Elvis Presley’s Overnight Oats

Did you know that Elvis Presley’s favourite sandwich is a peanut butter and banana sandwich? I learnt that from a documentary once and it has stuck with me since, because it’s such an amazing combination. Don’t believe me? Wiki it! Okay, his ideal sandwich occasionally includes bacon, but I’m gonna omit that because oats with bacon? Probably not such a good idea. I’ve made it into a lusciously creamy peanut butter and banana overnight oats.

I’m a huge fan of peanut butter as well, so it’s always in my pantry. In my opinion, the best kinds are natural peanut butter because you get the full punch of peanut buttery goodness that is undiluted by palm oil, emulsifiers, or sugars found in most commercial brands of processed peanut butter. Because natural peanut butter is made entirely of peanuts, it is high in unsaturated fats and potassium that are good for your heart and blood pressure.

When you first switch over to natural peanut butter, you may find it lacking the sweetness you’re used to in processed peanut butters. I’d suggest a light drizzle of honey with it when you have it on toast, to help ease into it. Over time, you’ll come to realise that compared to its natural counterpart, processed peanut butters have a very flat peanut flavour that’s dull and unsatisfying. Skeptical? Try it out!

This may not be an Elvis Presley sandwich, but this peanut butter and banana overnight oats is definitely up there with it — in terms of taste while being a healthier option.

Oats and nuts have been scientifically proven to reduce cholesterol levels, which I featured in a post here. At the same time, they also contribute to your fibre intake to help prevent chronic diseases and cancer.

This recipe is quite heavy as a breakfast, and I find it to be a good option for a quick lunch on a busy day, or a light dinner after a gym session instead. It provides you with a good amount of calories and protein that is fairly comparable to standard dinner fare. If you choose to have this for breakfast, I suggest cutting out raisins and maple syrup, and halving the amount of walnuts and peanut butter in this recipe.

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Elvis Presley's Overnight Oats

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup low fat cow’s milk (or soy milk, if you’re lactose intolerant)
  • ¼ cup low fat plain yoghurt
  • 2 tsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp walnuts
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 medium banana, sliced

Methods

  1. In a bowl, add in all the ingredients. Stir to mix, cover with cling wrap, and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. Enjoy the next morning!

Tips

If you wish to bring it with you on the go, you can mix it in a mason jar, container, or thermos instead of a bowl.

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