I know it seems a little funny to be creating a meal prep recipe, being that most of us are in quarantine right now, however, others of us aren’t.
My boyfriend, for example, works as a first responder and doesn’t get any days off. There are doctors, mailmen, small business owners, and grocery store employees who have to show up every day for work regardless. Being able to pull a nutrient-dense breakfast out of the fridge on the way out the door will make sure those people are equipped to handle the tasks at hand.
Not only that, but there are many people working from home right now for the first time ever; Trying to find a routine and maintain productivity all day long. Having a prepped meal will save time and add to that goal.
Then there are people like me, who have a past with disordered eating, exercise addiction, or body dysmorphia. There are those who are stress eating or not eating at all. Pre-made meals can provide more of a structure for both kinds of people so that food isn’t an anxiety trigger every day.
That being said, if you are practicing an intuitive eating lifestyle, you may wake up and crave something different than what you prepped and that is okay! One of my favorite things about this meal is that it stays good in the fridge for up to 6 days!
So, WHEREVER YOU’RE AT (physically and mentally) this recipe is for you! It’s going to give you energy for whatever you’re facing during this time.
Even if you just want to try something new and prepare for when the world does go back to normal, you get 6 breakfasts (or however many you choose to make) for about 40 min-1 hours worth of work! And who doesn’t want that?
Which—side note—have you guys considered what our new normal will be like? I’m thinking it’s going to be different than before. Let me know in the comments your thoughts.
Now, on to one of the easiest and most delicious meal prep recipes.
BLUEBERRY BANANA OVERNIGHT OATS
All you need is a few simple ingredients and if you don’t have all of them, no worries! I’ll list substitutes under the “directions” below!
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You’re going to start by whisking all of the wet ingredients together in a large bowl. First by mashing up the banana (I found a fork works best), and then by adding in the blueberries, yogurt, honey, vanilla, and almond milk.
Mashing the bananas will be easier the riper they are. Some people worry that the bananas won’t keep all week, but unless they are falling apart and brown, like the bananas you might use for banana bread, you should be fine. I always try to go for something in between green and brown.
Again, after the banana mashing, you will add the other wet ingredients. They should start to form a pretty purple color.
I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk in this recipe to tie in with the vanilla extract, and the end result was dessert. SERIOUSLY. I forgot I was making breakfast and not baking.
The dry ingredients include cinnamon—one of my staple spices—to bring a warm and spicy note to the smooth vanilla. Plus a little shredded coconut for texture and just overall deliciousness. I mean, if you don’t like coconut, I don’t know who you are! Then, chia of course! Head over to this post for the benefits of chai and why it’s one of my favorite seeds!
My favorite brans of chia seeds are from a company by the name of Anthony’s. You can find them here.
Chia pudding is another great alternative to oats, especially if you’re looking for something a little less filling. The reason I chose oats for this recipe, however, is because they are rich in fiber and carbs and contain more protein and fat than most grains—essential macronutrients we all need to thrive!
Once both the wet and dry ingredients have been mixed, it’s time to combine the two. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is where the magic happens.
To store your oats, you’re going to want either jars or some kind of plastic containers. I have a hoarding issue when it comes to jars and it’s never hard for me to find what I’m looking for. If you, on the other hand, don’t have any jars or sealed containers, there are plenty of options out there. For instance, you can get 12 mason jars for under $20 on Amazon.
Even if all you have are 4 jars and 2 containers, that is fine! We aren’t worried about looks here. As you can see, my jars are all a little unique and only a few match.
I broke this recipe down into what it takes to make just 1 jar in case you only want to make one dish—or on the flip side—you want to make 10 instead of 6!
Okay, so now we got that out of the way, I want to quickly talk about filling the jars before we head into the full recipe. When completing this step, start off by filling each jar 3/4 of the way. You should have enough to fill each jar to the brim, yet to be on the safe side I recommend doing this first. If using containers, maybe count scoops with the utensil you are using to make sure they all get around the same amount.
I’m sort of the queen of eye-balling, however, the main thing to know here is this: You shouldn’t have any leftover oats at the end if you follow the ingredients below for the number jars or containers you have on hand.
Okay, so let’s get down to it! Get your ingredients out, turn on some feel-good music, pour yourself a beverage (wine, tea, coffee) and follow the ingredients below.
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Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats
Below are the ingredients for 1 meal prep. Simply multiply the recipe below by as many breakfast meal preps you wish to make.
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (heaping)
- 1/4 greek yogurt
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/8 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seed
- 1 tbsp shredded coconut (heaping)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Start by mashing the banana in a large bowl. This will be the bowl everything ends up in, so plan accordingly.
- Add the remaining wet ingredients in the bowl and whisk together.
- Put all dry ingredients in a separate bowl (this one can be smaller) and mix well.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients in the large bowl and mix.
- Fill your jars or containers and store in the fridge for up to 6 days. Again, start by filling them 3/4 of the way or by adding the oats to the jars or containers scoop by scoop. Each jar should be even by the end of this process and completely full. If using containers, they should be relatively equal.
– Greek yogurt can be substituted with coconut yogurt or almond milk yogurt if you have a dairy sensitivity. You can also leave it out completely, however, you will want to use 1/4 a cup of almond milk less.
-Speaking of almond milk, you can substitute it with oat milk, soy milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, or regular milk!
-Honey can be substituted with maple syrup, agave, or a different sweetener of your choice. Add more than the recommended amount if you like your oats a little sweeter!
-If you don’t have chia seed on hand, flaxseed, pepita seeds, or hemp seeds work too and all have amazing benefits!
-Coconut is an optional addition. If you don’t have it, just leave it out.
-For less overnight oats, do 1/2 cup oats and 1/2 cup of almond milk.