Friday Favorites: High Protein Chocolate Cherry & Banana Oats

When we first moved down south, I got really into the overnight oats craze. Since then, I have not spent any time on them, much to the dismay of my husband who really seemed to enjoy them. Since we had a bunch of “almost finished” items like chia seeds, rotten bananas, oatmeal, and a cup of skim milk left I decided to get creative and turn all of these items into a high protein recipe.

Using bananas as my base, I mashed the three rotten pieces of fruit on the bottom of the bowl, added two cups of uncooked oatmeal, one fourth cup of dried cherries (chopped), our last greek yogurt cup (black cherry flavored), two tablespoons of chia seeds, one tablespoon of honey, one cup of skim milk and one scoop of chocolate protein powder. After stirring all ingredients until well mixed, I reached for four of our mason jars and began heaping 3/4 cup portions into each. Once secured with their own lids, into the refrigerator they went for the night. (Or at least 6 hours!)  Continue reading for the full recipe and nutritional information!   
While that sounds like a lot of ingredients, it’s the simplest recipe to make because all you have to do is stir and portion them out into your jars. Each jar has only 400 calories, just over 20 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber. Not too shabby for the most important meal of the day.

 Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas, 2 cups oatmeal, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp honey, 1 cup skim milk, 1/4 cup dried cherries (chopped into small pieces), 1 black cherry flavored greek yogurt (5.3 oz container) 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Stir well to combine, portion into jars or other air tight container and refrigerate over night.

 

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