Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding

 
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I hate oatmeal.

Let's get that out of the way.

I know I'm probably in a minority here? Sometimes I make it because I think it sounds good and I take 2 bites and just throw it out. I don't know. I used to be OBSESSED with it so I probably just overdid it, as I often do when I become obsessed with something, and now I've reached my lifetime oatmeal limit.

Anyways. As much as I love a good plate of eggs in the morning, sometimes they're just not terribly convenient. And I also know I'm a weird breed of people who does not have a sweet tooth, and a lot of you guys crave something on the sweet side in the AM so I wanted to come up with something fast, easy, portable and SWEET...that wasn't oatmeal.

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Now I'm not banning oatmeal from NA just because I don't like it. I just don't think oatmeal is always a super great choice in the morning for your blood sugar unless you're someone who requires a lot of carbs first thing (like if you get a tough workout in early in the morning). The majority of us don't need a lot of carbs in the morning and will actually feel a lot better and stay more energetic without them.

Do you ever eat a big bowl of oats when you wake up and feel sluggish or hungry by mid-morning? Or do you eat the bowl and feel overly full afterward? That's pretty common.

Oatmeal does have fiber, which is great, but in general, it's a lot of carbs to be hitting your system with after your blood sugar has dropped all night. So it's nice to give it a break and ease in with some lighter carbs and lots of protein and healthy fats first thing in the morning.

So, I've got an alternative for you.

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Peanut Butter Banana Chia pudding

I did NOT come up with the idea for chia pudding. I wish I did, I'd probably be really cool and famous.

Chia seeds are these magical little seeds that expand in water and create a pudding consistency that you'll love. I say they're magical because they are L-O-A-D-E-D with fiber, healthy fat, protein and antioxidants. I mean, they're kind of the perfect food? Except that just eating chia seeds would be pretty bland and lame. But you definitely need some chia in your life.

ALSO ALSO - here's some exciting news. One of my favorite protein brands, Designer Protein, has given me a code for my readers to use to get 20% off all orders. Use MEGAN20 at checkout if you need to stock up on some protein powder. This brand has clean ingredients AND tastes good. Win-win. My favorite right now is for sure the French Vanilla Whey, but they also have a great selection of plant based proteins if you're into that.

PROTEIN: Designer Whey Protein Powder

HEALTHY FAT: Chia seeds + all natural peanut butter

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FIBER-RICH CARBS: Chia seeds (again) + banana

Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding

Author: Megan Kober, RDN, LD

Prep time: 5 mins

Total time: 5 mins

Serves: 2

Your morning oatmeal alternative. Chia seeds are higher in fiber, healthy fat, protein and antioxidants than regular ass oatmeal - up your morning routine.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c all-natural peanut butter (only the all-natural, runny peanut butter will work for this recipe - JIF will not)
  • 1 small banana, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/3 scoops Designer French vanilla protein
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Using 2 small containers (I love the tiny mason jars) with lids, pour in 1 Tbsp of peanut butter into each container.
  2. Divide banana slices evenly among containers and layer on top on peanut butter.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk remaining ingredients really well until incorporated.
  4. Pour evenly into containers. Secure with a lid. And refrigerate overnight.
  5. These last in the fridge for up to 2 days before the banana starts to get really mushy.
  6. Top with extra peanut butter and banana when it's time to eat, if you want.

Serving size: 1 jar

Fat: 18

Carbohydrates: 24

Sugar: 7

Fiber: 11

Protein: 20

Notes: Feel free to use whatever nut butter you have on hand.

The nutritional info is based off of the recipe, not the extra banana and peanut butter toppings.