Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup yogurt plain
- 1 Tbsp peanut butter plus additional for serving
- 1 tsp sugar or desired sweetener
- 1/2 banana sliced
- cinnamon optional
- Combine oats, milk, yogurt, peanut butter, and sugar (if desired). Stir and pour into a small container. Cover and let sit in fridge overnight.
- When ready to eat, top with another 1 Tbsp peanut butter and banana slices. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.
This Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats recipe is kind of reminds us of a grown-up version of oatmeal – or maybe just a summer version, you know when it’s far too warm outside to ever imagine eating something hot?
We talk all the time about gut health, both probiotics and prebiotics, but what are they actually? And why are they beneficial to our health? Well, this recipe is an amazing example of both. First, gut health is beneficial to our physical health because it promotes digestion, absorption of nutrients, increased energy and weight loss, while helping to ease symptoms of IBS. Gut health impact mental health by reducing anxiety, mood swings, headaches, insomnia, depression and by improving cognitive function.
Next, let’s look at the two components of nutrients for gut health, called probiotics and prebiotics. When we hear the word bacteria, we commonly think of bad bacteria such as those which lead to a cold or flu. However, this isn’t always true – there are in fact, good and bad bacteria. Probiotics are the good gut bacteria that we need to have in order for our gut to be healthy and fight off the bad bacteria. A great example of probiotics include yogurt, like what we used in this recipe! The second is prebiotics, or food for the good bacteria, which includes foods like oats and bananas.
Yogurt and milk also provide a very important, double dose of calcium and vitamin D – both of which are essential for maintaining strong teeth and bones. Peanut butter provides a cheap, nutrient packed source of protein as well as potassium (great for balancing out high sodium levels which can lead to high blood pressure).
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Dana uses her advanced training in functional nutrition and food sensitivities to help her clients love and trust food again as they heal from years of painful symptoms that have dominated their lives. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Food Sensitivities Survival Guide.