Looking for something healthy and easy for breakfast? Check out this delicious strawberry banana overnight oats recipe! Packed with nutrition this recipe will leave you feeling full & focused all morning long.
Do you skip breakfast?
So many people do!
It’s the busiest time of the day, and it’s so easy to just not eat.
But breakfast is the meal that gets your metabolism going.
A good, healthy meal really helps you to start the day right.
Overnight oats are so easy to make ahead, and they’re perfect to grab and enjoy on the go.
Lately, I’ve been loving this tasty combination of strawberries and bananas with my oats!
AnnMarie told me I should make this type next and she was so right.
Strawberries are so fresh and they’re in season here in North Carolina.
If you happen to follow the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, you may be wondering if bananas and oatmeal together add up to too many carbs, but this recipe is just 38 net carbs per serving.
The trick is to divide a banana between multiple servings, then increase the banana flavor with a little banana extract.
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Can Diabetics Eat Overnight Oats?
Did you know that soaking oats actually makes this healthy meal even better for you?
The soaking takes the place of cooking your oats.
Soaking the oats overnight breaks down the starches and reduces the natural phytic acid in the oats.
Why does this matter?
The process makes it easier for your body to digest the oats and use their nutrients more efficiently!
Cold soaked oats also contain increased resistant starch, a healthy carb that has been shown to aid in weight loss and helps you feel fuller longer.
Resistant starch also helps reduce spikes in your insulin levels, making overnight oats a very healthy option if you have diabetes.
Pretty cool, right?
You’ll want the oats to soak for at least 8 hours, so whip up a batch before bed and they’ll be perfect in the morning.
What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Overnight Oats?
Rolled Oats: A great source of healthy carbs and fiber plus some high-quality protein for good measure. They’re also high in antioxidants. Basically, they’re a super food! Use the old-fashioned kind, not the instant or quick cook variety.
Unsweetened Almond Milk: It’s low in sugar and carbohydrates, especially compared to cow’s milk and is low on the glycemic index so it won’t spike your blood sugar.
Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt: My favorite kind is Fage because it’s the thickest and richest yogurt I’ve ever tried! Packed with protein, it will help you to feel full longer.
Swerve Confectioners (or another powdered low carb sweetener): Plain yogurt is a little tangy by itself, so add some sweetener so it doesn’t taste like sour cream… I prefer using powdered sweetener so it dissolves better without any grittiness.
Vanilla Extract: Did you know you can make your own vanilla extract with vanilla beans? Did you know it’s rich in vanillin and even has some antioxidant benefits? Plus it tastes amazing!
Banana Extract: This is the secret to reducing the carbs in this recipe and boosting the yummy banana flavor!
Fresh Strawberries: First, they’re sweet and delicious. But they’re also high in vitamin C and other antioxidants, plus magnesium and potassium!
Banana: You need to be mindful that bananas are naturally high in sugar and can have an impact on your blood sugar levels. If they’re the only carb source in a meal, then no worries! But when you combine them with oats, you need to watch the portion size. But they’re super healthy and can actually help your cholesterol and blood pressure.
Tips for Making Perfect Overnight Oats
It’s so easy to whip up a batch of overnight oats!
In fact, you can probably make it in less time than reading this blog post… LOL
In a bowl, combine the oats, almond milk, yogurt, extracts, and sweetener.
Just stir it up until the yogurt is smooth and the oats are evenly mixed in.
Then it’s time to put the cups together!
I like to do two layers so that you get some fruit in every bite, even at the very end.
So start with layering the strawberries and bananas.
You don’t need to get fancy and stand the strawberry slices up like I did here, though!
I’m a blogger so I like to make things look pretty for the pictures. 😉
Scoop about 1/3 cup of the oat mixture over the fruit.
I think it’s easiest to just use a measuring cup to do this part, but I’ve also used a ladle.
Then, add more strawberries and bananas, and evenly divide the rest of the oats over top.
If you want, you can hold back some of the berries to put on top.
How to Store Overnight Oats
Overnight oats need to soak for at least 8 hours before eating to get the full benefits of soaked oats.
The easiest way to store them is with a container that has a lid.
But if you need a container that has a better seal, these jars have screw top lids but they still have a spoon attached to the side.
Or you can always use a canning jar!
Because of the dairy ingredients, you’ll need to store your individual containers in the refrigerator.
I love that this recipe makes almost enough for a week of breakfasts for me.
Having these tasty strawberry banana oatmeal cups on hand guarantees I never skip breakfast.
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