of Caramel Banana Overnight Oats is a very sweet start to any day! Packed with oats, chia, and optional protein it has me full and fueled all morning long. The dates and bananas give me that little extra energy boost I need to tackle my list and get things done! It is even better when I am having those moments where I crave sweets because this gives me that fix so I’m not left wanting more or looking for something else. I make a quick batch of the Caramel Sauce and keep it in the fridge for a week, if it lasts that long, to make up this or other overnight oats, breakfast bowls, pre-workout snacks, snacks, or desserts. The girls like to steal it for apples!
There are a couple ways you can make these oats. You can prepare the oats the night before and just top with bananas and caramel in the morning, or later that night after oats start to set. If your not in as big of a hurry you can layer them as shown in the photos.
Do you switch up your breakfast with the seasons?
Caramel Banana Overnight Oats
Makes 1 serving
1 TBSP chia seeds
3/4c milk, 1 1/4- 1 1/2c if using protein powder (used So Delicious cashew milk)
1 scoop protein powder, optional (I like to use Vega One or Vega Sport Vanilla Protein, Vega One Vanilla Chai is also very delicious in this)
1/2 banana pureed or mashed
1/2-1 banana, sliced
Caramel Sauce, see recipe below
Makes just over 1 cup
1c packed pitted medjool dates (about 10 dates)
1/3c unsweetened almond milk
1 TBSP maple syrup or honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBSP coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp sea salt, optional
1/4 tsp cinnamon, optional
In a Vitamix, or high-speed blender/ food processor, blend dates, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, and optional sea salt and or cinnamon until smooth. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
In a jar or bowl combine oats, chia seeds, and milk and set in the refrigerator overnight or for a couple of hours until thickened. Remove from the refrigerator and add protein, if adding, and more milk to reach desired consistency. Stir in mashed bananas. At this point if you are not enjoying it place it back in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy. If you are ready to enjoy it top or layer with sliced bananas and caramel sauce. Enjoy!
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While I do receive some Vega products from time to time, which I listed as an option in this recipe, I do purchase much of it on my own. It has been my plant-based protein of choice since before I started blogging. Even though most Vega products used are purchased by myself I do add this disclaimer. I do not make any money off any Vega sales or posts. I only write about foods I love, my blog is an extension of my hobby to make fun healthy food creations for me and my family.