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I am not a morning person. I'm at my best late at night. If you need someone to do complicated math, install drywall, or attend a video conference call at 3 a.m., I'll be there with real pants on and everything. But when birds are singing and sunlight is pouring through the window shades, I'll be hiding under the blankets and moaning that it's too early for all this birdsong, and that it's unconscionable to expect a grown adult to wake up at the ungodly hour of 8:30 in the morning.
That does mean I'm not very good at breakfast, though. When the alarm goes off and I'm faced with the choice of get up and eat a healthful, tasty breakfast or hit snooze and spend another 10 minutes in bed, I will choose sleep over food every time. But breakfast is one time you can do your future self a favor and prepare a delicious and healthful make-ahead meal — like these banana bread overnight oats, which taste like a treat and will be ready to eat the minute your bleary, early-morning self opens the refrigerator, with no extra effort required.
As the author notes, overnight oats are very easy. Basically, you need one part oats to two parts liquid. The beauty of overnight oats is that you can play around with your recipe and create a healthful breakfast that tastes like dessert with very little effort. The oats absorb the liquid and flavors overnight, and the whole thing will be ready and waiting for you in the refrigerator first thing in the morning.
You can give overnight oats virtually any flavor that sounds appealing to you. These are designed to taste like banana bread. Just mix oats, mashed bananas, milk, some plain Greek yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon, and a little bit of vanilla and almond extracts. Just stir that up and put it in the refrigerator overnight. When you get to it the next day, it will be ready to stir and eat. If you're a functional morning person, you could even top it with sliced bananas, walnuts, berries, or other toppings.
Get the Recipe: Banana Bread Overnight Oats from Eating Bird Food