Banana Soft Serve -
This is a refreshing way to have your oats on beautiful warm, sunny mornings. It is not only easy to prepare, but it’s completely delicious, helps you feel good and will sustain your hunger until lunch making you less likely to fill up on sugary snacks. Oatmeal is rich in nutrients, such as fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals like iron. This classic recipe is from Angela at Oh She Glows, minus the Amazing Meal chocolate powder. This recipe is a keeper!
1/3 cup oats (large flake)
¾ cup almond milk
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 banana (if small bananas use 2)
- The night before, mix together oats, almond milk, chia seeds and vanilla. Make sure to get all chunks out. Cover and put in fridge overnight. Chop up a ripe banana in chunks and freeze.
- In the morning, whip up the frozen banana in the food processor until smooth and creamy. Will have to stop periodically to scrape the edges and separate the clump of bananas. Stir the overnight oats, then assemble in layers (start with banana soft serve on the bottom).
Note: If you do not have a food processor, mash up the banana(s) until creamy and then layer with overnight oatmeal. Using very ripe bananas (few brown spots on them) will add much more sweetness to this dish. You may add maple syrup or honey to sweeten it up to your liking. Using this base recipe you can create so many different tastes adding different ingredients.
For the banana soft serve you can: add peanut/almond butter, strawberries, blueberries, cocoa, coconut…whatever you can think up!
For the overnight oats you can: add cocoa, Amazing meal chocolate powder, cinnamon, mashed banana (mixing it right into the overnight oats allows you to skip making the soft serve in the morning....store in the fridge in a Mason jar then just grab it and go in the morning.).
Toppings: Fresh fruit – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries; cocoa nibs, granola; spoonful of almond/peanut butter; shredded coconut etc.
Oatmeal is ground oat groats, most commonly known as oat-meal. It can also be ground oat, steel-cut oats, crushed oats or rolled oats. Oatmeal is among the healthier whole grain breakfast cereals.
Oats are high in fiber and protein (10-15%). The soluble fiber in oats has numerous health benefits, such as allowing slow release of sugars which provides sustained energy, not dips of highs and lows in energy and mood. They also support heart health and daily consumption is proven to help lower cholesterol. Not to mention the fiber keeping you regular.
Oats provide modest amount of B vitamins (folic acid, niacin, pyridoxine-B6 and pantothenic acid-B5), iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, calcium and copper.
I would skip the instant oatmeal because of all the added sweeteners and additives needed to cover their lack of taste and pasty texture and add old-fashioned rolled or steel-cut oats to your morning meal rotations.