Do you have a busy week ahead of you? Are you finding yourself wondering how you are going to get your family together and out the door in time now that school is back in session? Maybe you have an early day in the office and you know you will need something more after your GGS. If you’ve got 5 minutes then I’ve got the recipe for you!
Prepare yourself for an amazing day by prepping my nutrient-dense Banana Coconut Overnight Oats recipe. It is the quick and easy, no-cook solution for a busy, on-the-go lifestyle! Simply throw together my Banana Coconut Overnight Oats before bed and grab it out of the fridge on your way out the door the next morning. You will be so grateful to have this super healthy and delicious treat prepared and ready for you!
Though oats may be the most stereotypical breakfast, more often than not they don’t get the love they so deserve! Oats are a high-nutrient plant food with a full spectrum of nutrition. I like to think of them as a humble staple that belongs in everyone’s homes. They are affordable and filling and so easy to prepare.
Do you know that up to 95% of oats produced worldwide are for consumption by horses? It’s true! Yet oats are so widely accessible, making them a great staple to lean on no matter where you are in the world. I love that they don’t require cooking! As is the case with my Banana Coconut Overnight Oats recipe. And I give them even more bonus points because they benefit our heart health too. Cha-ching!
Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. They also don’t spike your blood sugar the way refined carbohydrates and sugars do. So you can feel good preparing these Banana Coconut Overnight Oats for your family’s long day. It will help them feel full and sustained no matter what the day brings.
When seeking out oats at your local market, I recommend purchasing either oat groats or steel-cut oats. This is also known as Irish oatmeal. These are the most unprocessed forms of oats and are naturally gluten-free!
I believe bananas are one of the most perfect foods for humans. Think about it, they come off the tree in a bright and beautiful package, so sweet and ready for you to enjoy! I absolutely adore them! What’s cool is you don’t need any tools or utensils to get to them. Just look down at your hands. You’ll see that your nimble fingers are designed to easily peel the perfect packaged banana. What a gift nature has provided us with!
Over the years I have seen people perceive bananas to be too sugary or too starchy. While bananas do contain natural fruit sugars, they also come in a complete nutritional package with fiber and vitamins. So they don’t unbalance your blood sugar like refined sugars.
A banana has a glycemic index rating of between 40 and 52, which is much lower than foods like white bread or table sugar. Meanwhile, the carbohydrates in bananas can help provide quick-acting long-term energy. Did someone say energy!? Yes please!
The creamy texture and natural sweetness of coconut milk make it the perfect liquid to soak up your oats and banana with. Coconut milk is among the world’s healthiest foods. In fact, coconut milk is often considered a “miracle liquid” due to its great ability to build up the body’s immune defenses and prevent disease.
The perfect Beauty food- free from dairy and processed soy, is naturally found inside coconuts. When you first crack open a fresh coconut, you will notice a milky white substance- this is natural coconut water. Once you blend the coconut meat and strain it, the end result is thicker coconut milk, naturally sweet to perfection.
Coconut milk packs a punch of nutrients such as healthy fat, manganese, and iron. It also has a beneficial fat called Lauric acid, that is easily absorbed and used by the body for energy- and aren’t we always looking for more ways to get energy! And there you have it, another reason why my Banana Coconut Overnight Oats recipe is a winner! Now you’ve got an easy meal to throw together the night before that will keep you sustained throughout the day.
Lots of love,
1. Prepare all your ingredients. In a small container, stir together coconut milk, coconut nectar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
2. Slowly add in oats and mix together.
3. Place jar in the refrigerator and let sit overnight.
4. The next day take the jar out of the fridge, add in sliced bananas and enjoy! (If you like your mixture a little more creamy, top off with another tablespoon of coconut milk)