My mum asked me the other day if I’ve ever ‘eaten cold oats mixed with Greek yogurt.’ What kind of food amateur does she take me for? I am overnight oats’ number one fan, I’ll have you know Ange.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if I could have breakfast food for every meal of the day, I would. And quite often, overnight oats / proats make it as my lunch time meal instead of *sometimes as well as, woops* my breakfast. Enough people eat fry-ups for dinner, so I think it is completely justified to have porridge throughout the day too…
Lunch at the library – AGAIN! This is my life for the next week ugh. Overnight proats – 38g porridge oats, 25g @myproteinuk whey protein, 80g Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp ground flax, gorjo berry and sunflower seed, and blueberries. 401 calories, 36g carbs, 17g fat, 26g protein. I LOVE breakfast for lunch 😍💚
Overnight oats are basically oats left to soak up some kind of liquid overnight so you have a lovely, creamy bowl of cold porridge ready to inhale in the morning… or whatever time of day you choose to eat it. Typically they are made using milk or yogurt, or sometimes both! I prefer using just Greek or Greek style yogurt, as I always have that in the fridge and it gives the overnight oats a much creamier consistency – so this recipe calls for only Greek yogurt. However, if you want to make it with milk, or both milk and yogurt, that is completely fine.
This recipe is great for day to day breakfasts, but it is particularly good for post-workout meals as you can use whey protein for some extra protein and an added flavour. I have used both banana and chocolate flavoured whey protein in this recipe, and both work amazingly well with the whole banoffee concept – toffee, caramel or vanilla would also help you achieve the banoffee flavour.
This recipe also combines two overnight soaking favourites – oats and chia seeds. You can, of course, just use one or the other, but for added texture, a more a substantial meal, and extra nutritional value, I would recommend using both.
Anyway, here it is: my quick and easy recipe for banoffee inspired overnight protein oats / chia seed pudding
Banoffee Overnight Proats
- 38g porridge oats
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 2 medjool dates, chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- 100g Greek Yogurt
- 25g whey protein
- Mix the Greek yogurt with the whey protein until properly combined
- Add in the mashed banana and chopped dates and mix again so everything is evenly distributed
- Stir in the porridge oats, chia seeds and flax seeds – adding more greek yogurt if the mixture starts to look too dry. You can never have enough Greek yogurt – it will just make the mixture creamier, so just go off what texture you would prefer. Usually, I need to use more Greek yogurt than I do Greek style yogurt
- Leave in the fridge to soak overnight or at least for a couple of hours, and then top with some fruit and nuts. Try adding frozen blueberries, raisins, chopped cashews, a drizzle of honey, or some more flax seeds for extra texture
Yummy yummy yummy, this will give you love in your tummy!