The vanilla overnight oats have been such a big hit in the mornings, so I decided to experiment with them a bit. My favorite splurge is chocolate…and when you mix chocolate flavors with peanut butter and banana you end up with the ultimate treat that just happens to be packed with protein and potassium too!
My family is already in love with cocoa peanut butter banana smoothies and freezer pops, so why not try cocoa peanut butter banana in overnight oats too!
Here’s how I made the oats:
Cocoa Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats (serves 2)
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1-2 teaspoons honey (or agave nectar, brown sugar, stevia or other sweetener)
In a container with a lid, I mixed the milk, oats, yogurt, vanilla, cocoa and peanut butter. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add sweetener of your choice to taste. I used about 1 teaspoon of honey. Since I used cocoa (which is bitter until sweetened) and unsweetened natural peanut butter, I felt that it needed a healthy serving of honey. You may like your oats more or less sweet. I cut the banana into bite sized pieces and mixed that into the oats as well.
I really enjoyed my “splurge” breakfast. While the vanilla overnight oats are perfect for everyday (and I prefer the simple flavor most mornings), the cocoa peanut butter banana oats are just right for when you want something with rich and decadent flavor…while still keeping with healthy eating habits. You can completely customize the recipe to suit your tastes by using more or less of the peanut butter, cocoa or bananas…even adding nuts or chocolate chips! It almost felt like eating dessert for breakfast!