Overnight oats is one of my favorite breakfasts in the world, buuuut I don't always feel like oats. To be honest, I think oats are boring. With little nutritional value (besides an awesome source of pre-workout energy & fiber), they don't necessarily pack the punch that I'm looking for in my food. That's when I decided to experiment with one of my favorite superfoods: quinoa.
Quinoa packs more protein per serving than oats as well as provides more essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, folate, & Vitamin E. Like oatmeal, quinoa still packs a punch when it comes to soluble fiber content and complex carbohydrates, but I think quinoa just tastes better. Period. Try it out for yourself with my recipe below for Bananas Foster Overnight Quinoa and I'll let you be the judge!
- 2 bananas
- 1 c dry quinoa
- 2 c water
- 1/8 c chia seed
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1.5 tbsp grade b maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 c milk of choice (I prefer cashew milk)
To cook quinoa, place dry quinoa and water into a pot. Bring to a boil, then turn to low and cover with a lid for 15 minutes. Turn off heat, uncover pot and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Add in chia seed and mix thoroughly. Let set in fridge while you make the bananas foster sauce.
SAUCE: Slice bananas into thin slices. Place bananas in sauce pan with coconut oil and turn on med heat. Let the bananas start to caramelize, then add in maple syrup. Let simmer for about 20-30 seconds, stirring occasionally. Add in vanilla and cinnamon at the very end and stir together. Remove from heat.
Portion out cooked quinoa mixture evenly into 4 containers (I use mason jars). Scoop bananas foster sauce evenly into each container on top of quinoa. Pour 1/4 c of cashew milk (or milk of choice) into each container. DO NOT MIX TOGETHER. Cover containers, place in fridge, and let sit overnight. When you are ready to eat, mix together thoroughly before eating. Will last for 4-5 days in the fridge.