Thursday, July 4, 2013

Banana Cream Overnight Oats Parfait

When I first tried overnight oats a year-ish ago I thought they were a slimy bowl of yuck. I was all about the healthy-ness of that bowl of oats, but at the same time there was no way I was going to eat something again if I didn't think it tasted good.
I remember I even added maple syrup and peanut butter to the oats....nope still didn't like them. I was kind of bummed because I thought I was really going to like the cold overnight oats as I am not a hot cereal lover. And really, I don't eat cold cereal too much.
However, a few weeks ago I spotted an alternate way to make overnight oats at Oh She Glows. This alternate way did not include the mashed banana that was a key ingredient in my first attempt at the oats. AND I saw these pictures of vegan banana soft serve overnight oat parfaits. The pictures looked so amazing, I had to try these oats again!
And OMG without the mashed banana I loved them! I could even eat them plain! Then you add the banana cream/ banana soft serve and what an awesomely delicious breakfast! Goodbye waffles with peanut butter!

Vegan Overnight Oats



*makes 1 bowl*
1 cup of almond milk or milk of choice
1/3 cup of oats
1-1.5 tsp of vanilla
1-2 Tbsp of chia seeds (2 Tbsp makes your oats thicker and you get more Omega 3s)
1/2 scoop of protein powder, about 2 Tbsp (I used Sunwarrior in Vanilla)


Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine until all clumps are gone. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 2 hours.
You can eat your oats plain or serve with nut butter, maple syrup, or sweeten with stevia...whatever you like!
For lots of ideas...go here :)
If you really want a treat, go crazy and make a parfait with banana soft serve!

Banana Ice Cream/ Banana Soft Serve/ Banana Cream



*serves 1*
1 large or 2 small frozen overly ripe bananas
almond milk, add as needed to create a soft serve ice cream consistency
1/2 tsp of vanilla (optional-I did not add)

For a chocolate-y soft serve add:

2 Tbsp of carob powder (or 2 tsp of cocoa powder with 1 stevia packet)
Today I went with chocolate....


Place all desired ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. In a tall glass, alternate layers of banana soft serve with overnight oats.
Optional: top with coconut flakes, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, fruit, granola. Whatever you like. Again, Oh She Glows has lots of great ideas!
Serve immediately and ENJOY-I know you will!

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