5AM & Chocolate Chip Cookie Overnight Oatmeal

This morning began my new work schedule.  In addition to Monday-Wednesday at the gym in the afternoons/evenings, I have added “Thursday-Friday opener” to my schedule.  That means being bright eyed and bushy-tailed at the gym by 4:45am until early afternoon, and then a break before heading to Applebee’s for the night.  Helloooooooooo, coffee!

Wanting to sleep as late as possible– which was 4:00am, LOL— I set up some overnight oats to bring with me this morning.  I didn’t want to waste time cooking, or find something open at 4:30am on the fly.  Plus, I wasn’t sure how busy the morning would be (hint: it’s not) so I wanted something that I wouldn’t have to worry about keeping warm while I worked.  With these, I just slapped everything in the jar last night and grabbed it as I ran out the door this morning.

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(Picture courtesy of my 5am Instagram post)

Since I didn’t have all the ingredients for a single recipe I found online, I just sort of combined a few to see what I could come up with and it was good.  It was like eating cookie dough for breakfast, and I already can’t wait to have it again tomorrow.  I’m officially an overnight oats convert.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Overnight Oatmeal

(Prep time: 5 minutes)

1 small mashed banana (or 1/2 a regular banana)
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1 tbs of chia seeds
1/2 tsp of butter extract
1/2 tsp of almond extract
1/2 cup of milk (I used 1%, but you could use whatever dairy or non-dairy you prefer)
about 1 tbs peanut butter (optional)
1/4 – 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips or cacao chips

In a jar or container with a lid, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and mix well.  It’s okay for the banana to still be kind of chunky in the mix (I liked it better that way).  Store in the fridge overnight.  In the morning, mix in the chocolate or cacao chips.  If you’re transporting the mix (like I did), then just dump the chocolate on the top of the mixture and wait until you actually eat it to mix it up.

Notes: There is no need to pre-soak the chia seeds, as it’ll be soaking overnight.  And though I was skeptical, the butter and almond extract are really what give it that full cookie flavor, and the banana adds extra sweetness as well.  The peanut butter doesn’t give it a lot of taste, but rounds out the flavor and adds some extra fats to keep you full, plus some extra protein.

If you want, you could also play with the measurements and add greek yogurt for extra protein, or protein powder for taste.  Experiment and let me know what you think!

Enjoy! I’m off to take a nap now before I leave for job #3.

xo, kelsey (2)