Peanut butter and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly! So, when I was brainstorming up some new overnight oats flavor combinations, I thought I’d try this trusty duo. I usually go for my old favorite cinnamon almond butter banana overnight oats, but in the spirit of trying new things as the new 23 year old me I switched it up. The result was these deliciously creamy, naturally sweet, vegan & gluten-free overnight oats that taste like a cookie!
These oats may taste like dessert, but they’re definitely healthy enough to have for breakfast. I like having oats in the morning, because they keep me full for a long time and are full of fiber. The extra upside of overnight oats is that by soaking them, the oats become much easier to digest. An added bonus? You don’t have to spend any time cooking breakfast in the morning. You can just grab a jar & spoon and go!
I’m thinking I’m going to start telling you all a little bit more about my life here in Hong Kong. I’ve been brainstorming ways to make my blog more exciting or perhaps more enticing to read. And I think that my ramblings about my life might be a good place to start. After all, I’ve always thought of my blog as a place where I can openly share my thoughts and musings.
So I went on a 3-day juice cleanse this past weekend from Friday through Sunday. I always find juice cleanses difficult, but this time it was especially hard because I recently started Kayla’s BBG fitness program. If you don’t know what BBG is, it stands for “Biking Body Guide” which is a female-driven workout plan created by Kayla Itsines that’s taken the fitness world by storm for the past couple of years. And NO I did not get paid to say this.
It’s so funny, because I used to be really against these “fad” workouts like I remember the intense P90X one being super popular when I was in in high school. But after seeing all these “before” and “after” transformation photos (YES exactly like the kind you see on The Biggest Loser or those Weight Watcher ads) and reading tons of positive reviews, I decided I’d check it out. I already run around 3.5 miles outside 6 days a week, in addition to doing my own indoor full body workout. But I’ve been doing the same thing for the past 2 years, so I felt like I’d plateaued. It was about time to try something new!
I downloaded the app and started the BBG workouts 5 weeks ago. I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed it and I’m proud to say I’m sticking to it! For how long? Who knows, but for now I’m into it. For me, it’s not about how I look or how much I weigh, but instead it’s about how I feel on the inside. And let me tell you what, I feel so amazing!
Anyways, so back to the juice cleanse (shoutout to my boyfriend who did it with me for 2 full days!). I did it on the weekend since Sunday is my rest day, meaning I don’t exercise at all. But still, it was really hard to make it through my workouts on Saturday and Monday with juice juice as fuel. So yeah, next time I might have to add in some protein shakes or smoothies to give me the energy and strength I need. But I’m not planning to do another cleanse for a long time.
But as for these overnight oats, they’re the best fuel for the morning to help you get through whatever challenges you’re facing! Plus, they taste delicious so I hope you enjoy the recipe.
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 large, ripe banana
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- In a small mixing bowl, mash the ripe banana.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Spoon into a mason jar or any jar with a secure lid.
- Refrigerate overnight, or for at least 6 hours.
- Remove from the fridge and enjoy!