Back home, on any occasion when my brother was allowed to choose dessert, it would be banoffee pie. It’s a dessert I know well, but have never tried to translate into overnight oats form- or anything that resembles something good for you. I can imagine the look of horror on my brother’s face should he ever see what I have done to his favourite dessert. But I have to say, he might be surprised if he ever gets to taste it…
These oats are creamy, with a caramel-like flavour due to the dates and almond butter. They feel too indulgent to be eating for breakfast, but are actually great both if you have a busy day ahead, or need post workout fuel. In fact, post-workout, they have the potassium (banana and dates), fats (almond butter), carbohydrates (oats, banana, dates), and also a good dose of protein (yoghurt, milk, almond butter, chia seeds) to help you feel like you can face the day.
As usual, they’re also super quick to make, and 100% portable…
Ingredients (serves 1):
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/4 cup EACH yoghurt, and milk of choice
- 1tsp chia seeds
- 1 large banana, ripe
- 1 date, chopped
- 1tsp date syrup (I used the meridian squeezy date syrup; it gives a more intense flavour to the oats, like caramel. However, you can leave this out if you can’t get hold of it, or alternatively use maple syrup, agave nectar, or one more date- though I can’t vouch for the flavour with those)
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1tbsp almond butter
- In a large mixing bowl mash half of the banana, and then whisk in the yoghurt, milk, syrup, and almond butter.
- Now add in the oats, cinnamon, and chia seeds. Fold everything together.
- Take the remaining banana half, and chop it into chunks, reserving a slice to decorate if desired. Fold these chunks through the mix as well, along with the pieces of date. Again: you can keep a piece of date back for decoration if you like.
- Pile the mixture into a dish or pot, and then place into the fridge overnight. In the morning, lift it out and shove into a bag for on the go, or tuck in straight away…