These oats are loaded with goods, so please forgive me for the lengthy name. I just couldn’t bring myself to leave out any of the ingredients because they are all equally important and equally delicious.
Also, yes, I am aware that we are halfway through May, which means it is basically summer (and almost my birthday!!!), and I am posting a recipe for oatmeal. Sue me. I love oatmeal all year round and I’m pretty sure I will continue to eat this meal on repeat this summer. I used to be a huge fan of Greek yogurt, but for some reason I haven’t been in the mood for it in months. I must have eaten it too much and made myself tired of it. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Maybe once it is consistently hot outside I will convert back to Greek yogurt (and smoothies!), but for now, I am sticking with my beloved warm, hearty steel-cut oats. Soon you will understand why.
Although steel-cut oats are the largest component, I must say that almond butter is the real MVP of this recipe. I have this new-ish found obsession with almond butter and I swear I’m going through about a jar a week, which is going to get very expensive and may not fly when Ethan and I get married. Ha, but let’s be real; if he ever told me that I couldn’t have my almond butter, there would be some serious problems. That’s like telling me I can’t eat when I am hungry. In other words, very dangerous territory. So I have a feeling he’ll let it go. 😉 The good news is, he loves almond butter too! So we’ll eat the pricy stuff and continue to feed our pup Harley cheap ol’ JIF peanut butter, and we’ll all live happily ever after.
Lately I have been obsessing over two brands specifically; first, Naturally More Roasted Almond Butter with Probiotics and Flax is seriously the bomb. The flax makes it have a somewhat gritty texture, which I actually freaking love, and this AB has a slight sweetness to it. Another one of my favorites is Wild Friends Classic Creamy Almond Butter. It is super simple, creamy, drizzly, and totally drool-worthy and it also has the ability to take these oats to the next level. I poured half of my jar into a squeeze bottle (Ethan earned some major Instagram-soon-to-be-husband points with this idea) & now it’s even easier to drizzle it on just about everything I eat.
The squeeze bottle is a real game changer.
Without further ado, let’s get to the recipe, shall we?
Banana Almond Butter Chia Proats
Makes 1 serving || Total time: 5 minutes
- 1/3 cup 3-minute steel cut oats
- 3/4 cup water (or unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 scoop Further Collagen*
- 1 scoop The Natural Citizen Organic Digest**
- 1/2 medium/large banana, sliced (or 1 small)
- 1-2 Tbsp almond butter of choice (as I mentioned, I use either Wild Friends Natural Almond Butter or Naturally More Roasted Almond Butter with Flax & Probiotics)
- Cinnamon to taste
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Here are a few pics of my meals/snacks with the almond butters I mentioned, so you know what to look for if you want to purchase these specific brands! PS: if you live in the Overland Park (Kansas) area, I have only found the Naturally More kind at Price Chopper, and Wild Friends is ONLY at Sprouts. If you know of other places where you can find these brands, please let me know!
- Combine oats, water, Further Collagen and Organic Digest in a bowl and stir to combine.
- Microwave for 1 minute; remove from microwave, stir, and place back in the microwave for ~45-60 seconds, or until oats reach the desired consistency. (I like mine to be a little on the “sticky” side, but if you prefer more liquid then you may want to microwave them for less time.)
- Once the oats have reached desired consistency, add your toppings: banana slices, almond butter and some cinnamon! You could also top it off with some hemp or flax seeds.
I like to eat my oats along with 2 scrambled eggs with spinach in them for some extra protein (and veggies) post-workout!
Have a wonderful week everyone!
Shanna Stewart, RD LD
Nutrition Information per serving (approx.):
- Calories: 387 kcals
- Carbs: 56 g
- Fat: 11.2 g
- Protein: 18 g
- Fiber: 10.7 g